Thursday, 7 April 2016

Wooing Wednesday: Dapper Drew and his Lady Love


Today for Wooing Wednesday I will be reviewing a historical mystery I quite enjoy for the simplicity of the time and love. (Reviews for book 1-3 were written previously).


RULES OF MURDER
(Drew Farthering Mysteries: #1)
Written by Julianna Deering 
(aka: DeAnna Julie Dodson)
2013; 336 Pages
Genre: mystery, historical, fiction, romance

(I received an ARC from the NETGALLEY in exchange for an honest review.)

Rating: ★★★★

Drew Farthering and his childhood friend, Nick return home to Farthering Place to find Drew's mother and stepfather hosting a weekend party. Before the weekend finishes there is a murder at the country estate and the police are unsure where to turn. Drew and Nick love a good mystery and decide to try their hand at following the clues. In between leads Drew is also trying to woo Madeline Parker, niece of his stepfather, and fellow mystery addict. The clues seem to lead them closer to home and the killer may be someone they know well.

I have a new favourite for cozy historical mystery - The Drew Farthering series. This is the first book in the series and it is set in a British village in 1932.   Much of the writing, characters and plot reminds me of Dorothy L. Sayers, Agatha Christie and Patricia Wentworth. (Deering is the pen name for DeAnna Julie Dodson who writes Christian fiction. The Drew Farthing series is also considered Christian Literature but is quite mild). I like the light banter between the characters, the romance between Madeline and Drew and real-life mystery author references.  Both Drew and Madeline love mystery novels so we see them fight over the newest edition.  It is a predictable story but I enjoyed the characters and go on the ride with the characters.


DEATH BY THE BOOK
(Drew Farthering Mysteries: #2)
Written by Julianna Deering 
(aka: DeAnna Julie Dodson)
2014, 316 Pages
Genre: mystery, historical, fiction, romance

(I received an ARC from the NETGALLEY in exchange for an honest review.)

Rating:★★★★

Drew Farthering, amateur detective, is hoping that Madeline will say yes to his marriage proposal. He is hoping she will stay on at Farthering Place where they can read and solve mysteries. As he tries to woo her, Madeline's Aunt Ruth arrives to bring her back to the United States. She is not impressed with Drew or Britain and tries to keep the two apart when she can. Drew turns on the charm but then his family lawyer is murdered and he finds himself in the middle of another murder case. As more bodies turn up Drew along with Nick, his childhood friend, and Madeline try to catch the killer.

A great follow up to the debut novel, Rules of Murder. Drew and Madeline are a cute couple - a less alcohol-induced Nick and Nora. I enjoy their banter and fighting over who will read the latest mystery first.  If this novel had been written in the 1930s I could see it being turned into a movie with Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn. This novel is also considered to be Christian fiction but it seems to be quite mild in reference.

MURDER AT THE MIKADO
(Drew Farthering Mysteries: #3)
Written by Julianna Deering 
(aka: DeAnna Julie Dodson)
2014, 336 Pages
Genre: mystery, historical, fiction, romance

Rating: ★★★★

Drew Farthering has finally convinced Madeline to stay at Farthering place and be his wife.  As they plan for their upcoming nuptials, Drew's ex-girlfriend and actress, Fleur Landis shows up at his door.  Fleur is now married but still lingering around show business.  When the lead actor in her new production is killed, Fleur is considered the main suspect.  Drew would rather be with his new fiancee but finds that he cannot abandon Fleur like this....even if she did break his heart once.  Madeline and Drew's longtime friend, Nick, join him in trying to clear Fleur and get back to planning a wedding.

While I did not care for Fleur and would be happy if she was carted off to jail, alas the real killer must be sussed out and pay for her/his crime. I enjoyed the third book in the series as much as the first two.  Inspector Birdsong is starting...very slowly...to get use to Drew sticking his nose in his business - and as a reader it is entertaining to see them banter as well.  You also start wondering if Madeline will postpone their wedding.  This novel is also considered to be Christian fiction but it seems to be quite mild in reference.


DRESSED FOR DEATH
(Drew Farthering Mysteries: #4)
Written by Julianna Deering 
(aka: DeAnna Julie Dodson)
2016, 336 Pages
Genre: mystery, historical, fiction, romance

Rating: ★★★★

Madeline is finally Drew Farthering's wife and for their first adventure as a married couple they attend a fancy Regency era costume party.  Along with them is Nick and Madeline's friend from America, Carrie and her younger brother, Will.  Talbot Cummin's parents are hosting the party at their home and will also be attended by his fiancee, Alice.  Drew and Tal attended school together and their fathers were also good friends.  Just as everyone is getting into the Regency Era, Alice dies of cocaine overdose and Tal's father is arrested for transporting cocaine.  Tal begs Drew to look into Alice's death because he does not believe that his father killed her.  Drew and his gang look into the murder but when someone close to them is murdered he is not sure if he can solve this one.

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Regency era? Jane Austen quotes? Dressing and dancing in the time period? Sign me up! Well, if I was of that class.  When the police show up, one copper snickers and notes that it must be nice to not have to work and prance around.  I have to applaud Deering in marrying her characters in a reasonable time rather than dragging it out.  I like Drew and Madeline as a couple as they are realistic for the time and present day.  The mystery had me scratching my head for a bit - which I love!  In this book we see more of Nick and Carrie's courtship as well.  We meet Carrie's seventeen year old brother, Will who is eager to be a detective and keep his sister in America.  Will is another character I liked immediately.  I was not a huge fan of the Cummins as they all seem a bit off, as does their cook who cannot have anyone in her kitchen.  This novel had a bit more religious overtones in it, but nothing that really bothered me.  Deering uses reference to God as a way of coping with what is going on but not in a preachy way.  This was a more emotional book for me.  I had to stop reading for a bit just to gather myself again.  I think this just shows how well Deering writes her characters and story.  I hope there is more Drew and his gang!

k (My Novelesque Life) 

2 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for featuring Drew and Madeline. I'm so glad you've enjoyed the books. In the next one, they visit Yorkshire to find out what's going on out on the mysterious moors.

    So much fun!

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    1. My pleasure! I love the era, the characters and places you describe. OMG, the Moors! I will look out for the publication date.

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