Thursday, July 13, 2017

Murder on the Moor

GIVEAWAY
DEERING, JULIANNA
MURDER ON THE MOOR

The rolling, frigid mists that creep in over the Yorkshire moors hide a mystery as challenging as Drew as ever faced.

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 around those lonesome rolling hills -- poetry 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, determined what's really going on, and find the killer before it's too late.

My Review:

Fans of BBC crime shows like Father Brown and Miss Marple will absolutely adore Julianna Deering's Drew Farthering Mysteries. It's a mesh of Downtown Abbey meets Agatha Christie with a healthy dose of droll humour rolled in. Each book reads well as a standalone so feel free to dive right in with this book even if you haven't read any of the others.

Wealthy aristocrat, Drew Farthering is an amateur sleuth in 1930s England. Madeline, his plain-speaking, Yankee-born wife, makes a great Watson to his Sherlock. Cue the playful banter and witty dialogue. Makes me grin just thinking about these two.

They are up against something sinister this time round. Nothing like a spooky English moor shrouded in fog to spike your heart rate! And there are no end of mysterious suspects to choose from. Clever plotting kept me guessing right to the end.

I really appreciate the way the author seamlessly weaves a faith thread throughout the story. Drew and Madeline are Christians -- in deed as well as word, which is somewhat unusual for their social circle. But Drew doesn't hesitate to share his faith when he feels prompted. Not in a preachy way, mind you. In a gentle, genuine delivery that even the most crotchety atheist can't take offence with. Refreshing and uplifting and brings so much depth to his character.

I honestly think the BBC needs to pick up this series as their next runaway period drama hit! These stories are that good! And Murder on the Moor might just be the best one yet.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like a chance to win a copy of Murder on the Moor, leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you add your email to your comment, remember to use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in order to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email, please add the title to the subject line so it's easier for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday July 16 2017. Offer open to International Readers. Good luck.

46 comments:

  1. I've heard a great deal about these novels & love reading your perspective Kav. I was worried that if I had a chance to read them, that one would need to read them in order. Good to know they stand alone pretty well. Though you know me, I'd still read them one after another :-)

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    1. LOL -- the only carry over between novels is the romance between Drew and Madeline -- they meet in book one and are married by book three, I believe. But the romance isn't the kind where you don't know if they'll ever get together etc. It's solid love at first sight for Drew after all. :-) So it kind of flows in the background of the stories though Drew and Madeline are front and centre all the time. If that makes sense. Good luck, Trixi.

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  2. Sounds wonderful. I've always wanted to read books by this author. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

    Blessings,
    Cindy W.
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    1. This series is fabulous! Good luck, Cindy.

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  3. I have not read this author yet! lattebooksAThotmailDOTcom

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    1. Oh, she is divine! If you like mystery fiction Julianna Deering is not to be missed. Good luck, Susan.

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  4. I love Drew and Madeline! It's so rare to find a great husband-wife team.

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    1. Aren't they a great team? And Drew is still besotted. I adore that about him. Good luck, Rachael.

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  5. Sounds great, have not read anything form this author yet. Very nice cover. Thanks for the chance :)
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    1. The covers in this series totally match the stories. Love the vintage feel. Good luck, Lisa.

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  6. Sounds good. cheetahthecat1986ATgmailDOTcom.

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  7. What a fun looking read. I love the cover. Thanks for sharing it with us.
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    1. You're welcome, Linda. Good luck!

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    2. Thanks and I wanted to let you know if there is any way you can let people know but Counted With the Stars (Out From Egypt Book #1) Kindle Edition
      by Connilyn Cossette is FREE Right now on Amazon

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    3. Oh -- that's awesome!!! How do you find these deals? Not that I read ebooks, but there are some great freebies out there.

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  8. Have heard so much about this series. Would love to read.

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  9. I just adore this series and have all five books. I haven't read Murder on the Moor yet - just waiting for the perfect time with no interruptions to savor a fun mystery!! Love your review.

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    1. Oh, I hope your perfect time comes soon. It`s such a great read!!! Enjoy!

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  10. You always seem to find the right words to write when reviewing books. I agree wholeheartedly with your review of Murder on the Moor. I've read all the books in this series. I think fans of Agatha Christie's Tommy and Tuppence will enjoy Drew and Madeline. No need to enter me in this giveaway since I have the book.

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    1. I've never heard of Tommy and Tuppence! Must check them out. I adore this series too -- in case you couldn't tell. Thanks for sharing your thoughts too.

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  11. I absolutely love Drew and Madeline! I've read all but this one and would love to win it! paulams49ATsbcglobalDOTnet Thanks Kav!

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    1. Yay -- another Drew and Madeline fan. Good luck, Paula.

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  12. I haven't heard of this series before. It sounds like something I would really like to read! I love mysteries from the time period you described.
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    1. It's an awesome series, Cindy, especially if you love the time period. Good luck.

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  13. Dreamy Drew! YES, please! KAV, thank you for the chance.
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    1. Dreamy is right. Good luck, Caryl.

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  14. Thank you for the chance. Blessings
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  15. I just love period dramas and BBC. Masterpiece Theater is such a joy for my husband and me!
    Dianna

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    1. I'm totally addicted to Masterpiece Theater as well! You'll love this whole series, then, Dianna. Good luck.

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  16. Drew and Madeline sound like great characters! I'm looking forward to reading this one! Thanks for the review and giveaway. d[dot]brookmyer[at]yahoo[dot]com

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    1. You're welcome, Donna. Good luck.

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  17. Okay, you had me at Downton Abbey meets mystery. :) I love these covers as well. Thanks for the review and the giveaway.
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    1. You'll love it, Loraine. Good luck.

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  18. I think I have the first book in the series on my TBR shelf. Never enough time in the day to read all of the books I would like to.

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    1. So many books, so little time! Good luck, Patty.

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  19. Mystery and Downtown Abbey are a great combination!
    pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

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  20. Always love a good mystery :)
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  21. I need to read this one to be up-to-date for the next when Drew travels to SCOTLAND! I'm kind of a pushover with books set in Scotland - my romantic dream vacation. tlhcoupon(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. I love anywhere in the British Isles. Good luck, Terrill.

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  22. Oh, I love this series and hope it goes on for a long time. She has really done an excellent job with her mysteries and characters. The book covers are fantastic as well.

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    1. I hope so too. So much fun to read and hard to figure out whodunnit. Good luck, Syvlia

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