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Rules of Murder by Julianna Deering

Rules of Murder (A Drew Farthering Mystery) by Julianna Deering is a highly entertaining mystery set in 1930’s England.  It feels like you are reading a film noir movie, from the golden age of Hollywood.

I won’t describe any of the plot because there’s too much risk of giving clues away. But I will say that one thing I especially appreciated about this book was how clever it was.

I’m not a mystery buff so I didn’t understand at first, but Derering was playing around with Father Knox’s Decalogue, the “Ten Commandments for Mystery writers“, the entire book.  She intentionally broke as many rules as possible, just for sport.

Now that I know that, it makes me want to read the book again, start to finish, so I can look for the broken Decalogue.  Very cool!

P.S. I received a free copy of this book from Bethany House in exchange for my honest opinion and review.