Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Review: Rules of Murder by Julianna Deering

About the book:

Rules of Murder  by Julianna Deering
A Drew Farthing Mystery: Book 1
Bethany House

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. When a weekend party at Farthering Place is ruined by murder and the police seem flummoxed, Drew decides to look into the crime himself. With the help of his best friend, Nick Dennison, an avid mystery reader, and Madeline Parker, a beautiful and whip-smart American debutante staying as a guest, the three try to solve the mystery as a lark, using the methods from their favorite novels.

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.

My review:

Drew Farthing, charming lord of Fathering Place, and his good friend Nick Dennison are murder mystery aficionados. So when they return home for yet another boring party the last thing they expect to find is a shocking and personal double murder. Along with Madeline Parker, a lovely and smart visitor from America, the trio set out to solve the crime. Plenty of twists and turns along the way will keep even the biggest mystery buffs guessing till the end.
 Drew was a strong, refreshing male voice who was easy to love. The flirtations between Drew and Madeline were adorable and believable without the dreaded insta love. Drew and Nick’s interactions were also one of my favorite parts of the book and their banter had me chuckling the whole way through.
 The mystery element of the story had the feel of a favorite Agatha Christie novel. Just when I thought I had figured out “who-dun-it” the author throws in a twist and I was back to square one.
 Oozing with British charm, Rules of Murder is a must read for any mystery fan. Deering has found a new fan and I am looking forward to the sequel, Death by the Book, releasing in February 2014.

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