Death at Thorburn Hall

Death at Thorburn Hall

by Julianna Deering


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ISBN-13: 9780764218293
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/07/2017
Series: A Drew Farthering Mystery Series
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

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

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Death at Thorburn Hall 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
LoraineN 10 months ago
Drew Farthering’s reputation as a top amateur sleuth follows him even on vacation and since Drew is the kind of man who can’t refuse helping others, he is drawn into yet another investigation. There are lots of suspects but as each one is killed or cleared, Drew is stumped. Full review is at my website. Note: I received this book complimentary in a giveaway. I was not required to give a review. All of the opinions I have expressed here are my own.
2boyzmommy More than 1 year ago
Death at Thorburn Hall by Julianna Deering finds Drew, Madeline, Nick and Carrie arriving in Scotland to attend the 1935 British Open. They think they've been invited for a holiday, but their host,Lord Rainsby, has another reason for inviting the foursome. Something is not right with his business partner and he needs Drew's help to learn if his hunch is correct. It's not long before Drew finds himself and his friends involved in yet another murder investigation. Lord Rainsby dies in a riding accident and as Drew sets out to see if it was really an accident, he discovers that several people have reasons for wanting Lord Rainsby out of the way. As with all of Julianna Deering's books, there are twists and turns galore. She weaves several red herrings throughout the story to keep the reader guessing until the very end. Part of the mystery regarding Drew's mother will be solved in this book and there's a subplot regarding Nick and Carrie's relationship that you won't want to miss. I love this series and hope that there are more mysteries waiting for Drew, Madeline and Nick. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author and Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my owe and I was not required to leave a positive review.
mrskbookstogo More than 1 year ago
Once you step off the train at Waverley Station you are transfixed into an age of gentleman kindness, ladies with manners, elite living, oh and of course there is an inconvenience of murder. You would think that back in the day more people would be honest, forthright, and completely honorable. What is comforting is the fact that Drew and Madeline will not disappoint your expectations of "time well spent" solving a murder with them. With quick-witted conversations, excellent period detail, and so many red herrings... how could any mystery fan not fall for this mystery of old! MrsK
BTSCelebs More than 1 year ago
amily is dangerous in Julianna Deering's latest novel "Death at Thorburn Hall". In the classic mystery book, the Rainsby's invite Drew, Madeline, Nick and Carrie to their grand estate to attend the 1935 British Open. Our crew happily  joins a group of the Rainsby's guests for the event, but instead of having the time of their lives.... they get swept up in a triple murder mystery. Lord Rainby's demise is just the first in a line of killings with no connection in sight. As they suspect guest after guest (and the police arrest two innocent people), Drew and his crew are stunned to find out the murderer has been right under their noses the whole time. "Death at Thorburn Hall" was just as enjoyable as the rest of the Drew Farthering Mystery books. The suspense is thrilling and the sweet love story between Nick and Carrie is a great relief to the dark murders. BTSCelebs highly recommends Ms. Deering's newest tale for your next reading. It's enjoyable alone or with family and friends. *BTSCelebs thanks Bethany House for the complimentary copy of the book.*
SarahSundin More than 1 year ago
Once again, Julianna Deering brings us the delightful team of Drew and Madeline Farthering and their friends Nick and Carrie. Death at Thorburn Hall provides witty banter, a brooding Scottish setting, characters with layers of secrets, and a mystery that keeps you guessing to the end. I heartily recommend this book.
Virginiaw More than 1 year ago
Love Drew, Madeline and Nick. Wasn’t too happy with Carrie through most of the book. I didn’t think she was that wimpy in the other books. I hope Carrie gets a bit more gumption in the next book. Her aside I loved the rest of the group and the story. I did not want to put this book down. I hope there are many more in this series. I received a copy of this book from Bethany House for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.
ksnapier475 More than 1 year ago
Death at Thorburn Hall (A Drew Farthering Mystery Book #6) by [Deering, Julianna]This is book six in the Drew Farthering Mystery Books. Don't let this turn you away, however. I don't always enjoy coming into a series not having read the previous books, but I thought I would try this one since it was a mystery. I am very glad that I did. In this book, Drew Farthering was going for a holiday at the 1935 British Open at Muirfield. While there he discovers that the partner of Lord Rainsby, his host, is believed to be embezzling. Lord Rainsby as for help but soon is found dead. As is his way, Farthering continues looking around, in spite of all the guest present, each who had motive to kill Rainsby. This book is filled with history and mystery, two things that draw me right into a book. The characters in the book gave me a feeling that I was glancing into a life I would not have known, if I were around at that time. This makes me feel like a fly on the wall, trying to absorb as much as I can. The same can be said about the way the mystery was written. I felt like I was looking for a solution with Farthering, without interfering or knowing what was to come next. I loved this mystery and I hope to now pick up other books by the same author. I was given this book by Bethany House Publishing in exchange for my honest review.
J_Augustine More than 1 year ago
Can Drew find another killer before it's too late? Can this really be goodbye to Drew, Madeline, and Nick, at least for now? No!!! I've been a fan of this series since I bought the first book and was transported to a time and world long gone. I have eagerly awaited each new book and Death At Thorburn Hall was no exception. I will tell you this, a few, a scant few, of my suspicions were founded. But, oh, did Julianna Deering do an excellent job sidetracking me and making me feel so clever and yet I turned out to be so wrong, at least until just a few pages before the revelation of the murderer's identity. Normally, I love to be right but in this case I just enjoyed the story, and the act of puzzling things over, so much that I didn't mind at all. Lots of period atmosphere, a puzzling mystery, no one being as they first appear, and a truly cold-blooded killer, made for some delightfully chilling reading. There is truly nothing like a cozy murder, or two, or more, for curling up on an otherwise inauspicious grey winter day. Death At Thorburn Hall fit the bill perfectly. If you enjoy historical mysteries you really should check out this book and the rest of Julianna Deering's wonderful Drew Farthering Mysteries! (I received a copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions are entirely my own.)
vics49548 More than 1 year ago
A mystery that also includes historical information, Death at Thorburn Hall was a great read. The lovable and sometimes quirky characters feel as if they are real people whom you could meet in 20th century England. The plot was well thought out with plenty of twists and turns. Can you figure out “who done it”? I couldn’t, which makes the story even more enjoyable. Clean with light romance, it is an enjoyable read. Although this is Book 6 in “A Drew Farthering Mystery” series I had no trouble following this one. Author Julianna Deering does a good job explaining her characters. Now I want to read 1 – 5! I received a complimentary copy of this book but was not required to leave a review.
Pooke More than 1 year ago
Who Dun it? 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 1930’s Scotland. What started out as a pleasure trip turns deadly when the body of their host’s 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 Hitler’s Germany, or is his wife to blame, perhaps someone else? Good friends, Nick and Carrie, accompany the Farthering’s 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 doesn’t 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 wasn’t written by one of Agatha Christie’s 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 Drew’s 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 doesn’t 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.
Jani417 More than 1 year ago
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 Drew’s 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.
CaraPutman More than 1 year ago
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 :-)
Rayna Alam More than 1 year ago
**This book was sent to me free of charge by Bethany House Publishing in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.** This is the 6th book in the Drew Farthering series but it is the first one I’ve read. Because of that, I was a little lost with the characters but not enough to take away from this story. It takes place in Scotland where Drew, his wife Madeline, and their friends Nick and Carrie gather at Thorburn Hall to enjoy the British Open golf tournament. Instead, their host Lord Rainsby ends up dead by what at first glance appears to be an accident but turns out to be murder. It then falls to Drew and company to figure out what really happened. The story takes place at the precipice of WWII and I thought the author did a good job of letting it play into the story without overdoing it. Hitler wasn’t perceived as a mighty threat at that point so I’m glad she didn’t have the characters see him as the monster he would come to be. I have a feeling that she was setting the table for that in later books which would make sense. It’s a little difficult to talk in detail about this story without giving away a lot of spoilers but I will say that I think the characters were a little flat and stereotypical – especially the lead police officer. I also thought some aspects of the story were too heavy but went nowhere while others were too light that had more significant meaning. It took me a while to get into this book because I thought the pacing was slow and there was no sense of urgency from the characters to catch the killer. I prefer a little more action in a murder-mystery book. That’s not to take away from this story – just my personal preference. Another thing I had issue with was that Carrie spent the whole book being a whiny baby hiding in a hotel room and that more than anything really annoyed me. If you have read any of my other reviews, you know that character is the most important thing to me as a reader and if I don’t connect with them, it’s hard to like the story. Fortunately, she isn’t really the main character so I can kind of let that go. The ending was a little disappointing because there were threads throughout the book that seemed really important that turned out to be nothing – almost like the author couldn’t figure out where to go with them and just gave up. I know this sounds like a negative and very unhelpful mixed review but it isn’t meant to be. It isn’t a bad book but it just isn’t my cup of tea. I am sure there will be lots of people who really enjoy this type of mystery but for my personal taste, I want to see a little more depth and coherence. I will chalk that up to my own shortcomings for not having read any of the previous books in this series.
BookReviewerTG More than 1 year ago
{{{HAPPY SQUEAL}}} The Fartherings are in Scotland on holiday! O, My! Happy! This is book 6 in the Drew Farthering Mysteries and I'm happy to report that I have been able to read them all! I love, love these mysteries! It's been exciting to follow Drew' life from a single man to a married man. And Drew married a lady, Madeline, who likes to solve a good mystery, too. Of course, Drew and Madeline are in Scotland for a relaxing break but when his friend and host, Lord Rainsby confides to Drew that he thinks his business partner is embezzling from his business he asks Drew to quietly look into the matter. And then before Drew can even say embezzle Lord Rainsbury is killed in a suspicious riding accident. Highly suspicious! Thorburn Hall is bursting at the seams with guests and Drew realizes that anyone of the guests could be the killer...and it seems that the killer is one step ahead of Drew. GREAT read! Don't mis this one! Also, makes a great gift! *This book was provided for review by Bethany House*
Natonito More than 1 year ago
[Note:  This book was provided free of charge by Bethany House Publishing.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.] This is a novel that has a lot to do with family, and faith.  It was a well-crafted novel, full of genuine mysteries and family secrets, and yet even though the mystery was certainly revealed at the end of the story, it is the sort of novel that sits a bit uneasily with me, because it was about more than just the mystery itself.  Having read the first two novels of the series myself [1], I was familiar with a few of the characters in the novel at least.  Yet this novel pushes divine providence to a somewhat uncomfortable level and ends with some loose ends tied up that are a bit too convenient.  At any rate, it is well crafted story that ought to satisfy those who are fans of the series so far, and certainly encourage the reader in knowing that there are likely to be a great many mysteries in the future of this series, although they will likely have to travel in the future as well, since there is no doubt that any police constable of any area is likely to see the presence of Drew Farthering is a bad sign, definitely in the bottom ten list of people one would want to see in one's jurisdiction. In terms of the story, there is not much that can be done without a spoiler alert, and this is the sort of novel that deserves a fair hearing and not to have all of the mysteries spoiled at the start.  Drew and his wife and friends are invited to attend the British Open at the home of one of his relatives, where the master of the house asks him to discreetly investigate the goings on of a friend and business partner whose activities have seemed a bit shady of late.  In the midst of that investigation the pater familias winds up dead, and the person brought in as a chief suspect is none other than a sponger and hanger on of another couple present, a man with a mysterious identity that is too preposterous to be believed unless you read it for yourself, although I had an inkling of it about halfway through the novel and still couldn't believe it when I finally read it.  The novel deals with family on multiple levels--the family involved with the series of murders in Scotland, Drew's own family background, with his mysterious French mother who he has been unable to find out more about, and the marriage plans of Nick and his American beloved Carrie, who does not seem to be the brave sort given the dangers that Drew and Nick are always finding themselves in. This is a novel that combines a love of mystery with a deep concern for divine providence and questions of forgiveness and redemption.  In at least one case, this novel presents a case for redemption that appears, on the face of it, ridiculous and overly convenient, and which will likely require a bit more consistent evidence of improvement in order to believe, although as the character is an entertaining one it is likely that there will be more heard from him in the future.  In another case, the author paints a rather chilling picture of entitled youth that feels rather discomfiting, especially given contemporary concerns about the spoiled youth of the current generation.  Besides the murder plot in the story, there is considerable concern about the rise of Hitler and the patriotism of Brits, and all of that adds a considerable weight to the novel itself.  Even though the novel is set several years before the start of World War II, it is filled with the foreboding of that conflict an
Christianfictionandmore More than 1 year ago
I am coming into this series at book six, but it made for a great stand-alone read. I am looking forward to going back and catching up on the previous escapades of Drew and Madeline Farthering and Nick Dennison. My husband and I are fans of several BBC mystery series, and I could absolutely see a series built around these characters. I would recommend The Drew Farthering Mysteries to both men and women. Set in England in the 1930s, the Drew Farthering series has the feel of Christie, Sayers and James; names well known to fans of British writers from the Golden Age of Detective Fiction. In Death at Thorburn Hall Drew and his entourage are tasked to unearth the secrets of their host’s formerly trusted business partner who has begun to act in a very suspicious manner. The investigation quickly turns into the search for a murderer, a search that turns even more deadly and pits our detectives against possible Nazi spies. Nick, Drew’s right-hand man, struggles throughout the investigation as he is torn between dedication to Drew and love of country and his attempts to win the hand of Carrie, the love of his life who has a major aversion to his detective work. Julianna Deering, who also writes under her real name, DeAnna Julie Dodson, may live in Texas, but she provides her readers with a real flavor of 1930s England’s upper class. In the fashion of other writers of the same era, Deering provides a cast of suspects and plenty of red herrings. She allows her readers to wade through these and to weed out the important clues, avoiding giving them surprises that come out of nowhere as the solution to the mystery comes to light. Mystery fans will find this book a real treat. I thank NetGalley and Bethany House Publishers for providing me a copy of Death at Thorburn Hall in exchange for my honest review. I received no monetary compensation for this review.