TITLE: Murder on the Moor
AUTHOR: Julianna Deering
PUBLISHING: Bethany House Publishers
RELEASE DATE: January 31st 2017
GENRE(S): Mystery, Historical FIction, Christian Fiction
STAR RATING: 5 *****
“MOVIE” RATING: PG
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.
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