“Dressed for Death,” by Julianna Deering

I recently had the chance to read Dressed for Death, by Julianna Deering. This fiction book was published on March 1, 2016, by Bethany House.

About this book (from the back cover):

A Regency-Era Costume Party Should Have Been an Amusing Diversion, But it Seems Wherever Drew Farthering Goes, Mystery–and Murder–Are on the Guest List

Drew and Madeline Farthering arrive at a Regency-era house party at Winteroak House, excited to be reunited with old friends, including Drew’s former Oxford classmate Talbot Cummins. Tal is there with his fiancée, Alice Henley, and though many present seem worried about the couple, nobody is prepared when Alice dies from an apparent overdose. Tal refuses to believe she’d taken the drugs intentionally, and a dark question arises of whether the death is an accident or murder.

The police have their own information though, and Drew is shocked when they arrest someone he’s trusted and admired since his childhood–someone who’s been smuggling drugs into the country for years. Stunned by what has happened, Tal begs Drew to get to the bottom of everything, but Drew has never felt more unsettled. Questioning his own ability to see people as they really are, Drew doesn’t know whom to trust, and he’s not ready for the secrets he’s about to uncover–or the danger he’ll bring down on everyone he holds dear.

Final Verdict:

This murder mystery has two historical settings – while it’s set in the 1930s, the characters attend a Regency-era-themed house party –  and the double setting is a lot of fun! It’s a well-written mystery, and I didn’t guess the ending, which is nice! The husband-wife detective team of Drew and Madeline are enjoyable to watch, and while the plot gets kind of dark (the author isn’t afraid to kill off anyone) it’s no darker than an Agatha Christie novel throughout. This is the fourth book in a series, but I had no trouble jumping in and following along, even though I’ve not read the previous three books. There were a few references to the previous stories, but that just piqued my curiosity and made me want to go back and read them. I would highly recommend this book for anyone who is a fan of mysteries, especially British period mysteries.

If you’d like to check out Dressed for Death it is currently on sale for $9.44 for the Kindle version. (Regularly $14.99.) If you prefer a paperback copy, it’s currently on sale for $9.94. Remember, Amazon’s prices can change at any time.

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