Trouble always seems to find the dashing hero of this series and lest you think otherwise (there wouldn’t be a story if he wasn’t followed by mayhem) there is more in store for Drew Farthering. Again.
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STORY: Drew finally has the answer he wants from American beauty, Madeline Parker and he isn’t about to let anything stand in the way of their “I dos.” He’s more than a little nervous when his former flame sashays back into his life with suspicion of murder hanging over her head. A popular actor dies in his dressing room and despite Fluer now married with a small child, no one believes she’s reformed. It’s going to take Drew, Nick and Madeline to solve this case, and get to the church on time.
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Drew is back for his third, and presumably last, jaunt in this delightful Bethany House series. As usual, this novel is absolutely sensational and if ever there was truth to the adage of saving the “best for last,” it applies to this book. I’m not sure the “what” of why this sweeps me up, but good golly, it does. Perhaps it’s the sense of “completion” or maybe it’s the familiar charm of Rules of Murder (book one), whatever it is, this third novel is a charmer. Before getting too far into this review, one thing to address is the arrival of a rival in the romance department. Anyone concerned with a possible “love triangle,” there’s nothing worth mentioning especially since Drew is completely besotted with Madeline. Because of this, the character development grows all the stronger in this final book.
As an aside to the mystery (which is really the primary in this entire series), one of the elements to most admire is the story’s sense of honesty. I adore how truthful and honest its leading characters are with one another. Too many times characters fall into the predictable, silly mold of hiding things from each other, which then later becomes a convenient catalyst for a break-up. Sure there’s still stressors that pop up and much as I adore her, at times I do want to shake some sense into Madeline. But things end perfectly snazzy, which wipes away any minor disappointment.
Drew & Company return for this third and fitting adventure. This book is yet another atmospheric 1930’s Agatha Christie style whodunit with plenty of puzzle pieces, cracking dialogue and moments that will leave you with a happy grin.
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Author: Julianna Deering
Publisher: Bethany House
Source: Publisher Provided
Publication Date: 2014
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Series: A Drew Farthering Mystery, book 3
Genre: Fiction; Mystery, Series
Rating: 5 out of 5
Sincere thanks to the publisher, Bethany House for providing a complimentary copy of Murder at the Mikado; all opinions are my own.