Monday, September 1, 2014

Murder at the Mikado by Julianna Deering


 Since I love a good old-fashioned murder mystery, I really enjoyed reading this story.  It was well written, taking lots of twists and turns, with dark secrets being revealed throughout the investigation.  Except for the three main characters, practically everyone else was a possible suspect.  Julianna Deering was an unknown author to me until my reading of Murder at the Mikado.  I’m glad she was brought to my attention and I plan to read more of her murder mysteries.

The story takes place in the 1930’s in a small English town and at the country estate of  Drew Farthering.  Whenever there is a mystery to be solved, Drew somehow ends up in the middle of the investigation.  This time Drew becomes involved at the request from the beautiful wife of one of his employees.  To make matters worse, the wife turns out to be a former girlfriend and this does not sit well with Drew’s fiancée.  The wife is the first suspect in the murder of a celebrated actor with whom she had had an affair.  I say the first suspect because as the investigation progresses, four or five others are rooted out as possible suspects and they all have a motive for murder.  Just when Drew thinks he might be close to discovering the truth, the story takes another turn and he is hard put to find any solid facts.  

Both the main characters are Christians with good moral character.  The story is without profanity and sexuality – just a good, clean “who done it” murder mystery.  I recommend it to all mystery lovers and plan to donate the book to my church library.

Bethany House Publishers provided this book to me for free in exchange for an honest review.