About The Book (From Publisher’s Website):
“From The Tip of his black Homburg to the crease in his stylish cheviot trousers, he’s the epitome of a stylish 1930s English gentleman. His only problem? The body he just discovered.
Drew Farthering loves a good mystery, although he generally expects to find it in the pages of a novel, not on the grounds of his country estate.
With the help of beautiful and whip-smart Madeline Parker, a guest from America, Drew proposes to use the lessons he’s learned reading his mysteries to solve the crime. Before long, he realizes this is no lark, and no one at Farthering Place is who he or she appears to be–not the butler nor blackmailer, the chauffeur nor embezzler. Trying hard to remain one step ahead of the killer–and trying harder to impress Madeline–Drew must decide how far to take this dangerous game.”
This mystery book had been on my TBR list for a long while before I read it. I’m not as big of a mystery reader as I was when I was younger (the Nancy Drew and Mandie Mystery days…), but something about the vintage-looking cover caught my eye (seriously, isn’t it awesome?!). Then there was the praise I read about Drew Farthering (hero of this series) that made me a tad more curious… It took me awhile, but now I can say yes, I’ve met Mr. Drew Farthering. And my opinion of him is…
He’s one of my favorite kind of characters, He has a sarcastic sense of humor that may have amused me too much. Also, he likes reading, so that’s a bonus brownie added to his score board. I’ve read quite a few books with ladies who enjoy a good fictional tale, but it hasn’t as often happened that a story’s male lead is a reader. Thanks to the author for making the hero all the more awesome by his love of books!
But he’s not the only character that added to my enjoyment of this book. The heroine, Madeline, is a perfect blend of spunk and femininity. She’s a pretty tough character, but not so tough that she comes across as not having feelings I think the average lady has when under stressful situations.
And then there’s Drew’s best friend, Nick, a character that I liked just as much as Drew. I like the friendship between the two, and how the author made me feel the strength of their relationship from years of said friendship.
Obviously, as this book is a mystery, you’re probably curious on how this book did in the actual mystery department? I’ll say it certainly kept me guessing up until the near end. I felt pretty sleuth-like myself when some of my guesses were correct, but I was not sure until they unfolded, so that was pretty cool. I often love to be surprised and shocked in reading, and this book definitely held some unexpected moments.
Now, while overall this book was an enjoyable read, there were a couple of parts that I personally did not like. One, the romance was too instantaneous for me. It felt almost forced to me for a while. Yet I suppose that, while I certainly would have preferred a little less speed in the attraction, I was able to feel all right about it when the book was over. Even began to think some of the romance was kind of sweet… The other thing is that this book got somewhat gruesome in spaces. This is a murder mystery, so it is no surprise, but it still gave me a squeamish feeling.
This cozy mystery transported me to another time and place. The 1930’s are not a time I often visit in fiction, and this tale was an interesting trip into the period. Plus, the setting was England, and that just made it all the more better.
Overall, I did like this book, and therefore I’m giving “Rules of Murder” by Julianna Deering a rating of four. I recommend it to mature teens and adults.
Book Review Ratings:
5. Great Book!
4. I liked it!
2. Did not like it.
1. Did not finish.