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Murder at the Mikado
Deering, Julianna, author.
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Minneapolis, Minnesota : Bethany House, A division of Baker Publishing Group, [2014]
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333 pages ; 22 cm.
"Set in 1930s England, Drew and his fiancée, Madeline, answer a plea for help from an old flame of Drew's, discovering murder--and more--behind the scenes of a theater production"--
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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 fianc e, 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?

"Deering gives us an enchanting mystery set around an England country estate in the 1930s... Rules of Murder is a wonderful, inspirational novel for those of you who love a good murder mystery."--Fresh Fiction

Author Notes

Julianna Deering is the creator of the acclaimed Drew Farthering Mystery series. She has always loved British history and is a particular fan of the writings of Dorothy Sayers and Agatha Christie. She graduated from the University of Texas at Dallas with a degree in business administration and spent several years as a certified public accountant. She lives outside Dallas, Texas . Learn more at

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Publisher's Weekly Review

At the start of Deering's appealing third mystery set in 1930s England (after Death by the Book), Drew Farthering and his fiancee, Madeline Parker, are preparing for their wedding, when Fleur Landis, an old flame of Drew's, reenters his life. Fleur, a former actress, wants Drew's help: she's the prime suspect in the fatal bludgeoning of John Ravenswood, the lead actor in her old theater group, with a champagne bottle. The police take Fleur into custody, but the death toll continues to rise, motivating Drew and Madeline to become involved. They're helped by Nick Dennison, the estate manager for Drew's wealthy family. Even in the midst of the investigation, however, wedding preparations continue apace. Deering successfully recreates a milieu familiar to fans of Dorothy Sayers and Agatha Christie. Agent: Wendy Lawton, Books & Such Literary Agency. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.