Mystery Awaits on the Mysterious Yorkshire Moors
At the urgent request of an old school friend, Drew and Madeline Farthering come to Bloodworth Park Lodge in the midst of the Yorkshire moors, a place as moody and mysterious as a Brontë hero. There have been several worrisome incidents out on the moor–property destroyed, fires started, sheep and cattle scattered–and worst of all, the vicar has been found dead on the steps of the church.
Drew’s friend is obviously smitten with his bride of eight months, though it’s hard to imagine what she sees in the awkward man. Drew can’t help wondering if her affections lie more with the man’s money and estate, while her romantic interests focus on their fiery Welsh gamekeeper. As the danger grows ever closer, it’s up to Drew to look past his own prejudices, determine what is really going on, and find the killer before it’s too late.
SERIES: Drew Farthering #5
GENRE: Historical Cozy Mystery, Inspirational
PUBLISHER: Bethany House
RELEASE DATE: January 31, 2017
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“The moor stretched out in all directions…”
I have finally met Drew Farthering, and the pleasure is all mine. Suave but not arrogant. Handsome and besotted with his wife, Madeline. Kindhearted. Strong but not so much that he doesn’t realize he needs God. A book lover (be still my heart) and an amateur sleuth. Yep. Drew, my friend, I apologize for not making your acquaintance much sooner.
In this installment of his eponymous series, Drew and Madeline head off to the moors to help out a friend of Drew’s. The moors are everything you’d except them to be. Foggy, mysterious, full of characters you aren’t quite sure about. Now that I’m catching up on the series (I’m backreading too) I’m delighted with the way the author ties each book in with a classic novel. From Rules of Murder which took all of Knox’s ten commandments of mysteries and set them on their ear to a Bronte-sisters mood in Murder on the Moor, literary references abound in this series!
The murder mystery, like the moor, is full of characters I couldn’t quite trust. Even up to the last few pages, I was waiting for the other shoe to drop on a couple of folks. This heightens the delicious moorish tension to the book as well as giving layers to the mystery – all of which makes it a perfect reading choice for Agatha Christie fans as well as Bronte aficionados. Excellently plotted and ideally paced.
I went back and read Rules of Murder before I read this one, simply because I own it already and wanted to give myself the backstory in advance in case I needed it. But Murder on the Moor also does nicely as a standalone. There’s enough background that you’re aware of who the main characters are and their history with each other, even if you aren’t able to readily access a copy of the previous books in the series. I would highly suggest reading them all though – they’re wonderfully cozy and British and witty and romantic (without being too sappy).
Bottom Line: If you haven’t yet met Drew Farthering, you really must. In Murder on the Moor, he and Madeline and Nick (all faves of mine) continue to act as a seamless amateur sleuthing team – and a trio of the dearest friends. They’ll feel like dear friends to you, too, before you’re very far into the book. A well-crafted mystery, a British moor, literary references, a dry sense of humor, a handsome hero, and a witty heroine … what “moor” (ahem) could you ask for?
(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)
My Rating: 5 stars / Excellent!
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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