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Rules of Murder: Drew Farthering, Book 1 | [Julianna Deering]

Rules of Murder: Drew Farthering, Book 1

From the tip of his black Homburg to the crease in his cheviot trousers, Drew Farthering is the epitome of a stylish 1930s English gentleman. His only problem? The body he just discovered. With the help of beautiful and whip-smart Madeline Parker, a guest from America, Drew proposes to use the lessons he’s learned reading his mysteries to solve the crime. Trying hard to remain one step ahead of the killer - and trying harder to impress Madeline - Drew must decide how far to take this dangerous game.
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From the tip of his black Homburg to the crease in his cheviot trousers, he's the epitome of a stylish 1930s English gentleman. His only problem? The body he just discovered.

Drew Farthering loves a good mystery, although he generally expects to find it in the pages of a novel, not on the grounds of his country estate. With the help of beautiful and whip-smart Madeline Parker, a guest from America, Drew proposes to use the lessons he’s learned reading his mysteries to solve the crime. Before long, he realizes this is no lark, and no one at Farthering Place is who he or she appears to be - not the butler nor blackmailer, the chauffeur nor embezzler. Trying hard to remain one step ahead of the killer - and trying harder to impress Madeline - Drew must decide how far to take this dangerous game.

©2013 DeAnna Julie Dodson (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 12-28-13
    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 12-28-13 Member Since 2010

    I am an avid eclectic reader.

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    "fun mystery"

    “Rules of Murder” is the first book in a mystery series. The author Julianna Deering set the story in 1930s England. The book is a bit different in that we have a female author with a male main character. The book is written in the classic mystery style set by Agatha Christie, Dorothy Sayers, and Arthur Conan Doyle. The author writes in a simple style and uses an active voice rather than passive. None of the prose is out of place or awkward, Deering keeps constant to the 1930 style of speech. Drew Farthering is the hero character, he is the wealthy heir to the Farlinford Processing Company his companion is Nick Dennison and Madeline Parker the American niece of Drew’s step father is the romantic item. They are all avid mystery fan readers and discuss Ronald Arbuthnot Knox, a Catholic Priest who came up with the 10 commandments for a detective novelist. In solving the murders at the Farthering home they mark off all the rules the current situation brakes. The story is written in a light style with humor, suspense and a glimpse of life in a wealthy English home of the 1930s. The book makes a delightful read and brake from more serious reading. The audio master Simon Vance narrated the book.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Marie ALEXANDRIA, VA, United States 08-19-13
    Marie ALEXANDRIA, VA, United States 08-19-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Good British Cozy Except for the Religion"

    I agree with the first reviewer that Rules for Murder has all the marks of a classic British cozy, with the requisite country setting and dashing amatuer detective. I was put off, however, but the overt religious subplot. Not only because it doesn't belong in the genre, but because it felt like it was added after the story was written, possibly to appeal to the publisher, Bethany House. Turns out, however, the author (DeAnna Julie Dodson) has interjected her own religious philosophy onto a couple of the characters. It totally doesn't fit the story, and it turned me off to the series. Because of this, I have given the story only three stars. The publisher's summary should mention the name of the book publisher.

    Simon Vance is one of my favorites and he is superb.

    14 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    Lora Kaneohe, Hawaii, United States 12-23-13
    Lora Kaneohe, Hawaii, United States 12-23-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Good murder mystery"

    This was a mystery with twists and turns that kept me guessing. It is the first time I have read a mystery with a Christian theme that did not seem contrived. Good job!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy J Tornado Alley OK 08-13-13
    Nancy J Tornado Alley OK 08-13-13 Member Since 2011

    Mystery reader (especially series) and Austen lover

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    "Quite Good New "Classic" British Mystery"


    "Rules of Murder" is the first of the Drew Farthering books, a new series which is set in England in the 1930's. It meets all the requirements for a British classic detective story -- a large country estate hosting a large party, a wealthy man playing detective (in connection with several murders at his large country estate), an investigating police superintendent who would very much prefer that the amateur sleuth stayed out of his way, a rather sweet love story, a loyal sidekick, a number of servants who don't realize they have important information, and red herrings galore.

    Given that framework, Julianna Deering has created an engaging and intricate plot, and has peopled the book with intelligent characters who engage in intelligent, very often amusing, dialog. The amateur sleuth, Drew Farthering, is not, alas, an aristocrat, but this failing does not keep him from being bright, intelligent, eager and, of course, handsome. The plot is well-paced, and several red herrings kept this reader guessing.

    As usual, Simon Vance's performance was superb.

    I would recommend this book to fans of Sayers, Allingham or Marsh. While this may not be quite up to their standards, it will still entertain, and I believe that succeeding books will reach higher standards over time.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Wadie Santa Ana, CA, United States 04-03-14
    Wadie Santa Ana, CA, United States 04-03-14 Member Since 2007
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    "Simon Vance can make anything worth listening to!"

    This book starts out by trying too hard to be a "Golden Age" mystery. Then the author got confused and thought she was writing a Harlequin book. The characters were all over the place but I understand why. They were trying to find the plot! All that being said, I did listen to the whole thing. I did spend a great deal of time talking to the characters using very bad words though! If more books in the series go on sale and Vance is narrating, I'll probably get them. I'd listen to Simon Vance read the phone book!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Lou Cave Creek, AZ USA 12-25-13
    Linda Lou Cave Creek, AZ USA 12-25-13 Member Since 2007

    Obsessive reader, 6-10 books a week, chosen from Member reviews. Fact & fiction, subjects from the Tudors to Tookie, Harlem to Hiroshima, Huey Long to Huey Newton.  In-depth fair reviews - from front to BLACK!!! 

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    "AWFUL!"

    I've read a "ton" of British mystery stories, from Agatha Christie's "Poirot" and "Miss Marple", M.C. Beaton "Agatha Raisin"' Rhys Bowen's "Royal Spyness", and Kerry Greenwood's "Phryne Fisher" - just to name a few. I thought this would be another "veddy, veddy posh" romp. It wasn't. The characters just weren't well developed. And the mystery was predictable. The only good thing was narrator Simon Vance. He always delivers even reading the recipe for haggis - a very icky Scottish dish made from sheep heart, liver and lungs, onion, oatmeal, spices, and salt, encased in the sheep's stomach like a sausage casing. But I'd rather eat haggis than read this book! Icky!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Steven Fleming Island, FL, United States 02-01-14
    Steven Fleming Island, FL, United States 02-01-14 Member Since 2008
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    "OK"

    This book was OK, but could have been better, some will like it but I did not, well written though and I sure some will like it, but for me not so much.

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    Fran Foster Georgia 01-18-14
    Fran Foster Georgia 01-18-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Soooooooooo Boring !!!!"
    Would you try another book from Julianna Deering and/or Simon Vance?

    No


    What was most disappointing about Julianna Deering’s story?

    Would not even know where to begin


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Simon Vance?

    Can't imagine any narrator who could have saved this one


    What character would you cut from Rules of Murder?

    Drew !!


    Any additional comments?

    Could not finish this one ~~ if Drew uttered the word "darling" once more, would have found me screaming !!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Pamela MACON, GA, United States 01-15-14
    Pamela MACON, GA, United States 01-15-14 Member Since 2013

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    "Great Story!"
    Would you listen to Rules of Murder again? Why?

    I don't usually listen more than once, but maybe I would in the future.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes. It was a long way into the book before I figured it out.


    Have you listened to any of Simon Vance’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    I don't know!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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