Book Review: Dressed for Death

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Book Review: Dressed for Death

Written by: Julianna Deering

I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review from Bethany House Publishers as apart of their Blogger Review Program. 

Synopsis (From Back Cover): While attending a Regency costume party, Drew and Madeline Farthering are immersed in a new case when the fiancée of a friend dies mysteriously at the event. Drew’s friend insists she was murdered. In the face of a shocking revelation and arrest, Drew begins to doubt his own abilities and finds he is unprepared for the dangerous secrets he uncovers.

Receiving this book was well-timed because I’m attempting to read more mystery/thriller novels. I think this one harkens back to the likes of Agatha Christie as it has a regency flair and it pretty clean (aside from the murder) which is a contrast to more modern James Patterson-type mysteries where promiscuity is often tied to the bloodshed and the characters can be just as brutal.

It’s hard for me to judge the “quality” of the mystery since I’m not a big mystery reader, but my impression is that it would be a most enjoyable read to someone who loves a good mystery but wants to read something family-friendly (or as PG as a story about murder can be). It seemed fairly predictable, or at least following the standard pattern of a mystery, not so much that you could predict where the clues were leading exactly. The regency party seemed a little far-fetched, but was a fun setting none the less. I haven’t read the earlier installments which might be to my disadvantage with the characters, but the story does stand on its own. There’s a lot of angsty moral questioning on Farthering’s part, but the marriage dynamic was great.

It’s a slow starter, but it picks up after a couple of chapters.

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