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Sunday, August 04, 2013

New giveaway! Now I'm giving away Rules of Murder by Julianna Deering (with bonus review!)

About the book:

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. When a weekend party at Farthering Place is ruined by murder and the police seem flummoxed, Drew decides to look into the crime himself. With the help of his best friend, Nick Dennison, an avid mystery reader, and Madeline Parker, a beautiful and whip-smart American debutante staying as a guest, the three try to solve the mystery as a lark, using the methods from their favorite novels.

Soon, financial irregularities at Drew’s stepfather’s company come to light and it’s clear that all who remain at Farthering Place could be in danger. Trying hard to remain one step ahead of the killer–and trying harder to impress Madeline–Drew must decide how far to take this game.

My review:

I'm not a fan of murder mysteries or black and white movies, but I did enjoy this novel. People who reminisce about living in that era or watching Agatha Christie flicks will love this book. It had plenty of intrigue and a distinctly English feel to the story right down to the lingo used at that time. I almost felt like I was watching a Sherlock Holmes episode, only this had a more unique twist to it. There were a number of red herrings to throw you off the trail of the true killer as well. I'm not sure if I liked being wrong, but the author made a case for the truth.

In the process of exposing the mystery around the plot of the person intent on murdering anyone who crossed them, the author managed to weave in some spiritual sustenance for the reader as well. I think I enjoyed the romantic parts of the story best, though, especially when the hero resisted the urge to cross the boundaries of propriety. The heroine loved him more for it. Don't we all love heroes like that?. So Drew was pretty heroic despite his overwhelming desire to solve the crime, which of course went against the wishes of the police department who asked him to stay out of their detective work. If you enjoy a old fashioned murder mystery with "whodunit" details that are complex and compelling, you'll enjoy this book.

Rules of Murder was published by Bethany House and released in August 2013.

And now for the question... 

What do you like about old black and white movies from the 1930s and 40s?

13 comments:

Martha A. said...

This one looks interesting! I love the old B&W films of the 30's and '40's mostly for the clothing, but also, I just felt like they make me want to go back in time!
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Debbie Wilder said...
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Debbie Wilder said...

I think the main thing that comes to mind is that the old black & white movies from the 1930s and 40s relied on very solid plot lines to get your attention and keep you interested in them. Many of the movies now focus on special effects and high adrenaline action scenes to keep people's interest. But many times, to fill the movie with these type of scenes, they lack believable plot lines. debbiewilder@comcast.net

CentralEast2 said...

Looks like a great read. I would love a chance to read it. centraleast2 at gmail dot com

grams said...

I like some of the old black and white movies and would love a chance to win this book.

apple blossom said...

no cursing on them and some of the ladies clothes can be interesting. They are probably even prettier in color...

my girls hate B&W movies because they lack color

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Paula said...

I like how simple and sweet everything was in the old black and white movies. Thanks for the giveaway!
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Merry said...

I love old movies, the romantic comedies are so charming. Rules of Murder sounds wonderful.
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Deborah D said...

I would love to read this.

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Karen R. said...

Sounds like a great story~ love a good mystery. Like to watch old movies 'cause they're usually clean with good storylines, and have a lot of style. Thanks for doing a giveaway. :)

DeAnna Julie Dodson said...

Thanks for letting me visit, and thanks for the lovely review.

I'm looking forward to sending someone a copy of Rules of Murder!

:)

Goldtop said...

The movies and the actors were just so much better back in the 30's and 40's. The actors had personality, the films were shot so well, the lighting was amazing, the stories were intersting and original.

Michelle Sutton said...

And the winner is...

Paula!

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