Mystery Awaits on the Mysterious Yorkshire Moors
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.
In Deering's winning fourth mystery set in 1930s England (after 2014's Murder at the Mikado), Hubert "Beaky" Bloodworth needs the help of Eton classmate Drew Farthering. Soon after Beaky and his beautiful bride, Sabrina, moved to Bloodworth Park Lodge, the family estate in the village of Bunting's Nest, someone bashed in the head of the local vicar. More murders follow, and the suspects include Sabrina. Meanwhile, Drew and his American wife, Madeline, investigate noises in the house's old north wing, paw prints of a massive hound, and a long-standing feud with the old man of the neighboring estate, as well as the unknown person who's been lurking about the ruins of a stone church and an ancient kiln out on the moor. Delwyn, the family's handsome Welsh gamekeeper, spends a lot of time on the moor, but then again, so does Sabrina. Deering smoothly blends suspense and humor with a touch of romance.