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Death by the Book (A Drew Farthering Mystery Book #2) [Kindle Edition]

Julianna Deering
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WHEN THE VILLAGE OF FARTHERING ST. JOHN IS Stunned BY A SERIES OF MURDERS, DREW FARTHERING IS DRAWN again INTO THE SLEUTHING GAME.


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?

PRAISE for RULES OF MURDER

"Readers will want to carve out uninterrupted time to read this mystery in one sitting. Red herrings at every turn will have them guessing and flipping pages until the shocking end."
--Chandra McNeil, RT Book Reviews


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WHEN THE VILLAGE OF FARTHERING ST. JOHN IS Stunned BY A SERIES OF MURDERS, DREW FARTHERING IS DRAWN again INTO THE SLEUTHING GAME.


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?

PRAISE for RULES OF MURDER

"Readers will want to carve out uninterrupted time to read this mystery in one sitting. Red herrings at every turn will have them guessing and flipping pages until the shocking end."
--Chandra McNeil, RT Book Reviews

"Fans of Agatha Christie need to make room on their bookshelves for the Drew Farthering Mystery
series. Even as readers are kept on their toes trying to figure out 'whodunit' and may be shocked at who dies next, a message of hope weaves throughout the story." --RT Magazine

About the Author

Julianna Deering is the creator of the acclaimed Drew Farthering Mystery series. She has always loved British history and is a particular fan of the writings of Dorothy Sayers and Agatha Christie. She graduated from the University of Texas at Dallas with a degree in Business Administration and spent several years as a Certified Public Accountant. She lives outside Dallas, Texas. Learn more at www.juliannadeering.com.

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  • File Size: 3886 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (March 4, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DWA6A04
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Page-Turning Sequel July 15, 2014
Format:Paperback
You might've remember me reviewing Rules of Murder by Julianna Deering last year, a throwback mystery in the style of the great Agatha Christie. Now, the author is back with the sequel, Death by the Book, and as you can see by the book cover, the author respects the old-fashion mystery genre.

Once again, Drew Farthering is the main Protagonist, who was looking forward to announcing his engagement to the American, Madeline Parker, but fate has other plans for him for the summer of 1932 when a series of murders occurs in the Village of Farthering St.

While he isn't a professional detective, his love for reading Ronald Knox's mysteries and his experiences that occurred during Rules of Murder have prepared him to take on the mysterious new case (including the death of his family's attorney) that has baffled the police. Along at his side is his friend, Nick, who happens to be the butler's son; together they try to link the attorney's death to the murder of a local physician. The bodies keep piling up that is until the police arrest the murderer, but Drew suspects they have caught the wrong person and the killer is still on the loose.

With two different Sherlock Holmes television series currently on the air, I'm surprised there aren't more cunning detective novels being released similar to the Drew Farthering Mystery series. Whomever is designing the covers to the series is doing a remarkable job at it, as one glimpse at the cover gets my attention. Sometimes sequels can be a bit of a bore, but Death by the Book is better than the first installment; pitting Drew against another murder case. I enjoyed the side-story involving Madeline's aunt, whom Drew is trying to impress before they announce their engagement.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Reminded me of Wodehouse and Sayers March 19, 2014
By doremi
Format:Kindle Edition
This was a delightful book. It reminded me of Dorothy Sayers and P.G. Wodehouse books. While not as comical or crazy as Wooster and Jeeves, it had some fine moments. It even referred to a favorite scene in "The Importance of Being Earnest."

1. This book has some awesome characters. One of my favorites was Aunt Ruth. Aunt Ruth reminded me of Maggie Smith in Downton Abbey with her acerbic wit. Nick says of her, "I believe the only thing she didn't accuse me of was sacrificing Christian maidens to my pagan gods out here on the front lawn" (location 161). Aunt Ruth quickly jumps to conclusions, is used to getting her way, and is a force to be reckoned with.

2. I enjoyed the relationship between Drew Farthering and Chief Inspector Birdsong. I haven't read the first book in this series yet but it was clear in the early part of this book that Drew tends to get a little more involved in investigations than may be proper. Chief Inspector Birdsong is in a delicate spot of wanting ONLY the police to handle things yet realizing that Mr. Farthering has moments of brilliance and insight as well. His sarcasm in their conversations brought many a smile. :)

The relationship and trust between Drew and Madeline was sweet and wonderful. "Her tender words held only a desire to know and console, and he felt certain he could trust her with those little raw places he carried inside" (location 818). I found myself rooting for them.

3. I loved the fact that Drew Farthering had a real, solid faith and that he shared life-giving truth to people in need. It was as natural as breathing to him yet wasn't forced or heavy handed. At one spot when someone doubted a good Christian man could sin in such a way, he said, "Good Christian men have stumbled before.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A quote in a note is a clue to murder March 9, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
It’s the summer of 1932 in the English village of Farthering St. John, where a series of bizarre murders has villagers on edge. Protagonist Drew Farthering, lord of the manor and gentleman of the old school, plays the reluctant amateur sleuth.

Drew’s social standing gives him access to village gossip that the police don’t have. Chief Inspector Birdsong grumps about it but tolerates Drew’s assistance. Drew is aided and abetted by his best friend, Nick, the butler’s son who was raised with Drew after Nick’s mother died; and Madeline, an American debutante who came to visit but fell in love with Drew and stayed.

The murders come in quick succession. First, a lawyer, followed by a doctor, then a woman known for her Bohemian lifestyle. In each case, a seemingly random note is pinned to the body by a Victorian hatpin. Drew, Nick and Madeline, all well-read, try to puzzle out the source of the note quotes as clues to the killer’s identity.

In a humorous story thread, Drew’s charm and sensitivity are tested by the arrival of Madeline’s Aunt Ruth. She steams in from America to save her niece from “shifty-eyed” foreigners, especially Englishmen whose "foreign ways are no match for honest American truth."

Drew confronts the killer in a scene both frightening and poignant, with the perfect classical quote to wrap it up.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An extremely well written and delightful mystery March 1, 2014
By Joan N.
Format:Paperback
I grew up on Agatha Christie, P. G. Wodehouse, Dorothy Sayers, and the like. I love British mysteries and I love the ones Deering has created.

I love the witty and “terribly clever” dialog, the tongue in cheek comments, the repartee between Drew and Madeline. I love the characters – that Aunt Ruth, the “old pepper pot,” is a kick! I love the Chief Inspector Birdsong and his relationship with “Detective” Farthering.

Drew is just a darling fellow, such a gentleman, and a fine Christian. He is so in love with Madeline. He has an insatiable curiosity and is intrigued by the murders, even though they are becoming uncomfortably close. He's pretty smart too, even if he did miss the clue when it nearly bumped into him. He is certainly a hero worthy of any British maiden.

I love the way the mystery is slowly but methodically investigated, how the author has deftly choreographed the action. I love the literary references to Shakespeare and the overall writing style. I love the author's use of language. (When was the last time you saw “lief” in a novel?) I love the bit of humor added from time to time. I love how this is a thinking person's mystery.

This is a delightful British murder mystery set in the 1930s. It is extremely well written with the perfect balance of developing plot and compelling dialog. I do hope they'll be another in the series soon.

I received a complimentary egalley of this novel from the publisher for the purpose of this independent and honest review.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Back to the 20s and 30s
A good read. Reminiscent of Agatha Christie.
Published 6 days ago by Theda L. Silcock
5.0 out of 5 stars The Slow Boil to an Exciting, Unexpected, and Explosive Ending Type.
Having just finished Book 1 in the Drew Farthering Mystery series, Rules of Murder, I was eager to see what was next for the intrepid trio of Drew, Nick, and Madeline. Read more
Published 10 days ago by KimberlyR
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, clean, but need more...
This is Julianna Deering’s 2nd book in the The Drew Farthering Mystery series. The first was Rules of Murder. Read more
Published 1 month ago by M & S Scales
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable in spite of Madeline.
The plot was very clever, and I enjoyed the story as a whole just as much as the first book, but Madeline started grating on my nerves. Read more
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