Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Dressed for Death by Julianna Deering

A Regency-Era Costume Party Should Have Been an Amusing Diversion, but it Seems Wherever Drew Farthering Goes, Mystery--and Murder--Are on the Guest List

Drew and Madeline Farthering arrive at a Regency-era house party at Winteroak House, excited to be reunited with old friends, including Drew's former Oxford classmate Talbot Cummins. Tal is there with his fiancée, Alice Henley, and though many present seem worried about the couple, nobody is prepared when Alice dies from an apparent overdose. Tal refuses to believe she'd taken the drugs intentionally, and a dark question arises of whether the death is an accident or murder.

The police have their own information though, and Drew is shocked when they arrest someone he's trusted and admired since his childhood--someone who's been smuggling drugs into the country for years. Stunned by what has happened, Tal begs Drew to get to the bottom of everything, but Drew has never felt more unsettled. Questioning his own ability to see people as they really are, Drew doesn't know whom to trust, and he's not ready for the secrets he's about to uncover--or the danger he'll bring down on everyone he holds dear.

My review:
  This series is different from the usual suspense/mystery books that I read, but I have enjoyed reading it. The series is set in the 1930's, and is a bit reminiscent of Sherlock Holmes and Agatha Christie books in style and setting.

 This is book #4 in the Drew Farthering Mystery Series, and is the best so far in my humble opinion. It was different from the others in that it took place away from Drew's home, who is the main character. This is also the first book that has Drew being married, so that also added a new dimension to the story and his crime-solving.

 There were a lot of new characters in this story along with some of the regulars, and the author did a great job of keeping me guessing as to who the murderer was, and who all was involved in the other criminal activities in the book. She has created a great character in Drew, the detective wanna be who keeps having crimes happen around him that he gets involved in solving. You can't help but like him, even when he gets the police irritated because of his unwanted help.

 The book was a great read, and I enjoyed every minute of it. It was difficult to put down, and the author really outdid herself on this one. The setting and plot was a great one, it was clean and Christian, and very suspenseful. I highly recommend.

I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

About the author:

Julianna Deering has always loved British history and literature and is particularly a fan of the classic mysteries written by Dorothy Sayers and Agatha Christie. She graduated from the University of Texas at Dallas and now works for an attorney specializing in wills and estate planning. She lives outside Dallas, Texas, where she loves to quilt, cross-stitch, and watch hockey. Learn more at

Dressed for Death, and the rest of the Drew Farthering Mysteries are available from Bethany House; part of the Baker Publishing Group.

Thanks to Bethany House for the review copy.