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Murder on the Moor (A Drew Farthering Mystery)

By Julianna Deering (DeAnna Julie Dodson)


At the urgent request of Drew's old school friend, Hubert "Beaky" Bloodworth, 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. According to Beaky, there have been several incidents of mischief making out on the moor, property destroyed, fires started, streams dammed up, sheep and cattle scattered and, if local gossip is to be believed, the sighting of the shadowy figure of a great black hound. Worst of all, the vicar has been found dead on the steps of the church, and no one can imagine who would want to kill him.
Beaky is obviously smitten with his wife of eight months, the gorgeous and vivacious Sabrina Bloodworth, though it's hard to imagine what she sees in a man as awkward and plain as he. Drew can't help wondering if Sabrina's affections lie more with Beaky's money than himself and, just perhaps, with the fiery Welsh gamekeeper, Rhys Delwyn. Delwyn says poachers are to blame for the recent trouble, Sabrina claims the moor is haunted, and Beaky suspects that Carter Gray, a neighboring landowner with a longstanding grudge against the Bloodworths, is behind the episodes. But when someone else is murdered and the troubling incidents grow more threatening, Drew begins to suspect local ne'er-do-well Jack Midgley of more than poaching. But just how does Midgley fit into the scheme and who is paying him? 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.

Book Takeaway:

I think the major theme of this one is that God sees our hearts, and only He really knows what's there. Another big one is that He has a purpose for each of us, whether we run from it or to it.

Why the author wrote this book:

I wrote this book because I so much enjoy getting my characters into trouble and giving them a little puzzle to solve before I get them back out again. Adding a character who, by sheer coincidence of course, happens to look just like Aidan Turner was just the cherry on the trifle.


"This book is the perfect next installment in this series. Think of them as Thin Man installments. Perfection."
- Cara on January 27, 2017

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