Book Review ~ Rules of Murder by Julianna Deering

Drew Farthering Mystery, Book 1

Back of the book:

Introducing ~ Drew Farthering

From the tip of his black homburg to the crease in his cheviot trousers, he’s the epitome of a stylish 1930s English gentleman. His only problem? The body he just discovered.

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.

With the help of beautiful and ship-smart Madeline Parker, a guest from America, Drew proposes to use the lessons he’s learned reading his mysteries to solve the crime. Before long, he realizes this is no lark, and no one at Farthering Place is who he or she appears to be—not the butler nor blackmailer, the chauffeur nor embezzler. Trying hard to remain one step ahead of the killer—and trying harder to impress Madeline—Drew must decide how far to take this dangerous game.

My thoughts:

Many of the things that I have read about this book compare it to the style of Agatha Christie. I have to say that I would agree with that comparison. Of course Ms. Deering has her own unique writing voice but the plot twists and turns are reminiscent of those wonderful classic mysteries from the 20s and 30s.

From the beginning I thought that I had figured it out. But I was wrong. Then I thought that the plot involved multiple people. I was wrong again. As I was nearing the end I thought that I had surely figured it out, but I had not. Up until the complete scheme was revealed I had no idea who the real culprit was. In my opinion that is the sign of a well written murder mystery.

So if you are a fan of the old murder mysteries or if you are a new devotee to Downton Abbey I really think you will fall in love with Rules of Murder. I am looking forward to reading more about Drew Farthering and seeing what case he will solve next. According to the author’s website, the second installment Death by the Book is due out in Spring 2014.

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