Friday, March 3, 2017

Book Review: Murder on the Moor by Julianna Deering, A Drew Farthering Mystery + Giveaway


". . . Drew Farthering lay on the sofa before the library fireplace, his head on his wife's lap, listening as she read from Jane Eyre" (7)


Title:  Murder on the Moor
Series: A Drew Farthering Mystery, Book 5
Author:  Julianna Deering
Publisher:  Bethany House Publishers
Release Date:  January 31, 2016
Genre: Historical Fiction/Mystery




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.






Now, how could one not love that opening scene!?! I have no idea where I've been, but Murder on the Moor by Julianna Deering is my first Drew Farthering Mystery, and certainly will not be my last. I love classic settings, and the witty dialogue was just icing on the cake. It kind of reminds me of the classic Sherlock Holmes, though without the smartiness (that's nicely putting it), but with all the charm and interesting mystery that goes on. Is it weird I also had an inkling image of Shaggy and the Scooby Doo gang? I have no idea where that came from, but it's about the fun in mysteries. Granted, there was a death involve, so really shouldn't be fun. It's just so entertaining with the characters (Beaky, o, Beaky, you are sadly lovable!), and as mentioned before the witty dialogue. The message of not judging people without first getting the chance to know them makes Murder on the Moor a story that has depth, intrigue and a little bit of romance, all mixed in the cloud of mystery. Don't want to miss this. And I have four books to catch up on with Drew.


Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. This is my honest opinion.

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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.

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To celebrate her tour, Julianna is giving away a set of the A Drew Farthering Mystery (5 Book Series)!! Click on the image below to enter. 

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22 comments :

  1. Oh you poor thing! Good thing you will breeze right through all the Drew mysteries! They are soooooo good I am impatiently waiting for the latest and hoping for more! I would love to win as I loved the first ones! Can't say enough good things about Drew and Madeline. I too loved the witty banter. Just right!,

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    1. Thank you so much, Paula! I'm just turning in the edits for Book Six today, so stay tuned! :D

      Julianna Deering/DeAnna Julie Dodson

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    2. Hahhaha Paula! Yes...you are correct. I need to be better acquainted with Drew and company for sure!

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  2. The women and a few men at the local nursing home will devour these books as I donate to them after I read them.

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  3. This is a new series to me. I really enjoy historical fiction and would love to read the Drew Fathering mysteries.

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    1. If you like Agatha Christie and other Golden Age mysteries, I think you'll enjoy Drew. :)

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    2. O.. like me, once you start, you'll want to read the rest of the series!

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  4. *SIGH* Dreaming of Drew! I enjoyed book one! I'm looking forward to completing the series!

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    1. I hope you get to read them all, Caryl. :)

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    2. Lol! Nick's pretty awesome too! *wink wink

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  5. I am thrilled you have written another mystery. I love books set in this time period, and often find myself forgetting you are a modern author. Thank you for your books!

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    1. That's a huge compliment. I don't always get it right, but I try very hard to write as if I were writing in the 1930s. Thank you!

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    2. So cool! Thanks for stopping by!

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  6. oh Drew! Be still my heart! (Nick isn't half-bad either.) And I love Madeline! And yes, poor Beaky lol.

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    1. Hee hee, dear Beaky. He's a fine fellow.

      I'm glad you like them all. :D

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  7. I have never heard of these until here, but her books look great! I will definitely add them to my tbr pile. I think my Mom and Grandma would enjoy them as well. Whenever I get new books I always take them there so they can read them next (or even before me sometimes)!

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    1. That's great! You have your mini book club right at home!

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  8. Another mystery writer who loves Sherlock Holmes for sure.

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    1. hahah. =) Well, Sherlock is a pretty fascinating story!

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