Rules of Murder by Julianna Deering

A Drew Farthering Mystery Book 1
Published by Bethany House
Source: Netgalley

‘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.’

A well written Agatha Christie style romp. Set in the 1930’s at a manor house. I loved the fact that many vintage authors and titles of their books were named and two of the main characters were vintage mystery fans. Drew and his fellow mystery reader, Nick, decide to investigate the murder on their own and break every ‘rule of murder’ on writer Ronald Knox’s 10 Commandments of Detective Fiction. Fun, romance and danger ensue! 

This is classified as Christian fiction, published by a Christian publishing company. Although as Christian fiction goes Ms. Deering doesn’t incorporate issues of faith and religion as the main stay of the story. It’s all about the mystery with casual mention about the characters faith. It should appeal to everyone. Well developed characters, period detail, humor and a well plotted mystery to solve. I am looking forward to the next installment, Death by the Book, due out March 1st, 2014.

Book quotes:
~ “Nick showed her the book he carried: The Footsteps at the Lock, “Have you read any Ronald Knox? I’ve only just started this one.” 
“I haven’t heard of him,” Madeline admitted.
“Some priest chappie turned mystery writer. I just got through The Three Taps. He tells a ripping tale, Father Knox. He’s even got a list he calls his ‘Ten Commandments’ about what one should and shouldn’t put into a proper detective story. I think he’s jolly right, too.”

~ “Nick looked at Madeline and tapped the side of his nose knowingly, saying in a loud stage whisper, “I have it on the best of authorities that Mr. Farthering has a complete set of Doyle in his study, several of Mrs. Chrisite’s novels in his golf bag, and a stack of books by that Sayers woman in the boot of his car.” 

~ “Almost without fail, darling, so you’d ought to be on your best behavior. Good thing we’re on our way to church. In fact, I’m sure it will do wonders for your reputation to be seen going. Evidently, it doesn’t matter why you’re going so long as you are seen.”
“Do you think everyone’s a hypocrite?”
“Of course not. But there seems to be a great many of them in the church.”
“There are a great many of them everywhere, in case you haven’t noticed. Maybe church is the best place for them, anyway.” She smiled up at him in that pert, challenging way she had. “It’s not the healthy people who need the hospital, you know.”

Happy Reading!
Peggy Ann

4 thoughts on “Rules of Murder by Julianna Deering

  1. Your welcome, DeAnna! It was refreshing as a 'Christian' novel. I use to read pretty much nothing but that years ago but the over the top goodness and light got to be too much for me as I got older and learned life isn't like that and turned towards more realistic writing. Yours was a perfect blend!


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