Monday, November 25, 2013

Rules of Murder by Julianna Deering | RE:View

Murder, mystery, and the English country side. 

I've had the pleasure of reviewing Julianna Deering's latest release, 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.  

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