Saturday, May 3, 2014

Book Review - Death by 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?


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


All I can say is, "Bravo!" This book combines all the things I love when I choose a good book - mystery, intrigue, faith, and a wonderful story line that kept me guessing until the end!

I loved the setting of 1932 and all that it entails. Drew Fatherling is such a likeable character and this book made me think of the Agatha Christie or other English mysteries that I love so much. The author kept you guessing, just like these great authors, and just when you thought you had figured out "who done it", you were soon aware you were completely off track.

I hated for this book to end and will definitely be reading her other books as I can see I've been missing out! This book deserves and gets 5 out of 5 stars from me!!

*This book was provided to me for my honest review by Bethany House Publishers


Blessings - Julie

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