Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Review - Death by the Book

Death by the Book
A Drew Farthering Mystery, book two
by Julianna Deering
Publisher: Bethany House
Pub. Date: March 4, 2014
ISBN: 978-0764210969
Pages: 320
Buy Link: Paperback


You might've remember me reviewing Rules of Murder by Julianna Deering last year, a throwback mystery in the style of the great Agatha Christie. Now, the author is back with the sequel, Death by the Book, and as you can see by the book cover, the author respects the old-fashion mystery genre.

Once again, Drew Farthering is the main Protagonist, who was looking forward to announcing his engagement to the American, Madeline Parker, but fate has other plans for him for the summer of 1932 when a series of murders occurs in the Village of Farthering St.

While he isn't a professional detective, his love for reading Ronald Knox's mysteries and his experiences that occurred during Rules of Murder have prepared him to take on the mysterious new case (including the death of his family's attorney) that has baffled the police. Along at his side is his friend, Nick, who happens to be the butler's son; together they try to link the attorney's death to the murder of a local physician. The bodies keep piling up that is until the police arrest the murderer, but Drew suspects they have caught the wrong person and the killer is still on the loose.

With two different Sherlock Holmes television series currently on the air, I'm surprised there aren't more cunning detective novels being released similar to the Drew Farthering Mystery series. Whomever is designing the covers to the series is doing a remarkable job at it, as one glimpse at the cover gets my attention. Sometimes sequels can be a bit of a bore, but Death by the Book is better than the first installment; pitting Drew against another murder case. I enjoyed the side-story involving Madeline's aunt, whom Drew is trying to impress before they announce their engagement. Speaking of Drew, it is nice to see an intelligent character with moral values. With twists and turns around every corner, Death by the Book is a fast-paced page-turner that I thoroughly enjoyed reading.

If you liked this review, please keep an eye out for my review on the third book, Murder at the Mikado.

*Disclaimer - I received a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

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