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Murder at the Mikado

Julianna Deering
Murder at the Mikado
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When a celebrated actor is found murdered in his dressing room, all signs point to Drew's old flame. But behind the curtains, nothing is what it seems and this quickly becomes his most puzzling case yet. Just as Drew Farthering thinks his life has calmed down some, Fleur Lan... Read More

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When a celebrated actor is found murdered in his dressing room, all signs point to Drew's old flame. But behind the curtains, nothing is what it seems and this quickly becomes his most puzzling case yet.

Just as Drew Farthering thinks his life has calmed down some, Fleur Landis, a former girlfriend, reappears, in dire need of his help. She's married now, no longer an actress--but the lead actor in her former troupe's production of The Mikado has been murdered, and Fleur is the police's number one suspect.

Drew would rather focus on his fiance, Madeline Parker, and their upcoming wedding, but he can't leave Fleur and her family in the lurch--even if she did break his heart once. As Drew, Nick, and Madeline begin investigating, they discover more going on behind the scenes of the theater troupe than could ever have been imagined. It seems nearly everyone had a motive, and alibis are few and far between.

Both the murder case and the presence of the beautiful, exotic Fleur put a heavy strain on Drew and Madeline's relationship. Will their still-young romance survive the pressure?
  • Product type: Book
  • Format: Softcover
  • Release Date: Jun 3, 2014
  • UPC: 9780764210976
  • Height: 0
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  • Volumes/Discs: 1
  • Pages: 336
  • Publish Date: Jul 1, 2014
  • Language: English
  • Audience Age Maximum: 0
  • Audience Age Minimum: 0
  • BISAC: "FIC042060"
  • ISBN: 0764210971

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It was okay by Stacey Zink on 8/24/2014
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I found the beginning of this book to move very slowly. It took well over 1/4 of the book, before I felt well acquainted with the many characters introduced in the first half of the book. There were a lot of characters introduced in a short amount of time and I didn’t connect with them. As a reader, I need to feel invested and I didn’t.

I pushed myself to finish this book, but to be honest, I had a hard time picking the book up day after day. I really wanted to put in on my shelf and walk away. Once I reached the end, I was glad I finished the book. The ending surprised me! I was not expecting it, so that made it worth it.

Mikado actors find it hard to separate reality from fantasy when it comes to matters of the heart. by BTSCelebs on 8/17/2014
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Julianna Deering’s third book in the Drew Fathering series titled “Murder At The Mikado” is a good read for someone who wants to be immersed in the lives of actors in the 1930s. This book focused solely on actors, and their characters on and off the stage. Julianna shows us that actors find it hard to separate reality from fantasy when it comes to matters of the heart.

An impending scandal is the reason for the first murder, but the ones that follow are a true mystery to Drew, Nick and Madeline. The person they least expect is behind them all.

If you are a fan of “fantasy” classic theatre and want a clean thrill on paper, “Murder At The Mikado” is the perfect book for you.

*Bethany House supplied me with a copy of the book for my review.*

Smashing good fun! by J. Augustine on 8/15/2014
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When I read the first book in the series I was hooked and I have been eagerly anticipating each of the succeeding books.

When reading a Julianna Deering book I am reminded of Audrey Hepburn's recurring comment in Paris When It Sizzles about a switch on a switch on a switch. That is exactly what happens in each book, and especially Murder At The Mikado. Just when you think you have it all figured out here comes an alibi or an opposing clue. Julianna Deering is a master at leading the reader's mind in one direction and making you think you are pretty clever, then wham! A switch. I am usually fairly good at figuring out who-done-it in mystery stories, too many Agatha Christie's I suppose, but in the three Drew Farthering mysteries I have only half guessed the murderer once.

One of the things I like best about this series is the atmosphere. I love historical novels that sweep you away into that time period, ones that leave you totally immersed. Each of the books features a murder in a different setting and I have to say that I really enjoyed Murder At The Mikado's setting of a theater.

Another thing I have noticed is that Julianna Deering doesn't always shy away from difficult subjects. While they are never really forefront of the story, instead adding to the mystery, but they make the characters more real to the reader. Even the main characters aren't perfect, each has made and even still make mistakes, they have their own insecurities and fears. In short, they are flawed as people truly are.

Murder At The Mikado is a wonderful addition to a great series and I am secretly hoping that it will either be continued or possibly be a spin-off series with the same characters.

Don't miss any of the books in this wonderful Christian period-set mystery series!

(I received a copy of this book from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are entirely my own.)

Author Julianna Deering stepped it up with Murder at the Mikado! by Sarah on 8/11/2014
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This is the third book of the The Drew Farthering Mystery series. I would recommend starting with the first one, Rules of Murder. However, in all honesty, I had been a little lukewarm about this series. There are many positives… These books are set in a fun time period and location filled with quirky characters. They are clean, as in I don’t have to wade through vulgar language or embarrassing bedroom situations, AND I would be willing to let my daughters read them. Also, there a sweet love story developing between the solving of mysteries! But I have been won over with Murder at the Mikado! :)

So… Is there going to be another one, Deering?

Drew and his financee Madeline are looking forward to their wedding. However, Fleur, an old flame of Drew’s steps into the picture and stirs up some buried wounds in Madeline. When Fleur becomes the prime suspect in some murders, her husband asks for Drew’s help while Madeline is hoping just once he would say no! …Will they make it to the alter or will their relationship die a tragic death of it’s own.

I loved that she pulled the original detective trio — Drew, Madeline (though not as excited this time), and Nick, Drew’s best friend — back together! Madeline’s aunt Ruth is still a wonderful addition to the story. Also Chief Inspector Birdsong has become a favorite for me — gruff and serious, but his willingness to allow these amateurs to get involved has grown through the series. :)

Deering kept me guessing to the end. I would think I had it figured out and then a kink would be thrown in!! Who is involved? … Fleur? Her husband? The nanny? One of the maids? One of the actors? The missing reporter?

I received this book for free from Bethany House in exchange for my honest, unbiased opinion.

Are Wedding Bells Ringing? by tickmenot on 7/19/2014
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Once again, the author brings us back to the classic English Mystery of the 1930′s, writing in a style similar to Agatha Christie. Drew Farthing is a rich young man, and the owner of a sprawling estate in the English countryside. In the past, he has enjoyed mystery solving as an interesting past-time. However, Drew has come to the conclusion that uncovering the truth is a special gift he has been given–and plans to devote himself to that occupation. While sleuthing, Drew gets help from his American fiancée Madeline, and long-time friend, Nick.

This time, the mystery revolves around characters in a theater troupe. Before the story ends, three mysterious deaths take place, plus one very close call. After the first death, that of the owner of a theater and lead actor, Fleur Landis is accused. The former actress, and very beautiful Fleur, has a connection to Drew. It turns out that she and Drew had a rather torrid, although brief, love affair six years earlier.

Drew confesses all to his fiancée, saying his relationship with Fleur was over and done with six years earlier. Unfortunately, Madeline is being eaten alive with jealousy about it. She doesn’t want Drew to help with the case, or finish it, once he starts. However, Drew feels obliged to look into it, not for the sake of Fleur, but for that of her little boy and husband–who incidentally works for Drew.

Although solving the mystery is the main point in the book, updates of Madeline and Drew’s relationship, and wedding plans, are woven throughout. The character of Madeline was frustrating in this story. A side of her is shown that is never pretty in anyone: jealousy and insecurity, along with the sometimes irrational decisions based on those feelings. Ultimately, everything comes to a satisfactory end.

Murder at the Mikado is the third installment in this series. There are references to some things in earlier books, but this book could be read as a stand-alone story. I always love a good mystery, especially one that is not easy to figure out. Happily, this tale does not disappoint, and Ms. Deering keeps the reader guessing right up to the end. Hopefully there will be more books from this series in the future. The characters are likeable, and the setting is fun. I recommend this 5-star book, as well as, the entire series to anyone who likes fascinating mysteries that are clean, and written from a Christian point-of-view.

The publisher has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book through Bethany House Publishing for the purpose of review. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner. Despite my receiving the book free, it has not influenced my judgment, and I have given an honest opinion.

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