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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Title:Death at Thorburn Hall
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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!

  • 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 :-)

  • 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.

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