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Review: Death by the Book

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Review: Death by the Book

Death by the Book by Julianna Deeringdeathbythebook
Reviewed by: Rachael Wing
Genre: Fictional, Mystery, 1930’s, Historical
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
Publication Date: March 4, 2014

Nick & Drew: “At least, if your will is as you say, it proves definitively that I couldn’t be the murderer.” Nick put on an exaggerated expression of relief. “I was beginning to worry.”
“I’m happy to set your mind at ease, Nick, old boy, but I must admit I’ve long held you above suspicion in this case.”
“Oh, by all means. Obviously our murderer is of superior intelligence and nerve. I ruled you out from the start.”

Drew Farthering returns in this exciting murder mystery by Julianna Deering. After what happened during the last mystery, Drew decided he would only stick to his exciting novels rather than getting tangled up in more trouble and grievance. He would instead focus on becoming engaged to the love of his life, Madeline, by the end of the summer. However, when his family solicitor is found murdered with an antique hatpin and terse message that reads, “Advice to Jack”, driven into his heart, he can’t help but feel the need to be involved. Then even more is added to his plate when Madeline’s stern aunt shows up disapproving of Drew and his detective ways and trying to take Madeline back home with her to America. Subsequently, the murder of a physician on the local golf course with yet another hatpin piercing his chest and another cryptic message leads to even more confusion and perplexity. As the murders add up, Drew has to add up the clues and try to connect the dots to figure out who the murderer is.

The mysteries in this book were even more difficult to decipher than the ones in the previous book. I constantly kept changing my mind about who the murderer was as more clues kept appearing. Turns out it was one I didn’t even suspect. That shows that this novel was a job well done! I love this book even more than the first and I ended up falling in love with the characters even more! I love Drew and Nick’s humor, they never cease to make me laugh and Madeline was even more loveable than before. It was also exciting to “meet” new characters and get to know them throughout the book. As a book worm, I loved all references to some amazing classics – they made me giddy inside! I would definitely recommend reading this book after you read the first. It was a thrilling read!

Rated PG-13: I’d recommend this to mature audiences as the murders can get a bit gruesome at times. There are romantic scenes that include kissing, and other mature content.

Reviewer’s personal copy.


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