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...
Book 2: A Darkly Hidden Truth
Felicity can't possibly help Father Antony find the valuable missing icon. She's off to become a nun. And then her impossible mother turns up unexpectedly. And a good friend turns up murdered...
Breathtaking chase scenes, mystical worship services, dashes through remote water-logged landscapes, the wisdom of ancient holy women, and the arcane rites of The Knights Hospitaller keep the pages turning. Will Felicity choose the veil - or Antony?
Book 1: A Very Private Grave
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 Father Dominic bludgeoned to death and Father Antony, her church history lecturer, soaked in his blood...
A Very Private Grave is a contemporary novel with a thoroughly modern heroine who must learn some ancient truths in order to solve the mystery and save her own life as she and Father Antony flee a murderer and follow clues that take them to out-of-the way sites in northern England and southern Scotland. The narrative skillfully mixes detection, intellectual puzzles, spiritual aspiration, romance, and the solving of clues ancient and modern.
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.
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.
Glastonbury, The Novel of Christian England
All-new print edition of Glastonbury, The Novel of Christian England, from Angelico Press.
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Book signing Saturday April 18, 4-8 p.m., Hastings, Nampa, 1870 Caldwell Blvd with local authors Ray Ellis and Kay Painter and Carol Colson. Greeting writers and readers at While Away Books and Espresso in Roseburg, Oregon, 4:00-6:00 Thursday, April 23 with Jason Wilcox.
A Newly Crimsoned Reliquary on Virtual Tour
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.