A brisk British mystery: "Death at Thorburn Hall" by Julianna Deering

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about the book....

Investigating a suspicious accident leads Drew on a path that points to international intrigue and ever-growing danger

Drew Farthering arrives in idyllic Scotland for the 1935 British Open at Muirfield, hoping for a relaxing holiday with his wife, Madeline, and friend Nick. But death meets him once again when Lord Rainsby, their host at Thorburn Hall, is killed in a suspicious riding accident--only days after confiding in Drew his fears that his business partner was embezzling funds.

Thorburn Hall is filled with guests, and as Drew continues to dig, he realizes that each appears to have dark motives for wanting Rainsby out of the way. Together with Madeline and Nick, he must sort through shady business dealings, international intrigue, and family tensions to find a killer who always seems to be one step ahead.

my review....

Amateur sleuth Drew Farthering, along with his wife and friends, once again finds himself smack dab in the middle of a murder investigation in the highly entertaining "Death at Thorburn Hall". The sixth book of the series is every bit as delightful as the prior books that came before, capturing the British time period with ease, and unravelling the mystery at the perfect pace. I just love how the lead police investigators want nothing to do with Drew and his meddling, and yet somehow his keen mind and those of his sidekicks manage to rise to the challenge! Deering throws in lots of red herrings throughout to keep you guessing as to who is actually behind the murders that pile up in the story, and I am sure you'll enjoy tracking down the clues like I did.

Deering has introduced a cast of interesting characters in this novel, along with some unexpected intrigue around the rise of Hitler in Germany and the impact on England. But I think my favourite character in this book was Drew himself, even though the uncertain love blooming between friends Nick and Carrie also makes for some interesting fare. Drew's lack of knowledge of his birth mom lends a wistful air to his childhood and his current longing for answers, and I quite liked how "Death at Thorburn Hall" moved Drew's own personal story forward (in a thoroughly unexpected manner too!) Those looking for a dash of romance will be pleased to see love continue to grow between Drew and his wife Madeline. Though their romantic journey may be different than in other novels as they are already married, I always appreciate the fun and genuine affection depicted between the two. May all marriages be as blessed as their marriage is (though perhaps with less murder of course).

The sixth instalment in the Drew Farthering Mystery series is sure to please those fans who've come to love Drew and his sleuthing ways. I, for one, just can't seem to get enough of these books and hope that there are many more to come! I award this novel a solid 4 out of 5 stars.

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.

 about the author....

Julianna Deering

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.