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Review: Rules of Murder

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Review: Rules of Murder

Rules of Murder by Julianna Deeringrulesofmurder
Reviewed by: Rachael Wing
Genre: Fictional, Mystery, Historical, 1930’s
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
Publication Date: August 2013

Drew: “Dash it all, there should be more clues. There should be just acres of suspects and something like a hollowed-out table leg or uneaten biscuit that’s the key to the whole thing. And there should be a mysterious Russian or a man with a false beard.”

Nick sighed. “Not even a sinister Chinaman to suspect, more’s the pity.”

Drew Farthering is like most smart, wealthy, young men in the 1930’s. He’s got a pleasant home of his own, a stylish Rolls Royce, and more than he could ask for. He also enjoys a good mystery, but he’d rather it be in a good novel than his own home.

When he arrives home after being away, he finds that his mother has a whole party of people over for the weekend. Included in that party but arriving a few days later than him, is his step-father’s charming and beautiful niece, Madeline Parker. From the moment he meets her, he is completely enchanted.

Then something drastic happens, a murder is committed during a party his mother is holding. Using the knowledge he learned from the mysteries he’s read and the rules the novelist, Father Knox, wrote for “proper” mystery writers, he teams up with his best friend, Nick, and his striking guest, Madeline, to solve the crime. The suspect is obviously somebody under his roof but trying to discover who it is provides a bit of a difficulty – nobody is as they seem and every clue that is uncovered reveals even more secrets and mysteries that need to be deduced.

Wow. This was quite a compelling mystery. I couldn’t manage to put it down for an instant. There were constant plot twists that kept me on the edge of my seat as I tried to put all the pieces together and figure out the mystery before Drew did. I also loved the various characters and learning their back stories. My absolute favorite is Drew’s best friend Nick, he is quite a riot and has such a fun disposition. You’ll definitely love him! I absolutely loved reading this book and am so glad that there are two others after this one that I can read! Hats off to Julianna Deering for putting together an incredibly amazing mystery!

Rated PG-13: Some of the violence in this book can be a bit graphic at times, there are some action scenes, and some delicate topics discussed, so I’d only recommend this book this book to mature audiences.

Reviewer’s personal copy.


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