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Author of Brish History Novels - Donna Fletcher Crow

Donna Fletcher Crow,
Novelist of British History

Meticulously researched, entertaining novels of romance, history and mystery in an engaging you-are-there style that lets you live the history.


The Celtic Cross Series

The Celtic Cross Series is a sweeping saga of the history of Scotland and Ireland. Mary and Gareth, young people trying to understand their modern world, delve into the past to find meaning for today.

Part I, Scotland: The Struggle for A Nation, is told in 4 epochs from St. Columba bringing the light of Christianity to his adopted land through the establishment of Scotland as a nation under the valiant William Wallace and Robert the Bruce.

Part II, Ireland: The Pursuit of Peace, finds Mary and Gareth in Northern Ireland, working for peace during the Troubles. In the final 6 epochs of the series they experience the pain and grandeur of Ireland's turbulent history from the planting of Ulster through the Cromwellian war, The Battle of the Boyne, the union of parliaments, the great famine, and on to a vision of true peace in our own time.

The Celtic Cross series

Epoch 9 The Famishment of the People, Of Hunger and Fulfillment

1996: Deep into a summer spent working for peace in strife-torn Belfast, American Mary Hamilton is ready to wash her hands of the whole thing. Until a devastating event changes her plans irrevocably.

1845: Andrew Armstrong is determined to break free of the strictures of life on his family plantation in Northern Ireland. Then the potato famine brings disaster to all that he loves.

Can these young people, more than a century apart, find the courage to overcome the calamities of their time?

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Epoch 8 The Shaping of The Union, Of Plots and Parliaments

1996: As conflict rages around her, American Mary Hamilton despairs of ever bringing about peace for the young people of Belfast. It was definitely the last straw when the reconciliation center where she and her fiancé Gareth are working was burglarized and Gareth injured. So, if they are leaving, why does Mary still feel so drawn to read their host’s family journal recounting the historic struggles of this land?

1789: Young Lenny Price and her brother join forces with the vibrant McCracken family--an alliance that takes them to the historic Belfast Harp Festival, but more dangerously, involves them with the Peep o' Day Boys, and then the revolutionary plans of the charismatic Wolfe Tone. Can Lenny uncover the insidious spy bent on bringing all their plans to ruin, even as she harbors a secret message?

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Epoch 7 The Strife of Ascendancy, Of People and Rulers

Sorely burdened by the strife in Belfast in 1996, American Mary Hamilton searches deeper to understand the tangled roots of the troubles that continued to tear this land apart, as they had for so many generations. Her hopes for success with the youth at the reconciliation center had been shattered, but somehow there had to be an effective way to work for peace.

Likewise, in 1683, the desperately ill Janet Lanark’s agony increases as she watches her son and husband feud between themselves, and then stride away to war in response to King Billy’s call to arms as troops mass on the Banks of the Boyne.

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Epoch 6 The Hammering of the Inhabitancy, Of Brothers and Strangers

Mary and Gareth continue to struggle with their efforts to help the youth at the reconciliation center in Belfast in 1996, but their work is torn apart by sectarian strife. In an effort to understand the roots of the unimaginable atrocities she sees around her, Mary turns to accounts of 17th century Ireland.

In 1639 the Lanark family is torn apart as the sons march off to war—on opposing sides. But at least the women will be safe behind the strong walls of their fortress. Won't they? And then Oliver Cromwell arrives at the head of his New Model Army in one of the most turbulent periods of all the long, troubled history of Ireland.

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The Celtic Cross series

Epoch 5 The Planting of Ulster, Of Visionaries and Builders

Mary returns to Scotland in the summer of 1996, her head brimming with wedding plans. But Gareth has quite different ideas. He is off to work in a reconciliation center in Northern Ireland, made possible by the recent ceasefire in the Troubles. Filled with trepidation, Mary agrees to go with him. But what if those mad Irish start throwing bombs at each other again?

Desiring to understand the history of the conflicts that have torn this beautiful island for centuries, Mary turns to their friend’s family journals.

In 1610, Calum Lanark, refused the hand of his beloved Deirdre, joins the Scots settlers seeking to make a new life in the Ulster Plantation–where Lady Montgomery introduces planting potatoes into Irish agriculture. Amid new friends and bountiful opportunities, Calum seeks a future where he and Deirdre can live. Until disastrous strife destroys all his efforts.

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Epoch 4 The Vanquishers of Tyranny, Of Priests and Patriots

National Award Winner 2022

Larger than life, perhaps the greatest patriot that ever breathed, William Wallace gives his life’s blood for Scotland’s freedom. A glorious victory at Stirling Bridge leads to heart-rending defeat at Falkirk and payment of the ultimate sacrifice at the Tower of London. And young, faithful Jamie Maclnnes experiences it all—even to paying a great personal price himself.

Though scarred—like Scotland—Jamie is unconquered. He rallies behind the dynamic Robert the Bruce and follows on the arduous odyssey of defeat, exile and humiliation until it leads finally to glorious victory on the fields of Bannockburn.

700 years later, three adventurous young people follow this spellbinding tale, seeking answers for their own lives and the solution to Scotland’s oldest riddle.

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Glastonbury: The Novel of Christian England

Glastonbury: The Novel of Christian England

An epic search for the Holy Grail

Witness 1,500 years of Christianity in the face of war and chaos. The last Glastonbury monk delves through myth, legend, and recorded history on an heroic quest for truth and meaning while Glastonbury Abbey stands sentinel, a beacon of hope and light for those seeking meaning for today.

Journey through Celtic, Roman, Arthurian, Anglo-Saxon, Norman and Tudor times.

Like Ken Follett? You'll love Glastonbury!

"An almost perfect blend of history, mythology, and excellent storytelling."

"I am looking forward to going back to the beginning of the book and rereading the entire thing again."

"If I ever need to 'lose' myself to this world in a book, I break out Glastonbury...the solid, believable characters, the times they lived in, the troubles, heartache and triumphs they experience along the it."

"An epic book that overcomes the reader with tears of joy and of despair."

"What a work! Every reader can be enveloped in the sheer scope and quality, every historian be constantly nodding at the precise detail and accuracy, and every Christian can rejoice in the fullness of scripture. For me it is simply beyond descriptive praise. I would urge all who value truth to treat themselves to a feast."

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The Monastery Murders

Against All Fierce Hostility

Monastery Murders Book 6: Against All Fierce Hostility

The Monastery Murders moves to Canada when Antony is invited to lecture on the British saints who inspired the founding of Toronto and Felicity couriers an ancient manuscript connected with Saint Patrick to monasteries in Montreal and Vancouver. A spectacular train journey across the breadth of the continent carries them even further away from the murder Felicity witnessed in England. Or does it? More >>

National Award Winner

The Monastery Murders Series

Atmospheric contemporary crimes with their roots buried deep in the middle ages.

"Donna Fletcher Crow has created her own niche within the genre of clerical mysteries." - Kate Charles

"Crow gives us, in three extremely persuasive dimensions, the world that Dan Brown merely sketches." - Timothy Hallinan

"Crow is the leading practitioner of modern mystery entwined with historical fiction." - Mike Orenduff

"A wonderful series." - Vic's Media Room

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Lord Danvers Investigates

Amazon Bestseller in British Detectives

Amazon Bestseller in British Detectives

A Victorian True-Crime Series

The elegance of Victorian aristocracy set against the dark underworld of crime.

"Interesting characters and vivid details drawn from impeccable research. Victorian Britain comes to life, thanks to period dialogue that rings all the right notes and a mystery that keeps you guessing until the very last page. Delightful!"
- Liz Curtis Higgs, New York Times best-selling author

"A stunning contrast between the dramas and machinations of fashionable London life and the unfurling of an unthinkable tragedy. A story of lights and shadows, all impeccably well researched and realised."
- Linda Stratmann, author of The Frances Doughty Mysteries

"The author's descriptive prose is excellent, and her grasp of history and her ability to put the reader into history is remarkable."
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The Elizabeth and Richard Literary Suspense Mysteries

The Elizabeth and Richard Literary Suspense Mysteries

Follow the adventures of Elizabeth and Richard, literature professors cum detectives, from their first, troubled meeting into a mature marriage as they probe the backgrounds of their favorite literary figures including Rudyard Kipling, Dorothy L Sayers, Shakespeare and Jane Austen--all while evading danger and bringing murderers to justice.

Book 1: The Flame Ignites
Elizabeth and Richard strike sparks on their first meeting in a New England autumn

Book 2: The Shadow of Reality
Elizabeth and Richard at a Dorothy L Sayers mystery week high in the Rocky Mountains

Book 3: A Midsummer Eve's Nightmare
Elizabeth and Richard honeymoon at a Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, Oregon

Book 4: A Jane Austen Encounter
A second honeymoon visit to Jane Austen's homes turns deadly

Book 5: A Most Singular Venture
Murder in Jane Austen's London

"Charming page-turners that will keep readers on edge to the very end." - Kathi Macias, People of The Book

"Enjoyable reads that will activate your 'little gray cells.'" - Janet Benrey, The Royal Tunbridge Wells Mysteries

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Where There Is Love

Where There Is Love Boxed Set

The enduring legacy of love and faith.

Stories of real people and stirring events to inspire us for our own day.

"Exhaustively researched...Crow's series is done with great dignity and feeling." - John Mort, Booklist

"A fine novel...Of course, you must have this book!" - Librarian's World

"Engrossing reading." - Library Journal

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Daughters of Courage Boxed Set

Daughters of Courage

Through every generation, America's women have exhibited courage, spirit and faith. This sweeping family saga will help today's women find inspiration to triumph in the challenges we all face.

"It's rare to find novels that combine a strong Christian ethic with such compelling storytelling. Because these are real people and real events, the experiences of faith challenged and faith triumphant are all the more meaningful. I hope that Donna Fletcher Crow's loving testament to her grandmother and mother and to the brave men and women who shaped our country will touch you as much as it did me."
--Lenore Person, Guideposts Books

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Personalized Autographed Copies Now Available!

Free personalized autographs for Donna Fletcher Crow books

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.

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