I’ve been a fan of Agatha Christie and other British writers of cozy mysteries ever since I was in my teens. There’s something intriguing about a grand English manor house with an abundance of servants, luxurious furnishings, gourmet dinners, generations of family history, and society people dressed to the nines, each of them having a secret to hide. And when one of them resorts to murder, that leaves a delicious little puzzle for the detective and, through him, the reader to solve.
I like to write what I enjoy reading, so I decided to create my own series of cozy mysteries. Mine features an English amateur sleuth and his American sweetheart, and each story has a literary inspiration. Murder on the Moor, Book Five in the Drew Farthering Mystery series, is set in Yorkshire, on the bleak, windswept moor. What could be better to flavor such a tale than the moody writing of the Brontës? And, to add to the atmosphere, what would be better than a spectral black hound, harkening back to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes adventure, The Hound of the Baskervilles?
I had a wonderful time writing this book, and I can’t wait to see it on the shelf in January.
JULIANNA DEERING has always been an avid reader and a lover of storytelling, whether on the page, the screen or the stage. This, along with her keen interest in history and her Christian faith, shows in her tales of love, forgiveness and triumph over adversity. A fifth-generation Texan, she makes her home north of Dallas with three spoiled cats and, when not writing, spends her free time quilting, cross stitching and watching NHL hockey. Her new series of Drew Farthering mysteries set in 1930s England debuted from Bethany House with Rules of Murder (2013) and is followed by Death by the Book and Murder at the Mikado (2014), Dressed for Death (2016) and Murder on the Moor (Coming 2017). Also, as DeAnna Julie Dodson, she has written a trilogy of medieval romances (In Honor Bound, By Love Redeemed and To Grace Surrendered) and six contemporary mysteries for Annie’s Fiction. She is represented by Wendy Lawton of the Books & Such Literary Agency (www.booksandsuch.biz).
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