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6 Books on My Nightstand

Yesterday morning, I was able to make a quick trip to the library all by myself.  Other than two easy requests from my oldest daughter, I was free to peruse the adult section for more than a few seconds and without worrying what my young twins were destroying.   I was thrilled to find the next novels in three different series I have been reading over the last few years and a couple of other novels that sound interesting.  

Deadlock by DiAnn Mills was actually already on my nightstand, but I want to finish the FBI:  Houston series before I start on my newest selections.  I started this series about a month ago and just finished the second book today.  I have always enjoyed FBI novels, and these are highly suspenseful and full of surprises. 

A couple years ago, I had the opportunity to review Always Watching by Lynette Eason, which is the first novel in her Elite Guardians series.  I read the second novel about a year ago, but I didn’t realize Eason had written a third installment until I spied it on the bookshelf this morning.  This is a very interesting and suspenseful series, and I’m looking forward to reading Moving Target.

Murder on the Moor is the fifth novel in Julianna Deering’s Drew Farthering Mystery series.  I have reviewed the first three novels and loved them.  These books, which are set in England in the early 1900’s, remind me of Agatha Christie’s works, which I devoured in high school.  I can’t wait to find out what Drew gets himself into in this novel.  

Lisa Harris’s Nikki Boyd Files series takes us inside special cases with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation’s missing persons division.  These books are highly intense and have kept me up reading way past my bedtime.  I’ll gladly give up some sleep to read Pursued

Inescapable is the first novel in the Road to Kingdom series by Nancy Mehl.  I don’t think I’ve ever read anything by this author, but this romantic suspense novel caught my eye, so I’ll read it and let you know what I think. 

The last book in my stack is by the same author of the FBI:  Houston series, but I believe this is a stand-alone novel.  Attracted to Fire is a romantic suspense novel involving FBI agents, the president, and the secret service.  It sounds like it’s right up my alley.  I’ll review it later. 

What books are on your bedside table waiting to be read?

Murder at the Mikado by Julianna Deering

I have been debating how to write this review for nearly a month now. I’m finding it difficult to discuss this book without giving away how the previous book ended, and you really should read the first two books in the Drew Farthering series before you read this one. Besides being wonderful Agatha Christie-style murder mysteries, the first two books provide humorous history between the main characters. You can read my reviews for the two books by clicking on the links: Rules of Murder and Death by the Book.

The main character Drew Farthering has successfully solved murderous mayhem in the recent past and has developed a reputation for solving crimes that stump the authorities. In Murder at the Mikado, Drew resists getting involved for personal reasons but finds himself investigating anyway. The truth proves elusive as he questions actors and actresses who have a flair for the dramatic and make a living pretending to be someone they are not.

I don’t want to write any more for fear I will ruin the second book for you, but I did enjoy reading this novel and would highly recommend it.

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I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. These thoughts and opinions are my own.

Death by the Book by Julianna Deering

This is the second installment in the Drew Farthering Mystery series. You can read my review of the first book here. Death by the Book could be read alone, but I would highly recommend reading Rules of Murder first. As with the first book, I received Death by the Book from Bethany House Publishers for free in exchange for an honest review.

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Death by the Book continues the romance between two of the main characters who, along with Drew’s best friend, share a passion for good mysteries. Aunt Ruth from America enters the fray as a somewhat comedic antagonist to the charming Englishman.

The setting is a small, English village in 1932, and Drew Farthering finds himself in the middle of another murder investigation, but these murders are different. The clues are vague, and there seems to be no motive nor any connection between the victims. It proves to be a real puzzle for Drew and the Chief Inspector, who actually requests Drew’s help this go around and even calls him Detective. Drew and his friends put many pieces of the puzzle together, but this murderer may prove more clever than they are.

This mystery does not disappoint and will keep you guessing until the murderer’s identity is revealed at the end. I am thoroughly enjoying this mystery series and hope there will be a few more installments before Drew retires from his amateur sleuthing.

Rules of Murder by Julianna Deering

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I have enjoyed reading mysteries since I was a child. I remember checking out all the Nancy Drew books during middle school, and then I discovered Agatha Christie’s classics during high school. Once I married, my in-laws introduced me to contemporary mystery writers, but I was still drawn to my mother-in-law’s leather-bound Agatha Christie collection. The murders in Christie’s books are ingenious and usually involve some element of deception. No matter how many of her stories I have read, I do not believe I have ever solved the crime before her main character. However, I had become accustomed to the faster pace, heightened suspense, and romantic element in the contemporary novels, so it was with great delight that I requested Rules of Murder from Bethany House to read and review, and I was not disappointed.

This first book in the Drew Farthering Mystery series is set in England in the 1930’s among a family of the upperclass with a few Americans involved as well. Drew Farthering is the charming main character, who enjoys reading mysteries and decides to try his own hand at detective work when a murder is discovered on his property. His friend Nick assists in solving the crimes but continually reminds Drew that this mystery is not following the “rules of murder” set forth by Father Knox in his ten commandments for mystery writers.

One of the interesting aspects of this book is the relatively young ages of the main characters. In most contemporary mystery novels, the main characters seem to be in their mid- to late thirties. In Christie’s novels, Miss Marple was in her seventies as I recall, and Hercule Poirot was at least middle aged. Most of the main characters in Rules of Murder are in their twenties, but Drew and Madeline seem rather mature. The introduction of Madeline Parker and her friends provides comedic and romantic elements, as well as a spiritual component. The religious aspect is not overdone, but we are reminded that the chief end of man is to glorify God and to enjoy him forever.

Rules of Murder contains an ingenious plot, and Julianna Deering breaks all the rules with her characters and their deceptions. I would highly recommend this book for any fan of the mystery genre.