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Death by the Book (Drew Farthering Mystery #2)

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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 vic
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Paperback, 317 pages
Published March 4th 2014 by Bethany House Publishers (first published March 1st 2014)
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Laura
Jun 11, 2016 Laura rated it it was amazing
I am so glad this is part of a series. I will whole heartedly look forward to reading more of these cozy mysteries placed in an old fashioned time period with such charming characters. May I add, too, that I love the covers:)
Christian Fiction Addiction
Mar 17, 2014 Christian Fiction Addiction rated it it was amazing
If I may dare say so, I loved "Death by the Book" even more than the first book in the series! Deering has written a smashingly good murder mystery, with witty and clever dialogue, and a plot that kept me guessing from beginning to end, I greatly enjoyed the continuation of the relationship between Drew Fathering and the lovely Madeline, making for many moments of hilarity and providing for a touching ending. The addition of Aunt Ruth to the mix had me laughing out loud as she blustered her way ...more
Jonathan
Really 4.5 stars, but I rounded up.
Excellent. Simply excellent. This book was an improvement over the last one, and that's saying something, because the last book was solid. A solid mystery, excellent characters, and a beautiful setting all fit together to make a wonderful book. I absolutely love Drew, Madeline, and Nick, all are extremely well-thought out characters who have intricate backgrounds. The mystery in this book was complex and weaving. I absolutely did not guess who the killer was un
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Ruth
Mar 14, 2016 Ruth rated it really liked it
Just a few short months have passed since murder and mayhem ripped through Drew Farthering's life, earning him a certain measure of local notoriety and allowing him to put into practice his aptitude for investigation and analysis. But when murder leaps from the pages of one's beloved mystery novels to leave its indelible thumbprint on one's life, the murderous and macabre lose their fictional allure -- and now Drew craves nothing more than a quiet life, and an affirmative answer to his proposal ...more
Kris - My Novelesque Life
DEATH BY THE BOOK
(Drew Farthering Mysteries: #2)
Written by Julianna Deering
(aka: DeAnna Julie Dodson)
2014, 316 Pages
Genre: mystery, historical, fiction, romance

(I received an ARC from the NETGALLEY in exchange for an honest review.)



Drew Farthering, amateur detective, is hoping that Madeline will say yes to his marriage proposal. He is hoping she will stay on at Farthering Place where they can read and solve mysteries. As he tries to woo her, Madeline's Aunt Ruth arrives to bring her back to the
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Rissi
Aug 08, 2014 Rissi rated it really liked it
It took me an unusually long time to ultimately read the second book in fabulous and talented mystery novelist Julianna Deering’s latest series – luckily, it worked out as I essentially will be able to read books two and three back-to-back. Once I finally did continue on with this follow up (to last year’s Rules of Murder), the pages seemed to fly by. Death by the Book happens to be the sometimes-dreaded middle novel in the terrific 1930’s period trilogy about a certain trio of amateur ...more
My Lady
It is 1932 and only a few months have passed since the events that turned Drew Farthering's peaceful existence on its head. All he wants now is to convince Madeline, the love of his life, to marry him. Unfortunately for Drew, life throws another wrench in his plans, both by dropping off Madeline's aged, incredibly stubborn aunt on his doorstep as well as a new string of murders that connect to people Drew either knows personally, or knows of through a friend. Drew struggles with Aunt Ruth's ...more
Doreen
Mar 19, 2014 Doreen rated it it was amazing
This was a delightful book. It reminded me of Dorothy Sayers and P.G. Wodehouse books. While not as comical or crazy as Wooster and Jeeves, it had some fine moments. It even referred to a favorite scene in “The Importance of Being Earnest.”

1. This book has some awesome characters. One of my favorites was Aunt Ruth. Aunt Ruth reminded me of Maggie Smith in Downton Abbey with her acerbic wit. Nick says of her, “I believe the only thing she didn’t accuse me of was sacrificing Christian maidens to
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An absolute reading treat for mystery lovers !

Series: Drew Farthering Mystery #2
Pages: pb 317, ebook 336, hb 500
Published: March 4.2014
Publisher: Bethany House


My Thoughts?

Having been won over by our hero in British mystery,
RULES OF MURDER
I awaited book 2 with MUCH anticipation.
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DEATH BY THE BOOK
[beside the gorgeous vintage cover art]
solidified my reading relationship with the suavely sophisticated sleuth, adding author Julianna Deering's writing as a definite
mystery 'go to' for this reader.

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Lisa Johnson
Mar 24, 2014 Lisa Johnson rated it it was amazing
Title: Death by the Book (A Drew Farthering Mystery #2)
Author: Julianna Deering
Pages: 316
Year: 2014
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
The setting is early 1930s in the little village of Farthering St. John, Great Britain. Drew has asked Madeline Parker, his American girlfriend, to marry him, but she has asked for some time to be sure that marriage to him is the right thing for her. Drew has decided that he needs to make some changes to his will to benefit Madeline, whether they marry or not, and
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Carolyn
Apr 28, 2014 Carolyn rated it it was amazing
As seen on my blog: Hey, Folks!
I just finished reading "Death By the Book," which is the second title in the Drew Farthering Mystery series. These tales are set in England during the 1930s, and written by Juliana Deering, who is better known by her real name, which is Deanna Julie Dodson. The opportunity for a free sneak peek came to me via Bethany House, through their partnership with Netgalley.com. All that was requested of me was a fair and honest review, so you get to enjoy this post.
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Bev
Death by the Book is the second in Julianna Deering's Drew Farthering series of cozy mysteries set in the 1930s. It is just a few months after the events in Rules of Murder--when Drew helps Chief Inspector Birdsong get to the bottom of a series of murders committed at his country house--and Drew wants nothing more than to spend his time convincing his lady love to accept his proposal of marriage. But his plans are interrupted by the arrival of Madeleine's disapproving aunt and another series of ...more
Hattie
Mar 01, 2014 Hattie rated it it was amazing
It is 1932 in Farthering St. John, England. The quiet community is interrupted by a series of murders. Each murder is similar. There is a handwritten note pinned to the front of the bodies. On the note is a quote from a play. The note is pinned to the front of the body with a Victorian hat pin. The handwriting is always the same. Other than the similarites in the way the bodies are left, there is nothing else. Just very hard cases to solve. Between Inspector Birdsong and his unasked amateur ...more
Becky
May 19, 2014 Becky rated it it was amazing
Drew Farthering is living in 1930′s England and is handsome, rich and the sole heir of the Farthering Place estate. He is also in love with an American girl, Madeline, who is taking her time declaring her love in return. Madeline’s Aunt Ruth has arrived from America. She is verbally overflowing with distrust for Drew, his intentions toward her niece, and all things British. It appears that if she has her way, Aunt Ruth will break the couple up.

In the past, Drew solved a mystery that involved his
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Robin
May 12, 2014 Robin rated it really liked it
Death by the Book
Julianna Deering

Book Summary: With Farlinford Processing and the family's good name safe again following the events in Rules of Murder, Drew Farthering wants nothing more than to end the summer of 1932 with the announcement of his engagement to Madeline Parker. Instead, he finds himself involved in another mysterious case. The family lawyer has been found dead in a Winchester hotel room, skewered through the heart by an antique hat pin with a cryptic message attached: Advice to
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Shalini Ayre
Apr 27, 2014 Shalini Ayre rated it really liked it
Drew Farthering seems to be involved in another case of intrigue and murder. A trip to his solicitors office find's the affable young man face to face with the body of the legal aide.

Detective Birdsong none too pleased to have the amateur detective on board, also appreciates that Drew may actually be useful. Ensuring that he is informed of all ideas and thoughts the young man may have, the investigation begins.

Useful (to have on board) especially as the murder made a statement by stabbing the vi
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Melanie
Mar 21, 2014 Melanie rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! As soon as I started reading it, I knew it would be hard to put down. I enjoyed everything about it: the time period--1930's, the location--London (Farthering St. John), a compelling mystery (hatpin murderer), an obstinate aunt, humor, polite society and a light, clean romance.

Drew Farthering wants to marry Madeline Parker, an American. Madeline's Aunt Ruth has come to visit and to hopefully take Madeline back home with her. Drew has his hands full trying to win over Aunt Rut
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Renn Shearin
May 07, 2014 Renn Shearin rated it really liked it
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? N
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Beckie Burnham
Jun 04, 2014 Beckie Burnham rated it really liked it
I love a good mystery, especially one that is reminiscent of the great British offerings of the 1930s. Julianna Deering has created a series that will leave fans of Agatha Christie and Dorothy L. Sayers satisfied. Death by The Book is #2 in the Drew Farthering Mystery series. The endearing Drew Farthering, young lord of the manor, is back on the case, assisting the local Detective Inspector with a series of puzzling and seemingly unrelated murders. The only clues are cryptic messages affixed to ...more
Brittany
May 06, 2014 Brittany rated it it was amazing
Death by the Book is the second book in the Drew Farthering Mystery series by Julianna Deering. While you could probably read this book as a stand alone, I think your reading experience would be greatly enhanced by having read the first book of the series, Rules of Murder.

Once again, we follow Drew Farthering, amateur sleuth, as he and his friends try to solve a string of murders. And I just have to say that the first page of this book was one of the best I have read all year! It made me laugh o
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Barbara Early
Mar 14, 2014 Barbara Early rated it it was amazing
Drew Farthering is a hero well suited to his time. Suave. Sophisticated. And godly? (It is an inspirational, after all!) He lives in a lavish estate with a full serving staff, and has a unexpected penchant for murder, although he prefers it between the covers of one of his books in his extensive library.

I adore the banter between him and Madeline (they met in Rules of Murder), as throughout the book he sets to convince her to marry him. The quick repartee--bright, crisp, and funny--reminds me so
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Maria
Mar 01, 2014 Maria rated it it was amazing
Death by the Book by Julianna Deering is the second book in the Drew Farthering series. This was another great mystery done in the style of Agatha Christie and just as hard to unravel. I love the protagonist done in the style of The Thin Man movies. He's the perfect balance of gentility, humor, and smarts, and his girlfriend is the perfect match for him. I can't wait for another mystery from this author!

Drew Farthering and Madeline Parker have settled down from their traumatic experiences a coup
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Jamie
Mar 16, 2014 Jamie rated it it was amazing
I love a good ol fashion mystery. Putting together the clues, interpreting actions of characters and trying to catch the mastermind behind the crimes – it’s all so fun and fascinating. Then toss in a twist and shocking end? Mind blown.

Two books into Julianna Deering’s Drew Farthering Mysteries series and I must say, Deering continues to make her name known in the mystery genre. Not only is it fabulous writing, but her mysteries and endings are never what I suspect. Guess I won’t be applying to t
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Ranee Clark
Mar 17, 2014 Ranee Clark rated it it was amazing
Audience: Adult (Clean)
Genre: Mystery, Romance, Historical, Inspirational
Length: 320 pgs

Rating: *****+ (A FANTASTIC book I loved and would recommend!)

Review: Back when I reviewed RULES OF MURDER, the first Drew Farthering mystery, I could not wait for DEATH BY THE BOOK to come out. I wasn't disappointed. It was the same fun characters with some awesome new additions. A surprise at the end! (Surprisingly not predicable in the mystery!) I think that Ms. Deering is really a master at this mystery t
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Angie S
Aug 31, 2016 Angie S rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
Death by the Book takes place in the summer of 1932 when Drew Farthing wants nothing more than to announce his engagement. When his solicitor shows up dead at their scheduled appointment, Drew is called on the scene to help investigate - again. When the physician turns up dead too, Drew is baffled. Murders continue to happen with each one of them growing closer to Drew's own home and the people he cares most about. When the police make an arrest in connection with the murder that Drew isn't ...more
Christina Banks
Mar 16, 2014 Christina Banks rated it really liked it
It all started with a note, written in a fancy hand, giving connections to Shakespeare, and stuck to a body by a hairpin. I was hooked and couldn't wait to read what was going to happen next. I pieced together the mystery along with Drew and tried to figure out the connection between the victims. I loved the twists and turns that the story brought and triumphed as I thought I solved the case, only to find out I'd been fooled again. In my mind, this book was going to receive a solid five star ...more
JoJo Sutis
Mar 12, 2014 JoJo Sutis rated it it was amazing
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
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Meagan Myhren-bennett
Death by the Book
A Drew Farthering Mystery
By Julianna Deering

When Drew Farthering walks into a murder scene he is drawn into a mystery that is drawing closer to the Village of Farthering St. John. What game is the killer playing? And what do the cryptic messages pinned to the victims mean?

With no discernible link between the victims, Drew is putting all his sleuthing skills to work. All the while he is trying convince Madeline to accept his proposal of marriage. But when Aunt Ruth comes to save
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Barbara
Mar 07, 2014 Barbara rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this second in the series by Julianna Deering. It seemed rather like an Agatha Christie novel where it is not so much what is happening that makes the book interesting, as it is the banter between characters that is so fun. Also lots of twists & turns in trying to figure "who done it." Drew Farthering is a gentleman of shining character and seems to be able to figure out things before the actual detectives. Aunt Ruth was a delightful addition to the characters that are now missing ...more
Jessica
Feb 26, 2014 Jessica rated it really liked it
I liked this book quite a bit. It was a nice clean mystery with some romance. the main character and hobby detective Drew is a wealthy man in a small town in England wooing his American girlfriend Madeline and wondering when she will consent to marry him! He stumbles upon a set of murders and assists the police with the investigation. I enjoy books like this, no worries about overly gruesome murder scenes or sexual encounters, but still entertaining and well written books. I liked the main ...more
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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, ...more
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