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Earlier this week I began a series of reviews on Julianna Deering’s Drew Farthering Mysteries, beginning with the first book, Rules of Murder.
The second book in the series, Death by the Book, is set in the Summer of 1932. While Drew Farthering, amateur detective, is taking over the estate after the murders of his mother and step-father, and trying to convince his American girlfriend to marry him, a series of murders that all seem to be connected back to him and his small circle of friends sets him off on a brand new adventure.
Can he decipher the mysterious clues left behind by the killer? Is the killer trying to tear him and Madeline apart? Dark secrets begin to appear as Drew untangles the web of mysterious murders, and he wonders if anyone is really as they seem.
Deering’s Death by the Book is a fascinating mystery that will keep you on the edge of your seat, flipping pages until the mystery is solved. I did find, though, that the pacing of Death by the Book was a bit off, as I had guessed the killer only two-thirds into the book.
I was disappointed in the treatment of Madeline’s American aunt, Ruth Jansen, throughout Death by the Book. She is viewed as a needless, and somewhat senile, bother, someone to be won over with dolls and cats, rather than as a loving and concerned chaperone.
Overall, Death by the Book was a wonderful read, and while somewhat lacking, was nonetheless enjoyable. I would recommend it to anyone who loves a good, clean mystery, and I would give Death by the Book a “B”.
You can learn more about Julianna Deering and her mysteries here.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a copy of the book free from the publisher through Baker Publishing Group. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 .