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Monday, 30 June 2014


A bit of sun breaking through a weekend of rainy storms -
exactly how the reading seemed this weekend as well~
the lovely sight of sunshine!
I completed a few reviews- the 1st upping my Canadian Book Challenge #7 totals to 21 for 2014.  
A fav annual Challenge, #8 begins Tuesday on Canada Day!
Join us? Sign up at John's BookMineSet
[see my Canadian Challenge page or Book Reviews in tabs for ideas] 
Anne of Green Gables LM Montgomery audiobook
Anne of Avonlea LM Montgomery audiobook
Postern of Fate Agatha Christie audiobook
The Art of Arranging Flowers Lynne Branard kindle
I then treated myself to Julianna Deering's newest 
Drew Farthering mystery set to release Tuesday - July 1st!
{Great Canada Day celebration for this smitten reader}
I LUV the series! Vintage covers,
the hero, 30's dialogue and the setting is perfection - a manor house in the English countryside. 
Here's the 1st Paragraph Intro~
"Actors," the barman muttered to no one in particular as he wiped a freshly washed glass."
Here's a teaser ~
"That would be Fleur.  One moment purring like a kitten, the next, claws out and yowling.  One can never tell about the fairer sex."
{Joining Tuesday Intros at Diane's and Teaser Tuesdays at MizB's}
The synopsis ~
Just as Drew Farthering thinks his life has found smooth waters, Fleur Landis, an old flame, reappears in his life. She's married now, no longer an actress, and he expects she'll soon disappear--until she comes to him in dire need. The lead actor in her old troupe's production of The Mikado has been murdered, and Fleur is the police's number one suspect. 

Drew would love nothing more than to just focus on his fiance, Madeline, and their upcoming wedding, but he can't leave Fleur in the lurch--even if she did break his heart once. As Drew, Nick, and Madeline dive into the murder, they discover more going on behind the scenes of the theater troupe than could ever have been imagined. Nearly everyone had a motive, and alibis are few and far between. It's Drew's most complicated case yet.

Intelligent, quick witted, and personable, I am definitely in luv with Drew Farthering. All manners, dynamic and debonair, he knows what he's about relationally and in his peerage connections. 
When Fleur, a former actress and attachment, appeals to Drew for assistance, he is drawn into the scenarios at the reproach of his American fiance, Madeline, who prefers Fleur leave Drew out of her troubles. The repeated contacts have Madeline distressed and troubled waters between her and Drew add to the confusion Drew faces in dealing with the murder amongst the actors.

Always a treat to pick up another Drew Farthering mystery. Ms Deering has mastered the 1930's era in dialogue and manner, making each edition a pleasurable escape into the English manor life. 

The stories are easily read as individual entries, but the development of Drew and Madeline's romance is a lovely continuum best enjoyed throughout the series. And of course our knowledge and involvement increases if we're following the series from the 1st book.

 Mysteries that keep this reader guessing to each satisfying conclusion.


*Appreciation to BethanyHouse for providing a reading and review copy without cost or compensation.

That's my current picture for Monday's reading, Teaser Tuesdays, and Tuesday's Intros.
A great lineup of books is waiting to keep me happy when this weather keeps me indoors ~


Some great book giveaways pinned HERE

and a brand new giveaway offer for upcoming release of
Camille Elliot's Regency mystery novel,

along with several more great novel Giveaways at goodreads 
{currently open}

Jane Austen fans, don't forget signups for AinA are open...
Next week I'll try to have some of my anticipated books ready to post
for inspiration.
HapPy Reading!
More book updates at Sheila's BOOK JOURNEY

MizB's Monday Musings and Teaser Tuesdays

Diane's Tuesday Intros


Unknown said...

Ooh, lots of great giveaways!

Karen said...

Hi There,
I am so very pleased to meet you! Congratulations on your book challenge. You have inspired me to start reading again and I will look at your suggestions! Thank you for visiting me. Happy July 4th! Karen

Diane said...

Interesting novels and book giveaways. I appreciate your nice comment!

Nise' said...

We've had our share of rain here too.
A couple of new to me authors that I want to check out. Have a great week.

Cyn @ Bookmunchies said...

Great list! I feel like I should try to read more Canadian authors for Canada Day too haha. I'm totally loving the vintage covers!

Sandra Nachlinger said...

Murder at The Mikado sounds like a delightful mystery. I love the Art Deco look of the cover. That would be enough to make me buy the book!

Anonymous said...

I'm a big fan of series mysteries and was surprised that I hadn't heard of these. Then I checked and saw that the first Drew Fathering only came out last year. Definitely one to look into. Thanks for the introduction.

Happy Canada Day!

Elizabeth said...

Murder at Mikado looks really good to me.

The Travelling Tea Shop looks cute. Love the cover.

ENJOY your upcoming reading week.

Silver's Reviews
My It's Monday, What Are You Reading

Literary Feline said...

Happy Canada Day!

I love the cover of Murder at the Mikado. I'm not familiar with the author or her books, but I would keep reading based on the description and opening.

Enjoy your reading!

Catherine @ Book Club Librarian said...

I like the sound of your Tuesday Intros book. I'm going to look into this series and find out more.

Thanks for visiting my blog.

kayerj said...

those are some great books you read for "Canadaian Books". I might have to sign up for that Austen in August. I love her books. Happy Canada Day and enjoy your book. kelley—the road goes ever ever on

Sarah (Sarah's Book Shelves) said...

I'm not sure this one is for me, but I hope you enjoy it! And, Happy Canada Day! Canadians had a good win at Wimbledon - Bouchard!

Here's my Tues Intro:

Sarah (Sarah's Book Shelves) said...

I'm not sure this one is for me, but I hope you enjoy it! Happy Canada Day - the Canadians had a good win at Wimbledon - Bouchard!

Here's my Tues Intro:

Yvonne said...

Murder at the Mikado sounds like my kind of book. Great teaser!

Happy Canada Day!

Claudia {Sparrowhawk} said...

"One moment purring like a kitten, the next, claws out and yowling."

I can relate to this on so many levels. I love the book cover too! I have a thing with book covers :)

Sparrow's Teaser Tuesday | IF I stay

Michelle said...

Congratulations on your newest reviews. I have some reviews on my blog you may be interested in.

My TT is here:

Unknown said...

You are right, I also love the vintage cover of Murder at Mikado and would pick it up.
Peggy @ The Pegster Reads

Unknown said...

Never smooth waters.

This is a new YA author, some light zombie fiction for you:

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

i like this one ---Murder at Mikado.

Margot said...

I'd read this book based on the cover, but I also like the first paragraph.

Maya Love said...

I enjoyed the teaser. Here's mine

Paulita said...

That cover is terrific. Here's Mine

sherry fundin said...

I love mysteries and this sounds like a good one. Thanks for sharing.

LA Botchar said...

I LOVE the vintage look of that cover and the story sounds so good!

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