Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Rules of Murder by Julianna Deering

I grew up feeding my love of mystery with Hercule Poirot and Lord Peter Wimsey. Finally, someone writing that same quality of mystery!

The setting is the 1930s England. A murder is uncovered and Drew Farthering, the heir of the family fortune, sets out to discover the murderer. His friend Nick, son of the butler, and newly arrived from America and potential girlfriend, Madeline, help him investigate.

I really liked this novel. It is not your modern mystery. It is in the style of classic mystery writers of nearly a century ago. The setting is a country estate near a small village. Drew now owns the estate and lives there with his mother and father-in-law. Drew is drawn to solving the mystery when man is found murdered in the manor greenhouse.

The dialog is snappy and interspersed with bits of humor. The characters are well developed and lovable. Drew is sort of a bumbling detective and gets drawn off course by red herrings. He faces his nominal faith near the end of the book and embraces a new dedication to it.

Overall, I really liked the book. For lovers of classic mysteries, this is a refreshing debut to a new series. Deering's entrance into the mystery genre is a success.

Julianna Deering is the pen name of multi-published author DeAnna Julie Dodson. She lives north of Dallas. To learn more, visit

Bethany House Publishers, 336 pages.

I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher for the purpose of this review.

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