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Rules of Murder Audiobook

Rules of Murder: Drew Farthering, Book 1

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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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    Lora 12-23-13
    Lora 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!

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Coffee Lover Huntsville, AL 08-08-15
    Coffee Lover Huntsville, AL 08-08-15 Member Since 2005
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    "Pretty Good!"

    The good is: 1) the price - it was on sale, 2) the narrator - Simon Vance is one of the very best, and 3) the plot was plenty twisty in the end. The bad is: 1) the story was rather plodding and I almost gave up on it several times so almost didn't get to the end, 2) as other reviewers have mentioned, there is an inordinate amount of gratuitous religion and "preaching" that is not necessary to the story, 3) while I don't want to reveal any spoilers there are a number of instances that occur that make little sense as they are never totally explained or resolved, and 4) in the era this story took place, I have trouble imagining that young women would be allowed the freedom with the opposite sex that these girls apparently had.

    All that being said, however, it was an okay read but I am afraid I am spoiled by the Christies, Allinghams, and Edmund Crispins etc. of the literary world. This one doesn't measure up by those standards.

    7 of 8 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.

    12 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Ritagrace 03-15-16
    Ritagrace 03-15-16
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    "Real Old-fashioned Mystery!"

    I have long been seeking new mystery novels that were written in the old style where the puzzle was the focus and the emphasis wasn't on sexual perversion or graphic gory details. If you enjoyed the writing of Agatha Christie, you will appreciate the new books by Julianna Deering.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    apskimom 01-15-14
    apskimom 01-15-14

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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!


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 12-28-13
    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 12-28-13 Member Since 2017

    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.

    8 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Debbie Toney, Alabama 09-13-16
    Debbie Toney, Alabama 09-13-16 Member Since 2013

    Retired CFO, Army wife, Mom of five, Grandma of six, two sons who served in combat, love to read books that reflect my values and faith, love mysteries, historical, military stories, and books that don't waste my time . . . if it doesn't have an ending that was worth the wait, I'm not a happy camper.

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    "1930s English Murder Mystery"

    A cozy little murder mystery . . . that didn't quite catch my fancy . . . although there's not one thing I can put my finger on . . . the narration is very good . . . and I love English mysteries, the resolution was good . . . clean story . . . just didn't get into the tale as I would have wanted to . . . maybe you will . . .

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    michael benson 05-26-16
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    "Rules of Murder"

    Superb performance, well written mystery with a terrific ending! Looking forward to more by this author and narrator.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 07-24-15 Member Since 2016
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    "unexpected pleasure!"

    Kept me intrigued! narration very good. First time for this author, will not be the last!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer G 06-12-15
    Jennifer G 06-12-15

    "things that matter most must never be at the mercy of things that matter least."

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    "Absolutely Enjoyable"

    This was a great mystery, a cute love story, and I can't wait for the next book in the series. I like mysteries where I don't know "who dunnit" until the end and this kept my interest from the beginning. Although this story is set in the 19 thirties, it does not have much historical involvement. The performance by the narrator was exceptional. His accents helped me see the characters. I look forward to more!

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  • Sheryl Mason
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    "Oh dear"

    My sympathies lie with Ronald Knox, who must be spinning in his grave. Having read all of Knox's detective fiction, I'm at a loss to know why there is so much religion in this book. Knox never put any into his. He did put his religious views into the books but as logic not as prayer or idiotic pleas to any god.

    I'm sure this book has a plot, I was just unable to find it (as were most of the characters). By the time the book is over, so many people are murdered that it's obvious whodunnit. The writing is all over the place, clues are not well defined at all and I doubt this was written by anyone who had read any Golden Age books.

    On that point, I doubt the "author" is English. There are points of etiquette in the book that are totally wrong - no Englishman of that era would take such liberties as calling a woman by her first name after a day or so of knowing her, let alone kissing her. It's all wrong. Also there is a passage in the gardener's cottage where there is a reference to "menfolk" - not an English term.

    All (or nearly all) Knox's rules are broken which makes the title a bit silly.

    The one saving grace is Simon Vance's narration and I'm not sure he would be proud of having read such drivel. The narration is perfect, well paced and well voiced.

    I would suggest to this "author" that they read a LOT of English works before trying again, learn about plotting and leave the prayers out of it. They add nothing to the book. If one wants to write a book about sermonising, do so. If one wants to write a detective book, leave the prayers out of it.

    This book was a sad disappointment. I'm surprised any publisher touched it without a lot of editing.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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