Murder on the Moor
Murder on the Moor, book five of the Drew Farthering Mystery series set in 1930s England, takes Drew and his wife Madeleine to the Yorkshire moors. More specifically, they go to Bloodworth Park Lodge in Bunting’s Nest at the urgent request of an old school friend, the awkward, unattractive but very wealthy “Beaky” Bloodworth. There have been several unexplained crimes in the village, the worst being the murder of the vicar. Drew believes Beaky’s beautiful and possibly money-hungry bride, Sabrina, and the handsome gamekeeper are behind the crimes, and that Beaky’s life may be next. Drew has to work around his suspicions and look at the bigger picture involving Beaky’s family history and the entire town to solve the crimes and stop the ever-increasing murders of random villagers.
Murder on the Moor reads like a classic Agatha Christie whodunit, complete with the stuffy but likeable aristocracy and the humble working class with warm hearts. The “gentility” of the aristocracy toward the common folk and the banter is somewhat overdone but, overall, the novel will appeal to readers who enjoy cozy mysteries.