Saturday, August 26, 2017

"Rules of Murder" by Julianna Deering

Remember when I read Dressed for Death for the INSPYs and loved it?  And I said I intended to read the previous books in the series?  Well, I've now read the first book, and I am definitely a fan!

Rules of Murder introduces Drew Farthering, a wealthy British man of marriageable age with a fondness for mystery books.  He and his best friend Nick return to Farthering Place, which is home to both of them -- Drew inherited it from his father, and Nick's father is the butler, but the boys grew up together and are great pals.  Drew's mother and stepfather are throwing a big party, during which Drew meets his stepfather's American niece, Madeline Parker.  And also during this party, someone gets shot.  In the face.  Rather reminiscent of Vera Caspary's Laura in that way.

More people die.  Drew and Nick decide to try to follow a list of advice from their favorite mystery author and figure out who the murderer is.  They are both an aid and an impediment to the official police investigator, one Inspector Birdsong, who is alternately amused and annoyed by them.

Also, Drew and Madeline find themselves mutually attracted to each other.  Drew thinks it's love, Madeline thinks it's too soon to tell, and I was very pleased by how well the author avoided the usual "insta-love" traps and pitfalls.

Then there's the fact that Madeline is a practicing Christian.  Drew kind of is for most of the book -- he believes more than he doesn't believe, sort-of.  So the story also involves him beginning to wonder if faith in God should involve more than just going to church now and then, if you should be living your life in a way that reflects your faith.

All in all, a fun first book in what promises to be an enjoyable series!

If This was a Movie, I Would Rate It:  a soft PG-13 for violence, dangerous situations, innuendo about a married woman being unfaithful, and some mild kissing.  No bad language.  On my #RebelliousWriting reading list it goes!


  1. This sounds very intriguing. I like the sound of the more practical romance. Clean books are harder to find these days.

    1. And I like that it's the girl who's being more level-headed in the romance too. So often the girl is all about following her feelings, but not this time. Nice.

      Clean books are definitely harder to find lately, so I'm thankful for the #RebelliousWriting crew and their efforts to promote, find, and even demand them!

  2. This sounds like a fun book! I'm glad to hear there isn't insta-love. I can't say I dislike that trap, but I don't particularly like it either.

    When you mentioned Drew and Nick used advice from their favorite mystery author, I had to laugh because that is what I would probably do in their situation. :-)

    1. Ekaterina, it's very enjoyable. I'm loaning it to a friend this weekend because I think she'll have fun reading it too.

      Insta-love can work if it's handled right, but on a whole, no thanks :-)

      And yes, I figured I'd do the same too! "What would Sherlock Holmes do?" would probably be my watchword.

    2. That's so interesting that you think, "What would Sherlock Holmes do?" My first thought was, "What would Agatha Christie do?" Lol. :-)

    3. I think we can tell what we each read more of! Hee!


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