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When a celebrated ACTOR IS FOUND MURDERED IN HIS DRESSING ROOM, all signs point to Drew's old flame. But behind the curtains nothing is what it seems and this quickly becomes his MOST puzzling case YET.

Just as Drew Farthering thinks his life has calmed down some, Fleur Landis, a former girlfriend, reappears, in dire need of his help. She's married now, no longer an actress--but the lead actor in her former troupe's production of The Mikado has been murdered, and Fleur is the police's number one suspect.

Drew would rather focus on his fiancée, Madeline Parker, and their upcoming wedding, but he can't leave Fleur and her family in the lurch--even if she did break his heart once. As Drew, Nick, and Madeline begin investigating, they discover more going on behind the scenes of the theater troupe than could ever have been imagined. It seems nearly everyone had a motive, and alibis are few and far between.

Both the murder case and the presence of the beautiful, exotic Fleur put a heavy strain on Drew and Madeline's relationship. Will their still-young romance survive the pressure?

"Deering gives us an enchanting mystery set around an England country estate in the 1930s... Rules of Murder is a wonderful, inspirational novel for those of you who love a good murder mystery."--Fresh Fiction

"Old and new fans will enjoy the Agatha Christie-esque feel of the story, which is brimming with intrigue, romantic angst and mystery."---RT Book Reviews

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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: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (July 1, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764210971
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764210976
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (105 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #593,800 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The element of romance woven into each mystery is great.
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I love all the British sayings in the book and the author truly made me feel as though I were right there with her characters in this story.
Julie Danielson
In Murder at the Mikado, Julianna Deering brings us another charming tale of intrigue in the Drew Farthering Mystery series.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Harold Wolf TOP 50 REVIEWER on June 24, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Such fun, I say, capitol reading for all. The period stands out in setting, dialogue, costume, and plot. "How can that bode but well?" A retired actress, Fleur , claims she is a changed woman. With just weeks until his own wedding, Drew Farthering will have to convince himself that Fleur is better, and do it prior to the cops convicting her of murder. It looks bad. Then again, she could be a murderess and just performing off-stage, the role of innocence. Sleuthing amid wedding planning vexes fiancée Farthering-to-be Madeline. One mus'n't get blood on one's veil; simply isn't done.

Did Farthering beat CI Birdsong in solving yet another murder? "Might have done, . . . just a theory." This continuing series is rah-ther spot-on mostly murder mystery with a jolly bit of romance for the girls, so even a chap can get along famously with this novel. Plenty of characters continue from books 1 & 2, "RULES OF MURDER" & "DEATH BY THE BOOK"; also highly recommended reading. I'd suggest reading them in order, that's as may be. Author Deering is savvy enough to allow each story to read well as stand-alone too.

Oh, Bother! What if the publisher ends this series at 3 books; deuced of an idea. Steady on, I fancy more Drew Farthering Mysteries in the series. Dashed it all, at least a dozen.

Helpful Links: Rules of Murder (A Drew Farthering Mystery Book #1)
Death by the Book (A Drew Farthering Mystery Book #2)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Laura V on June 24, 2014
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Another hit from Julianna Deering! The Drew Farthering Mysteries just keep getting better and better. I so enjoy the witty banter, the clever who-done-it and the imminently likable characters – it’s one of those books you don’t want to put down.

In this installment, a woman from Drew’s past comes to beg his help and, by her very presence, put his future with the lovely Madeline Parker in jeopardy. When the gorgeous former actress Fleur Landis slinks back into Drew’s life, she brings murder and mayhem with her. Chock full of fun Gilbert and Sullivan references, touchingly heartfelt emotion and, of course, the requisite perplexing and mysterious deaths, Julianna Deering manages once again to hit all the right notes. I can’t help but hope we’re in for another dose of Drew, Madeline and Nick in the not too distant future.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By DLHSmith on June 25, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
This is the third book in the Drew Farthering Mystery series. I reviewed Death by the Book about six or so months ago, and I read the first book, Rules of Murder after I read Death by the Book.

What do you love in a mystery? Clues, multiple suspects, style, multiple murders, red herrings, and few obvious clues that help you solve the mystery. A classic whodunit. Ah, but this is more than that.

The subplot is the romance between Drew and his newly engaged fiancée, Madeline, who, in truth, have only known each other six months. They met in the first book, Rules of Murder, fell in love at first sight, and the rest is supposed to be history. But will it be?
A former flame of Drew’s shows up unexpectedly and pleads with him to clear her of a murder charge. Madeline is totally against Drew’s participation, even as she helps him decipher clues and move closer to a solution.

It seems that Fleur Landis is a beauty, and a master seductress. Madeline says she believes that Drew isn’t attracted to her anymore, but her heart has a hard time overcoming her own fear of losing Drew, as she lost another some years previous.

To the main plot – Drew stays on the case and little-by-little uncovers motives, suspects, more bodies, and finally figures out what happened. There’s a great scene in the vein of the classic gathering of suspects where the truth comes out. As a result, a shocking surprise occurs that has life-changing implications for a number of the characters.

I won’t summarize the murder plot for you. The romance was more fun, and got quite heated, but not in the way you might suspect.
What I will do is tell you who I liked, and who I didn’t like, as characters. I didn’t like Fleur, and I didn’t blame Madeline for not trusting her.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Coffee Addicted Writer's Reviews TOP 1000 REVIEWER on December 14, 2014
Format: Paperback
One of my guilty reading pleasures is reading Agatha Christie mystery novels, so I was more than exciting to read "A Drew Farthering Mystery" series by Julianna Deering, which the plots of her books are inspired by the mystery novels of the 1930s. After reading Rules of Murder and Death by the Book, I was more than excited to read the third installment, Murder at the Mikado. Technically, I did read the book back in July, but a few things came up and I never got around to writing the review. Therefore, I reread the book recently, so I could refresh my mind before writing this review.

Drew Farthering, a young man who loves a good mystery, is once again the main character. It seems that murder just follows him wherever he goes. His ex-actress-girlfriend, Fleur Landis, seeks his help. Though she is now retired from acting, she is still connected to her troupe's production of The Mikado. The star of the show has been murdered and Fleur happens to be the police's number one suspect, though she convinces Drew that she is innocent of the crime.

Being the gentleman that he is, of course Drew agrees to help clear Fleur's name, despite the fact that he would rather concentrate on his upcoming wedding to Madeline Parker, who doesn't quite see why Drew would help a woman who once broke his heart. Eventually, Drew talks Madeline and his pal Nick into helping him investigate the murder and they soon discover that there is more to this crime than what meets the eye.

The characters in Murder at the Mikado feels like they literally stepped out of a dime-novel that was written during the Golden Age. Author Julianna Deering does a wonderful job crafting a memorable murder mystery with plenty of twist and turns throughout. Overall, Murder at the Mikado is a well-written mystery that I loved reading.

*Disclaimer - I received a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.
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