4 stars · Bethany House · British · Historical · Random House Publishing Group - Loveswept

Murder at the Mikado (Drew Farthering Mystery #3)

★★★★

18652050[1]By Julianna Deering (pen name), DeAnna Julie Dodson

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.

My review

Murder at the Mikado is a great read for all fans of Dorothy Sawyers and Agatha Christie’s “Tommy and Tuppence” stories. It’s an old style murder mystery with a bit of romance mixed in. The story moves at a nice pace keeping you interested without being a nail biter. The characters (Drew and Madeline) could have had a bit more depth, I found them a bit boring and they didn’t leave much of an impression. The mystery was well done, and I didn’t guess who’s done it. Overall, I would say it’s a cozy mystery story, absolutely worth reading.

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