Deeds of Darkness;
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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.

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Revisiting the Scene of the Crime

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ May 12, 2015

 I’m not sure how accurate the old saw about criminals revisiting the scene of their crime is, but I can testify to the truth of it for crime writers. Last month I had the delight of revisiting the scene of a murder I committed many years ago at the Oregon Shakespearean Festival in Ashland.  Well, at least, my villain in A Midsummer Eve’s Nightmare did.




                                                                 We never missed a season at Ashland for years and years, and then life got even busier—as it seems to do— and...


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Marilyn Meredith, Stamina Beyond Retirement

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ April 27, 2015

Donna: I am so happy to welcome Marilyn Meredith to "Deeds of Darkness; Deeds of Light: today. Marilyn and I first met sevral years ago on the mystery writers and readers loop DorothyL. Marilyn is one of the most active, prolific and generous writers in this very energetic group.

Marilyn, I know you keep up with family, are very active in your church and write at least two mystery series. Tell us more about yourself.

Marilyn: I'm also known as F.M. Meredith and am the author...


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Wendy Jones, D.I. Shona McKenzie and Dundee

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ April 22, 2015

Welcome, Wendy. I'm delighted to have you as my guest today on "Deeds of Darkness; Deeds of Light." What a shame that our shring a cup of Scottish Blend tea has to be virtual. 

Donna, thank you for inviting...


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Fay Sampson Discovers Recurring Themes in Her Work

By Fay Sampson ~ April 20, 2015

t’s strange how some ideas haunt you, turning up repeatedly in your work, even when you don’t consciously will it. 

When I set out to write the Aidan Mysteries I wanted to set them in sacred places that had seized my imagination when I first visited them – a wonderful excuse, too, for a second, in-depth pilgrimage. I set the third of these, A Corpse in Holy Waters, around the sacred wells of Cornwall and Devon. In particular, there was that little chapel of St Clether, out on the moor, where the stream comes into the church from one well-house, flows behind the altar, and out into a second sacred well...


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Children of Silence--New Frances Doughty Release

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ April 15, 2015

 In America April 15 is the dreaded day taxes are due. But to lovers of Victorian mysteries it is a day of celebration this year, because Children of Silence, Linda Stratmann's latest Frances Doughty novel is now available— at least in ebook form, we'll have to wait until July 1 for the print edition, but it can be pre-ordered now.

To welcome Frances to this side of the Atlantic her creator Linda Stratmann, whom I first met a year ago at the Queens of Crime conference in London, is here to tell us about creating Frances' latest adventures.

Linda, thank you so much for visiting with us today on "Deeds of Darkness; Deeds of Light". For your purposes, however, it might be better if the title were "Deeds of Noise; Deeds of Silence" because your wonderful novel is all about the contrast between noise and silence and how painful noise can be to those who suffer with hyperacusis....


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Books, Saints, and Imagination in Roseburg, Oregon

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ April 14, 2015

Books, espresso and conversation— what better way to spend a Thursday afternoon-evening in Roseburg, Oregon? April 24 4:00-6:00.

I will be joining the publisher/ author Jason Wilcox to meet writers and readers, discuss our books and the craft of writing, and to sign books and enjoy the latest latte at  While Away Books and Espresso in Roseburg, Oregon.

As “ Novelist of British History” specializing in the Christian history of England, I will be featuring my Monastery Murders series— contemporary mysteries with the clues hidden deep in...


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