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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Review: RULES OF MURDER by Julianna Deering (Bethany House, Aug 2013)

Publication Date: August 2013

From BakerPublishingGroup.com: 

Introducing Drew Farthering 

From The Tip of his black Homburg to the crease in his stylish cheviot trousers, he's the epitome of a stylish 1930s English gentleman. His only problem? The body he just discovered. 

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. 

With the help of beautiful and whip-smart Madeline Parker, a guest from America, Drew proposes to use the lessons he's learned reading his mysteries to solve the crime. Before long, he realizes this is no lark, and no one at Farthering Place is who he or she appears to be--not the butler nor blackmailer, the chauffeur nor embezzler. Trying hard to remain one step ahead of the killer--and trying harder to impress Madeline--Drew must decide how far to take this dangerous game.

Audience: Adult (Clean)
Genre: Romance, Mystery, Inspirational
Length: 336 pgs.

Rating: ***** (Loved It)

Review: YES. I have read quite a few books that Bethany House publishes and loved them. I can count on them to be good, clean fun. This one surprised me by how good it was! The best way I can think of to describe it was a cross between Georgette Heyer and Anne Perry Lite. So, so fun. Lots of great lines, lots of hilariousness, cute romance, and intriguing mystery. Awesome historical details and so well researched. I'm an absolute sucker for this time period. I raved to my mom (who loves both Gerogette Heyer and Anne Perry), telling her she needed to pick this one up as soon as it was available. You should too! And I'm thrilled that there will be many more Drew Farthering mysteries! (I will probably read every one produced.)

Check it out at the publisher's website.


  1. Oooh. I saw this on NetGalley, but didn't request it because I wasn't sure. I always love finding clean Adult Fiction though. I went and requested it and we'll see if I end up getting it. Great review!

    Tressa @ Tressa's Wishful Endings

    1. I think Bethany House only does inspirational...in any case, of the dozen or so books I've read of theirs, I've never come across anything questionable.


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