Book Review: “Murder At The Mikado” By Julianna Deering

August 23, 2014 at 7:40 am | Posted in Books | Leave a comment
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Julianna Deering in her new book, “Murder At The Mikado book coverMurder At The Mikado” Book Three in the A Drew Farthering Mystery series published by Bethany House Publishers gives us another adventure with Drew Farthering.

From the Back Cover:  When a celebrated Actor Is Found Murdered In His Dressing Room, all signs point to Drew’s old flame. But behind the curtains nothing is what it seems and this quickly becomes his Most puzzling case Yet.

Just as Drew Farthering thinks his life has calmed down some, Fleur Landis, a former girlfriend, reappears, in dire need of his help. She’s married now, no longer an actress–but the lead actor in her former troupe’s production of The Mikado has been murdered, and Fleur is the police’s number one suspect.

Drew would rather focus on his fiancée, Madeline Parker, and their upcoming wedding, but he can’t leave Fleur and her family in the lurch–even if she did break his heart once. As Drew, Nick, and Madeline begin investigating, they discover more going on behind the scenes of the theater troupe than could ever have been imagined. It seems nearly everyone had a motive, and alibis are few and far between.

Both the murder case and the presence of the beautiful, exotic Fleur put a heavy strain on Drew and Madeline’s relationship. Will their still-young romance survive the pressure?

I think the great actor, William Powell, would make a terrific Drew Farthering. Not sure whom I would cast for Madeline but I have time I suppose. I seem to enjoy more a mystery that is set in the world of plays or in this case operettas. This one has it all and then some. Actors, back stage treachery, deceit, betrayal and, of course, murder. Someone murdered the lead actor in The Mikado and the police are blaming Fleur, an old flame of Drew. “Murder At The Mikado” progresses at a nice, steady pace as Drew sets off to find out who the murderer really is with the help of his friends before the body count rises.  “Murder At The Mikado” is a page-turner, action, suspense thriller.  Drew and his friends lives are in danger as they try to sort out the lies and deceptions and identify the killer before he kills them.  Don’t start this book late at night because it will be very difficult to put it down.  I recommend this book highly and am greatly looking forward to the next book in this excellent series.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Bethany House Publishers.   I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


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