Monday, April 23, 2018

Mystery Monday: Drew Farthering Mysteries

Mystery Monday: Drew Farthering Mysteries

This spot has typically been reserved for information about writers from The Golden Age of Detective Fiction or other similar topics. Today I want to introduce you to Juliana Deering's Drew Farthering Mysteries that I discovered a couple of years ago as a review blogger.

The books are set in 1930s England, and Amazon describes the series as Downton Abbey meets Agatha Christie, but I would have to disagree. To me the books are a mixture of Dorothy Sayers (Lord Wimsey) and Dashiell Hammett (Nick Charles without the liquor). Dapper and dashing, he is young enough to be cool, but as a titled, English gentleman who comes from a long line of English Lords, Drew is proper when the situation calls for it.

The author, interestingly, is a fifth generation Texan, yet has obviously done her research, because the dialogue is decidedly British with no anachronisms or Americanisms (which I find too often in historical or books set in England). The descriptions of dress, social customs, and day-to-day life are vivid and sprinkled throughout, effectively evoking the era. The mysteries are clever, and red herrings, Macguffins, and clues abound, as to the possible suspects.

I enjoy historical fiction that informs and educates in addition to entertaining, and the Drew
Farthering series does that. With every book, I have come away with new knowledge which is tough to do, considering the amount of reading and research I've done for my own books.

Thus far there are six books, and I'm looking forward to the next installment of this delightful set.


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