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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.

Ways with Words at Dartington Hall

By Fay Sampson ~ August 3, 2015

 We have just enjoyed our annual literary feast: the nine days Ways with Words festival at Dartington Hall. This is held in the marvellous setting of the 14th-century stately home built by John Holand, half-brother of Richard II, and his wife Elizabeth of Lancaster.

During the festival, the lawn is scattered with deck-chairs printed with the covers of famous books published by Penguin. There is usually a queue snaking around the cobbled paths, waiting for the next event in the Great Hall. And what a spectacular venue. Banners hang the length of the hall, below the high-vaulted roof. The conventional seating is greatly increased...


D. I. Shona McKenzie: Great Tartan Noir

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ July 29, 2015



Welcome, Wendy Jones, all the way from Dundee, Scotland, on the occasion of the release of your new book Killer's Craft!

May I start by saying thank you, Donna, for hosting me on the blog today. It is a pleasure to be here, especially since my second book, Killer’s Craft, has just been released. This is the second book in the Detective Inspector Shona...


Fay Sampson Celebrates 80th Birthday at Avebury

By Fay Sampson ~ July 8, 2015


Given my love of places, and particularly ancient sacred sites, it was not surprising that I chose to celebrate my 80th birthday at Avebury. Avebury is less well known than nearby Stonehenge, but it is in some ways even more evocative.


We stayed in a guesthouse which is probably the only B&B in the world where you wake up in the middle of a Neolithic stone circle.


The circle of massive sarsen stones, with other arrangements of stones within it, dates back four and a half thousand years. The surrounding bank and...


Farmers Market Comes to Me

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ June 18, 2015

I love farmers' markets— fresh produce, locally grown, unusual varieties of vegetables not easily found in stores. . . But the truth is, I seldom get myself out to a market. Always in a hurry. Pick something up quickly at the grocery store. . .

Now I have no more excuses. The Boise Farmers Market has established a Mobile Market that comes to...


Cover Reveal: New D. I. Shona McKenzie

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ May 31, 2015

 And here it is! Drum roll, trumpet fanfare~~


Killer’s Craft, Book 2 in Wendy Jones’ phenomenally popular D. I. Shona McKenzie series!

What fun to be taking part in the cover reveal of what is certain to be a spine-tingling read.

The book will be released July 20th at Waterstone’s in Dundee Scotland. If that’s too far for some of you to attend, the book will soon be available for advance purchase on Amazon.

Read more about Wendy and her first book Killer’s Countdown here.



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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