Dressed for Death (Drew Farthering Mystery Series #4)Julianna Deering
Drew and Madeline Farthering celebrate their six-month anniversary by attending a fancy Regency era costume party. Drew is glad to see Talbot Cummins, an Oxford classmate, and his fiancée, Alice Henley, though many present seem worried about the couple. Everyone's concerns ... Read More
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- Product type: Book
- Format: Softcover
- Release Date: Feb 23, 2016
- UPC: 9780764214110
- Volumes/Discs: 1
- Pages: 320
- Publish Date: Mar 1, 2016
- Language: English
- Audience Age Maximum: 0
- Audience Age Minimum: 0
- BISAC: "FIC042060"
- ISBN: 076421411X
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- The most shocking Drew Farthering Mystery yet! by BTSCelebs on 5/28/2016
The most shocking Drew Farthering Mystery yet!
Julianna Deering surprised all her readers with the astonishing crimes in her “Dressed For Death” book. In the novel, Drew, his wife Madeline, BFF Nick and the rest of the crew head to a Regency-era party at his old friend Tal Cummins’ house. Little did he know, the family’s wealth is wrapped in drug sales and deceit. When the people close to Drew begin dropping like flies, it’s a clever house cat named Eddie who finally helps them solve the mystery.
“Dressed For Death” had a very slow beginning, but if finally started to pick up halfway thru. Unfortunately, the people dying around Drew actually breaks the readers’ hearts too.
If you want a good murder mystery that you can spend a considerable amount of time reading, “Dressed For Death” is for you.
- Just who CAN Drew trust? by J. Augustine on 5/11/2016
What a deliciously dark and chilling mystery. In Dressed For Death murder abounds and the stakes are high.
Just like with an Agatha Christie I delighted in analyzing each of the characters and trying to figure out who the killer was. I was pretty sure I knew but Julianna Deering kept throwing me these red herrings, and a new clue would pop up, and I would begin to doubt everything. Absolutely nothing and no one are quite what they seem.
I've truly enjoyed all of the Drew Farthering Mysteries but I think Dressed For Death is the best one yet, from the gorgeous nostalgic covert art to the nail-biting showdown with the killer to the very last page.
If you love mysteries that hearken back to the golden era of mystery and detective fiction, you've got to try Dressed For Death and the rest of this great series from Julianna Deering.
(I received a copy of this book from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are entirely my own.)
- Loved it, even better than the others in the series by Mark on 5/4/2016
This series is different from the usual suspense/mystery books that I read, but I have enjoyed reading it. The series is set in the 1930's, and is a bit reminiscent of Sherlock Holmes and Agatha Christie books in style and setting.
This is book #4 in the Drew Farthering Mystery Series, and is the best so far in my humble opinion. It was different from the others in that it took place away from Drew's home, who is the main character. This is also the first book that has Drew being married, so that also added a new dimension to the story and his crime-solving.
There were a lot of new characters in this story along with some of the regulars, and the author did a great job of keeping me guessing as to who the murderer was, and who all was involved in the other criminal activities in the book. She has created a great character in Drew, the detective wanna be who keeps having crimes happen around him that he gets involved in solving. You can't help but like him, even when he gets the police irritated because of his unwanted help.
The book was a great read, and I enjoyed every minute of it. It was difficult to put down, and the author really outdid herself on this one. The setting and plot was a great one, it was clean and Christian, and very suspenseful. I highly recommend.
I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
- Dressed for Death is Regency by Robin on 4/10/2016
Dressed for Death
Book Summary: This Traditional British Cozy Mystery gets a Regency Twist: Drew and Madeline Farthering celebrate their six-month anniversary by attending a fancy Regency era costume party. Drew is glad to see Talbot Cummins, an Oxford classmate, and his fiancée, Alice Henley, though many present seem worried about the couple. Everyone's concerns are realized when, at the concluding grand ball, Alice dies of an overdose of cocaine. Tal refuses to believe she took the stuff intentionally, and Drew is determined to find out if her death was an accident or murder. Drew is shocked and disillusioned when the police arrest Tal's father and reveal that the man has been smuggling drugs into the country for the past twenty years. Reeling from the death of his fiancée and the revelation about his father, Tal begs Drew to find out what's going on. Drew, now questioning his own ability to see people as they really are, does so reluctantly, not ready for the secrets he's about to uncover--or the danger he'll bring down on everyone he holds dear.
Review: I really love mysteries. This one starts a little slow for me. It was about 35% in when the story started rolling. So much happens that twists the beginning into a different picture. I found the beginning to be forced to me. I get the Regency part, but all the quoting of Austen was wasted on me. I like a more subtle method. I found the mystery to be interesting and was thinking about who was behind the murders and who was the least obvious. That led me to the real culprit and the how of the second murder was clever. To me the surprise was the undercover agent. That was a nice twits. It is worth reading. The characters were realistically written, this book had a more morose tone and gave a lot of pause for thinking about how fleeting life is. I always love when the truth of the Bible is talked about, although I do not recall as much about Jesus.
I would like to thank Net Galley and Bethany House for allowing me to read and review this book in return for a free copy and I was never asked to write a favorable review by anyone. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
- Guilty by a Whisker by Tickmenot! on 4/2/2016
After almost a week of an elaborate costume party at the Cummins' family estate, Alice Henley drops dead. Alice was the fiancé of Talbot, the Cummins' only son. Even more shocking than her death, is the cause, an overdose of cocaine. The party goers are startled even further when their host, well-respected philanthropist Sterling Cummins, is arrested for drug dealing--and possible murder.
So begins another romp through the pages of a mystery written in the classic whodunit style of Agatha Christie's English mysteries. Ms. Deering does such a good job of writing in that way, you will forget this was written by a modern author. Fabulously wealthy Drew Farthering, is an amateur sleuth, and a personal friend of the Cummins' family. As a guest staying at the estate while attending the party, he steps forward to attempt to solve this case. He is helped along the way by his loyal friend, Nick, and his new bride, Madeline.
Because of the shocking loss of lives that occurs in this mystery, Drew begins to question if his investigating causes more harm than good. He has a serious heart-to-heart with himself about the helpfulness of his being an amateur sleuth. Will this be the last Drew Farthering mystery?
Before this case comes to a close, the danger increases and more people are uncovered who are suspects. Could it be the vicar, or the French wine merchant? Perhaps it was one of the people on the estate's staff. The guilty party is revealed in a surprising twist at the end, astonishingly with the help of a cat!
This exciting story is full of twists and turns, along with a liberal dose of red herrings. The author has crafted a very good whodunit, with a sleuth who has high moral standards. It was a real pleasure to read this period mystery set in the 1920's English countryside, written with a Christian viewpoint. Although this is part of the Drew Farthering Mystery Series, this story stands alone. But for your own enjoyment, you should read the others. I highly recommend this 5-star book to any mystery lover, you will not be disappointed.
The publisher has provided bookreadingtic with a complimentary copy of Dressed for Death, through Bethany House Publishing for the purpose of review. I have not been compensated in any other manner. All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required, or influenced, to give anything but an honest appraisal. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.
- How Do You Count Five Beans? by Suzie on 2/10/2016
I’ve not actually watched one of those old black-and-white detective shows but I’ve seen several clips over the years. The one of a work-hardened detective sitting behind his desk when a woman walks in needing his help. Julianna Deering’s Drew Farthering Mysteries bring these types of shows to mind. Not because of the detective or the woman, but because of the time-period and the dialogue.
Deering pulled me into Drew’s world immediately with Drew and Madeline’s arrival at the Cummins home and pushed me along through the world of English society. This cozy mystery series has quickly become one of my favorites as I’ve gotten to know the key players in Deering’s world of suspense, mystery, and intrigue.
One of the great things about Dressed for Death is the further development of Drew’s relationships. He’s married to Madeline now, so readers get to experience that with him. His best friend Nick is courting Madeline’s friend and the four of them make an enjoyable team to hang about with. Drew’s laid back, often teasing, way is a delight, making him a flawed but perfect hero for this series.
Here’s hoping we’ll be seeing more of Drew Farthering and friends in the future.
And if you're wondering how you count five beans, you'll just have to pick this one up to find that answer!!
***Bethany House provided me with a complimentary copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest and fair review. All opinions expressed are my own.