Book Description: WHEN THE VILLAGE OF FARTHERING ST. JOHN IS Stunned BY A SERIES OF MURDERS, DREW FARTHERING IS DRAWN again INTO THE SLEUTHING GAME.
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?
My Thoughts: Oh, I loved the first Drew Fathering Mystery, Rules of Murder! And was so excited when I received this book, Death by the Book! Honestly, some of these great authors just can't pen a mystery/suspense book fast enough for me! I inhale a good book like some people inhale a wonderful latte!
In Death by the Book, it's the summer of 1932 in the small village of Fathering St. John. Yes, you guessed it! Drew Fathering is the lord of the manor! Drew Fathering is also bored most of the time...too much time on his hands so he "finds" murder mysteries to solve.
Death by the Book has a quote in a note...hmmm! can Drew get it in time?!?! This is the mystery of it all!
A well thought out plot with Downtown Abbey and Agatha Christie like characters, all of whom bring something interesting to the table or should I say the book.
I'm not sure about Madeleine, drew's girlfriend . . . Drew is a solid christian who seems to dote on her and love her and she isn't sure if she should marry Drew! Oh!pish!posh! Grab the guy, you dolt! (okay, maybe the book is a little too realistic for me, that's a good sign of great writing, right?)
This is a GREAT series. And, no, one doesn't need to read the first book to "get" the second book but one will want to read them all! Can't wait for the third, Murder at the Mikado, due out on July 1, 2014!
*This book was provided for review by Bethany House*