Dressed for Death

dressed-for-deathAuthor: Julianna Deering

Series: Drew Farthering Myster #4

Publisher: Bethany House

Release Date: March 1, 2016

Rating: 5 Stars

Reviewer: Jessica Higgins

After almost two years, Drew Farthering is back in the middle of another muddle that may be the biggest mystery of his young career.

Drew and Madeline have now been married a short time and she has decided that they need to take part in a Regency reenactment at the home of one of Drew’s friends from university. Not keen to suffer alone, Drew gets Madeline to have her friend Carrie Holland from America come to England to partake in the festivities so that his estate manager Nick will also be forced to attend. Preparations are going great throughout the week, but Drew and Madeline can tell that his friend Tal’s fiancée Alice is distracted about something.  On the night of the opening party, Alice suddenly starts acting out of sorts and has an extreme fever.  By the time they get her to a room, she is not responding.  By the time the doctor gets there, she is dead.  Drew will have to use everything he has to solve this mystery and determine the truth behind what happened to Alice.   Unfortunately, more deaths will follow as he investigates, including some of those close to him.

It’s been a long time since I’ve been excited to find a new book in a series. I have greatly enjoyed the three previous Drew Farthering mysteries and was ecstatic when I saw that Julianna Deering was writing a fourth.  Needless to say, she didn’t disappoint.  She has always made Drew so flawed in his Christian relationship that it is very easy to identify with him.  He always questions his purpose and always finds solace in God’s comfort. Dressed for Death really showed how much Drew leans on Madeline for support and encouragement.  She is his rock.  Through his charms and laugh out loud humor, it is easy to forget about the other side of him.

This book also further developed Nick and Carrie’s relationship for future installments. I’ve been wanting to see that grow for some time and was glad it started to happen.  Even with some setbacks that occurred, I think there is definitely a future there.  The adventures continue to be fast-paced, humorous, and despairing as well.  As with the last book of Mrs. Deering’s that I reviewed, I end with a plea that it not be the last!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. The views and opinions expressed within are my own.