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Rules of Murder w/ Julianna Deering

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Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (August 1, 2013)
***Special thanks to the publisher for sending me a review copy.***


JULIANNA DEERING has always been an avid reader and a lover of storytelling, whether on the page, the screen or the stage. This, along with her keen interest in history and her Christian faith, shows in her tales of love, forgiveness and triumph over adversity.

A fifth-generation Texan, she makes her home north of Dallas with three spoiled cats and, when not writing, spends her free time quilting, cross stitching and watching NHL hockey.

Her new series of Drew Farthering mysteries set in 1930s England debuts with Rules of Murder (Bethany House, 2013) and will be followed by Death by the Book (Bethany House, 2014).

She is represented by Wendy Lawton of the Books & Such Literary Agency (



Downton Abbey Meets Agatha Christie in This Sparkling Mystery

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.

Product Details:
Series: A Drew Farthering Mystery (book 1)
Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (August 1, 2013)
List Price: $13.99
Language: English


I was so thrilled to hear that Julianna Deering was writing this new series, the synopsis alone was enough to let me know that I HAD to read this book ASAP!
I am a huge fan of Agatha Christie, I especially love the television shows and movies, so I was super curious to read what Julianna had written.
There really is nothing like this in the Christian genre today and I am thrilled to say that “Rules of Murder” is the beginning of what I hope will be a long love affair with Drew Farthering & Julianna Deering!
The time period, the characters, the mystery, the murder, the romance…all key ingredients in this series and Deering’s writing style shines brilliantly!
The author is a whiz at red herrings…another key ingredient in this genre.
I cannot say more about how much I love love love this series.
I have already put BOOKS 2 & 3 on my wish list!!!