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.
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. For more information visit www.juliannadeering.com
I have read all the books of this series with great joy and this book is just as wonderful as the others! It is part of the Drew Farthering Mystery series, however, even if you haven't read the other books, you will not be lost. If you haven't read the other books, though, I implore you to do so! They are fantastic!
We are taken to the Moors in this book and when I hear that name, I definitely think of the Sherlock Holmes story, "Hound of the Baskervilles". The spooky fog and atmosphere was used quite effectively in this story and lent an added mystery. Drew and Madeline are called by Drew's old friend, Beaky, when the vicar of the local church is found murdered on the church doorstep. No one has been able to figure out what happened or why.
When Drew arrives at Beaky's estate, he is surprised to find that Beaky's new wife is someone he knew from the past. Sabrina has not made a good impression on Drew and he is suspicious of the beautiful woman marrying the kind, but not handsome, Beaky. One of the reasons that Drew agreed to aiding in this mystery is because Sabrina has also heard things in the North wing on their estate and out on the Moors. After Drew arrives, another murder happens that appears to be in-related to the vicars and the mystery deepens.
This is a fast paced story that will keep you reading into the night. The characters are very well developed and Drew and Madeline will feel like old friends. I can honestly say I was totally shocked at the ending and who the murderer was and why. I did not see it coming at all and usually I'm able to pick out the culprit about three fourths through any mystery. It was truly a delight to be so surprised and shocked at this ending.
I highly recommend this book if you enjoy mysteries of the highest quality. As with all of other Julianna's books, it will be remaining on my book shelf to revisit again and again. I give this book 5 out of 5 stars.
*This book was provided to me for my honest review by Bethany House
Blessings - Julie