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Donna Fletcher Crow

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Donna Fletcher Crow (US) is the author of forty-some books, mostly novels dealing with the history of British Christianity. She is the author of The Monastery Murders series; The Lord Danvers Victorian True-Crime series; The Elizabeth & Richard literary mysteries, GLASTONBURY,A Novel of the Holy Grail and more.

Fay Sampson

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Fay Sampson (UK) is a writer of adult and children's fiction and non-fiction, including A MALIGNANT HOUSE, #2 in the Susie Fewings series, a British Crime Club Pick.

It's a Wrap, Wendy Jones Launches Book 3 in DI Shona McKenzie Series

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ November 15, 2015

I'm delighted today to be joining in the general celebration over the launch of Wendy Jones' newest book Killer's Cross, book 3 in her phenomenally successful DI Shona McKenzie tartan noir series. Killer's Countdown, Killer's Craft and Killer's Cross have come out at the breath-taking speed of 3 books in 13 months so I've asked Wendy to talk to us about her writing process. Over to you, Wendy--




By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ November 6, 2015

 My guest today is Christine Lindsay whose Twilight of the British Raj series has given me many pleasant hours of reading as it brought back memories of such great television viewing as "The Jewel in the Crown" and "The Last Viceroy" and more recently "Indian Summers."  It seems, however, that not all of Christine's potential readers take to the subject as naturally as I do. Tell us more, Christine.



A Year of Prehistory

By Fay Sampson ~ October 25, 2015

 I’m having a great year for prehistory. I celebrated my 80th birthday at the spine-tingling stone circle of Avebury (see post of July 8), We followed this up with a weekend at Stonehenge, led by archaeologist Mike Stone.


What is great about both Avebury and Stonehenge is that it is not just a single site, impressive though that is. Both are surrounded by a whole sacred landscape. 

So in the chill of early morning we were at Woodhenge, where rings of concrete pillars now show where once the wooden posts stood more than 4000 years ago.



A Visit to The Mount, Edith Wharton's Home

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ October 22, 2015


Although born into the privileged world of New York in 1862 where, for women, social expectations eclipsed intellectual ambition, Wharton became the first woman to be awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the first woman to receive an honorary doctorate of letters from Yale University.

Wharton designed and built The Mount in Lenox, Massachusetts, in 1902 to provide herself with a place of privacy and quiet where she could write and to showcase her architectural and landscape design theories. She wrote to a friend that she was a better landscape designer than writer.

Here at The Mount Wharton produced the novels that...


Cruise Aboard the Belle of Louisville a perfect end to Conference

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ October 11, 2015

 Began Sunday as Jane Austen would have with Morning Prayers. The vicar read a sermon by the Rev. Thomas Sherlock, Bishop of London in the 18th century, whose sermons Jane read and admired and ended with a prayer Jane Austen wrote.

Just a touch of scandal before brunch:

















A dinner cruise in the sunset on the Ohio River aboard the Belle of Louisville:






















Having a Ball with Jane Austen

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ October 10, 2015

 Another full day of great events at the Jane Austen Society of North America AGM "Living in Jane Austen's World" in Louisvile.  Started out with a wonderful talk on the place of spinsters in Regency England by Amanda Vickery, historian, writer, BBC presenter and professor at Queen Mary College, London.                                                                                   ...


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