Death at Thorburn Hall is the latest book in the Drew Farthering series by Julianna Deering.
A few years ago I read another one of her mysteries, Murder at the Mikado, and thoroughly enjoyed it. I must say I did not love this one quite as much. It was a bit hard for me to get into. Once the plot started developing, I did enjoy it more, but was not at all surprised as to “who dun it” when I got to the end. There was not much of a sense of a mystery for the reader, and some random plot inclusions that to me did not flow well.
There was also quite a bit of male and female caricaturing, which was hard to read. A few dozen too many references to the frail female constitution and the emotional inability to cope with personal tragedy or even the crimes taking place around them. I understand that a good deal of that was accurate perception during the era the story takes place in. But it was still difficult and annoying to read.
If you want a light read, it’s not bad. But definitely will not make my Top 10 list.
Note: I received this book for free from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for this review.