Death at Thorburn Hall

Death at Thorburn Hall

Drew Farthering finds a new mystery on his hands when he arrives at Thorburn Hall in Scotland for the 1935 British Open. His host, Lord Rainsby, asks Drew to investigate a suspected embezzler--then dies in a suspicious accident the next day. However, the house is full of guests with potential motives. Can Drew discover the killer among them?...

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Death at Thorburn Hall Reviews

  • Hannah

    4.5 stars

    An excellent Golden-Age style mystery. There's a subtle beginning, and then Bam! A murder. I love the vintage 1930s flavor to it, and the way it feels as though it could have actually been written in that time period.

    I jumped into this one without having read any of the previous books and truly enjoyed getting to know Drew and Madeline and their friends. I own the first three books but haven't gotten around to reading them, so I definitely have them on my list to read next year.

    The my

    4.5 stars

    An excellent Golden-Age style mystery. There's a subtle beginning, and then Bam! A murder. I love the vintage 1930s flavor to it, and the way it feels as though it could have actually been written in that time period.

    I jumped into this one without having read any of the previous books and truly enjoyed getting to know Drew and Madeline and their friends. I own the first three books but haven't gotten around to reading them, so I definitely have them on my list to read next year.

    The mystery kept me intrigued, and the murderer honestly had me guessing! I caught a few glimpses but didn't string the clues together rightly until the very end. Wow! It's hard to find a mystery that baffles me, since I have read so many. The references to period literature were great, and it was fun to see the edges of a spy movement leading up to WW2. I'm definitely hoping that the author writes more of these Drew Farthering books!

    Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a free review copy.

  • Rebecca

    "How one is to predict accidental happenings, I cannot say, . . . . . . . but I will do the best I can."

    It's no accident after all. While visiting a distant cousin and her husband at Thorburn Hall in Scotland, with plans to attend the British Open, Drew and Madeline Farthering are appalled when their host is killed during a riding accident on the estate. Lord Rainsby was an accomplished horseman, which made the incident all that more suspicious.

    Joined by Nick Dennison and Carrie Holland, the f

    "How one is to predict accidental happenings, I cannot say, . . . . . . . but I will do the best I can."

    It's no accident after all. While visiting a distant cousin and her husband at Thorburn Hall in Scotland, with plans to attend the British Open, Drew and Madeline Farthering are appalled when their host is killed during a riding accident on the estate. Lord Rainsby was an accomplished horseman, which made the incident all that more suspicious.

    Joined by Nick Dennison and Carrie Holland, the foursome begin their quiet investigation into the matter, only to discover that the case has more twists and turns than expected. When other house guests exhibit some rather bizarre behaviors, and another seemingly unrelated corpse is discovered, Drew begins to worry that national security is at stake, while Nick is terrified that Carrie is going to leave him again without a promise of "till death do us part".

    Julianna Deering has crafted yet another brilliant mixture of murder and mayhem, mingled with the sweet fragrance of vintage romance!

  • Claudia

    I am coming into this series at book six, but it made for a great stand-alone read. I am looking forward to going back and catching up on the previous escapades of Drew and Madeline Farthering and Nick Dennison. My husband and I are fans of several BBC mystery series, and I could absolutely see a series built around these characters. I would recommend The Drew Farthering Mysteries to both men and women.

    Set in England in the 1930s, the Drew Farthering series has the feel of Christie, Sayers an

    I am coming into this series at book six, but it made for a great stand-alone read. I am looking forward to going back and catching up on the previous escapades of Drew and Madeline Farthering and Nick Dennison. My husband and I are fans of several BBC mystery series, and I could absolutely see a series built around these characters. I would recommend The Drew Farthering Mysteries to both men and women.

    Set in England in the 1930s, the Drew Farthering series has the feel of Christie, Sayers and James; names well known to fans of British writers from the Golden Age of Detective Fiction. In Death at Thorburn Hall Drew and his entourage are tasked to unearth the secrets of their host’s formerly trusted business partner who has begun to act in a very suspicious manner. The investigation quickly turns into the search for a murderer, a search that turns even more deadly and pits our detectives against possible Nazi spies. Nick, Drew’s right-hand man, struggles throughout the investigation as he is torn between dedication to Drew and love of country and his attempts to win the hand of Carrie, the love of his life who has a major aversion to his detective work.

    Julianna Deering, who also writes under her real name, DeAnna Julie Dodson, may live in Texas, but she provides her readers with a real flavor of 1930s England’s upper class. In the fashion of other writers of the same era, Deering provides a cast of suspects and plenty of red herrings. She allows her readers to wade through these and to weed out the important clues, avoiding giving them surprises that come out of nowhere as the solution to the mystery comes to light. Mystery fans will find this book a real treat.

    I thank NetGalley and Bethany House Publishers for providing me a copy of Death at Thorburn Hall in exchange for my honest review. I received no monetary compensation for this review.

  • Cara Putman

    There is something about these novels that always makes me think of the Thin Man movies, but Death at Thorburn Hall did even more so. There's a sweet development in a romance, and Drew and Madeline are as sweet and cute as ever, so like Nick and Nora. This time Drew and Madeline are off with Nick and Carrie to enjoy the 1935 British Open. You know if they're going to be there a murder won't be far behind. Unfortunately, one soon happens, followed by others. And our sleuths are determined to get

    There is something about these novels that always makes me think of the Thin Man movies, but Death at Thorburn Hall did even more so. There's a sweet development in a romance, and Drew and Madeline are as sweet and cute as ever, so like Nick and Nora. This time Drew and Madeline are off with Nick and Carrie to enjoy the 1935 British Open. You know if they're going to be there a murder won't be far behind. Unfortunately, one soon happens, followed by others. And our sleuths are determined to get to the bottom of the mysteries. It's a true puzzle and one I enjoyed trying to figure out before I reach The End of Death at Thorburn Hall. I won't tell you if I was successful :-)

  • Donna Smith

    I write book reviews for basically two authors these days, and Julianna Deering is one of them. I write my feelings about the book, which was provided to me by the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

    The latest in the Drew Farthering series is one of the best. It’s book number six in the series. I think it must be difficult to write a long series like this, but Julianna is doing just fine. She brings in what are called in the writing world, “long strands” or strings of plot, as well as t

    I write book reviews for basically two authors these days, and Julianna Deering is one of them. I write my feelings about the book, which was provided to me by the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

    The latest in the Drew Farthering series is one of the best. It’s book number six in the series. I think it must be difficult to write a long series like this, but Julianna is doing just fine. She brings in what are called in the writing world, “long strands” or strings of plot, as well as the story at hand. Reference to other stories in the series is usually included. That makes it fun.

    I’ve been reading this series from the beginning. My favorite one is still the second in the series, (Death by the Book), but each book has its own distinct flair and fun mystery.

    I enjoyed this because it takes place at what we would call The British Open in 1935. Politics at the time: Hitler is rising to power in Germany. Already people are taking sides whether or not they like what he’s doing there.

    Drew & Madeline, Nick & Carrie come to Thorburn Hall to stay during the Open. The lord of the manor, Lord Rainsby, dies in a riding accident. A daughter, Joan, asks Drew to look into her father’s death.

    As Drew investigates, he finds complications with Rainsby’s will, which casts suspicion on the lady of the house, Lady Louisa. Other players include a Russian count who pilfers anything small, but of value, friends of Lady Louisa, a caddie, and a local police sergeant who helps Drew in his unofficial investigations.

    Death at Thorburn Hall is probably now my second favorite, because of the long strand plot resolution she’s included in this. It has to do with Drew’s search for his natural mother, from the early books in the series. Very satisfactory conclusion to his search, alluded to at the beginning of the book.

    Carrie is Madeline’s friend, and she’s in love with Nick, but cannot tolerate the danger when he helps Drew with the case. Will she decide to stay in England, or go back to America?

    All in all, I’d give Death at Thorburn Hall 4.5 stars. Great book!

  • Sarah Sundin

    Once again, Julianna Deering brings us the delightful team of Drew and Madeline Farthering and their friends Nick and Carrie. Death at Thorburn Hall provides witty banter, a brooding Scottish setting, characters with layers of secrets, and a mystery that keeps you guessing to the end. I heartily recommend this book.

  • Rachael

    This was the perfect final book to the series, where all those little things--like Nick and Carrie's relationship and a certain mystery I had completely forgotten about--are finally resolved. I loved the sense of the international scene in this one--not so much the golfing (a very minor part of the story, anyway), but how people are keeping an eye on eastern Europe and the new regime growing in Germany, and how it is a controversial topic and growing point of concern. The clock is noticeably tic

    This was the perfect final book to the series, where all those little things--like Nick and Carrie's relationship and a certain mystery I had completely forgotten about--are finally resolved. I loved the sense of the international scene in this one--not so much the golfing (a very minor part of the story, anyway), but how people are keeping an eye on eastern Europe and the new regime growing in Germany, and how it is a controversial topic and growing point of concern. The clock is noticeably ticking down toward WWII.

    I really appreciate how the author portrays Drew and Madeline's relationship. They got married three books ago, and yet somehow the adventure hasn't ended! Plus they're still cute and romantic, even after several years of marriage (the climbing up to the window scene was adorable and funny). Like all married couples, they've had to work through issues, but they've also found their rhythm and now they get to help Nick and Carrie work through their issues, having experienced much the same things themselves.

    This was a case where I really had no good guess on the murderer. Now that it's solved, I can see why Drew was a confused as I was; it was a sneaky trick on the author's part. I heartily approve. Complex, yet the clues were really all there, if I had only recognized them as such.

    If I'm wrong about this being the last Drew Farthering mystery, then I won't be disappointed.

    Thank you Bethany House and NetGalley for an e-book. I was not required to write a positive review, and all opinions are my own.

  • Joan

    Reading the Farthering mysteries has been a delight. I grew up reading Agatha Christie, Dorothy Sayers and Ngaio Marsh so these novels by Deering are ones I thoroughly enjoy.

    I like Drew Farthering. He's an amateur detective whom none of the officials want to have around interfering with their investigation. I am getting to like his wife more and more. She's a good sidekick for him, someone with whom he can discuss his theories. The repartee between the two is intelligent and fun to read.

    I like

    Reading the Farthering mysteries has been a delight. I grew up reading Agatha Christie, Dorothy Sayers and Ngaio Marsh so these novels by Deering are ones I thoroughly enjoy.

    I like Drew Farthering. He's an amateur detective whom none of the officials want to have around interfering with their investigation. I am getting to like his wife more and more. She's a good sidekick for him, someone with whom he can discuss his theories. The repartee between the two is intelligent and fun to read.

    I like the setting of Scotland during the British Open. It's a refreshing change from the London area. I like the time period. It's during the troubling years of Hitler exercising his power.

    I like the plot. The murders offer no apparent connection and that really tests Farthering's investigative powers. I kind of had an idea of the murderer but there were so many red herrings that I was unsure of the culprit until near the end.

    I really like Deering's writing style. There are great scene descriptions. There is snappy dialog. There are well developed characters. I like the historical information. I like the subtle romance.

    While this novel can be read on its own, I'd recommend starting at the beginning of the series. Each one is enjoyable to read.

    I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.

  • Lisa Johnson

    Title: Death at Thorburn Hall (Drew Farthering #6)

    Author: Julianna Deering

    Pages: 329

    Year: 2017

    Publisher: Bethany House

    My rating is 4 out of 5 stars.

    While visiting a distant cousin who lives in Scotland, her husband falls off his horse during a ride and dies. Drew asks a few questions and is satisfied it is truly an accident. The victim’s daughter, however, is not. Her father was an excellent horseman. She begs Drew to look more into the matter, and Drew soon discovers that the death was not an a

    Title: Death at Thorburn Hall (Drew Farthering #6)

    Author: Julianna Deering

    Pages: 329

    Year: 2017

    Publisher: Bethany House

    My rating is 4 out of 5 stars.

    While visiting a distant cousin who lives in Scotland, her husband falls off his horse during a ride and dies. Drew asks a few questions and is satisfied it is truly an accident. The victim’s daughter, however, is not. Her father was an excellent horseman. She begs Drew to look more into the matter, and Drew soon discovers that the death was not an accident. Someone had tampered with the saddle, but who would want Lord Rainsby dead?

    Drew delves deeper into the lives of the Rainsby family with the help of his best friend, Nick Dennison. Nick has more on his mind than murder, however. The woman he hopes to marry has arrived, but she is very troubled being around murder and the ensuing investigation. Nick is afraid she will return to America and stay away another three years or perhaps more. So, Drew is juggling a murder investigation, his best friend’s romantic life, his cousin’s grief, a daughter’s suspicions and a chief inspector who wants no interference from amateur detectives. Then, another body is discovered and shortly thereafter a third body washes ashore from the sea. Are the murder’s connected? If so, by what? Drew’s detective skills will be put to the test as he tries to find a killer.

    My only negative about this mystery was the role of Carrie in the story. She was a distraction and downer for most of the story. I liked Madeline’s positive attitude and the prominent role faith had in her life. I also liked the playful interaction between Madeline and Drew. I was intrigued by the mystery of Drew’s search for his birth mother. Will he continue to try to find her? Maybe he will finally track her down and have a chance to meet her, or maybe she will be involved in his next murder mystery. I’ll anxiously await the next tale and let you know!

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