Death at Thorburn Hall / by Julianna Deering. (A Drew Farthering Mystery Series, 6) 8.15.2018

Bethany House ISBN 9780764218291

Adult Rating: 5

Death at Thorburn Hall is the sixth in this delightful mystery series. Drew Farthering is hoping for a relaxing time at the 1935 British Open in Scotland. But death continues to follow him; this time his host, Lord Rainsby, has a suspicious riding accident. What causes Drew’s apprehensions is that Rainsby had confided in Drew regarding his concerns towards his business partner–suspicions that he is embezzling funds.

As the story ensues, it seems that everyone Drew investigates has motive for killing his host. But he continues to slog through the clues with his lovely wife Madeline and best friend, Nick. Madeline is an excellent foil to Drew, very intelligent and intuitive. Nick and Carrie are a couple as well, although not married, but Nick is afraid the mystery and all that it encompasses may scare Carrie away. A little romance surrounds both couples and readers will find that a lovely addition to the story. The Fartherings have a sweet relationship with each other and with the Lord, but the reader will not feel beaten over the head with Christianity.

Many compare Deering’s Farthering mysteries to Agatha Christie and Dorothy Sayers.

Ceil Carey, CLJ

Earlier Series Titles Reviewed by CLJ: Rules of Murder (Jan/Feb/Mar/Apr 2015); Death by the Book (Jan/Feb/Mar/Apr 2015); Murder at the Mikado (Jan/Feb/Mar/Apr 2015); Murder on the Moor (Oct/Nov/Dec 2017).