The Elizabeth & Richard Mysteries
The Flame Ignites
The Elizabeth & Richard Mysteries, the Prequel
How did it all begin? Before Elizabeth and Richard's terror-filled mystery week in the Rocky Mountains... before murder accompanied their honeymoon... before the life-changing English summer when death stalked the Jane Austen Trail...
October 1984, the New England hillsides are ablaze with red-gold autumn. Elizabeth is beginning her academic career, and Richard is stuck in the family business. They should be able to help each other with their work, but their meeting strikes sparks and raises old ghosts.
Elizabeth has an academic coup for her dissertation on the cherished American novelist Elswyth Thane within her grasp. Until Richard Spencer blocks her way. Is it possible that the death of Richard's beloved Mary Ilona really resulted from the fact that she was researching the same subject? Rudyard Kipling, William Beebe, Charles Lindberg, Edna Ferber and a host of celebrities from an age past fill the pages of Elswyth Thane's letters, but where is Elizabeth to find clues to the mystery haunting Richard?
A nostalgic return to an earlier, now-vanished time, The Flame Ignites charmingly evokes a long-distance relationship between a young woman just testing her wings and a celebrated American novelist. But what about the smoldering relationship between Elizabeth and Richard?
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 4: A Newly Crimsoned Reliquary
Murder Stalks the Shadows of Oxford's Hallowed Shrines.
In spite of Antony's warning her not to get into trouble when she sets off to do a spot of translating in an Oxford convent, Felicity just can't seem to avoid danger. But it's hardly Felicity's fault that severed body parts start showing up in ancient holy reliquaries. Or that Felicity and one of the nuns is assaulted. Could the Medieval Latin document Felicity is translating for the sisters have anything to do with the repeated attacks?
When Antony arrives in Oxford with a group of students he is cool to the news that Felicity has forged an uneasy friendship with his sister Gwen, whom he hasn't seen for years. And any family reconciliation is further complicated by Antony's obligation to rush to the bedside of his dying uncle in Blackpool.
The exultation of All Saints' Day plunges to the anguish of grief on All Souls' when Felicity encounters yet another body. Who will be the next victim of the murderer stalking the shadows of Oxford's hallowed shrines?
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...
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
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. More About Donna
On Air Now
"The Crime Cafe" An in-depth interview about the whys and hows of writing Clerical Mysteries, specifically The Monastery Murders.
"The Donna Seebo Show" A super interview--it was such a delight to talk to an interviewer who had actually read my book (and loved it)! Click the above link, then scroll down to #317 June 25 2015 Donna Fletcher Crow. Click the box on the right (don't just highlight the show), then scroll on down to play selected files. It's a bit fiddly, but I hope it's worth it!
A Newly Crimsoned Reliquary on Virtual Tour
Oct 29 **** Review on "Little Bookness Lane"
Oct 28 "The Origins of Halloween" and Giveaway on The Crime Cafe
Oct 27 "A Different Kind of Halloween" excerpt and giveaway on "More Agreeably Engaged"
June 30, "The Mystery of Writing History" How I approach mixing history and mystery and a look at my research.
May 7, Talking about Books on Bookaholic with Scottish Crime writer Wendy Jones
April 24, Romance Trilogy, Part 3, Our dauhter's wedding that served as model for my heroine's wedding in a monastery
April 22, Romance Trilogy, Part 2, my husband and I celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary with the miracle and joy of our whole family.
April 17 "Romance Trilogy, Part 1" How my parents' wedding translated into my Daughtrs of Courage series. With book Giveaway.
April 17 "A Sense of Place, Part 2" Bellringing in Oxford, with Book Giveaway.
April 16 "A Sense of Place" Seeking WithAll Yur Heart, lots of pictures of Oxford and book Giveaway
August 27 "That Rings a Bell" on More Agreeably Engaged
August 13 "Being There" in The Middle Ages, how an author living in 21st century Idaho experiences 14th century England
July 28 Sleuths and Suspects interview and giveaway
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.