Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Death By the Book by Julianna Deering
Publication Date: March 4, 2014
Publisher: Bethany House
Genre: Christian, Mystery
My source: Netgalley
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?
I read the first book in this series and reviewed it earlier. I was so tickled to get to review the second book as I really enjoyed the first. I was not disappointed. Another excellent mystery from Ms. Deering.
Each victim has an antique hatpin holding a cryptic note stabbed into the victim. The notes are from Shakespeare. But what do each of the victims have in common? And what exactly do the notes mean? Is Drew the final target? Or his beloved Madeline? Will Madeline agree to marry him in this episode or not? I love that the main characters in this series are mystery readers. I love the little bookshop where they go to get the 'latest' mysteries from Dorothy L. Sayers, Agatha Christie and others. Well plotted, engaging characters, lots of suspects and a really good 'I never would have guessed' ending.
With a thread of faith through out the story Ms. Deering never makes it the overly happiness, sunshiny stuff so much 'Christian' fiction have. I stopped reading them because of it. Life just isn't always that way.
Well done, excellent read!
Coming in July Book 3 - Murder at the Mikado