- Series: A Drew Farthering Mystery (Book 1)
- MP3 CD
- Publisher: Brilliance Audio; MP3 Una edition (August 1, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1480513369
- ISBN-13: 978-1480513365
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.5 x 6.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 418 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,869,456 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Rules of Murder (A Drew Farthering Mystery)
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From Publishers Weekly
Deering's historical mystery, set in 1930s England, has all the elements of a good story, but they don't sum up to a fresh whole. Andrew Drew Farthering and his friend Nick—son of Farthering Place's intrepid butler, Dennison—team up in Hardy Boys–esque intrigue with their era-appropriate Nancy Drew, Madeline, to uncover the perpetrator of a series of heinous crimes. Blatant clues are showered on the reader like annoying confetti as the rather predictable plot meanders to its obvious conclusion. Lovingly detailed period couture description and cultural references provide some relief from stilted, repetitive dialogue and unlikable characters. When not coming off as utterly patronizing and as a caricature of British gentility, Drew wears his affected mannerisms like a badge of honor. While Madeline has the makings of a sympathetic female lead, she appears simpering and weak. Matters of faith are given lip service before being relegated to the literary cupboard in favor of imagined mysteries, gratuitous murders, and flirting. This is Downton Abbey meets Saturday Night Live. Agent: Wendy Lawton, Books & Such Literary Agency. (Aug.) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From the Back Cover
Introducing Drew Farthering
From the tip of his black Homburg hat to the crease in his cheviot trousers, he's the epitome of a stylish 1930s English gentleman. His only problem? The body he just discovered. 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. With the help of beautiful and whip-smart Madeline Parker, a guest from America, Drew proposes to use the lessons he's learned reading his mysteries to solve the crime. Before long, he realizes this is no lark, and no one at Farthering Place is who he or she appears to be -- not the blackmailer, not the adulterer, not the embezzler and not even Drew himself. Trying hard to remain one step ahead of the killer -- and trying harder to impress Madeline -- Drew must decide how far to take this dangerous game.
"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." --RT Book Reviews
"Julianna Deering gives us an enchanting mystery set around an England country estate in the 1930s. The main characters are delightful." -- Fresh Fiction
"In the same vein of an Agatha Christie novel, Julianna Deering gives us a unique and extremely fun read that will have you trying to solve the murder along with Drew and his friends...What a refreshing addition this is to the Christian fiction market!" - Rachel McRae, A Novel Bookshelf
"Rules of Murder is an entertaining and engaging mystery that will please readers of thrillers and well as historical fiction... The conclusion is a surprising twist that leaves the reader feeling satisfied." --The Christian Manifesto --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top customer reviews
Before the weekend is out, David Lincoln is found murdered in the greenhouse, and Drew’s mother has apparently committed suicide. But something seems wrong about both deaths, and Drew begins his own investigation, with the help of Nick and Madeline.
And what Drew finds in “Rules of Murder” by Julianna Deering are secrets buried in the distant past, a different view of his dead father and mother, his understanding of his own life turned upside down, the financial standing of the family firm threatened – and more than a touch of romance.
Published in 2013, “Rules of Murder” is the first of four Drew Fartherington detective novels written by Deering (two more are scheduled for publication). Her detective in an engaging and intelligent young man, the sole offspring of a wealthy family that owns a chemical research and manufacturing company. The family is relatively new landed gentry. Drew’s grandfather helped to found the firm, convinced the local town to change its name, and built a family home specifically constructed with old building materials and in different styles to architecture purposefully to appear old and established.
The author has done her research well. The story has the air of authenticity and the feel of the Golden Age of the murder mystery – the 1920s and 1930s. The police inspector is not so much bumbling as off investigating other leads, so that Drew and his friends occupy center stage in the story.
As the bodies pile up (and they do seem to pile up), Drew gets closer and closer to the truth, despite a plethora of red herrings tossed in his (and our) way. But the story finishes well, and Deering has provided an entertaining, highly readable whodunit.
I enjoyed the first novel of this new mystery series. Drew Farthering in the main sleuth intent on solving the double murder especially as it happened on his own estate and one of the victims was his own mother. The story included a great cast of characters who fit perfectly in this 1930's world. Nick is his right hand man and friend while Madeline is his love interest but also at his side trying to solve the crime as well. Drew and Madeline reminded me a lot of Tommy and Tuppence in their first book together (Agatha Christie characters). I look forward to seeing all these characters in the following books and how the relationship between Drew and Madeline develops.
Overall I found it to be a riveting novel, well-researched, with a mystery and writing voice perfectly suited for the time period. 5 stars.
Did I say breaks it? Shatters it completely!!!
"Rules of Murder" is a delightful read, full of intriguing characters, a terrific story, and—most especially important for a mystery novel—some lovely misdirection. I am happy to report that in the entire book I saw only one typo. (Just one!) It's obvious the author cares enough to have put into her work the time and effort it takes. I am even more happy to report that this book is clean, which meant I didn't have to flinch at sexual innuendo or downright offensive sex scenes.