A Jane Austen Encounter:
An Elizabeth & Richard Mystery
English professors Elizabeth and Richard celebrate twenty years of marriage with their dream vacation: visiting Jane Austen's homes. But not even the overpowering personality of their Oxford guide nor the careful attentions of their new friends can ward off lurking alarms. When a box of old documents is donated to the Jane Austen Centre in Bath Richard helps sort through it. Later that night he finds the Centre's director bleeding on her office floor. Could the letter that has gone missing lead to new revelations about Jane's unfinished manuscript The Watsons?
Join Elizabeth and Richard on their tour: Visit all the sites so redolent of Jane Austen and her characters in the beautiful city of Bath; stay in the Chawton House Library to visit the charming cottage where Jane's writing flowered and the nearby Steventon church where her father was rector; stand by her grave in Winchester Cathedral; and enjoy your time at the lovely country estate of Godmersham. But don't let your guard down. Evil lurks even in the genteel world of Jane Austen.
The Monastery Murders Series
Book 3: An Unholy Communion
First light, Ascension morning. From the top of the tower at the College of Transfiguration, voices rise in song. But Felicity's delight turns to horror when a black-robed body hurtles over the precipice and lands at her feet.
Her fiance Father Antony recognizes the corpse as Hwyl Pendry, a former student, who has been serving as Deliverance Minister in a Welsh diocese. The police ignore the strange emblem of a double-headed snake clutched in the dead man's hand, labeling the death a suicide. But Hwyl's widow is convinced otherwise, and pleads for Felicity and Antony to help her uncover the truth.
Matters grow murkier as Felicity and Antony, leading a youth pilgrimage through rural Wales, encounter the same sinister symbol as they travel. Lurking figures follow them. Then a body is found face-down in a well...
Book 2: A Darkly Hidden Truth
Felicity can't possibly help Father Antony find the valuable missing icon. She's off to become a nun. And then her impossible mother turns up unexpectedly. And a good friend turns up murdered...
Breathtaking chase scenes, mystical worship services, dashes through remote water-logged landscapes, the wisdom of ancient holy women, and the arcane rites of The Knights Hospitaller keep the pages turning. Will Felicity choose the veil - or Antony?
Book 1: A Very Private Grave
Felicity Howard, a young American studying for the Anglican priesthood at the College of the Transfiguration in Yorkshire, is devastated when she finds her beloved Father Dominic bludgeoned to death and Father Antony, her church history lecturer, soaked in his blood...
A Very Private Grave is a contemporary novel with a thoroughly modern heroine who must learn some ancient truths in order to solve the mystery and save her own life as she and Father Antony flee a murderer and follow clues that take them to out-of-the way sites in northern England and southern Scotland. The narrative skillfully mixes detection, intellectual puzzles, spiritual aspiration, romance, and the solving of clues ancient and modern.
About the Author
Donna Fletcher Crow is an author of historical novels including the epic Glastonbury, A Novel of Christian England, which was awarded First Place in Historical Fiction by the National Federation of Press Women. Donna lives and writes in Boise, Idaho.
Glastonbury, The Novel of Christian England
All-new print edition of Glastonbury, The Novel of Christian England, from Angelico Press.
What readers are saying:
"Tonight I gave my volume of Glastonbury a place in the top shelf of one of my bookcases. The shelf I reserve for what I call life-changing books." -Jill
"My husband read it aloud to our teen son and daughter and myself and we all loved it. . . Fantastic experience." -Barbara
"A truly amazing read." -Suzie
"Crow has done a fabulous job taking bits of what we know of history and fleshing out stories that bring the different characters to life. . . I've loved reading this!" -Laura
"Transports you into the past! This book is an epic tale, and truly a wonderful work of art!" -Melanie
Jane Austen on Tour: Coming to a Blog Near You!
March 21 "Inspirations for A Jane Austen Encounter" on Marilyn's Musings http://j.mp/1kPRNYQ
April 6 "Jane Austen and Me" international giveaway on "My Book Blog" from Italy http://j.mp/R32LAN
April 9 Author interview http://j.mp/1iunJi1
April14 Mystery Writer's Podcast http://bit.ly/1gVVBD8
April 14 Insightful review: "Donna’s rich descriptions will make readers feel as if they have been transported to the time and place in which Jane Austen lived and wrote." http://seekingwithallyurheart.blogspot.com/2014/04/a-jane-austen-encounter-by-donna.html
May 17 Mystery Writers' Panel at Rediscovered Books with Jenny Milchman 5:30 https://www.facebook.com/events/245704122267411/?context=create&ref=5
June 13 Queen's of Crime at London Univeristy 2:15 "Creating Heroic Heroines, or, The Joys of Starch in the Backbone”
Personalized Autographed Copies Now Available!
Just in time for the holidays, personalized autographs are now available for print and ebooks. Visit the Authorgraph website to order. Free! If you want an autograph for an edition not shown, contact Donna and she will happily add it.