I was excited to read Julianna Deering’s, “Rules of Murder,” because the 1920’s setting seemed like a fresh and fun setting for a mystery. And sure enough, the story paints a vivid picture of the Roaring Twenties in all its glory. Though the period slang feels a tad overdone at times, it seemed to fit amateur detective Drew Farthering’s character. The snappy romantic dialogue between Drew and his love also added some fun to the mix. I also appreciated the pace of Drew’s faith development—it had a genuine ring to it and closed the story with some finesse. Yet, it was difficult to get past those first few chapters.
A number of times I had to go back and reread a portion of the story to figure out who the people actually were. Then, when the first dead body is discovered it seems to take would-be-detective, Drew, eons to discover it’s a case of mistaken identity. Of course, all is not what it seems, but by the time the mystery unravels it’s all just so frustrating. When the murderer is finally revealed I had no satisfying “aha”, only a sigh of relief that all the subterfuge was finally over. It is one thing to try and circumvent, “the rules of murder,” but the reader should never feel cheated. Deering broke her contract with me very early on.
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