When old school friend, Beaky Bloodworth calls upon Drew and Madeline to investigate the death of a vicar, they take moments to consider andtake up the challenge.
Setting off for the Yorkshire moors and his friends home, Bloodworth Park Lodge,with a mystery thathas littleclues,Drewonly knowsthat he is determined to help his friend.
Meeting Beaky's wife, Sabrina, is a blast from the past and Drew wonders what the pretty socialite, who loved London life, is doing married to a man from Yorkshire. Regardless, mysteriousevents surround the brooding moors and its residents- sheep killed, talk of the berghaus and possible poachers - all of which keeps Drew's mind occupied. What or who is causing all this commotion?
And then another murder takes place.
This time,an elderly woman who, like the vicar, was harmless and kept themselves to themselves. What is the link between these two benign people? How is Bloodworth Park connected? It's a close-knit community in town of Bunting's Nest. Anyone could be a suspect yet Drew is drawn back to Sabrina. The danger is closing in quickly around the Lodge. Can Drew discover who the murderer is before he or she strikes again?
Another alluring and charming murder-mystery from Deering. Drew and Madeline Farthing are a couple akin to Christie'sTommy and Tuppence with an American flair (Madeline is from the US). A complicated plot with quite a few characters. However, it's easy to follow and the subtly of sub-plots carries the story forward. All theories of 'whodunit' are tested throughout. With a quintessentially British feel, this is an enjoyable, satisfying novel.
I received a complimentary copy of this novel from Bethany House Publishers as part of their blogger program. The opinions expressed here are my own and I am not required to give a positive critique.
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.