Thursday, March 27, 2014

Death by the Book: A Book Review

About The Book:


Drew Farthering wanted nothing more than to end the summer of 1932 with the announcement of his engagement. Instead, he finds himself caught up in another mysterious case when the family solicitor is found murdered, an antique hatpin with a cryptic message, Advice to Jack, piercing his chest.

Evidence of secret meetings and a young girl's tearful confession point to the victim's double life, but what does the solicitor's murder have to do with the murder of a physician on the local golf course? Nothing, it would seem--except for another puzzling note, affixed with a similar-looking bloodied hatpin.

Soon the police make an arrest in connection with the murders, but Drew isn't at all certain they have the right suspect in custody. And why does his investigation seem to be drawing him closer and closer to home?
You can read an excerpt of Death By The Book here, in PDF format
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

My Review:

With a fun writing style, Julianna Deering draws you into a turn-of-the-century mystery that will keep you up late into the night reading. I loved the character of Drew and felt that his character was developed appropriately. While this book is part of a series, it is not necessary to have read the first book. Each stand alone just fine! There were reappearances of characters from Rules of Murder but a few new ones to fall in love with as well. A fun, witty read that paced nicely. When I had to put down the book to get things down around the house, it was very easy to find a good spot to do so, and pick up later, without feeling lost. As she did in Rules of Murder, you once again will find yourself on the edge of your seat, trying to figure out "who-done-it" and become very satisfied with the ending!

I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!

BUY IT: You can purchase Death By The Book at your favorite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications Inc., for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

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