11 March 2017

Mysterious & Delightful | Murder on the Moor by Julianna Deering


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 around those lonesome rolling hills–property desecrated, fires started, sheep and cattle scattered. Worst of all, the vicar has been found dead on the steps of the church, a crime for which Drew can discern no motive at all.

Few in the town of Bunting’s Nest seem like suspects, and Drew can’t keep his suspicions from falling on his friend’s new bride. Do her affections lie more with her husband’s money and estate, while her romantic interests stray to their fiery Welsh gamekeeper? As the danger grows ever closer, it’s up to Drew to look past his own prejudices, determine what’s really going on, and find the killer before it’s too late.


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.


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.


To celebrate her tour, Julianna is giving away a set of the A Drew Farthering Mystery (5 Book Series)!! Click here to enter, and be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries!

1 comment:

  1. Thanks so much for the lovely review. I'm so glad you're enjoying the books. Book Six, Death at Thorburn Hall, is due out this fall. :D