The covers of Julianna Deering's Drew Farthering Mysteries all have a distinctive look - to me, they are reminiscent of Art Deco, the 1920's and 30's classic look while still projecting a British feeling, all which perfectly replicate the settings and tones of Deering's books. Drew Farthering, himself, graces the cover of MURDER ON THE MOOR but the eye is also drawn to images of a dark, brooding country estate. Note the foggy moor in the background, as its wildness, isolation and abandoned structures and ruins is as much a character in this tale of murder and secrets as are the residents of the small Yorkshire town Bunting Nest.
Drew Farthering and his wife are called to Bloodworth Park Lodge by Drew's childhood friend Beaky Bloodworth. Newly married and recent heir to the Yorkshire estate of his uncle, Beaky (nicknamed for his nose), is unsettled by the apparent murder of the village vicar and his wife's obsessive worry over strange noises and sightings near the estate. Within days of arriving at Park Lodge, Drew and Madeline learn of a second murder, hear the ancient tales of a wandering wild beast, and find gigantic canine-like footprints in a crumbling, unused section of the estate's home. Suspects and red herrings abound in this delightful tale. Is it Beaky's beautiful new wife, unhappy with leaving her glamorous London life for this remote, worn out estate? Has she found a new love in the dark, rugged Welsh groundskeeper Rys Delwyn or the neighbor Morris Gray, whose own marriage seems stalled in mediocrity? A dead body on the church steps, a tampered sports car, strange noises in the night, and then there is that isolated, dark moor -- all this adds up to a mystery Agatha Christy would smile to read! Add in the dynamics between the charming Drew and Madeline, and you have another successful Drew Fathering mystery. I received a copy of this title from CELEBRATE LIT fpr review purposes. All opinions are mine.