Rules of Murder, Drew Farthering Mystery Series #1
Great, Clean Mystery On The Christian Market!
I'm not a very big fan of mystery, but the book club I am a part of at church decided on this one to read. Once completing it I was very surprised in how much I enjoyed it! I didn't feel it was very different from any other typical mystery novel available on the market, but it had a good story line that kept me on my toes in figuring out who the murderer was! I was tickled pink when I found out at the end that I was halfway right which is seriously uncommon for me! However with that said, it doesn't mean that the case was easy to figure it out!
Throughout Rules of Murder there was not any really gruesome parts/images except maybe two that were not very descriptive, but left the mind little to imagine. The characters were very enjoyable, especially Drew, Nick, and Madeleine! I absolutely loved their interactions and the growing romance between two of them!
I do want to mention that this book might fall under inspirational, but really there was not a lot of "religious talk" as some people might call it. Actually, one of the main characters has some issues with God more or less. There are only a few small mentions in different parts of the book concerning his struggles and believing if God is really there. I felt this enhanced the story rather then take away because it was easier to relate to him.
Overall, great mystery that is clean with good romance as well as a fair dose of humor (that was also one of my favorite things about the book next to the romance)! Plenty of suspense too! Just when you think you know who the murderer is, you find out that your wrong!
December 26, 2013
rules of murder review
"Rules of Murder" by Julianna Deering is a murder mystery that takes place in 1930's England society. When Drew Farthering comes home to his country estate his mother throws a party for her society friends (and a few enemies) and winds up dead along with a certain dastardly guest. Drew and Madeline, his step-father's niece from America, play detective and try to find the killer(s?).
In the beginning, Deering goes overboard on trying to sound "society" with an abundance of 'my boy' and 'if you please', etc. I did a lot of eye rolling at first. It takes quiet a little reading to quit noticing. The story doesn't catch right away, but when the Americans show up, the story gets rolling. Following the arrival of the Americans, Deering drops one unexpected plot surprise after another. The characters start to grow on the reader and before you know it you don't want to put it down. Deering also covers the separation and differences in class during that time period which makes for interesting reading as well. I received this book for free from Bethany House.
December 14, 2013
Exciting Historical Mystery
I love mysteries, I love the 30's, and I love to play Clue. So, take a murder mystery, set it in the 30's, slap a cover on it that reminds me of Clue, and I am more than likely going to give it a go! "Rules of Murder" was worth the go, if I do say so myself.
"Rules of Murder" is a fast-paced murder mystery set in the 1930's. When his mothers house party goes very wrong, it is up to Drew Farthering, best friend Nick Dennison, and Madeline Parker, his step-fathers spunky American niece, to solve this mystery.
This book is perfectly paced, never too slow, never too fast, and with a comical twist on the old black and white mystery movies. The mystery itself, is sometimes predictable, but not at all boring. The romance is clean and very sweet, with a nice Christian element. And the whole book just had a great 1930's feel to it.
It is after all a murder mystery, and it got to me in a couple of places with sweaty palms, shallow breathing, and I might have covered my eyes once or twice. (Yes, I know, it's a book...) Also, there was one particularly gory passage towards the end, which caused me to put the book down for the rest of the day. So, I would not suggest this book for those that are younger.
This is an excellently written story for mystery lovers, with a sweet Christian theme woven throughout. I can fully recommend it as a fun read for a rainy day!
*I received this book free from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest review.
December 6, 2013
Fun little mystery
Drew and his best friend love reading mysteries. So when a person dies on Drew's property during a huge party, they decide to help the police investigate. But when the murder hits closer to home it becomes harder to separate the fact from fiction. Murder isn't fun when it's personal.
I could not put this book down. Stayed up really late finishing it. I really enjoyed the style of writing, the way the author wove the styles and thoughts of famous mystery writers into the story. I don't read a lot of mysteries so this had some pros and cons for me. The clues were perfectly misleading at times, which makes the book fun. I didn't figure out the story until very close to the end. I will admit that the small bit of romance thrown in was weak and not my favorite part. But I read a lot more romance than I do mystery so this was a really nice change and I focused on the who-done-it part instead. Die hard fans of mystery might find this a bit bland. But it made a welcome change from my typical genre and I really enjoyed it. I will definitely be keeping this author on my radar.
I received this book free of charge from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review.
October 23, 2013