When I found out there was going to be a second set of Drew Farthering books, I admit, I totally geeked out from excitement. I thoroughly enjoyed each of the previous mysteries and couldn’t wait to read more of Drew and crew’s antics and mysteries.
This Traditional British Cozy Mystery
Gets a Regency Twist
Drew and Madeline Farthering celebrate their six-month anniversary by attending a fancy Regency era costume party. Drew is glad to see Talbot Cummins, an Oxford classmate, and his fiancée, Alice Henley, though many present seem worried about the couple. Everyone’s concerns are realized when, at the concluding grand ball, Alice dies of an overdose of cocaine. Tal refuses to believe she took the stuff intentionally, and Drew is determined to find out if her death was an accident or murder.
Drew is shocked and disillusioned when the police arrest Tal’s father and reveal that the man has been smuggling drugs into the country for the past twenty years. Reeling from the death of his fiancée and the revelation about his father, Tal begs Drew to find out what’s going on. Drew, now questioning his own ability to see people as they really are, does so reluctantly, not ready for the secrets he’s about to uncover–or the danger he’ll bring down on everyone he holds dear.
And y’all Deering did not disappoint! For fellow fans, I can say you’ll enjoy this one just as much. If you haven’t encountered Drew, I think this is a great place to start!
I found all the Austen references charming (it fits early on with the Regency party) and really enjoyed seeing the characters (aka dear old friends) again. Nick is still one of my favorites (Drew’s best friend), I loved seeing Drew and Madeline as a married couple and of course the new cast for this story.
The mystery kept me intrigued as well and Deering didn’t hold back. I appreciated that, not only because it was different, but because it shed light on how decisions people make have ripple effects we don’t even consider. How the mystery all came together was a satisfying conclusion.
One more thing to add. I liked how Deering used this mystery to develop Drew’s character in a deeper way (struggling with calling and following where God is leading).
“The world has all sorts of needs, and God has provided for each of them to be filled, if we all do our part.”
Some great reminders! I’m so glad Drew is back and if you’re into an Agatha-ish type novel, this one is for you.
What are some of your favorite mysteries? Have you read any of the Drew Fathering Mysteries yet?
(Thank you to Bethany House for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review)