Genre: Christian Fiction, Mystery, England, 1920s
Rating: 5 Stars
Source: Free copy from Bethany House in exchange for a review.
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Drew Farthering and Madeline Parker are planning their wedding, but an unexpected person from Drew's past emerges. Drew is shocked when he is introduced to the wife of his business associate, and she is an old flame from his youth. Mrs. Fleur Landis, is a force to be reckoned with. Her dark eyes, red lips, thick dark hair, and glamorous clothing, shape a woman that knows she exudes sensuality. She had been an actress, but is now a wife and mother. Her acting skills carry over to her real life, giving dramatics when she needs them.
Fleur pays Drew a visit claiming she is in trouble and needs his help. Drew is at first reluctant, but after meeting Fleur's son Peter, he changes his mind.
Drew and Madeline are at odds in this surprising wedge in their relationship.
The murder mystery plot is centered around the theater production of a play, The Mikado. The people working in the production are all known to Mrs. Landis.
Murder at the Mikado, brings another chapter in Drew Farthering's, quick-witted and nonchalant way of solving a murder. He is not a person who studied detective work, it came about by a chance event. He is calm, reserved, yet confident. His strong emotional responses are always directed to his beloved Madeline. Their whirlwind courtship had not given them a chance to share "all" their previous life. A lesson in honesty before marriage is a hidden nugget of truth in this story.
Fleur is a naughty character that I wanted to shoo-away with a fly-swat. Her pretentiousness did not fool me.
I love the added character of the little boy Peter. He gave an innocence to the story. My maternal instincts wanted to whisk him away to safety.
Was I surprised at the ending? Yes I was.
A delight in reading a mystery is not always in trying to figure out who did it, but in letting the story simply unfold and enjoying the ride.