Book Review: Murder on The Moor

16 Oct

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.

Julianna Deering (also writing as DeAnna Julie Dodson) has always been an avid reader and a lover of storytelling, whether on the page, the screen or the stage. This, along with her keen interest in history and her Christian faith, shows in her tales of love, forgiveness, and triumph over adversity. A fifth-generation Texan, she makes her home north of Dallas with three spoiled cats and, when not writing, spends her free time quilting, cross stitching and watching NHL hockey. Her series of Drew Farthering mysteries set in 1930s England debuted from Bethany House with Rules of Murder (2013) and is followed by Death by the Book and Murder at the Mikado (2014), Dressed for Death (2016), and Murder on the Moor and Death at Thorburn Hall (2017).

My Impressions:

Five books into the Drew Farthering mystery series, and I am still wowed! Drew and Madeline are back in Murder on The Moor, a book with a definite Gothic-vibe that will keep you guessing right up to the end. For fans of cozy, classic, or historical mysteries, this one is a must-read!

It’s a dark and stormy night when Drew and Madeline have a visitor who whisks them away to the moors of Yorkshire in search of a murderer. There are mysterious goings-on at the Lodge that Drew feels cannot be attributed to supernatural hounds and gypsies. Plus the bodies are piling up! Can Drew solve the case before more innocents are murdered?

Drew Farthering is such a fun character. A true gentleman, his interests in murder mysteries translate to real cases. This amateur is assisted by wife Madeline and friend and employee Nick. Nick especially has a fun role in this book. Supporting characters are well-drawn and illicit a good deal of suspicion.  The moors are a great backdrop for the mystery, adding an extra level of intrigue. Drew is persistent in his presumptions in this case and seeks to mold the clues to his theories — something he knows is bad sleuthing. But he just can’t seem to help himself. I actually liked that about Drew — he (and the reader) learn that assumptions are often due to past experiences and prejudices and can be vastly unfair. Drew relies heavily on his faith, and it (and the counsel of Madeline) serves him well in setting his path straight again. The villain is at last exposed, and you won’t see it coming!

I finished Murder on The Moor just in time for the release of the sixth adventure featuring Drew, Death at Thorburn Hall. Although a well-established series, each book, including Murder on The Moor, can be read as a standalone. But I would suggest digging into all the Drew Farthering mysteries — there’s great fun in these great books!


Audience: adults.

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(Thanks to Bethany House for a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)


8 Responses to “Book Review: Murder on The Moor”

  1. Suzanne Sellner October 16, 2017 at 7:31 am #

    Your reviews have frequently inspired me to read authors I had/have never read before. Julianna Deering is one of them. Thanks for broadening my reading choices.

    • rbclibrary October 16, 2017 at 8:34 am #

      Thanks so much, Suzanne, for your continued encouragement. Glad you have found my recommendations helpful. 🙂

  2. Paula Shreckhise October 16, 2017 at 9:46 am #

    I love Drew, Madeline and Nick and the other cast of characters. Julianna Deering is spot on with these cozies. Loved them all — can’t wait for the next one! Don’t miss even one of them!

    • rbclibrary October 16, 2017 at 11:57 am #

      You don’t have too long to wait!

  3. deannadodson October 16, 2017 at 4:20 pm #

    Thank you so much for the lovely review. You’re making Drew blush. 😉

    Julianna Deering/DeAnna Julie Dodson

    • rbclibrary October 16, 2017 at 4:22 pm #

      Hahaha! You are welcome! 🙂

  4. blogger2016c October 21, 2017 at 9:12 pm #

    Thanks for the review. I generally only read older mysteries but am happy to try out a new author if I see a good review.

    • rbclibrary October 23, 2017 at 4:36 pm #

      I hope you enjoy this one. The main character is very fond of classic mystery writers. They were his contemporaries!

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