Dressed for Death by Julianna Deering is the fourth book in the Drew Farthering Mystery series. This mystery novel was definitely a fun read and reminded me of a Christian version of Sherlock Holmes.
Drew and Madeline Farthering are happily married and traveling the world on their honeymoon. As part of their travels, they have planned to visit Drew’s college friends at their estate, where his friend’s parents are hosting a week-long Regency-era house party. As guests arrive dressed in Regency-era costumes, Drew and Madeline are introduced to his friend Tal’s fiancee, Alice, who at first seems completely committed to Tal. But as the week progresses, Alice begins to show more and more signs of agitation – that is, until she winds up dead at the final ball!
When Tal’s father is arrested almost immediately on charges of drug smuggling, Tal begs his friend to get to the bottom of things. But as Drew begins sleuthing, he wonders if he is really following God’s calling for his life or if he is just making a bigger mess of things. As more suspects begin to surface, more people start dying as well.
Can Drew get to the bottom of things before more of his friends end up dead? Or will this be Drew’s final case?
I really enjoyed reading this novel! I felt that this author did a wonderful job of weaving God into the characters’ day-to-day lives rather than trying to force Christianity at the front. The characters were also very believable, and the story easy to follow. But just as you start thinking you have it all figured out, the author throws in a curve ball.
I highly recommend this book and look forward to reading more in this series!
*I received this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest review.