Murder at the Mikado
Just as Drew Farthering thinks his life has found smooth waters, Fleur Landis, an old flame, reappears in his life. She's married now, no longer an actress, and he expects she'll soon disappear--until she comes to him in dire need. The lead actor in her old troupe's production of The Mikado has been murdered, and Fleur is the police's number one suspect.
Drew would love nothing more than to just focus on his fiance, Madeline, and their upcoming wedding, but he can't leave Fleur in the lurch--even if she did break his heart once. As Drew, Nick, and Madeline dive into the murder, they discover more going on behind the scenes of the theater troupe than could ever have been imagined. Nearly everyone had a motive, and alibis are few and far between. It's Drew's most complicated case yet
I love the “feel” of this series. The books themselves aren’t faultless, of course, but there’s something so fun about the whole setting. Drew and Madeline and Nick are a fun group to be around, and I always enjoy traipsing off with them on an adventure.
Now the thing about mysteries is that they can be rather messy; Murder at the Mikado included. Obviously, murder is not the most moral of occupations, and neither are the many other pursuits murders tend to engage in- adultery, thievery, lying, etc. It wasn’t a book I’d recommend for younger readers because of these reasons (although it was never explicit) but for older readers I definitely think it would be okay, as these things are certainly never shown in a positive light. (although it seemed to me that Murder at the Mikado had more of this than the previous books)
As far as the characters go, Madeline did annoy me at times, and Nick didn’t seem to be in it as much as the other books. However, the mystery was good and though I had suspicions about characters, I didn’t know who did it until it was revealed. Overall, I have enjoyed this series a lot. It’s a lot different than most of stuff in the Christian fiction market, and so if only for that, I’d recommend checking them out for a different reading experience!
I received this book for free from netgalley.com in exchange for my honest review.