Dressed for Death by Julianna Deering: A Book Review

9780764214110A Regency-Era Costume Party Should Have Been an Amusing Diversion, but it Seems Wherever Drew Farthering Goes, Mystery–and Murder–Are on the Guest List

Drew and Madeline Farthering arrive at a Regency-era house party at Winteroak House, excited to be reunited with old friends, including Drew’s former Oxford classmate Talbot Cummins. Tal is there with his fiancée, Alice Henley, and though many present seem worried about the couple, nobody is prepared when Alice dies from an apparent overdose. Tal refuses to believe she’d taken the drugs intentionally, and a dark question arises of whether the death is an accident or murder.

The police have their own information though, and Drew is shocked when they arrest someone he’s trusted and admired since his childhood–someone who’s been smuggling drugs into the country for years. Stunned by what has happened, Tal begs Drew to get to the bottom of everything, but Drew has never felt more unsettled. Questioning his own ability to see people as they really are, Drew doesn’t know whom to trust, and he’s not ready for the secrets he’s about to uncover–or the danger he’ll bring down on everyone he holds dear.

My Review: This is the 4th installment in the Drew Farthering Mystery series, and it does not disappoint. Drew finds himself again playing the amateur sleuth, along with his new bride and friends. As usual, the mystery is intriguing and keeps you guessing.

This series is so much fun to read. It’s light-hearted, yet full of everything a cozy mystery should include. The characters are all so endearing.  Set in 1930’s England, this series captures the time and place quite well, and makes you feel at once like you are there.

One thing I really appreciate about this series is how the author interweaves profound and insightful biblical truth into the story, but does it in such a way that it feels natural and fits well with the characters and the story. This is a rare find amongst Christian fiction and I love that. Often times, the Christian themes of a book feel forced or overdone to me. Not so with this series.

Highly recommended to fans of a good quality cozy mystery series. I look forward to the next installment!

*I received this book free of charge from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest review.


Julianna Deering

Julianna Deering has always loved British history and literature and is particularly a fan of the classic mysteries written by Dorothy Sayers and Agatha Christie. She graduated from the University of Texas at Dallas and now works for an attorney specializing in wills and estate planning. She lives outside Dallas, Texas, where she loves to quilt, cross-stitch, and watch hockey. Learn more at www.juliannadeering.com.



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