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Review: Dressed for Death

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Review: Dressed for Death

Dressed for Death by Julianna Deeringdressedfordeath
Reviewed by: Pam Graber
Genre: Mystery
Publisher: Bethany House
Publication Date: March 1, 2016

Where Drew Farthering goes, a murder mystery is sure to follow. In Dressed for Death, Drew and his wife Madeline are invited to a week-long party at the estate of one of his childhood friends. It’s a “Regency Party” so everyone arrives by horse-drawn carriage and is dressed in Regency-era clothing. Drew and Talbot Cummins grew up together, spending as much time in each other’s homes as they did at home. When Tal announces his engagement, Drew and Madeline are eager to meet his young lady, Alice, and the party is the perfect place to do that.
Near the end of the week, Alice collapses and dies of an apparent cocaine overdose. Tal asks Drew to investigate stating that Alice never took drugs of any kind. It had to be murder. The more Drew plays detective, the less he seems to know. Can he find the truth of Alice’s death before he and his friends become the next victims of a killer?

This is the fourth book in the Drew Farthering mysteries but it is the first one I’ve read. Drew has apparently made a name for himself as an amateur detective and has worked with Inspector Birdsong enough that the man doesn’t object to him meddling in police business. Dressed for Death starts out slow but once Alice dies, the pace picks up rapidly. Set in 1932, I felt a little like I was reading The Great Gatsby because of the great wealth of the characters and the setting. Not many people can afford to take off and attend a week-long costume party!

Readers who love a mystery will enjoy this book. Every time I thought I had the killer pegged, something would happen to take that choice away. The best mysteries don’t give away the antagonist until the very end and this one falls into that category. Now I need to go back and read the first three in this series. I feel like I would have a better handle on some of the characters and their relationships if I had. This one stands on its own but it will make you want to read Julianna Deering’s other Drew Farthering novels!

I received this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

Rating PG: Many people die in this one and at least half are murdered. Not really something for young children.

Reviewer’s copy was provided by the Publisher. Thank you!


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