Murder on the Moor Review

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TITLE: Murder on the Moor

AUTHOR: Julianna Deering

ISBN: 9780764218286

PUBLISHING: Bethany House Publishers

RELEASE DATE: January 31st 2017

PAGES: 336

GENRE(S): Mystery, Historical FIction, Christian Fiction

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SYNOPSIS:

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 BrontE 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 RATING:

STAR RATING: 5 *****
“MOVIE” RATING: PG

MY REVIEW:

I was blown away from this book by Julianna Deering. I’ve read that her books that even Agatha Christie would love to read so I HAD to get my hands on one of her books. The books premise is that Drew and his wife, Madeline, are called to aid a friend Drew knew when he was a young teenager, nicknamed Beaky. An unexplained murder has happened in their small town and only Drew can help! It’s a race to find out who murdered the vicar before the murderer can strike again! Suspicions are placed with Beaky’s wife, Sabrina, at the beginning. But is Drew right with his prejudices or is there something else going on?

This, for me, was just a fun read and I loved being caught up in the mystery of it all. I didn’t see the end coming and the various people who were involved were a complete surprise to me! The writing was splendid and SO suspenseful. Every time I came to the end of a chapter, there was a teeny tiny cliffhanger or just hint of something going to happen next, so naturally I had to continue reading! It was so hard to put this book down because of this reason.

I was also surprised to read and understand the characters pretty well. They’re obviously a large part in finding a murderer or in any mystery novel, but I was glad to find that there was always something new to learn about someone and that they all weren’t two dimensional. I especially loved Madeline’s character as she balances out Drew quite well and helps to understand and notice other things that he might have missed during his investigations or questioning.

The novel takes place in the 1930s in England. I just adore time period pieces like this; it was so fun to be transported in time to these delicate years. The moors weren’t something I thought much of until I read this; they can actually be very eerie! There were only a few times where I was reading in the dark and got some goosebumps by the intricate writing.

References to classics like Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre are included and that was pretty neat!

Overall, I enjoyed this novel a lot and plan to read more of her books in the future! Not too complex, but easy, fun reads! I definitely recommend this book to other who enjoy a light mystery!

I received a copy of this book via Bethany House in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

Julianna Deering

ABOUT Julianna Deering:


JULIANNA DEERING 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 new series of Drew Farthering mysteries set in 1930s England debuts with Rules of Murder (Bethany House, Summer 2013) and will be followed by Death by the Book (Bethany House, Spring 2014) and Murder at the Mikado (Bethany House, Summer 2014). She is represented by Wendy Lawton of the Books & Such Literary Agency (www.booksandsuch.biz).

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