Murder on the Moor

Murder on the Moor

by Julianna Deering

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Murder on the Moor by Julianna Deering

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780764218286
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/31/2017
Series: A Drew Farthering Mystery Series
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 576,248
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(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 www.juliannadeering.com.

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Murder on the Moor 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
ARS8 More than 1 year ago
What a fun atmospheric read this one was. A murder mystery set in the moors along with all the creepiness that goes along with that: ghost stories, legends, pagan rituals, a mansion falling to pieces, you get the picture. Old friends, shifty characters, suspicious encounters and in the midst we have Drew and his lovely wife Madeline looking into the situation for Drew’s old buddy, Beaky. I really liked the relationship between Drew and Madeline their banter and obvious love and respect they have for each other. They make a great detective duo team. The author really paints the town and help puts us there with the speech and phrases that they use. Drew has a bit of prejudice against a certain someone, solely based on a betrayal done to him in the past. So we get to watch as he tries very hard not to let that cloud his judgement. But he is a very cool and confident detective. This is the fifth book in the series and the first one I have read. It reads very well as a standalone; however I really want to go back to the first and read the series from the start. I really want to see the beginnings of Drew and Madeline’s relationship. This is not the first I have read of Ms. Dearing’s. I have read her medieval series written under another name and those have been placed on my keeper shelf. Having already read her stories before, I knew I was in for a treat with this one. With nods to Jane Eyre and Sherlock Holmes this was a quick read and hard to put down. The mystery kept me guessing, and I never did figure it out on my own. I was given a copy of this book for free. I was not required to give a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.
LoraineN 10 days ago
My favorite amateur sleuth is back solving a mystery in a setting that is as mysterious as the murder occurring in it. This mystery was filled with twists and turns, eliminating and then adding suspects until I wasn’t sure Drew would be able to solve it. Full review is at my website.
J_Augustine More than 1 year ago
Who or what will Drew find on the moors? I have been hooked on the Drew Farthering novels since I bought the first one a few years ago. There is just something about author Julianna Deering's suspenseful and dark, yet cozy and fun, mysteries that keeps me coming back and eagerly anticipating each new release. Murder On The Moor more than lived up to its lovely cover and surpassed my high expectations. I did figure out part of the mystery, half of the killer's identity and a couple of other things, but believe you me, I was in for some real surprises! The final showdown was so exciting and who-done-it was a bit of a shocker! I enjoyed every minute of reading Murder On The Moor, trying to guess who did what, figure out motivations, as well as the wonderful 1920's era British setting, and you just can't beat those quirky English place names like Bunting's Nest... Fans of this series and of Julianna Deering are in for a real mysterious and even spooky treat in the latest Drew Farthering Mystery. (I received a copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions are entirely my own.)
mrskbookstogo More than 1 year ago
At Farthering Place, Drew and Madeline are relaxing before the library fireplace "nestled in" while reading Jane Eyre. There was no indication that there had been any murder, no conversations about old friends. Just a relaxing night in, until Drew receives a phone request to come investigate the murder of a Vicar in Bunting's Nest. It has been years since Drew had spoken with "Beaky" Bloodsworth, it would be "rather interesting" to visit his family's lodge and investigate the Vicar's death. Given another murder, the discovery of a mysterious hideout on the moor, and the attempted sabotage to Sabrina's car, Drew and Madeline are quickly discovering that there are many suspects and only one logical explanation as to the connection between Sabrina, these unfortunate events, as well as the identity of the possible villain. The moors... what images do you have of Yorkshire moors? Do you sense the chilling mists? Is there a feeling of impending doom? Do the winds push you stumbling into areas that seem haunted? If you are familiar with mysterious happenings on the "moors," then this is a must read! MrsK
Moonpie72 More than 1 year ago
I enjoy nothing more than a good clean mystery. Ms. Deering certainly delivered! I can’t wait to read more of her books this was my first! The married amateur detective duo of Drew and Madeline brought to mind the old classic movies of Nick and Nora, whose films were made in the 1930’s, the same era as the book’s setting. The couple is called to an old school chums estate in the English Moors to help him solve 2 murders that there could possibly be no motive; the vicar and a poor elderly woman. Also because his bride of less than a year has been hearing things and feels she is being followed His friend Beaky Bloodworth would be what you would call a geek or a nerd during their school days, the victim of constant bullying. Not only has Beaky done quite well for himself but is married to an absolutely beautiful woman, so much so her reasons for marrying look suspicious. Not to mention her attitude toward her husband, Definitely not that of a gushing newlywed. The author’s descriptiveness of the characters, their personality and physical characteristics were so fantastic, I felt I had a snap shot of them in hand. Beaky’s name gave me a chuckle as it fit his thin, hawkish appearance. She beautifully captured the interactions between the individuals on all levels. I loved Drew and Madeline’s sweet and loving relationship. Not gushy but as a good, caring marriage would be. It didn’t stop there she painted a word picture of the homes, stores, pub, and especially the moors. I found the latter quite depressing, and gloomy. A perfect location for solving a crime! The book kept me on edge. Lots of surprises. Every time I thought I had the murderer cornered in my mind another person would appear equally as guilty! It wasn’t until the very end the criminal is revealed and I wasn’t right on any counts! What a surprise! Just the way I like a whodunit! A book you will want to read! I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review. The opinions I state are my own.
BTSCelebs More than 1 year ago
There are no words to express how I feel after reading Julianna Deering's latest mystery "Murder On The Moor". It literally leaves you speechless. Only two seemingly unrelated murders guide Drew Farthering , his buddy Nick and Drew's wife Madeline throughout most of the book (which is about Drew's friend Beaky and his wife Sabrina being terrified by the crimes plaguing their quiet neighborhood.) The dim setting (Bloodworth Park Lodge on the moor) didn't help our unofficial detectives in the least! From the milkman to the gamekeeper, everyone seems like a suspect including an innocent blind girl. Of course, it's a case of mistaken identity that hinders our detectives and police from finding out the deviant culprit until the very end. This book is for readers with alot of free time and fans of guessing game mysteries. If you want plenty of opportunities to solve the case on your own, this book is perfect for you!
2boyzmommy More than 1 year ago
Mystery abounds in the Yorkshire moors in this 5th installment of Julianna Deering's Drew Farthering Mystery series. An old school friend of Drew's has requested his help with investigating some disturbing incidents that have been occurring on his property, not to mention the murder of the local vicar. As usual, the police are getting nowhere, so Drew and his wife, Madeline, agree to lend a hand. With each passing day, the danger gets closer to home and Drew must discover who is responsible for the mysterious happenings and murders before it's too late. I gave this book a 5 star rating because I thoroughly enjoyed the story and the characters. It can be read as a stand-alone novel, but I recommend starting with Book 1 so you don't miss any of Drew's exciting adventures. I received a copy of this book from Bethany House and the author in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own and I was not required to leave a positive review. Can't wait to see where Drew's next adventure leads!
SarahSundin More than 1 year ago
I keep saying this about the Drew Farthering Mysteries, but this one is my favorite! In Murder on the Moor, Julianna Deering explores some fascinating characters and tips expectations on their ears. As in the best mysteries, I suspected everyone and no one. I was thrilled that the actual culprit was high on my list . . . although I didn’t know why. Come for the clues and the mystery, but stay for the characters and a beautiful tale of sacrificial love that will touch your heart.
eLynda More than 1 year ago
Like Watching a Classic Movie I like reading all things British, and historical fiction is a favorite genre of mine. Though I don’t read a lot of straight mysteries, the reference to Bronte and the Yorkshire moors in the back cover copy was enough to interest me in the book. From the opening scene, this book drew me in and immersed me in the story, so much so that I could hear the English accents as I read and I found a delightful way to spend some time. One thing I especially enjoyed is that limited knowledge allows the reader to try and solve the mystery right along with the characters, leaving us as perplexed by the events as Drew and Madeline. There are several instances of diversion that make the case more complex, a few red herrings, and many of the elements that make a cozy mystery so appealing. The moor location lends a hint of the sinister, and the dilapidated north wing makes us wonder what secrets it conceals even as various characters warn of its dangers. The historical component is also entertaining and I enjoyed the various references to things like tenants and entails in a more modern time than I usually read. It changes things a little bit, but I can see the roots of the various customs brought forward to the 30s. I enjoy classic movies, and this particular book feels like I’m watching Nick and Nora Charles solve another case. While I have not read previous books in the series, I was able to pick up this latest installment in the Drew Farthering Mysteries without feeling like I was lost. But I came to enjoy the characters so much, I plan to go back and start from the beginning! I received a free copy of this book through Celebrate Lit, but no compensation for this review. I was not required to write a favorable one and the opinions expressed are both honest and my own.
Mauri More than 1 year ago
MURDER ON THE MOOR is the fifth book in the Drew Farthering mystery series. Drew and his wife Madeline are urgently requested to go with his old school friend, Beaky Bloodworth, to his home, Bloodworth Park Lodge, near the tiny village of Bunting's Nest in Yorkshire. The vicar has been murdered on the steps of the church and other disturbing incidents have happened. Drew's reputation as an amateur detective has convinced Beaky he can solve the crimes. There are several suspects, including Beaky's beautiful new wife, Sabrina. Full of colorful characters, the wild Yorkshire moors, and mysterious huge paw prints that appear in seemingly impossible places, MURDER ON THE MOOR is a very entertaining mystery that had me changing my mind about "who done it" till the last plot twist.
Westieplace More than 1 year ago
Julianna Deering has quickly become one of my favorite authors. Her Drew Farthering Mysteries are unique- I can't think of another Christian Mystery Series that come close o being as interesting. I love everything about the novels from the timeframe to the characters. Murder On The Moor is the 5th in the series. Drew and Madeline are full of charm while they are visiting Beaky and his wife Sabrina at Beaky's request in an attempt to solve the vicar's murder. I loved the unique plot and while I thought I knew who the villain was - I was wrong! Ms. Deering did an awesome job and totally fooled me. All I can say is next book please!
duhbabe More than 1 year ago
Moor – 1. a tract of open, peaty, wasteland, often overgrown with heath, common in high latitudes and altitudes where drainage is poor. 2. mysterious setting which is often the setting for novels about murders and dangerous dogs whose paws are bigger than the average bears; like Bronte novels, The Hound of the Baskervilles, and The invisible Man. 3. word in the title of this book which was sent to me by Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review. English gentry man, Andrew Farthering and Madeline, his American wife of two years, are visited by an old school chum with an urgent request that they come out to his ancestral home in Yorkshire to solve a murder and find out what is going on behind some odd happenings in the area. Andrew, who goes by Drew, fancies himself to be an amateur sleuth, and he and his wife travel to Bloodworth Park Lodge. The lodge and its grounds abut the moor. Beaky, so nicknamed for his rather large and noticeable proboscis, Bloodworth is the last of the line in this family. He has married a beautiful girl named Sabrina. Drew is immediately suspicious of her. Why would a beautiful London girl marry a not-so-handsome man and move to the tiny town of Bunting’s Nest on a windy moor? Unless of course, Beaky has money, which he does. Sabrina seems indifferent and even short-tempered with Beaky, making Drew think the woman is on the money trail. The vicar was murdered before the Fartherings arrive, but shortly thereafter, an old woman, who used to be Sabrina’s nanny, is murdered. The old woman lives on a tiny pittance in a small cottage that belongs to Beaky’s family. Furthermore, huge animal footprints have been found in the condemned wing of the Bloodworth home. This is no ordinary dog. How did it get into the house and where is it living? Two sheep are found on the moor with their throats apparently torn out. Why and how? Someone has made a little love nest in an old kiln on the moor. Who and why? Is someone following Sabrina as she walks her dog, Raphael, on the moor? Bunting’s Nest is a tiny village and Drew can’t imagine anyone in this village being a suspect in these gruesome events. Drew and his wife are baffled. There seems to be no solution. Even using a friend as a spy to find things out is not shedding light on the mysterious occurrences. Are the happenings all tied together? Is the mean, law-breaking poacher, Midgely, who lives on the moor the culprit in all of this? It is said he will do anything to earn a crown or two. What sort of beast makes footprints as large as a bear’s? No spoilers from me, mind you. You will just have to read the novel to find out. I’ll admit that I thought Mr. and Mrs. Farthering were very similar to Dorothy Sayer’s characters, Lord Peter Wimsey and his wife. Both wealthy, both amateur sleuths, both with unusually charming and beautiful wives, etc. Whether this is so or not, I cannot say. What I can say is that I enjoyed this cozy written by an American author and set in England. There were many strands to the plot and it was easy to follow false leads to the erroneous conclusions. I would give it 4 out of 5 stars, and recommend it to anyone with an appetite for mysteries, mayhem, and murder…
Kathae More than 1 year ago
This was a classic murder mystery at its best. As the action mounted, I felt more and more uneasy, not knowing who would be the next victim or who the perpetrator was. The cast of characters was well-drawn, to a T, and everyone was suspect! The 1930s English setting drew me in immediately, and framed the whole story perfectly. Fans of murder mysteries in the tradition of Agatha Christie t will certainly want to read this latest Drew Farthering mystery. I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Bethany House, through Celebrate Lit, for review purposes. The thoughts expressed here are my own.
hes7 More than 1 year ago
Confession: before Murder on the Moor, I’d only read Rules of Murder (the first Drew Farthering novel) by Julianna Deering. I had every intention of catching up on the series (and even had all the books checked out from the library), yet I simply ran out of time, quite unfortunately. Luckily—and to my delight—when I picked up Murder on the Moor, it read easily as a standalone, and Drew Farthering and his friends captured my attention just as well in this fifth book as in the first (and naturally, made me even more determined to read the second, third, and fourth). When amateur sleuth Drew heads to the moors to help a friend, he encounters mystery, uncertainty, and classically influenced atmosphere, and Deering constructs this historical story with great style. Her mystery is well-plotted with clever clues to piece together, her characters have engaging depth and personality, and her setting jumps from the page to the imagination with excellent detail. Within a few chapters, I was hooked on Murder on the Moor and thoroughly enjoyed the experience of another Drew Farthering novel. Fans of British historical mysteries, be sure to read Murder on the Moor (and the rest of the Drew Farthering mysteries, of course). This novel is delightful and mysterious and will not disappoint. I recommend it. Thanks to Celebrate Lit, I received a complimentary copy of Murder on the Moor and the opportunity to provide an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all the opinions I have expressed are my own.
booksandbeverages More than 1 year ago
3.5 Julianna Deering keeps us on our toes with more stories of Drew and Nick (and Madeline) getting into mischief, solving crimes and winning fans along the way. In her latest installment, readers are taken outside of Drew’s home and into the moors, where anything can happen. While this one took me a bit longer to get into, once it started moving forward, I enjoyed seeing how the mystery unfolded. I thought I had a pretty good idea of suspects and motives, but as with previous novels, Deering was able to surprise me in the end. If you enjoyed Drew’s previous adventures, then I think you’ll enjoy the latest. And if you’re looking for a new mystery series to follow, be sure to give Drew and crew a chance! What are some of your favorite mysteries? (Thank you to Bethany House for a copy of the book. All views expressed are my own.) Originally posted at http://booksandbeverages.org/2017/03/12/murder-moor-julianna-deering-book-review/
Virginiaw More than 1 year ago
Review This was fantastic as always. I love Drew and Madeline. I wish Nick might have been in a little more but at least he was in a little. I loved the other character of Beaky who hires Drew. He was fun. I hope there will be many more to this series. I received a copy of this book from Celebratelit and the author for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.
Chautona More than 1 year ago
Julianna Deering has created a truly delightful series set in the era of mystery's "Golden Age." In fact, this series is so well done that I consider it on par with the skills of Agatha Christie, Dorothy Sayers, and Margery Allingham. While the language and style of prose fits that of a modern novel, not once did I feel as if I was jerked out of the time period into the present--with either of the novels I read (I read the first of this series to give me a feel for this series before I read this one). This so rarely happens that I had to note it right off! The mystery itself: Excellent. Ms. Deering led us a merry chase around the Yorkshire moors, throwing just enough red herrings in there to provide a nice feast without so many that it stank up the plot--so to speak. I did guess who did it in the first moment I could have--and why! However, she made me doubt my thoughts at every. Single. Turn. No joke. Just about the time I was sure that the person who had to be behind it WAS... someone else, even the least likely, most obvious suspect, made me question how I could be so stupid. This is, in my not-so-humble-opinion, the mark of a great mystery novel. It's even better than not guessing at all. If you can hand me the suspect like that (I am usually rather good at picking them out) and make me doubt? That's a million times better than just throwing up someone at the end who should have been obvious and never was. Those are fun, too. But this is my favorite. And she did it in grand style. I don't always review cover art. After all, it's not quite fair to the author. He or she doesn't always have much of a say in it. But KUDOS to Bethany House for this fabulous artwork. Every time I see one--EVERY. TIME. I want to stop and read it. Right now. And you know what? Now that I have, I see binge reading in my very, very, like starting MONDAY very near future. The fonts, the almost WPA style artwork. Yeah. It draws you into the era perfectly. The characters: Drew Farthering is a delightful mixture of strong, mature man and impish boy who never quite grew up. Think what would happen if you matched Bertie Wooster's charm and cheekiness with Jeeves' brains. He's a delightfully imperfect character, and I thought this book rather showed it extra well. It's extra fun if the main detective character keeps coming to similar doubtful conclusions just as you do. Madeline, on the other hand, while cheeky and rather funny herself, is much more understated in it. Her personality helps balance Drew's more overt personality, but she is no shrinking violet. I rather liked her, Nick, well he's the token sidekick and like Bunter of Lord Peter Wimsey fame, he's quite handy in a pinch. I think he gets to have the most fun sometimes, if you want the truth. Can't wait to read all the delightful things I've missed by not reading books 2-... however many I've missed before this one. I'll be doing that soon. So... the verdict? When I received this book from Bethany House, I expected to like it. I also expected I would wish to review it. But I had no idea how much I would truly LOVE this book and this series. Murder on the Moor is a fabulous tale involving multiple murders (every time you think you've seen the last...), down-right scarlet herrings, and more with a subtle message woven through it. That message? Don't jump to what you think are the "obvious" conclusions. People are more complex than a series of clues to be assembled into a puzzle. And I'
MAHake More than 1 year ago
This British mystery set in 1934 brings to mind Miss Reed’s Thrush Green and Laurie King’s continuation of the Sherlock Holmes stories. This is the first I’ve read in the Drew Farthering series, and it can stand alone even though the characters mention things from the past. The slower pace doesn’t really drag, and the tension certainly ramps up near the end. I had a hard time deciding who the guilty party was. Drew and Madeline Farthering make a great team, complementing each other in life and in solving mysteries, both in novels they read together and actual ones. I enjoyed the cozy mystery and the interesting setting. The characters seemed real and well-developed. It’s like journeying back in time to a simpler century as you watch the action unfold. The book contains plenty of surprises too. I received a copy from Celebrate Lit. All opinions are my own.
MeezCarrie More than 1 year ago
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.)
joyful334209 More than 1 year ago
This is a great whimsical yet mysterical Christian mystery. This reminded me of my favorite mysteries - Sherlock Holmes. Drew and Madeline are amateur sleuths and they are asked to help with a murder of a vicar. The mystery is intriguing, lighthearted, imaginative, and intelligently written. You are guessing throughout the whole book who did it and why. When you find out you are - why wow never would have guessed in a million years. The other characters are a kaleidoscope of uniqueness, and oddities. You will love this book. I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
annelr More than 1 year ago
Murder on the Moor by Julianna Deering is fifth in her Drew Farthering mystery series. No disappointment in this book...there is definitely mystery and murders to solve. First the postman and then the elderly former nanny. Will there be others? The police at Buntings Nest were a little out of their league and welcomed Drew and Madeline Farthering's help. "We don't have this sort of thing happen much." The locals like to say the mystery has to do with pagan high places and hauntings but the Farthering's friends know better, or do they? Walking on the moor can be dangerous to your health and Sabrina loves to walk the dog. Are they safe? Is someone following them? The author keeps the pages turning as she adds twists and turns to the plot. Fires, murders, huge pawprints that no known animal could make, sounds from the closed up wing of the house and lovers' trysts...what can it all mean? As in her previous book Dressed for Death, Deering does a marvelous job of keeping the culprit a surprise right up to the end. Drew himself is stumped for quite a while but with the help of his lovely wife, the mystery does get solved. If you love a mystery set in the 1930s Merry Olde England this is one classic murder mystery you won't want to miss. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author via CelebrateLit. A favorable review was not required and opinions are my own. This review is part of a CelebrateLit blog tour.
millstreetreader More than 1 year ago
The covers of Julianna Deering's Drew Farthering Mysteries all have a distinctive look - to me, they are reminiscent of Art Deco, the 1920's and 30's classic look while still projecting a British feeling, all which perfectly replicate the settings and tones of Deering's books. Drew Farthering, himself, graces the cover of MURDER ON THE MOOR but the eye is also drawn to images of a dark, brooding country estate. Note the foggy moor in the background, as its wildness, isolation and abandoned structures and ruins is as much a character in this tale of murder and secrets as are the residents of the small Yorkshire town Bunting Nest. Drew Farthering and his wife are called to Bloodworth Park Lodge by Drew's childhood friend Beaky Bloodworth. Newly married and recent heir to the Yorkshire estate of his uncle, Beaky (nicknamed for his nose), is unsettled by the apparent murder of the village vicar and his wife's obsessive worry over strange noises and sightings near the estate. Within days of arriving at Park Lodge, Drew and Madeline learn of a second murder, hear the ancient tales of a wandering wild beast, and find gigantic canine-like footprints in a crumbling, unused section of the estate's home. Suspects and red herrings abound in this delightful tale. Is it Beaky's beautiful new wife, unhappy with leaving her glamorous London life for this remote, worn out estate? Has she found a new love in the dark, rugged Welsh groundskeeper Rys Delwyn or the neighbor Morris Gray, whose own marriage seems stalled in mediocrity? A dead body on the church steps, a tampered sports car, strange noises in the night, and then there is that isolated, dark moor -- all this adds up to a mystery Agatha Christy would smile to read! Add in the dynamics between the charming Drew and Madeline, and you have another successful Drew Fathering mystery. I received a copy of this title from CELEBRATE LIT fpr review purposes. All opinions are mine.
HollyMag321 More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly love Drew and Madeline! Their chemistry is unmistakable and very fun to watch. I enjoyed the story, although, it started off slow for me. However, the author creates such interesting characters I found myself drawn in. As the story progressed I found it more and more intriguing. Mysteries are my favorite genre and I love it when I can try to solve the crime along with the main characters. The author gave subtle clues throughout the story. But she definitely threw a very nice twist that I didn’t see coming. This is my second Drew Farthering mystery and I look forward to reading more. If you enjoyed the other Drew Farthering mysteries I’m sure you’ll enjoy this one. If you like well written, thought out mysteries, give this a try. If you are an adrenaline junkie that feeds of the Seatbelt Suspense of Brandilyn Collins or the action packed suspense stories of Terri Blackstock, then this may be too slow paced for you. Rating: 4 Stars! Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher, via Netgalley.com, but I was not required to leave a review. The opinions expressed here are strictly my own.
Jani417 More than 1 year ago
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. Drew’s 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.
Elodie_K More than 1 year ago
I'm a big fan of classic mystery authors like R. Austin Freeman, S.S. Van Dine, and other writers similar to the Detection Club. There's really no genre with so much character as mysteries from the 20's and 30's. Murder on the Moor is in that tradition, and it holds its own. What I immediately noticed was that it didn't instantly hold my attention, and when I thought more carefully about that, it occurred to me that when I read a book like this, it should be an old musty hardcover with thick creamy pages. Thus, reading MOTM as an ebook took away from the experience somewhat. I'm glad there's a hardcover edition of this book, even if modern hardcovers don't have the same feel as old ones. The story took place in the 1930's, and the period dialogue was pretty good. Sometimes a tad overdone, but overall it rang true. I think the characters really captured the aura of the period, especially Sabrina. The feel of the moors was perfectly done - it was so creepy! In fact, I had to refrain from reading this in bed because I wouldn't have been able to sleep. :D I loved the characters; Beaky was a sweetheart, and my goodness Constable Watts was hilarious. I felt bad for Beaky much of the time because Sabrina was so abrasive to him. (Ergo, I was happy at the end.) The Christian elements are not preachy at all, so even if you aren't Christian but enjoy classic mysteries, I think you should give the book a try. Murder on the Moor was great fun and I so enjoyed reading a modern author who so well captured the feeling of a classic mystery novel. content warning: There is some talk of love affairs and two people, a married man and an unmarried girl, are caught having an affair. Nothing particularly offensive; should be fine for ages 14+. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.