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Detective Drew Fathering and his wife Madeline go on vacation in Scotland. They find it strange when their host Lord Rainsby, an accomplished horseman, dies during a riding accident. Lord Rainsby’s business partner begins to act suspicious. As they search for a murderer, they uncover Nazi spy involvement leaving national security in danger. Not the enjoyable vacation they originally had planned.
Number of Pages: 336
Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2017
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)|
Series: Drew Farthering Mystery
Drew Farthering arrives in idyllic Scotland for the 1935 British Open at Muirfield hoping for a relaxing vacation, but he soon finds a mystery on his hands. Lord Rainsby, his host at Thorburn Hall, fears his business partner may be embezzling and asks Drew to quietly investigate. Before Drew can uncover anything, Rainsby is killed in a suspicious riding accident.
Thorburn Hall is filled with guests, and as Drew continues to dig, he realizes that each might have had a motive. Together with Madeline and Nick, he must sort through shady business dealings, international intrigue, and family tensions to find a killer who always seems to be one step ahead.
IolaNew ZealandAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Classic British Murder MysteryMarch 20, 2018IolaNew ZealandAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5Drew and Madeline Fathering are back. They are visiting Drew's distant relatives, Lord and Lady Rainsby of Thornburn Hall, and planning to watch the Open at Muirfield, Edinburgh. They are not the only gueststhere is also a married couple, and a Russian artiste seeking his muse.
Death at Thornburn Hall is the sixth book in the Drew Fathering series. Each book is a standalone murder mystery, which means you don't have to read the earlier books first (although there are some plot threads that trail though the series). It follows the pattern established in the first book, Rules of Murder.
Drew arrives somewhere (Thornburn Hall, in this instance).
There is a death (sometimes there is more than one).
The local police force don't appreciate Drew's efforts.
Drew solves the crime with help from Nick and Madeline.
There is plenty of witty banter between Drew, a member of the British aristocracy, Madeline, his American wife, and Nick Dennison, Drew's best friend and the son of the Fathering Hall butler (a friendship that continues to raise eyebrows).
And Carrie is back: Madeline's American best friend, who Nick would like to persuade to stay forever ... However, Carrie is not stupid. She's realised the same thing the rest of us have realised: Drew Fathering attracts murder. Murder attracts risk and danger.
But that's the fun! Well, that's the fun for me, as a reader. Carrie doesn't see it quite the same way ...
The writing is excellent, as usual. There is a cast of characters ranging from mysterious to suspicious. Some things are not what they seem, and there are plenty of genuine clues scattered among the red herrings. The ending is satisfying on several levels (well, satisfying to the core characters. The murderer, as usual, is less than satisfied with being caught by Drew). All in all, an excellent romp.
Thanks to Bethany House and NetGalley for providing a free ebook for review.
2boyzmommyMoorestown, NJAge: 35-44Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5#6 is Another Winner!March 18, 20182boyzmommyMoorestown, NJAge: 35-44Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Death at Thorburn Hall by Julianna Deering finds Drew, Madeline, Nick and Carrie arriving in Scotland to attend the 1935 British Open. They think they've been invited for a holiday, but their host,Lord Rainsby, has another reason for inviting the foursome. Something is not right with his business partner and he needs Drew's help to learn if his hunch is correct. It's not long before Drew finds himself and his friends involved in yet another murder investigation. Lord Rainsby dies in a riding accident and as Drew sets out to see if it was really an accident, he discovers that several people have reasons for wanting Lord Rainsby out of the way.
As with all of Julianna Deering's books, there are twists and turns galore. She weaves several red herrings throughout the story to keep the reader guessing until the very end. Part of the mystery regarding Drew's mother will be solved in this book and there's a subplot regarding Nick and Carrie's relationship that you won't want to miss.
I love this series and hope that there are more mysteries waiting for Drew, Madeline and Nick. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author and Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my owe and I was not required to leave a positive review.
beckieAge: 35-44Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Farthering mysteryFebruary 2, 2018beckieAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0"Death at Thorburn Hall" is the 6th in the Farthering Mystery series by Julian Deering. In Thorburn Hall, Drew and Madeline Farthering go to Scotland to the European Open. They stay with a distant cousin of Drew's along with the Pike's, friends of the Rainsbys; and Nick and his girlfriend Carrie. While at the Open, Lord Rainsby is murdered. One by one, people connected to the Rainsbys turn up dead. Drew and Madeline are on pursuit of the mystery to discover the killer.
I really like this series of books. I've read them all. They take place pre-world war II and in a much higher society than most people are used to. I like how they are always saying things like "my good man" and "I'm not altogether certain," things that seem kinda classy. This book worms two mysteries together which makes for a harder case. Good book. I received this book in exchange for an honest review from Bethany House Publishers.
ASC Book ReviewsNMAge: 18-24Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5A good read!January 25, 2018ASC Book ReviewsNMAge: 18-24Gender: femaleQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0I really enjoyed this Drew Farthering mystery, it being the second I've read in the series. Though I did find it's pace a little slower in the beginning, and I was a little sad at who ends up being the baddie. I really liked the person and didn't want them to be the baddie! There was also a touch of confusion as I was reading along. I thought at first I had missed something when a clue was brought up, but as I went back and searched through what I had read before I couldn't find any pre-mention of the clue. :/ I did enjoy all of the characters though and I LOVE that Nick and Carrie are included in the cast! Plus I absolutely love Drew and Madeline! We also learn even more about Drew's past! And top all of that with a Scottish setting! Reading these later books leaves me chomping at the bit to read the ones before it, and also leaves me longing for more! I hope to see Drew, Madeline, and their friends and relatives again in more books soon! ;)
Songs: "Whom Shall I Fear" by Chris Tomlin, "Amazing Grace"
Songs etc. May be changed and/or added in the future. ~ASC
*I requested and received this book from Bethany House for the purpose of reviewing it. This in no way affected my opinion and the above are my true thoughts and feelings about Death at Thorburn Hall. ~ASC
KavRCanadaGender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Just when I thought the Drew Farthering Mystery series couldn't get any better -- it does!January 23, 2018KavRCanadaGender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Just when I thought the Drew Farthering Mystery series couldn't get any better -- it does! Drew and Madeline are in fine form as they battle an intrepid killer and some surprising political intrigue -- this is Britain just years before World War II after all. As always the romance between Drew and Madeline makes me giddy and loyal friend Nick finally gets his chance in a secondary love story. Nothing like giving this reader exactly what she wants! The mystery is twisty, turny with plenty of unexpected bumps along the way and just the right dose of humour to lighten even the most tense scenes. Fans of BBC period mystery series will adore Drew Farthering and I think we all need to start up a petition to get them to turn these books (six to date) into their next blockbuster success.