Murder on the Moor
by Julianna Deering
Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: Bethany House
Released: Jan. 31, 2017
Source: ebook review copy from the publisher through NetGalley.
Book Description, Modified from NetGalley:
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. There have been several worrisome incidents out on the moor and, worst of all, the vicar has been found dead on the steps of the church.
Drew's friend is obviously smitten with his bride of eight months, though it's hard to imagine what she sees in the awkward man. Drew can't help wondering if her affections lie more with the man's money and estate, while her romantic interests focus on their fiery Welsh gamekeeper. As the danger grows ever closer, Drew must look past his own prejudices, determine what is really going on, and find the killer before it's too late.
Murder on the Moor is a historical mystery set in 1934 in England. It's the fifth book in a series. You don't need to read the previous novels to understand this one, and this novel didn't spoil the previous mysteries.
The characters had depth and reacted realistically to events. Since Drew was betrayed by a beautiful woman in the past, he struggled to be objective about some of the suspects and misinterpreted some of what was going on.
The mystery was a clue-based puzzle. Some of the clues seemed obvious to me, though they were overlooked by the characters for various reasons until nearly the end. So whodunit didn't come as a surprise though I also didn't guess every aspect correctly.
The characters were Christian, and Drew subtlety pointed a few nonbelievers toward God. There were no sex scenes. There was no bad language. Overall, I'd recommend this interesting mystery.
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