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Rules of Murder (#01 in Drew Farthering Mystery Series)

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Rules of Murder (#01 in Drew Farthering Mystery Series)

Downton Abbey Meets Agatha Christie in This Sparkling Mystery

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.

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Downton Abbey Meets Agatha Christie in This Sparkling Mystery

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.

- Publisher

Meet the Author

Julianna Deering

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 specializing in wills and estate planning. She lives outside Dallas, Texas, where she loves to quilt, cross-stitch, and watch hockey. Learn more at www.juliannadeering.com. A

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Riveting Mystery
5 stars By Melissa, Sep 28 2013
This debut novel by Julianna Deering, is an excellent mystery tale that keeps the reader entertained and captivated from start to finish. I love the period setting of 1930s England. The leading characters are endearing and I enjoyed the banter between them very much. It was also good to see how the Christian theme was demonstrated through lifestyle, rather than by mere words. I also liked the book as it kept me guessing as to who the perpetrator actually was. A thoroughly riveting read that I would highly recommend!!!
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Classic Detective Fiction with a Christian Flavour
5 stars By Iola, Aug 09 2013
Drew Fathering has returned home to the family estate in Hampshire, England, and finds his mother and stepfather are hosting a house party, and the 'odious David Lincoln' has been given his room. But other guests are more pleasant, particularly Miss Madeline Parker, his stepfather's attractive American niece. Drew finds he and Madeline share a common interest in reading detective stories: Drew's current favourite author is Ronald Knox, a Roman Catholic priest who postulated Ten Commandments of Detective Fiction. So, this is a murder mystery, and the party gives Deering a good opportunity to introduce the reader to the house guests, and to the victim. Someone dies (that's not a spoiler. It's a murder mystery. Someone has to die - see the above commandments), and Drew attempts to solve the murder with the help of Madeline and his friend, Nick. 

The writing was solid, and I liked the occasional injection of humour. The author has a strong voice and makes good use of vocabulary and word order to indicate the working class accent, and has a good grip on the vocabulary of the time (although I still noticed a couple of Americanisms, like a quarter after eight and inviting most everyone). But Julianna Deering has captured the essence of the genre, and I'll look forward to reading more of the Drew Fathering Mysteries. 

Thanks to Bethany House and NetGalley for providing a free ebook for review.
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