Friday, October 22, 2010

A Very Private Grave

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
A Very Private Grave
Monarch Books (August 1, 2010)
Donna Fletcher Crow


Donna Fletcher Crow is author of more than thirty-five novels. She has twice won first place in the Historical Fiction category from the National Association of Press Women, and has also been a finalist for "Best Inspirational Novel" from the Romance Writers of America. She is a member of The Arts Centre Group and Sisters in Crime. Find out more at

"History and mystery and murders most foul keep the pages turning ... A fascinating read." –Liz Curtis Higgs, bestelling author of Thorn in My Heart
“A Knickerbocker Glory of a thriller, a sweeping, page-turning quest served up with dollops of Church history and lashings of romance. Donna Fletcher Crow has created her own niche within the genre of clerical mysteries.” – Kate Charles, author of Deep Waters
“As in Glastonbury, Donna Fletcher Crow’s descriptions of the English and Scottish settings in her new mystery are drawn with real artistry.  Lovers of British history and church history will be impressed by her grasp of both.”—Sally Wright, Edgar Award finalist and author of the Ben Reese Mysteries


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 Fr. Dominic bludgeoned to death and Fr. Antony, her church history lecturer, soaked in his blood.

Following the cryptic clues contained in a poem the dead man had pressed upon her minutes before his death, she and Fr. Antony—who is wanted for questioning by the police—flee the monastery to seek more information about Fr. Dominic and end up in the holy island of Lindisfarne, former home of Saint Cuthbert.

Their quest leads them into a dark puzzle...and considerable danger.

If you would like to read the Prologue and first Chapter of A Very Private Grave, go HERE.

Watch the book video:

Margie's Comments: It's been a long time since I picked up a Donna Fletcher Crow novel, and I'm very happy to get to review A Very Private Grave. I'm not disappointed. Donna's writing style of mystery combined with church and British history is at the forefront of this book. And it satisfies my love of English history and mystery, even though it's in a contemporary setting. The plot tends to drag a little because of needing to get the historical aspect in that has a bearing on the solution of Father Dominic's grisly murder. Have I already mentioned that I love British history?? So the slow-down in the action didn't really bother me that much. I love Felicity and Father Antony and how they grew as individuals throughout the book. If historical mystery appeals to you, I recommend this book to you. I know I'm looking forward to reading the other books in this series. 

1 comment:

Donna Fletcher Crow said...

Dear Margie, thank you so much for sharing A VERY PRIVATE GRAVE with your readers. Yes, it has been a long time since anyone has seen a novel from me. I've been out of the publishing loop fort 10 years. Still writing, but LIFE just got in the way. It's soooo good to be back1 It's like starting a wholenew career.