DeANNA JULIE DODSON 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 first novels were a trilogy of medieval romances (In Honor Bound, By Love Redeemed and To Grace Surrendered) for Crossway Books, and she has since written six contemporary mysteries for Annie’s Fiction, with more to come. Also, as Julianna Deering, she writes the Drew Farthering mysteries set in 1930s England. The series debuted from Bethany House with Rules of Murder (2013) and is followed by Death by the Book and Murder at the Mikado (2014), Dressed for Death (2016) and Murder on the Moor (coming 2017). She is represented by Wendy Lawton of the Books & Such Literary Agency (www.booksandsuch.biz).
At the urgent request of an old school friend, Drew and Madeline Farthering come to Bloodworth Park Lodge in the midst of the Yorkshire moors, a place as moody and mysterious as a Brontë hero. There have been several worrisome incidents out on the moor--property destroyed, fires started, sheep and cattle scattered--and worst of all, the vicar has been found dead on the steps of the church. Drew's friend is obviously smitten with his bride of eight months, though it's hard to imagine what she sees in the awkward man. Drew can't help wondering if her affections lie more with the man's money and estate, while her romantic interests focus on their fiery Welsh gamekeeper. As the danger grows ever closer, it's up to Drew to look past his own prejudices, determine what is really going on, and find the killer before it's too late.
Book Four of the Drew Farthering Mysteries
Drew and Madeline Farthering arrive at a Regency-Era house party at Winteroak House, excited to be reunited with old friends, including Drew’s former Oxford classmate Talbot Cummins. Tal is there with his fiancée, Alice Henley, and though many present seem worried about the couple, nobody is prepared when Alice dies from an apparent overdose. Tal refuses to believe she’d taken the drugs intentionally, and a dark question arises of whether the death is an accident or murder. The police have their own information though, and Drew is shocked when they arrest someone he’s trusted and admired since his childhood—someone who’s been smuggling drugs into the country for years. Stunned by what has happened, Tal begs Drew to get to the bottom of everything, but Drew’s never felt more unsettled. Questioning his own ability to see people as they really are, Drew doesn’t know who to trust, and he’s not ready for the secrets he’s about to uncover—or the danger he’ll bring down on everyone he holds dear.
Book Three of the Drew Farthering Mysteries
When a celebrated actor is found murdered in his dressing room, all signs point to Drew's old flame. But behind the curtains nothing is what it seems and this quickly becomes his most puzzling case yet. Just as Drew Farthering thinks his life has calmed down some, Fleur Landis, a former girlfriend, reappears, in dire need of his help. She's married now, no longer an actress--but the lead actor in her former troupe's production of The Mikado has been murdered, and Fleur is the police's number one suspect. Drew would rather focus on his fiancée, Madeline Parker, and their upcoming wedding, but he can't leave Fleur and her family in the lurch--even if she did break his heart once. As Drew, Nick, and Madeline begin investigating, they discover more going on behind the scenes of the theater troupe than could ever have been imagined. It seems nearly everyone had a motive, and alibis are few and far between. Both the murder case and the presence of the beautiful, exotic Fleur put a heavy strain on Drew and Madeline's relationship. Will their still-young romance survive the pressure?
Book Two of the Drew Farthering Mysteries
With Farlinford Processing and the family's good name safe again, Drew Farthering wants nothing more than to finish out the summer of 1932 with the happy announcement of his engagement to Madeline Parker. Instead, he finds himself involved in another mysterious case. The family lawyer has been found dead in a Winchester hotel room, skewered through the heart by an antique hat pin with a cryptic message attached: Advice to Jack. Evidence of secret meetings and a young girl's tearful confession point to the man's double life, but what does that have to do with the murder of a physician on the local golf course? Nothing, it would seem. Nothing except for another puzzling note and the antique hat pin affixing it to the doctor's chest. Soon the police make an arrest in connection with the murders, but Drew isn't at all sure they have the right man. Could the killer really be one of his society friends, or is it someone much closer than that?
Book One of the Drew Farthering Mysteries
Introducing Drew Farthering– From the tip of his black Homburg to the crease in his stylish cheviot trousers, he's the epitome of a stylish 1930s English gentleman. His only problem? The body he just discovered. Drew Farthering loves a good mystery, although he generally expects to find it in the pages of a novel, not on the grounds of his country estate. With the help of beautiful and whip-smart Madeline Parker, a guest from America, Drew proposes to use the lessons he's learned reading his mysteries to solve the crime. Before long, he realizes this is no lark, and no one at Farthering Place is who he or she appears to be--not the butler nor blackmailer, the chauffeur nor embezzler. Trying hard to remain one step ahead of the killer--and trying harder to impress Madeline--Drew must decide how far to take this dangerous game.
Annie's Secrets of the Quilt #2
When Sofia Parker volunteered to use her artistic talents to help create props for her son’s school play, she didn’t expect to find herself in the middle of a mystery. But that’s exactly what happens when someone tries to sabotage the production, and things take a dangerous turn for the star of the show. The play’s tyrannical director is of little help getting the bottom of it all, refusing to see what is really happening and alienating everyone with an overbearing attitude fit for a queen. At the same time, Sofia is busy researching the second square in her family’s prized heirloom quilt. According to the accompanying diary, Cerise Bélanger served in the court of Marie Antoinette and one of the pieces in Sofia’s quilt was stitched by her for the Queen herself in 1789. And like Sofia, Cerise finds herself in the middle of a mystery . . . and murder. She must stay out of harm’s way, remain in the Queen’s favor, fulfil her father’s dying wishes and somehow remian true to her own heart. Will Cerise’s story inspire in Sofia the courage to deal with the tyranny in her own life?
Annie's Attic Mystery #29
The Last Will and Testament of Paul Maxwell Butler. How could those simple words come to haunt Annie Dawson and her friends in Stony Point, Maine? But when Annie discovers a will from 1920 in the attic of her home, Grey Gables, the document sets up a series of mysterious twists and turns that threaten the livelihood and legacy of Ian Butler, the mayor of the seacoast town and Annie’s love interest. According to the newly found will, Paul Butler had disinherited Ian’s great-grandfather and left all of his estate to a Mayfield grandson. The will was sewn into the lining of an old purse and had never been probated. Why? Had the Butler family purposefully hidden it to ensure their continued ownership of the lucrative lumber mill? And will Annie’s discovery spoil the growing love between her and Ian?
Annie's Attic Mystery #25
Annie Dawson’s discovery of a diary in the attic of Gray Gables has set her on a mission. The diary reveals a poignant love story from World War II, a story cut short when young Peter Lambert goes off to the European Theater, leaving his young girlfriend, Lilly Pryce, with a promise. He will come back to her. But that promise is shattered when Peter’s mother receives notice from the War Department that Peter is missing and presumed dead while on a mission behind enemy lines. But Annie wants to know more. Did Lilly find love after the loss of Peter? Where is she now? How did her diary, love letters and photographs end up in Annie’s grandmother’s attic? And, most important of all, can love once lost become love found again?
Annie's Attic Mystery #16
A Stitch in Time, home of the Hook and Needle Club, is in trouble. “Progress,” in the form of a fast-food restaurant, is landing right down the middle of Stony Point’s quaint downtown landscape. Annie Dawson and her friends are running out of ideas to help the shop’s owner, Mary Beth Brock, fend off the wolf at the door. The only solution is to raise money and raise it fast. The key to the salvation of A Stitch in Time seems to be the one Annie found in a broken vase from her grandmother’s attic at Grey Gables. That key is the first clue that takes Annie and her friends back to the Civil War and an ill-fated love between Mary Beth’s great-geat-grandmother and a young soldier. But when an insistent collector wants more of Mary Beth’s treasured antiques – and when her home is burgled – Annie begins to suspect that their mystery is tied to more than a coded love letter from the 1860s.
Annie's Attic Mystery #4
When Annie Dawson finds a bundle of old letters in the attic of Grey Gables, the lovely Victorian home she has inherited from her grandmother, she feels a rush of nostalgia for the days she spent in Stony Point, Maine, as a child, and for her best childhood friend Susan Morris. Annie had saved these letters and brought them back to Stony Point to share with Susan, but where is Susan now? Annie's friends in the Hook and Needle Club have conflicting stories, but Susan is definitely not in Stony Point. Annie takes up the search for Susan, and as she digs deeper, she is drawn into a frightening game of hide and seek with strangers who threaten Annie's life and the lives of her friends.
Book Three of the Chastelayne Trilogy
There is peace in the kingdom at last, and King Philip wants nothing more than to spend his days watching his children grow and enjoying the company of his beloved Rosalynde. Reghed, Lynaleigh's neighbor to the north, suffers greatly under the heavy hand of its king, the evil and demented tyrant Sarto. But Philip resists God's urging to bring aid to Reghed's people until the night Rosalynde is torn from his arms and carried into Sarto's dark realm. Despite the serious injuries he sustained trying to protect her from her captors, Philip insists on following after her and finds himself face to face with the suffering he has till now turned away from. Sarto eventually captures Philip, too, determined to kill him in order to fulfill his sinister plans. Can Philip free himself, Rosalynde and the people of Reghed? Or has his disobedience lost him the love and protection of God?
Book Two of the Chastelayne Trilogy
Complete strangers on their wedding day and separated by war since their honeymoon, can they find true love together? Even though their time together has been short, Prince Tom is eager for his bride's return. Though his love for her has grown, Elizabeth makes it clear that she considers him a stranger, not to be trusted. Not to be loved. Certain the lavish love he claims to have for her cannot be genuine, Elizabeth turns to a deceitful friend who feeds her doubts and insecurities, poisoning her mind against her young husband. Just as Tom's patient tenderness and steadfast faith begin to soften her heart, he is left with a heavier burden. His brother the king receives news that threatens the stability of the kingdom and his marriage. Forced to go in secret to find the truth behind it, he leaves Tom to deal with the undercurrent of treason and treachery that lies beneath the deceptive quiet of the court. Will Tom be able to hold the kingdom together and win his wife's heart? Or will she let a seductive stranger lead her away from his unconditional love?
Book One of the Chastelayne Trilogy
His father will stop at nothing to keep the royal bloodline "pure" --even murder. But his sins have nearly destroyed Prince Philip and the future of his reign. Forced into a political marriage, Philip tells his bride, "I will not lie to you, I will not be unfaithful to you, and I will not love you. My heart is pledged to another and I am not a man to break an oath." His one true love is a lowly serving girl. When Philip refuses to set her aside in order to form a politically beneficial marriage, his father has the girl tried on false charges and executed. He then forces Philip to marry the beautiful and nobly born Lady Rosalynde. Devastated and embittered by his loss and his father's betrayal, Philip is determined to never love again . . . not his father, not his wife, not his God. Although Rosalynde adores him, he withholds his heart from her, refusing to let even death end his devotion to the love he lost. Despite his coldness towards her, Rosalynde is determined to love him and teach him to love her -- as determined as the God he has turned his back on. As civil war rages throughout the realm, Philip faces a greater struggle within himself. Will he open his heart to love again or let his pride destroy him and his kingdom?