“Dressed for Death” by Julianna Deering

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Guilty by a Whisker!

After almost a week of an elaborate costume party at the Cummins’ family estate, Alice English Estate Free UseHenley drops dead.  Alice was the fiancé of Talbot, the Cummins’ only son.  Even more shocking than her death, is the cause, an overdose of cocaine.  The party goers are startled even further when their host, well-respected philanthropist Sterling Cummins, is arrested for drug dealing–and possible murder.

So begins another romp through the pages of a mystery written in the classic whodunit style of Agatha Christie’s English mysteries.  Ms. Deering does such a good job of writing in that way, you will forget this was written by a modern author.  Fabulously wealthy Drew Farthering, is an amateur sleuth, and a personal friend of the Cummins’ family.  As a guest staying at the estate while attending the party, he steps forward to attempt to solve this case.  He is helped along the way by his loyal friend, Nick, and his new bride, Madeline.

Because of the shocking loss of lives that occurs in this mystery, Drew begins to question if his investigating causes more harm than good.  He has a serious heart-to-heart with himself about the helpfulness of his being an amateur sleuth.  Will this be the last Drew Farthering mystery?

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This exciting story is full of twists and turns, along with a liberal dose of red herrings.  The author has crafted a very good whodunit, with a sleuth who has high moral standards.  It was a real pleasure to read this period mystery set in the 1920’s English countryside, written with a Christian viewpoint. Although this is part of the Drew Farthering Mystery Series, this story stands alone.  But for your own enjoyment, you should read the others. I highly recommend this 5-star book to any mystery lover, or fan of well-written fiction, you will not be disappointed.

The publisher has provided bookreadingtic with a complimentary copy of Dressed for Death, through Bethany House Publishing for the purpose of review.   I have not been compensated in any other manner.  All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required, or influenced, to give anything but an honest appraisal.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

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