Rules Of Murder Review

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Rules Of Murder is the first book of a new detective series by Julianna Deering.  Drew Farthering is a young estate owner in 1930's England, and he loves a good mystery.  But when a house guess and his mother are murdered he puts his detective skills to the test as he and his friend Nick go on a search for clues, accompanied by his stepfather's niece Madeline.

I wasn't expecting the writing style in this book.  I felt like a lot of the information was given through dialogue and less through the characters' inner monologues, which I'm not used to, but the more I read the more I realized it reminded me of Agatha Christie's style of mystery writing.  I felt like the plot got a little slow in parts, but the ending was very good and a satisfying conclusion to everything that happened.  I was not expecting the ending at all.  There were a lot of twists and turns in this book.

The author's note in the back says that it was written to intentionally break the "ten commandments for mystery writers" that Father Knox published in 1929, and I thought Deering incorporated that throughout the book in a fun way.  The characters were likable, and I want to see what happens to them.  I feel like I had to rush through this book a little for this review, and I didn't really get to enjoy it like I might have.  Especially now that I am familiar with her writing style, I'm wanting to read more about Drew, Nick and Madeline.  Looking forward to checking out her next mystery in this series!

Note: I received this book for free from Bethany House in exchange for this review.  This is my honest opinion.
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