This week we are celebrating the release of Julianna Deering's RULES OF MURDER, the first book from the new Bethany Publishing series with amateur British sleuth DREW FARTHERING! Visit all week to learn more, and let us know in your comments if you'd like to be the drawing for a copy!
Rules of Murder is a fun romp in the style of Agatha Christie and Dorothy Sayers. And if you like cozies or Downton Abbey or both, you need to let the butler take your wrap and join us out on the terrace! You will recognize some of our waiters, but one of them might be the real Drew or his sidekick Nick. So far Madeline hasn't made her appearance! We are hanging out at Farthering Place or what the locals call Beaulieu Palace House... Don't be intimidated. Drew is very relaxed about his title!
Teasing this delicious murder mystery along is Father Knox's Decalogue - the ten rules of what not to do in a murder mystery! Leave it to our friends here, and Drew, and Julianna to try breaking them all.
1. The criminal must be someone mentioned in the early part of the story, but must not be anyone whose thoughts the reader has been allowed to follow:
|(A man of few words, Jane Austen never gave us any point of view from Mr. Darcy. Thankfully for the movie version 1995 Pride and Prejudice, Colin Firth tells the story with just one look!)|
2. All supernatural or preternatural agencies are ruled out as a matter of course:
|This early photo of Errol Flynn makes a dashing prototype for Drew. Minus a few quirks.|
(I wonder if Julianna will ever tell us who most resembles the real DREW? or Nick?)
3. Not more than one secret room or passage is allowable:
|Always a touch of class! Mr. Cary Grant|
4. No hitherto undiscovered poisons may be used, nor any appliance which will need a long scientific explanation at the end:
|No poisons involved in the goodies, either. And the recipes are very short!|
5. No Chinaman must figure in the story:
|Oh. ChinaMAN, I thought they didn't want us to use CHINA.|
6. No accident must ever help the detective, nor must he ever have an unaccountable intuition which proves to be right:
|What's a party at the Inkwell without JLM?|
|You know where we are going with this one... It's a crime to be this good looking, Aidan Turner!|
|Was it the blond Orlando Bloom, the brunette Orlando and was it long hair or short?|
9. The stupid friend of the detective must not conceal any thoughts which pass through his mind. His intelligence must be slightly but very slightly below that of the average reader:
|"You have bewitched me, body and soul."|
10. Twin brothers, and doubles generally, must not appear unless we have been duly prepared for them. And if you know anything about Julianna Deering and her alter ego DeAnna Julie Dodson you had to be expecting this. (and oh my. Richard Armitage with a cat? Hand the woman a paper bag. She's hyperventilating!)