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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?


"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 has always loved British history and literature and is particularly a fan of the classic mysteries written by Dorothy Sayers and Agatha Christie. She graduated from the University of Texas at Dallas and now works for an attorney specializ
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Product Details

  • Series: A Drew Farthering Mystery
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (March 4, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764210963
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764210969
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (123 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #301,167 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Coffee Addicted Writer (Billy) TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rosie on April 21, 2014
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An amazing follow-up!

I love sequels that follow the same characters we met in the first. Sequels are a great opportunity to further character development and as a bonus we get to spend more time with our favorite characters! Win-win scenario, right? Once again I found myself impressed with the vivid settings and the tangibility of Deering's characters.

Drew was a model hero, yet again. His continued integrity and honor towards Madeline warmed my heart. Aunt Ruth had nothing to worry about. ;-) Time and time again, Drew proved himself a gentleman even when met with discourteous individuals. This is probably what makes him such an attractive lead. He isn't without his flaws, but I think it's fair to say that Drew has learned from plenty of mistakes in his past.

I don't have too much to say about Madeline, but I will say I admired her patience with her stubborn aunt. I also really liked her unwillingness to rush into marriage. I thought it was a wise decision on her part and realistic. After all, you don't go out and marry someone you just met.

As far as the mystery goes, Deering did a wonderful job yet again. I was constantly guessing throughout the book and then I made conclusions alongside Drew. I love it when I can be surprised, and Mrs. Deering did just that. Overall I loved the book and I can't wait to return to Farthering St. John! I highly recommend to fans of mysteries, ages fifteen and older due to some minor violence.

I received this book from Bethany House in return for an honest review of my opinions, which I have done. Thanks!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Joan N. on March 1, 2014
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By doremi on March 19, 2014
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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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