Thursday, 13 March 2014

Death by the Book by Julianna Deering Blog Tour - Interview + Giveaway

A themed review tour by Prism Book Tours...

Death by the Book (Drew Farthering Mystery #2)

Death by the Book by Julianna Deering
Christian Mystery
Paperback, 320 pages
Published: 4th March 2014 by Bethany House Publishers

Drew Farthering wanted nothing more than to end the summer of 1932 with the announcement of his engagement. Instead, he finds himself caught up in another mysterious case when the family solicitor is found murdered, an antique hatpin with a cryptic message, Advice to Jack, piercing his chest.

Evidence of secret meetings and a young girl's tearful confession point to the victim's double life, but what does the solicitor's murder have to do with the murder of a physician on the local golf course? Nothing, it would seem--except for another puzzling note, affixed with a similar-looking bloodied hatpin.

Soon the police make an arrest in connection with the murders, but Drew isn't at all certain they have the right suspect in custody. And why does his investigation seem to be drawing him closer and closer to home?

Bethany House

Other Books in the Series:

Interview with Julianna Derring

What is your motivation behind this series? Why did you want to write it?

I love the classic mysteries of the 1920s and '30s, Agatha Christie, Dorothy L. Sayers, Margery Allingham especially. And I have for many years enjoyed the adaptations of their work, usually from the BBC. After enjoying these stories for so long, I couldn't help trying my hand at writing some. Drew Farthering, name and all, just appeared in my head one day, and I knew he was my amateur sleuth. All I had to do after that was provide the mysteries for him to solve.

What do you hope readers take with them when they read your books?

My books vary widely from series to series, but I would say throughout them all is the theme of forgiveness and reconciliation, that God is a merciful, loving God who never leaves us and who walks with us through every trial and that it is never, never too late to turn to Him. Even though my Drew Farthering books tend to be lighter, fun reads, there is still that element in them.

Do you have a favorite scene?

Oh, yes, definitely! But if I tell you about it, it will spoil the whole mystery. However, I will tell you about one of my other favorite scenes.

One of Drew's friends is arrested in connection with a murder, and Chief Inspector Birdsong comes to investigate. Since Birdsong, the older, world-weary, working-class policeman, is Drew's opposite in many respects, I always enjoy them in scenes together.

     Birdsong motioned to one of the constables who hurried Roger out of the room.
     Drew crossed his arms over his chest. "You know you haven't any sort of a case here. A jury would acquit him in five minutes for lack of evidence and lack of motive."
     "There's the cigarette case for a start."
     "Oscar Wilde says it's a very ungentlemanly thing to read a private cigarette case." Nick took the elegant item off the table, admiring its craftsmanship. "Now this is a very fine one, to be sure, but hardly motive for murder."
     Drew took it from him, studying it, too. "Any man would be a fool to murder someone and then carry something as easily identifiable as this about with him."
     Birdsong snatched it back and shoved it into the pocket of his overcoat, scowling at both of them. "That's not my problem just yet, is it. For the moment, all I have to do is not give a suspicious character a chance to scarper before we've got a chance to see what's what."
     "Really, Inspector–"
     "Look here, this is the first real break we've had in these hatpin murders. Perhaps your friend here did just what he said and has nothing to do with this killing or the others, but I don't know that. And until and unless I do, Mr. Morris will be holidaying at the expense of His Majesty's government."
     Poor Rog was for it. At least for the time being.

Share something about you that is unique - maybe about how/where you write... or favorite snack foods?

Hmmm . . . I don't know if this is unique, but it might be unusual. The books I write happen in different ways. My first book (In Honor Bound, written as DeAnna Julie Dodson) was just supposed to be entertainment for me, random scenes that were never meant to be a book at all. Then I finally put them together into one coherent storyline. My second book I wrote from the middle out to the beginning and end. My third was mostly chronological. I don't remember specifics after that, though I think my mysteries all tend to be plotted out the same way. You have what seems to be going on and what's really going on behind the scenes, and those two eventually merge as the mystery is solved. Mostly I start out with a "what if . . . ?" or a killer dramatic scene I want to build around. Then I grow the book from there.

Thank you Julianna, I love Agatha Christie too!

Author Bio - Julianna Derring

Julianna Deering
Julianna Derring has always been an avid reader and a lover of storytelling, whether on the page, the screen or the stage. This, along with her keen interest in history and her Christian faith, shows in her tales of love, forgiveness and triumph over adversity. A fifth-generation Texan, she makes her home north of Dallas with three spoiled cats and, when not writing, spends her free time quilting, cross stitching and watching NHL hockey. Her new series of Drew Farthering mysteries set in 1930s England debuts with Rules of Murder (Bethany House, Summer 2013) and will be followed by Death by the Book (Bethany House, Spring 2014) and Murder at the Mikado (Bethany House, Summer 2014).

Author Links
Website - Blog - Goodreads - Twitter - Facebook - Amazon - Novel Crossing - Bethany House

ALL readers, who are interested, can receive an autographed bookmark. 
You can see a picture of the bookmark here.

Just send a self-address STAMPED (7" long) envelope to:

Julianna Deering
P. O. Box 375
Aubrey, Texas 76227

From the author regarding the fabulous GIVEAWAY:

How could one possibly have a cozy mystery  set in an old manor house in the English countryside near a quaint little village  and not have tea? 
Drew doesn't usually take lemon or milk in his. He prefers honey, especially if it's fresh from the hive. 
Mrs. Devon, his housekeeper, spoils him terribly and makes sure he has it.

Print copies of The Rules of Murder and Death by the Book and a Tea Gift Basket

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-Ends 28th March 2014

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  1. Thanks for letting me visit your blog!

    Julianna Deering

  2. I like my tea plain. My favorite is Red Rose Lemon Chiffon.