“Death at Thorburn Hall” by Julianna Deering

Who Dun it?

Return to the golden days of English mysteries.  Accompany Lord and Lady, Drew and Madeline Farthering, who find themselves in the middle of questionable circumstances in early 1930’s Scotland.  What started out as a pleasure trip turns deadly when the body of their host’s husband, Lord Rainsby, is found.  Is it an accident, or was he murdered?  If so, could his death be the result of a plot reaching all the way to Hitler’s Germany, or is his wife to blame, perhaps someone else?

Good friends, Nick and Carrie, accompany the Farthering’s on their trip, and Nick readily dives in to help solve the caper.  But his much-loved girlfriend hates anything to do with solving murders, and threatens to return to her American home.  Carrie and Nick have been living on two different continents for the past two years, and Nick doesn’t want anything to break them up now.  In fact, he would like to ask Carrie to marry him, if he can get past the inadequacy he feels because of his circumstances.  Will Nick finally ask her, or will Carrie return to America leaving him heartbroken?

There are lots of twists and turns in this story, and the answer to the death of Lord Rainsby is a surprise.  Ms. Deering does such a great job writing in this style that it is hard to remember it wasn’t written by one of Agatha Christie’s contemporaries.  You will care about what happens to the characters, and find them interesting.  In fact, one of them, a man who claims to be Russian, provides humor and a surprise identity.  Drew and Madeline are a murder-solving, fun couple who really care about each other.  There is also some heart rendering information about Drew’s missing mother.  Despite this being part of a series, this tale will stand alone, reading the other books will only need to be done for the fun of it.

Death at Thorburn Hall doesn’t contain anything objectionable, and is refreshing since it is told from a Christian point of view.  I really enjoyed this 5-star book and highly recommend it.

The publisher has provided me with a complimentary copy of Death at Thorburn Hall through Bethany House Publishing for the purpose of review.   I have not been compensated in any other manner.  All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required, or influenced, to give anything but an honest appraisal.

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