When Julianna Deering released Murder at the Mikado, I was certain we’d see the last of proper English gentleman Drew Farthering. Sad as this is, I was fine with this because the story ends in a wonderful kind of way. Much happiness is mine when the author made the not one additional novel, but two more, announcement.‘DRESSED FOR DEATH’: IDEAL FOR FANS OF ITV’S MARPLE OR GRANTCHESTER #FWarchives #HistoricalFiction Click To Tweet
STORY: Married life is treating Drew Farthering and his American bride, Madeline, well. For their sixth-month anniversary, Madeline ropes Drew into attending a regency house party hosted by the parents of Drew’s school chum. Needless to say, the idea of dressing in frills and 100-year-old costumes doesn’t appeal to Drew, but for Madeline he’ll do anything. With his best friend, Nick at his side, Drew’s knack for mystery again flairs up when the fiancée of his friend, Talbot Cummins, dies under mysterious circumstances.
Was it an accident or murder?
Further complicating things is the arrest of Tal’s father, Mr. Cummins, a man Drew once respected now accused of dabbling in the drug trade, which leads Drew into a mystery that tangles deeper than he’d ever imagined.
Dressed for Death, by Julianna Deering | Book Review
As always, revisiting the world of the dashing Drew Farthering is a rare delight. It’s not secret that Drew is one of my fictional crushes, and I have no intention to conceal this anytime soon. (I don’t mind saying the #WeHeartDrew hashtag should be a trending thing.) Set in the 1930s England, these novels are about as period authentic as I’d ever be able to imagine this era being. From the crisp, elegant language (including Drew calling Madeline “darling” *insert all the heart eye emojis*) to the settings, and afternoon tea, everything is spot-on lovely.
If you enjoy visits to yesteryear, no one does historical escapism quite like Julianna Deering. If you worry that a fourth book may get caught in a rut (because of the same setting/characters), never fear. Everything is new because of the Regency trip into playacting. Plus, there are lots of Jane Austen references, which is always a bonus, right? In short, this novel is a delight from beginning to end. It does take its time in setting up the mystery (meaning there’s a lot of purposeful and conversational sleuthing for clues rather than “action”), but it’s never a boring journey.
If you like Marple, Grantchester or any cozy British mystery series, this one is dripping with snazzy British charm. From the accents (which you can totally “hear” because this is that good) to the perfect art deco cover design, you’re sure to enjoy Drew’s latest adventure. It’s one no reader will want to miss!
About the Book:
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Author: Julianna Deering
Publisher: Bethany House
Source: Publisher Provided
Publication Date: 2016
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Series: A Drew Farthering Mystery, book 4
Genre: Fiction; Historical, Mystery
Rating: 5 out of 5
Sincere thanks to the publisher for providing a complimentary copy of Dressed for Death for reviewing purposes. My apologies to the author, and the publisher (sorry, Amy!) for the delay in publishing this review.