A Drew Fathering Mystery Series

Reviewed by:  Ceil Carey, Co-president of ECLA and long time book discussion leader



Title: Dressed for death and Murder on the moor

Author: Julianna Deering

Publisher: Bethany House

Publication Date: March 1, 2016; January 31, 2017

Format: Paperback

Length: 320 pages; 336 pages


In Dressed for Death, Drew Farthering and his bride of six months arrive at a Regency era party at the home of old friends, looking forward to a relaxing and interesting week living in a different time period. Beginning with the host’s fiancé, Alice, one death follows another while the characters feel they are standing by and watching it happen without knowing what to do to stop it. Friendships are strained, relationships are broken but our hero is Drew, always on the lookout, always finding the perpetrator although in this case plenty of guilt abounds – why didn’t he realize the identity of the murderer before all the killing happened, a question he torments himself with.

Murder on the Moor takes place on the creepy, misty Yorkshire moors, a setting just perfect for murder and malice. Several incidents have caused great concern to Drew’s old friend Beaky Bloodworth and his new bride Sabrina. But the very worst is the recent killing of the local vicar followed in succession by the murder of a village spinster, a governess in the past. What had they seen or what did they know that their lives had to be taken? And who might be next if Drew cannot sort out the various characters and motives?

Very easy to read, delightful main characters with a godly couple. The books offer a Christian worldview without actually presenting the gospel.


Rating (1 to 5)

5 stars

Suggested Audience

Adult fiction readers who enjoy historical mysteries.

Christian Impact

Written mostly for fun and entertainment, Deering’s mysteries prove Christian murder mysteries are a real thing with suspense yet a Christian worldview.

Used by the kind permission of Christian Library Journal.

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Death by the Book (Drew Farthering Mystery #2)

About Ceil Carey

The Evangelical Church Library Association, founded in 1970, is a fellowship of Christian churches, schools, and individuals.

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