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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.
www.donnafletchercrow.com

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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.
http://www.faysampson.co.uk

Nine Novels Free for Armchair Travelers

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ March 9, 2017

One of the best things about reading a novel is the opportunity to visit new places, or revisit old places through new eyes. Crime Cafe offers a boxed set of nine novels that take you to fascinating settings--Free through March 11.


23 Shades of Black by Kenneth Wishnia is set in New York City in a time especially ripe for a mystery novel:



Nowadays, crime in NYC is down to historic lows, but from the mid-1970s to the early 1990s, it was the Wild West: huge swaths of the South Bronx were burnt out and abandoned, and the subways were filthy, covered with graffiti, broiling in summer and freezing in winter, and late at night the transit cops did not even bother going into the last car on the Number 5 train, known as the party car, where marijuana was openly smoked. It was a tough time for cops, too, who spent 99 percent of their time answering
911 emergency calls, so they had no time for relatively minor infractions, or even some relatively major ones. That is why I love this photo of a gun-toting female police officer playing a game with the kids in a poor neighborhood right in the middle of the street.

23 Shades of Black, (an Edgar Allan Poe Award finalist for Best First Novel), featuring my Ecuadorian-American NYPD cop Filomena Buscarsela, is set during this era, when NYC was still recovering from the fiscal crisis of the mid-1970s (as embodied by the Daily News famous headline FORD TO CITY: DROP DEAD). It was a crazy time.

Austin Comacho's Russian Roulette takes readers to the Eastern European community in Washington D.C.:

Russian Roulette takes place primarily in Washington DC. Not the political DC but the neighborhoods of the city. Georgetown, Capitol Hill, Anacostia – each has its own personality. And because the Eastern European community is central to the mystery, we visit The Russia House (pictured) a warm and authentic restaurant that is truly a slice of Russia in the Dupont Circle area. I hope readers will come to know the breadth and diversity of The District through the eyes of Private Eye Hannibal Jones.

Dale T. Phillips's A Memory of Grief is set in Fort Williams Park in Portland Maine:

When I was writing my first mystery, A Memory of Grief, I knew I had to use the setting of Fort Williams Park in Portland, Maine, with the iconic Portland Head Lighthouse. This beautiful place perches on the rocks looking out over Casco Bay and the endless ocean. In a storm, it is a terrifying place, with angry waves crashing against the rocks. With the ruins of an old fort, it is symbolic of a defense that was never used, and of wars long past. I worked a lot of this into the novel, and used the setting for the ultimate showdown between the protagonist Zack Taylor and a few bad guys that wanted to kill him.

In Savage Nights by W. D. Gagliani readers encounter a Milwaukee few know exists:

Milwaukee is a port city in Southeastern Wisconsin, sprawled out on the shores of Lake Michigan, just a couple hours north of Chicago. Like most large but not huge cities, it has a secret underbelly. In writing Savage Nights, I tried to paint that underbelly in shades of noir. Beginning in a typical suburban mall that quickly becomes sinister, then careening through the city center and shady clubs in the old industrial valley, to a ritzy north shore mansion, and finally a warehouse on the docks, the Milwaukee of Savage Nights is decidedly darker and grittier than the one in the guidebooks. It is not the city as it is, but much more the city it could be if one were to squint and peer into the shadows of its imposing Germanic buildings, glance down the old cobblestone alleys, and wonder what might go on behind the rust-stained iron doors.

My own contribution to this greatly varied boxed set is An All-Consuming Fire, book 5 in my Monastery Murders. 

Set in a monastery on a green hillside in Yorkshire, there could not possibly be a safer more romantic place for a Christmas wedding— until murder intrudes. Felicity and Antony's, my hero and heroine's wedding is based on my own
daughter's wedding--as all of Felicity's adventures are based on my daughter experiences studying in a similar monastery in Yorkshire.

You do not even have to pack a suitcase to begin your adventure to these unique settings. Your passport is waiting: Click on this link and enter the code SFREE. That is all there is to it. Happy travels!


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. www.donnafletchercrow.com

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Crime Cafers--thank you all so much for your contributions! You're a great bunch and I'm so proud to be part of this project.
-Donna, March 9, 2017

Thanks, Donna! Really cool to see how great the other books are in this stellar collection!!
-Austin, March 10, 2017

Can't find the link on my tablet. Is it still there?
-PNE, March 10, 2017

Would love to read these, but cannot find the link.
-Lchav52, March 10, 2017

So sorry that the link didn't work! Here is the correct one https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/667780
-donna, March 10, 2017

Thanks!
-Lchav52, March 10, 2017

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