Two and a half years ago, I reviewed the book The Rules of Murder the first of the Drew Fathering series by Julianna Deering. I am certainly not a mystery expert, but I do enjoy a really well written mystery that will keep me up in the wee hours, unable to put it down until I discover whodunit. I thought The Rules of Murder a bit mediocre as it didnt keep me up at all.
Murder on the Moor is the latest installment of the Drew Fathering series by Julianna Deering. Since I wasnt overly impressed with the first book, I havent kept up with rich young playboy Drew and his now wife Madeline. Now, howeverI need to go back and read the installments Ive missed. For Murder on the Moor did keep me up, wanting to know what was going to happen next and whodunit. Two murders, seemingly unconnected. Interesting characters, all with motives. And a detective that has matured with time. Yea!
I like reading all things British, and historical fiction is a favorite genre of mine. Though I don't read a lot of straight mysteries, the reference to Bronte and the Yorkshire moors in the back cover copy was enough to interest me in the book. From the opening scene, this book drew me in and immersed me in the story, so much so that I could hear the English accents as I read and I found a delightful way to spend some time.
One thing I especially enjoyed is that limited knowledge allows the reader to try and solve the mystery right along with the characters, leaving us as perplexed by the events as Drew and Madeline. There are several instances of diversion that make the case more complex, a few red herrings, and many of the elements that make a cozy mystery so appealing. The moor location lends a hint of the sinister, and the dilapidated north wing makes us wonder what secrets it conceals even as various characters warn of its dangers.
The historical component is also entertaining and I enjoyed the various references to things like tenants and entails in a more modern time than I usually read. It changes things a little bit, but I can see the roots of the various customs brought forward to the 30s.
I enjoy classic movies, and this particular book feels like I'm watching Nick and Nora Charles solve another case. While I have not read previous books in the series, I was able to pick up this latest installment in the Drew Farthering Mysteries without feeling like I was lost. But I came to enjoy the characters so much, I plan to go back and start from the beginning!
I received a free copy of this book through Celebrate Lit, but no compensation for this review. I was not required to write a favorable one and the opinions expressed are both honest and my own.
MURDER ON THE MOOR is the fifth book in the Drew Farthering mystery series. Drew and his wife Madeline are urgently requested to go with his old school friend, Beaky Bloodworth, to his home, Bloodworth Park Lodge, near the tiny village of Bunting's Nest in Yorkshire. The vicar has been murdered on the steps of the church and other disturbing incidents have happened. Drew's reputation as an amateur detective has convinced Beaky he can solve the crimes. There are several suspects, including Beaky's beautiful new wife, Sabrina. Full of colorful characters, the wild Yorkshire moors, and mysterious huge paw prints that appear in seemingly impossible places, MURDER ON THE MOOR is a very entertaining mystery that had me changing my mind about "who done it" till the last plot twist.
This was a classic murder mystery at its best. As the action mounted, I felt more and more uneasy, not knowing who would be the next victim or who the perpetrator was. The cast of characters was well-drawn, to a T, and everyone was suspect! The 1930s English setting drew me in immediately, and framed the whole story perfectly. Fans of murder mysteries in the tradition of Agatha Christie t will certainly want to read this latest Drew Farthering mystery.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Bethany House, through Celebrate Lit, for review purposes. The thoughts expressed here are my own.
Murder On The Moor with Drew and Madeline Farthering
March 14, 2017
This is the first book I have read in this series of Drew Fathering books. Julianna Deering has done an excellent job of bringing about the mysteries of the moor. Bunting's Nest is the perfect setting of a small secluded vilage just bursting with mysterious characters, dark nights, and a hound on the lose. Bloodworth Park Lodge, home to Drew's friend Beaky Bloodworth and his alluring wife Sabrina have sinister things happening in fog coming from the moor, and the old unused wing has sounds that go bump in the night. Is there a sinister hound lurking in the shadows, and what of Sabrina herself, what is drawing her alone racing off to the moor? Who is living in the old stone kiln, and the crumbled tower church, and those foot prints, is the old manor dog responsible, but how could he have made them? They are beyond normal, and inexplicable!
The rugged Welsh gamekeeper is surely hiding something, and known poacher Midgley is bragging in the local pub of money come his way, while he swings his fists at all the other fellows within range. Then there is the poor vicar found dead on the steps of the church, and he is not the last. This book has many twists and turns to keep you guesssing.
What fun to follow the mystery in the story, so many detailed descriptions, the setting, and characters are wonderful. There are only a few places where the details drag on just a bit, but overall it is a terrific read.
If you love Agatha Christy, and Conan Doyle, you will immediately grasp on to Ms. Deerings lead as she takes her readers to the moor in this period piece of wonderful intrigue.
I enjoyed this book. I was supplied this book by Bethany House, the publisher, to read. It was the only compensation I received. The opinions are my own.