The latest in the Drew Farthering mystery series will please fans and new readers alike. Set in the Yorkshire moors, this mystery has dozens of red herrings, twists and turns, while keeping the leisurely tone of country living in the manor house and village.
The lord and lady of the manor, an unlikely couple, host Drew and his wife Madeline, as they apply their skills to solve the murder..no, murders happening in the village. Drew has a knack for observing details missed by others and Madeline has keen instincts where people are concerned. Drews lifelong friend, Nick Dennison, goes undercover among a colorful cast of villagers to lend a hand.
Readers will be challenged to sort out the good, the bad, the dishonest and to unravel old secrets. No reader will be disappointed!
I received a copy of this novel from Bethany House and am pleased to recommend it to all who love a good old-fashioned English murder mystery.
Written in the classic style of Agatha Christie, Murder on the Moor by Julianna Deering is the fifth book in her Drew Farthering Mystery series. It follows Drew Farthering and his wife Madeline to Bunting's Nest, England, a quaint country town in the 1930s. Drew's old pal from school days asked for Drew's help solving a series of strange happenings on the moor outside Bunting's Nest.
The kindly old vicar has been murdered and no one knows why. Nor does the local constabulary have leads on the murderer. Drew agrees to offer his amateur knowledge of detection to help the small police force. He also gets nowhere at first.
Meanwhile, Madeline befriends the wife of their host. From her, Madeline learns more about the strange happenings on the moor. A dog the size of the hound from Baskerville, hauntings from the ruins of an ancient worship site, and dead animals left in the open. What all this means, however, is another mystery.
The local poacher who lives on the moor denies involvement, but he's expecting a windfall as evidenced by his freely buying drinks at the bar. The milkman goes bird-watching on the moor and agrees to keep his eyes open. And the dangerously handsome gamekeeper, who everyone assumes is having an affair with the wife of the Fartherings' host, continually appears in unexpected places.
Murder on the Moor was a very enjoyable book. The main characters were likable, though being later in the series, I recognized references to past events that were likely covered in earlier books. And the mystery kept me guessing until the end. Indeed, I found the entire style of the book a cross between the mysteries of Miss Marple and Tommy & Tuppence Beresford. Two of my favorite series.
This was most welcome as I have been critical of recent books I've read published by Christian publishing houses due to the overt preaching that can come through a simple story. In Deerings case, she refreshingly portrayed Drew Farthering as a flawed human who believed in God and, in tasteful moments, perhaps shared those beliefs without pushing them on another person. There were no come-to-Jesus moments, just simple mystery amid a cast of unique characters.
I would look to buy the previous books in the series if the cost was not as high as so many books published by Christian publishing houses seem to be these days. Fortunately, I have a local library, so I may investigate the series there. Perhaps you will enjoy the books as well.
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When an old school buddy who Drew hasn't seen for years arrives with a story of a murdered vicar, he and his wife, Madeline, don't hesitate to lend a hand to try to get to the bottom of the mysterious happenings. What Drew has trouble overcoming is his suspicion of his friend's relatively new bride whose husband is concerned won't stick around if the truth isn't revealed. In order to find answers, Drew is forced to see the events from a clear lens to stop the murderer.
This volume appears to be volume 5 of the Drew Farthering Mysteries by Julianna Deerling. How that thrilled me to know that there are more similar mysteries waiting for me. While it is volume 5, I didn't realize that at all until looking back over the book for the review. In other words, this volume easily stands alone and doesn't leave the reader trying to fill in gaping holes in the story. The characters are well developed and believable, making the reader almost feel as if they too are walking through the English areas in the 1930's. I love how Deering has given readers what I would consider a very "clean" mystery without all the gruesome details and good clean cut characters. Twenty years ago, a mystery would have been a top choice for my reading selection but it has been awhile since I have found an author I was willing to commit the time to but I think I have one now.
If you are accustomed to mysteries you can figure out long before the story ends, this one might just surprise you. There are a number of twists in the storyline that kept me guessing and I'm usually pretty intuitive. Off now to find more Drew Farthering mysteries and, this time, I think I will begin with volume 1, Rules of Murder.
I did receive this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review and was in no way obligated to write a positive one.
Murder on the Moor by Julianna Deering is a satisfying tale in the style of an old Nick and Nora Charles mystery. A husband and wife team travels to Bunting's Nest to solve the mystery of a murdered vicar. It is a lovely mix of Agatha Christie, Sherlock Holmes and PBS's Mystery!
The characters are well developed and believable. The dialogue is pertinent to the story, and the plot moves at a good pace. There are no paragraphs and pages you will want to skip. The settings might be a bit more descriptive, but the author's strength is in her characters. Drew and Madeline Farthering are the perfect couple to invite to a party or a murder investigation.
Sometimes a mystery can let you down in the end. The solution is too quick. It doesn't quite make sense. Most frustrating, clues are kept from the reader. But I was not disappointed, and though I picked the right suspect, a delightful twist at the end trumped my mystery-savvy deduction.
If you like your mysteries nostalgic, mixed with a little light romance, a good dose of suspense and classical literature, you will enjoy Murder on the Moor.
I received a copy of this book free from Bethany House in exchange for an honest review.
One book series that I've been keeping up with for the past few years is Julianna Deering's Drew Farthering Mysteries. They are a bit different than most Christian fiction out today, and while they aren't exactly Agatha Christie or Dorothy Sayers (because I mean, honestly, who is?) they are certainly some of the most charming and vintage-ly fun modern mysteries I've found. Murder on the Moor is the 5th book and probably one of my favorites- set on the moors, it draws upon the mysteriousness of Wuthering Heights and The Hound of the Baskervilles. Sometimes I found the references to other mysteries/literature were a little over-done, simply because I wanted the book to stand on its own two feet without relying on something else to prop it up, but I liked the plot and it had a good variety of characters. I don't want to say too much about it lest I give anything away, but overall I thought this was a great addition to the Drew Farthering Mysteries,and it makes me happy that Bethany House has taken on a longer series beyond the 3-book formula they normally stick to.
I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.