I don’t watch a ton of TV, but the shows I do watch, I am a committed and loyal fan. A couple of my favs? Criminal Minds (although these days I can’t watch it when it’s dark) and Sherlock. If there is a crime to be solved, I am in! And reading? Whether its Agatha Christie, Sherlock or Sue Grafton, mysteries provide the opportunity to use my investigation skills I like to pretend I have.
Enter in this fabulous mystery! Rules of Murder by Julianna Deering was such a great read! Drew is absolutely charming and one of my favorite male leads to date. It was like Downton Abbey and Sherlock rolled into one. I want to be in this novel! Maybe I’ll make it in the next one. I bet the clothes would be fantastic.
Drew Farthering loves a good mystery, although he generally expects to find it in the pages of a novel, not on the grounds of his country estate. When a weekend party at Farthering Place is ruined by murder and the police seem flummoxed, Drew decides to look into the crime himself. With the help of his best friend, Nick Dennison, an avid mystery reader, and Madeline Parker, a beautiful and whip-smart American debutante staying as a guest, the three try to solve the mystery as a lark, using the methods from their favorite novels.
Soon, financial irregularities at Drew’s stepfather’s company come to light and it’s clear that all who remain at Farthering Place could be in danger. Trying hard to remain one step ahead of the killer–and trying harder to impress Madeline–Drew must decide how far to take this game.
And this? This definitely was the type mystery that shocked me and kept me guessing till the end. In classic 1930’s style, I wanted to join Drew and Madeline as they tried to find the killer before more lives were lost. Plus the ever lovable Nick makes the story even better.
I had plenty of theories throughout the book and I’m pretty sure about zero panned out. Although, I had inklings that some characters weren’t who they portrayed, but I couldn’t have fully predicted everything that happened. Sneaky, sneaky…
One of the final twists at the end had me saying “WHAT? Did I just read that wrong?” So yes, if you love mysteries, this one is for you!
And now I’m ready to work on my Sherlock skills (and for the series to come back on). This definitely revived my love of the mystery genre. I might have to go pick up some Agatha as I wait for the next murder solving shenanigans of Drew, Madeline and the ‘o so sweet Nick! (Which is February 2014, if you’re curious).
(Thank you Bethany House Publishing for the review copy!)