Rules of Murder
Drew Farthering loves a good mystery, although he generally expects to find it in the pages of a novel, not on the grounds of his country estate. But when a weekend party at Farthering Place is ruined by murder and the police seem flummoxed, Drew decides to look into the cri... Read More
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Soon, financial irregularities at Drew's stepfather's company come to light and it's clear that all who remain at Farthering Place could be in danger. Trying hard to remain one step ahead of the killer - and trying harder to impress Madeline - Drew must decide how far to take this game.
An exciting mystery that fans of Agatha Christie will love, Rules of Murder from author Julianna Deering introduces us to this 1930s gentleman and new detective, star of the Drew Fathering Mysteries.
Page Count: 336
- Product type: Book
- Format: Softcover
- Release Date: Aug 1, 2013
- UPC: 9780764210952
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- Volumes/Discs: 1
- Pages: 336
- Publish Date: Aug 1, 2013
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- Audience Age Minimum: 0
- BISAC: "FIC022030"
- ISBN: 0764210955
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- What’s in a name? Everything! by BTSCelebs on 10/16/13
What’s in a name? Everything!
Under the pen name Deering, author DeAnna Julie Dodson takes readers into the mind of a serial killer. “Rules Of Murder” is not what it appears to be. The book’s preview describes one murder occurring in Farthering Place, but two murders actually happen at the same time.
The wealthy and wayward Drew Farthering is on a mission to find the killer and he invites his best buddy Nick and new lady love Madeline for the ride.
- “Rules of Murder” by Julianna Deering by tickmenot on 10/11/13
This is a whodunit written in the classic English mystery style of the 1920′s and 30′s. Handsome Drew Farthering is single, rich and the heir apparent to Farthering Place, a grand estate in the English countryside. His best friend, Nick, is the son of the head butler. After the death of Drew’s father, his mother, Constance, married Mason Parker.
The story opens with Drew and Nick arriving back at the manse and discovering his mother was throwing a grand party, complete with fireworks, that weekend. The house is overflowing with guests. Mason’s American niece Madeline and two girlfriends are scheduled to arrive the next day, one of the first stops on their European tour. Upon Madeline’s arrival, Drew is immediately smitten with her.
The night of the party, a body is found in the greenhouse, and Constance is discovered dead in her bed. Drew and Nick are hopeful they can discover the identity of the murderer. Per Drew’s request, Madeline agrees to give up her tour of Europe to stay and help solve the murders, as well. Madeline also wants to help and support her uncle during his time of grieving.
This story has many twists and turns, with more bodies showing up as time goes by. There are lots of interesting characters and events. The reader is led in many different directions when trying to solve the mystery. Even though I thought I had the mystery figured out, I was completely wrong. The author really fooled me.
I liked this story, it is a clean mystery. This is the first book in the Drew Farthering Mysteries series. I am a great fan of classic English mysteries, especially works by Dorothy Sayers and Agatha Christie. Because of that, I am pernickety about the work of modern authors who attempt to write as if they were from that time period. Julianna Deering did a good job creating that illusion. She does enough period references to make this story really feel like it was written between the two world wars. Her characters were well developed and believable. This tale kept me guessing “whodunit” to the very end. I liked that faith was part of the story, although I do wish it had a bit stronger presence. The next book in the series will have a lot to live up to, and I look forward to reading it. I recommend this book and give it five stars.
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.
- Looking forward to another Drew Farthering Story! by Victory Girl on 8/11/13
A "Christian" murder mystery? Well, when I saw this book, "Rules of Murder" by Julianna Deering and offered by Bethany House, I just had to read it!
The story, set in the 1930's English countryside, introduces Drew Farthering as the gentleman "detective" trying to solve the murders of his mother, step-father, and a cad named "Lincoln". Drew and his buddy, Nick, are both charming, well-mannered, chivalrous, and quite funny. Drew's love interest, the spunky Madeline Parker, also happens to be his step-father's niece from America whom he meets at the beginning of the book.
Although I had an idea at start of the story that one of the victims was not actually a victim at all, the book really took some twists and turns and was not the predictable story I had first feared it to be. Instead, I was pleasantly surprised...by everything.
After reading many secular mysteries, I must say that I truly enjoyed a great story that didn't get caught up in gore, sex, and/or vulgar language, and would highly recommend this to any mystery-lover who is ready for an entertaining tale.
I for one am looking forward to the next Drew Farthering escapade!
Disclosure of Material Connection: I was provided a free copy of this book by Bethany House in exchange for my honest opinion.