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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. 

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 336
Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2017
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0764218298
ISBN-13: 9780764218293
Series: Drew Farthering Mystery

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The Fartherings' Scottish Vacation Takes a Dark Turn

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.

Author Bio

Julianna Deering is the creator of the acclaimed Drew Farthering Mystery series. She has always loved British history and is a particular fan of the writings of Dorothy Sayers and Agatha Christie. She graduated from the University of Texas at Dallas with a degree in business administration and spent several years as a Certified Public Accountant. She lives outside Dallas, Texas. For more information visit www.juliannadeering.com.

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  1. tickmenot
    Kansas City
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Who Dun it?
    December 11, 2017
    tickmenot
    Kansas City
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Return to the golden days of English mysteries. Accompany Lord and Lady, Drew and Madeline Farthering, who find themselves in the middle of questionable circumstances in early 1930s Scotland. What started out as a pleasure trip turns deadly when the body of their hosts husband, Lord Rainsby, is found. Is it an accident, or was he murdered? If so, could his death be the result of a plot reaching all the way to Hitlers Germany, or is his wife to blame, perhaps someone else?

    Good friends, Nick and Carrie, accompany the Fartherings on their trip, and Nick readily dives in to help solve the caper. But his much-loved girlfriend hates anything to do with solving murders, and threatens to return to her American home. Carrie and Nick have been living on two different continents for the past two years, and Nick doesnt want anything to break them up now. In fact, he would like to ask Carrie to marry him, if he can get past the inadequacy he feels because of his circumstances. Will Nick finally ask her, or will Carrie return to America leaving him heartbroken?

    There are lots of twists and turns in this story, and the answer to the death of Lord Rainsby is a surprise. Ms. Deering does such a great job writing in this style that it is hard to remember it wasnt written by one of Agatha Christies contemporaries. You will care about what happens to the characters, and find them interesting. In fact, one of them, a man who claims to be Russian, provides humor and a surprise identity. Drew and Madeline are a murder-solving, fun couple who really care about each other. There is also some heart rendering information about Drews missing mother. Despite this being part of a series, this tale will stand alone, reading the other books will only need to be done for the fun of it.

    Death at Thorburn Hall doesnt contain anything objectionable, and is refreshing since it is told from a Christian point of view. I really enjoyed this 5-star book and highly recommend it.

    The publisher has provided me with a complimentary copy of Death at Thorburn Hall through Bethany House Publishing for the purpose of review. I have not been compensated in any other manner. All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required, or influenced, to give anything but an honest appraisal.
  2. Peabea
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    One For A Murder Mystery Fan's Book Shelf
    December 2, 2017
    Peabea
    Quality: 4
    Value: 0
    Meets Expectations: 0
    When Madeline and Drew Farthering arrive at Lord and Lady Rainsbys, it seems to be a pleasant time with expectations of the golf open and horse back riding with rounds of golf in between. They find that theyre not the only guests for the Open. One guest of interest is Count Kiznetsov, who they find interesting and entertaining in his character with all the different languages he speaks. Down the line though, Drew finds him more interesting than he could imagine.

    However, the tables take a turn when Lord Rainsby is found to be murdered as well as three others. This leaves Drew and Madeline along with Nick to solve the mystery of why any of them would end up the victims of foul play. But, as always, there seems to be more to the story and Drew and Nick are determined to find the answers.

    Along with the story plot, Drew has to delve into the lives of the guests that were attending the British Open and those staying at the Rainsbys.

    The story intertwines the intrigue along with the romantic interest of Drews friend and partner as well as Madelines best friend Carrie who has recently returned from the United States.

    If you like murder mysteries, this one will keep your interest until all the details are revealed at the end as to who did the murders, whose lives are intertwined with others, and will there be a happy ending? The writing is with an ease of the written word to the reader, and the author has a good way of bringing you into the story of the characters.

    I received this book as a free copy from the publisher. No review, positive or otherwise was required. All opinions are my own.

    My reviews are my own interpretation of my like or dislike for a book that I read.
  3. Jani417
    Michigan
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Another Fascinating Drew Farthering Mystery!
    December 2, 2017
    Jani417
    Michigan
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Welcome to yet another Drew Farthering mystery! Fans will not be disappointed and new readers will find a new favorite. Drew and Madeline Farthering are a lovely British couple who have a sense of humor and also a romantic marriage. It makes for interesting circumstances when the plot speeds up and things get tense.

    Drew, Madeline, Nick Dennison and his girlfriend, Carrie Holland are invited to Thorburn Hall by Drews cousin, Lady Rainsby, to enjoy a week of riding and to attend the golf open in Edinburgh. Farthering mysteries have a lovely, leisurely feel to them, with a widely diverse cast of guests staying in a country mansion. There is a nostalgic quality that is not found in novels set in more modern times.

    Of course there is a murder! Drew can barely turn around without stumbling over a dead body and this time it is Lord Rainsby. There is no shortage of suspects, red herrings, and people who may not be quite as they seem.

    Mystery lovers will enjoy solving this case with Drew and his friends. There are some surprises and romantic moments, guaranteed to delight our tender sides. Grab a copy today and one for each of your mystery loving friends. Tis the giving season and this book is a great gift!

    I received a copy of the book from the publisher in return for an honest review and am happy to recommend it to all armchair sleuths.
  4. Cara Putman
    Indiana
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Perfectly Thin Man
    November 30, 2017
    Cara Putman
    Indiana
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 0
    Value: 0
    Meets Expectations: 5
    There is something about these novels that always makes me think of the Thin Man movies, but Death at Thorburn Hall did even more so. There's a sweet development in a romance, and Drew and Madeline are as sweet and cute as ever, so like Nick and Nora. This time Drew and Madeline are off with Nick and Carrie to enjoy the 1935 British Open. You know if they're going to be there a murder won't be far behind. Unfortunately, one soon happens, followed by others. And our sleuths are determined to get to the bottom of the mysteries. It's a true puzzle and one I enjoyed trying to figure out before I reach The End of Death at Thorburn Hall. I won't tell you if I was successful :-)
  5. StoryGirl
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Death at Thorburn Hall
    November 27, 2017
    StoryGirl
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 3
    I've been putting off writing this review because I'm in the middle of preparing for finals and my brain is mush and basically at the "what even is words?" stage, so writing anything has been a struggle, even if it's just a book review.

    But in that craziness, it was nice to sit down and read a pleasure book, which is what the Death at Thorburn Hall was. I love old-fashioned mysteries, and a book like this was just what I needed. My main complaint with this one was that I didn't think the plot picked up until nearly the end; it was hard for me to get really invested in the story until those last few chapters. Still, for fans of this series (and for anyone who likes a cozy mystery without loads of gore or scandal), Death at Thorburn Hall is a worthy addition to the Drew Farthering books.

    I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.
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