Thursday, June 5, 2014

Death by the Book

Death by the Book (Drew Farthering Mystery #2)

4 Stars

This is the second installment in the Drew Farthering Mysteries set in 1932 in a little village of Fathering St. John, Great Britain.

Book Description
Drew Farthering wanted nothing more than to end the summer of 1932 with the announcement of his engagement. Instead, he finds himself caught up in another mysterious case when the family solicitor is found murdered, an antique hatpin with a cryptic message, Advice to Jack, piercing his chest.
Evidence of secret meetings and a young girl's tearful confession point to the victim's double life, but what does the solicitor's murder have to do with the murder of a physician on the local golf course? Nothing, it would seem--except for another puzzling note, affixed with a similar-looking bloodied hatpin.
Soon the police make an arrest in connection with the murders, but Drew isn't at all certain they have the right suspect in custody. And why does his investigation seem to be drawing him closer and closer to home?

My Review

This is a wonderful mystery interlaced with humor that will keep you guessing all through the story. It brings some wonderful characters and dialogue that I was not expecting. Drew Farthering and the inspector have a relationship that actually brings humor to the story. I enjoyed the verbal banter between Drew and Madeline.  This is a good, clean read. This author brings us well developed characters and a storyline that will quickly pull the reader in.  I would recommend it to anyone. I received this book as a gift from Bethany House for an honest review without bias or outside influences. 

Meet the Author
Julianna Deering

JULIANNA DEERING has always been an avid reader and a lover of storytelling, whether on the page, the screen or the stage. This, along with her keen interest in history and her Christian faith, shows in her tales of love, forgiveness and triumph over adversity. A fifth-generation Texan, she makes her home north of Dallas with three spoiled cats and, when not writing, spends her free time quilting, cross stitching and watching NHL hockey. Her new series of Drew Farthering mysteries set in 1930s England debuted with Rules of Murder (Bethany House, 2013) and will be followed by Death by the Book and Murder at the Mikado (Bethany House, 2014). She is represented by Wendy Lawton of the Books & Such Literary Agency (

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