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Mrs ARS5 Stars Out Of 5Excellent!March 14, 2017Mrs ARSQuality: 5Value: 0Meets Expectations: 5What a fun atmospheric read this one was. A murder mystery set in the moors along with all the creepiness that goes along with that: ghost stories, legends, pagan rituals, a mansion falling to pieces, you get the picture. Old friends, shifty characters, suspicious encounters and in the midst we have Drew and his lovely wife Madeline looking into the situation for Drew's old buddy, Beaky. I really liked the relationship between Drew and Madeline their banter and obvious love and respect they have for each other. They make a great detective duo team. The author really paints the town and help puts us there with the speech and phrases that they use.
Drew has a bit of prejudice against a certain someone, solely based on a betrayal done to him in the past. So we get to watch as he tries very hard not to let that cloud his judgement. But he is a very cool and confident detective.
This is the fifth book in the series and the first one I have read. It reads very well as a standalone; however I really want to go back to the first and read the series from the start. I really want to see the beginnings of Drew and Madeline's relationship. This is not the first I have read of Ms. Dearing's. I have read her medieval series written under another name and those have been placed on my keeper shelf. Having already read her stories before, I knew I was in for a treat with this one.
With nods to Jane Eyre and Sherlock Holmes this was a quick read and hard to put down. The mystery kept me guessing, and I never did figure it out on my own.
I was given a copy of this book for free. I was not required to give a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.
ThereadmasterDavenport,IowaAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5greatMarch 12, 2017ThereadmasterDavenport,IowaAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Review This was fantastic as always. I love Drew and Madeline. I wish Nick might have been in a little more but at least he was in a little. I loved the other character of Beaky who hires Drew. He was fun. I hope there will be many more to this series. I received a copy of this book from Celebratelit and the author for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.
Chautona5 Stars Out Of 5Look out! The "Golden Age" of Mystery might have returned!March 11, 2017ChautonaQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Julianna Deering has created a truly delightful series set in the era of mystery's "Golden Age." In fact, this series is so well done that I consider it on par with the skills of Agatha Christie, Dorothy Sayers, and Margery Allingham. While the language and style of prose fits that of a modern novel, not once did I feel as if I was jerked out of the time period into the present--with either of the novels I read (I read the first of this series to give me a feel for this series before I read this one). This so rarely happens that I had to note it right off!
The mystery itself:
Excellent. Ms. Deering led us a merry chase around the Yorkshire moors, throwing just enough red herrings in there to provide a nice feast without so many that it stank up the plot--so to speak. I did guess who did it in the first moment I could have--and why! However, she made me doubt my thoughts at every. Single. Turn. No joke. Just about the time I was sure that the person who had to be behind it WAS... someone else, even the least likely, most obvious suspect, made me question how I could be so stupid.
This is, in my not-so-humble-opinion, the mark of a great mystery novel. It's even better than not guessing at all. If you can hand me the suspect like that (I am usually rather good at picking them out) and make me doubt? That's a million times better than just throwing up someone at the end who should have been obvious and never was. Those are fun, too. But this is my favorite. And she did it in grand style.
I don't always review cover art. After all, it's not quite fair to the author. He or she doesn't always have much of a say in it. But KUDOS to Bethany House for this fabulous artwork. Every time I see one--EVERY. TIME. I want to stop and read it. Right now. And you know what? Now that I have, I see binge reading in my very, very, like starting MONDAY very near future. The fonts, the almost WPA style artwork. Yeah. It draws you into the era perfectly.
Drew Farthering is a delightful mixture of strong, mature man and impish boy who never quite grew up. Think what would happen if you matched Bertie Wooster's charm and cheekiness with Jeeves' brains. He's a delightfully imperfect character, and I thought this book rather showed it extra well. It's extra fun if the main detective character keeps coming to similar doubtful conclusions just as you do.
Madeline, on the other hand, while cheeky and rather funny herself, is much more understated in it. Her personality helps balance Drew's more overt personality, but she is no shrinking violet. I rather liked her,
Nick, well he's the token sidekick and like Bunter of Lord Peter Wimsey fame, he's quite handy in a pinch. I think he gets to have the most fun sometimes, if you want the truth. Can't wait to read all the delightful things I've missed by not reading books 2-... however many I've missed before this one. I'll be doing that soon.
So... the verdict?
When I received this book from Bethany House, I expected to like it. I also expected I would wish to review it. But I had no idea how much I would truly LOVE this book and this series. Murder on the Moor is a fabulous tale involving multiple murders (every time you think you've seen the last...), down-right scarlet herrings, and more with a subtle message woven through it. That message? Don't jump to what you think are the "obvious" conclusions. People are more complex than a series of clues to be assembled into a puzzle. And I'm not talking about murder at all. :)
MaryAnnORAge: 55-65Gender: Female4 Stars Out Of 5Old-fashioned style Bristish mysteryMarch 7, 2017MaryAnnORAge: 55-65Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This British mystery set in 1934 brings to mind Miss Reed's Thrush Green and Laurie King's continuation of the Sherlock Holmes stories. This is the first I've read in the Drew Farthering series, and it can stand alone even though the characters mention things from the past. The slower pace doesn't really drag, and the tension certainly ramps up near the end. I had a hard time deciding who the guilty party was. Drew and Madeline Farthering make a great team, complementing each other in life and in solving mysteries, both in novels they read together and actual ones. I enjoyed the cozy mystery and the interesting setting. The characters seemed real and well-developed. It's like journeying back in time to a simpler century as you watch the action unfold. The book contains plenty of surprises too. I received a copy from Celebrate Lit. All opinions are my own.
Just Commonly5 Stars Out Of 5With intrigue, depth and some great characters!March 6, 2017Just CommonlyQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0". . . Drew Farthering lay on the sofa before the library fireplace, his head on his wife's lap, listening as she read from Jane Eyre" (7)
Now, how could one not love that opening scene!?! I have no idea where I've been, but Murder on the Moor by Julianna Deering is my first Drew Farthering Mystery, and certainly will not be my last. I love classic settings, and the witty dialogue was just icing on the cake. It kind of reminds me of the classic Sherlock Holmes, though without the smartiness (that's nicely putting it), but with all the charm and interesting mystery that goes on. Is it weird I also had an inkling image of Shaggy and the Scooby Doo gang? I have no idea where that came from, but it's about the fun in mysteries. Granted, there was a death involve, so really shouldn't be fun. It's just so entertaining with the characters (Beaky, o, Beaky, you are sadly lovable!), and as mentioned before the witty dialogue. The message of not judging people without first getting the chance to know them makes Murder on the Moor a story that has depth, intrigue and a little bit of romance, all mixed in the cloud of mystery. Don't want to miss this. And I have four books to catch up on with Drew.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. This is my honest opinion.