Murder, mystery, and the English country side.
Rules of Murder (A Drew Farthering Mystery). As the title suggests, this is #1 in a series about armature detective Drew Farthering with book #2 scheduled to release February 2014 (Death by the Book (A Drew Farthering Mystery). As way of explanation it's like "Downton Abbey Meets Agatha Christie".
Drew Farthering, like any great accidental-detective, wasn't looking for murder, but find it he did. When a body is found on his country estate during a party, the inquisitive nature of Drew and his friend Nick Dennison kick into over-drive in an attempt to help the police who appear to be at a standstill with the case.
Through twists and turns, and the helpful nature and attractive companionship of Madeline Parker, Drew is set on a course to discover the truth behind the murder.
I enjoyed this novel from Julianna Deering and was reminded of Agatha Christie and Jessica Fletcher (from Murder she Wrote) as the novel progressed. I liked Drew and was interested to see how his character would grow throughout the novel. There was more than just mystery afoot as Deering combined romantic and spiritual elements in a very tasteful way.
I would have to say that, for me, the pacing was a little slow. This is not an action-packed, suspenseful type of book but more of a character based mystery. I did enjoy the time period elements immensely and the fact that it was set in the English countryside. I'd definitely recommend as a fun and intriguing read.
I received a free copy of this book for review purposes, but was under no obligation to read the book or post a review. I do so under my own motivation and the opinions I have expressed in this review are honest and entirely my own.