Monday, May 29, 2017

Murder on the Moor (A Drew Farthering Mystery, #5) by Julianna Deering

Star Rating : 3 out of 5

Content Rating : NONE

Backcover :

“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.”
My Thoughts :

This is the fifth book in Julianna Deering Drew Farthering Mystery series; however, if you haven’t read the first four no worries. You probably would be more invested in the main characters if you have; but, it was easy enough to jump into without having read the others. This story is set in England in the 1930’s. Odd things have been happening in a quiet village in the north and Drew is called in to solve the mystery and the murders. I liked the book; but, not enough for it to get me interested in the rest of the series. I thought it was just ok. If you don’t enjoy too much intensity in your mysteries, then this is the book for you. 

I gave this a rating of NONE. There is no offensive language, violence, or sex. It is a murder mystery; however, everything is done “off-screen”.

What I liked :
  • Drew and MadelineDrew is the main detective in this series; but, in the case Madeline has the nose for the truth. I thought this couple was cute. They work together well; and, if I had known a little more about their backstory I think I would have liked them even more.
  • Sherlock References – This story is different but it obviously found its roots from The Hound of Baskerville with a possible nod to Jane Eyre. Sherlock fans will love the references; the characters reference Sherlock several times throughout the book also.
  • Ties Up All Loose Ends – I can’t stand when a mystery novel doesn’t explain a detail or drops plot thread. Thankfully, Deering is careful to tie them all up in a nice bow.  

What I didn’t like :
  • Suspense – I would have like a bit more edge of your seat suspense. This is very mild, not intense at all, which will appeal to some.  
  • Characters – There was only really one supporting character I kind of cared about/engaged with. The rest were just there. I would have liked some more character development.  

What Others Are Saying :

"A fast-paced historical murder mystery that has beloved characters who are cunning, charming, and determined to get their man or woman and bring them to justice. The storyline is believable, with roller-coaster twists and turns one does not see coming. Deering is a gifted author and she knows what fans of historical mysteries look for." --RT Book Reviews

“Deering smoothly blends suspense and humor with a touch of romance.” –Publishers Weekly 

Reviewed by Shayna Hinshaw

I received a copy of this book for free from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review. All opinions in this review are my own.

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