*This book was sent to be from Bethany House Publishing for review purposes, all thoughts and opinions are my own
Title: Murder on the Moor
Series: A Drew Farthering Mystery
Author: Julianna Deering
Genre: Mystery/Historical/Christian Fiction
Reading Format: Paperback
Murder on the Moor follows Drew Farthering and his wife Madeline who travel to Bloodworth Park Lodge out on the Yorkshire Moor to investigate the murder of the local town vicar. Invited by an old school friend named Beaky Bloodworth, Drew and his wife hunt for a killer several mysterious incidents seem to keep happening out on the Moor.
This is the fifth book in a series, which I did not know when I chose to read this but I learned quickly it is not a requirement to have read any of the other four previous to this one. In fact, after reading Murder on the Moor I’ve already decided that I’d like to read the others.
The best way to describe this mystery series is that it reminds me greatly of Downton Abbey with a mystery thrown in. The book is set in 1930s England and Drew Farthering comes from a wealthier background much like the TV series. I personally loved Downton Abbey when it was on and enjoyed the atmosphere of the setting for Murder on the Moor. I also found Drew Farthering to be a very enjoyable character who could be quite funny at times, though his down fall for me in the series was his fixation on Beaky’s wife Sabrina who Drew believes to be a bit of a gold digger through out most of the novel. Drew’s saving grace from this was his wife Madeline who seemed to have a more leveled head when it came to Sabrina and the things happening out on the moor.
The mystery part of the book was actually pretty good considering that I don’t tend lean toward the mystery genre much. I found myself wanting to know what happens next and even some nights I would say just one more chapter and staying up way past my bedtime.
In all I would recommend Murder on the Moor and as I mentioned before I plan on reading the other books in the series. And on another note, before I forget, this is a Christian novel or at least that is how it is branded but unlike most that I have read it isn’t heavy with the topic. I always warn this mainly because while I’m a Christian and enjoy reading some fictional novels in this genre I know others may want to avoid it, but Murder on the Moor is perhaps worth the read if you don’t mind a mention of God maybe a few times through out the story line.
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars