“Murder at the Mikado”, a book review
Murder at the Mikado, by Juliana Derring is a mystery set in the 1930’s British theatrical community. Drew Farthering, an amateur detective is asked to help solve the murders, which may have involved his beautiful, but fickle, previous girlfriend, Fleur. Having moved on emotionally, Drew is now planning his wedding with Madeline. The setting is Drew’s lavish country estate where he and Madeline are chaperoned by her wise, elderly aunt. The plot takes many twists and turns as the reader is introduced to the characters and the murders unfold, but the various threads of the plot are not sufficiently intertwined to create a smooth and engaging story. While the setting was interesting, the plot did not keep my attention. Though I appreciate the opportunity from Bethany House to review this book free of charge, I’m sorry to say it was slow going because the plot and characters never quite engaged my heart.