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Book Review | Death By The Book- Julianna Deering

When the village of Farthering St. John is stunned by a series of murders,
Drew Farthering is drawn again into the sleuthing game…

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Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (March 2014)
***Special thanks to the publisher for sending me a review copy.***


Julianna Deering is the creator of the acclaimed Drew Farthering Mystery series. She has always loved British history and is a particular fan of the writings of Dorothy Sayers and Agatha Christie. She graduated from the University of Texas at Dallas with a degree in Business Administration and spent several years as a Certified Public Accountant. She lives outside Dallas, Texas. Learn more at


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?


Oh how I love this series….let me count the ways!!!!
Julianna Deering has done it again!!! Spectacular!!!
I love love love this series and I hope it never ends!!!
Drew is absolutely one of my fave all time amateur sleuths- right up there with Hercule Poirot (not an amateur, I know) and Miss Marple.
Who wouldn’t fall for a man who smelled of fresh linen, new books, tea and honey?!?
Even though Drew isn’t out to solve the crime…(he’d rather catch up on the latest mystery novel)…he always seems to find himself in the thick of it!
In this second installment, a ruthless killer is going around leaving hat pins and secret messages on the victims…it is really quite the mystery! The author had me guessing and on the edge of my seat- love it!!!
The entire “feel” of this book is so wonderful….very English and just fun!!!
We also get to meet some new characters like Madeline’s Aunt Ruth. She is quite a character! She really brings the fire!
Can Drew help solve the mystery and nab the killer?
What will become of his relationship with Madeline?
I’m not telling….you’ll have to read and discover the wonderful answers yourself!