Julianna Deering keeps us on our toes with more stories of Drew and Nick (and Madeline) getting into mischief, solving crimes and winning fans along the way. In her latest installment, readers are taken outside of Drew’s home and into the moors, where anything can happen.
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 out on the moor–property destroyed, fires started, sheep and cattle scattered–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, it’s up to Drew to look past his own prejudices, determine what is really going on, and find the killer before it’s too late.
While this one took me a bit longer to get into, once it started moving forward, I enjoyed seeing how the mystery unfolded. I thought I had a pretty good idea of suspects and motives, but as with previous novels, Deering was able to surprise me in the end.
If you enjoyed Drew’s previous adventures, then I think you’ll enjoy the latest. And if you’re looking for a new mystery series to follow, be sure to give Drew and crew a chance!
What are some of your favorite mysteries?
(Thank you to Bethany House for a copy of the book. All views expressed are my own.)