Rules for Murder

100_8318Drew Farthering and his friend, Nick Dennison enjoy a good mystery story by Ronald Knox. When a mystery drops into their laps, what can they do except try to solve it?

David Lincoln is found dead in the green house, Drew’s mother is found dead in her bed the same night. Coincidence or murder?  Clarke is missing, people are claiming to see David Lincoln, after his death. Is he still alive or is it just a ruse to throw off suspicion? Who killed Mason Parker, Drew’s step-father? Are Drew’s parents who he thought they were?  Why does a mysterious picture of a woman with a French name keep cropping up?

Will Drew be able to solve they mystery before he’s the next victim, or will Mason’s American niece foil his plans? Will he be able to keep a straight head with Madeline around?

Set in 1930s England, this book is a delightful read by Julianna Deering. (You might know her by her other name, DeAnna Julie Dodson.) Ronald A. Knox is an actual author of mystery stories, best known for his 1929 Decalogue, the 10 commandments for mystery writers. Julianna thought it would be fun to write a mystery that broke all of those rules.  I would say it worked very well.

I absolutely loved the book. It was a nice easy read, full of mystery, intrigue, romance, comedy, etc. It seemed to me to be fairly true to the time period, but not necessarily true to the way of British aristocracy and the lower class.

I would recommend it highly to adult readers, young adult if they don’t mind a little more romance that happens fast. Nothing happens romantically in the story, there was one time Madeline did not feel safe at night and wanted Drew to stay with her. (He didn’t.) I didn’t care for how fast the romance happened, but I understand when you have to develop the characters, and plot all in a small book, things have to move fast.

I give the book 7 out of 5 turning pages.


I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I did not have like the book, or post a positive review. All opinions in this review are my own.


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