The Rules of Murder by Julianna Deering ~ CFBA Tour & Review

Rules of Murder (Drew Farthering Mystery #1)Lucie's Review:

Drew Farthering is a young man of leisure, with a love for mystery novels, and a longing to actually do something with his life. When real life murder and mayhem come into his life, it is up to him, his best friend, Nick Dennison, and his step-father's beautiful niece to solve the murder before it is too late, but murders don't always follow the rules, as they quickly find out...

I imagine that this book was written with the classic mysteries like Agatha Christie in mind, as well as the lush setting and family complexities of Downton Abbey. Rules of Murder does not disappoint with a full cast of characters, each with their own vice or secret, and plot twists that will keep you guessing till the very end! I know that I thought I had it all figured out, but I was wrong!

Drew was a good hero, he didn't have everything figured out and he was still growing and learning about life, he was open, yet he analyzed everything carefully. Nick was a great character and served as a best friend, equal and confidant for Drew.

I loved the complexity of the relationships in this book, there were so many secrets and pasts, and that brought such a fullness and richness to the story. There was some romance, and other cases of mistaken identity. Honestly this book had it all! I would highly recommend it!

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This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Rules of Murder
Bethany House Publishers (August 1, 2013)
Julianna Deering


JULIANNA DEERING has always been an avid reader and a lover of storytelling, whether on the page, the screen or the stage. This, along with her keen interest in history and her Christian faith, shows in her tales of love, forgiveness and triumph over adversity. A fifth-generation Texan, she makes her home north of Dallas with three spoiled cats and, when not writing, spends her free time quilting, cross stitching and watching NHL hockey. Her new series of Drew Farthering mysteries set in 1930s England debuts with Rules of Murder (Bethany House, 2013) and will be followed by Death by the Book (Bethany House, 2014).


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.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Rules of Murder, go HERE.

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