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Donna Fletcher Crow, Novelist of British History, has written more than 50 books specializing in British Christianity. These books include: The Monastery Murders, clerical mysteries; Lord Danvers Investigates, Victorian true-crime; The Elizabeth and Richard series, literary suspense; and Glastonbury, The Novel of Christian England. She loves research and sharing you-are-there experiences with her readers.

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Donna Fletcher Crow, Novelist of British History

A traveling researcher engages people and places from Britain's past and present, drawing comparisons and contrasts between past and present for today's reader.

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Saints and Martyrs of England who Changed my Life

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ November 8, 2021

Stories of faith and valor, of steadfastness in the face of persecution, of the peace and beauty of holiness have always moved and inspired me. Today, November 8, is a special day...


New Video Jane Austen from Paradise to Lyme Regis

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ June 3, 2021

The writing life can be a crazy ride, especially because one never knows what’s next. That’s certainly true for my latest venture of making videos in the persona of Jane Austen. In a previous blog I explained how I fell into this adventure. Now I’ve carried it one step further.

“Jane Austen from Paradise to Lyme Regis” is currently premiering on You Tube. Here Jane, in response to information from...


New Menu Item and Free Book Set—Take a look

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ May 13, 2021

My new media ventures are official with  a fresh menu item on my website: Just up—pages offering my daring plunge into  Videos and Podcasts. I’m having lots of fun, in spite of the steep learning curve. Do take a look. Work on my next production “Jane Austen from Paradise to Lyme Regis” is well on its way. 

And don’t miss my new—FREE—book offer this week. Ends Monday, May 17. The Daughters of Courage, is a three-for-one set:


Three exceptional women: the indomitable Kathryn, her daughter Elizabeth and granddaughter Stephanie, must each face the challenges of her generation through days of struggle, loss and turmoil. And each, with...


New Venture Launched: “Jane Austen from Paradise to…” Videos

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ March 11, 2021

A worldwide pandemic isn’t a career move, but in the past year many of us have been forced to reinvent ourselves due to the strictures of not being able to travel, hold meetings, or speak to groups in person. That’s what happened to me when I was barred from taking research trips, speaking at book festivals, and meeting with readers’ groups. 

When closures continued this year, I agreed to give...


Register for Free event this Monday: Jane Austen in Portsmouth

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ February 23, 2021

Here's all you need to know to register for my upcoming gig—Monday March 1, at the Portsmouth Bookfest—via Zoom, of course.


I will be appearing as Jane Austen, and in her persona, will talk about the importance of Portsmouth both to the Austen family—especially her sailor brothers, and in Jane’s letters and books—especially Mansfield Park. 

The event will be at 7:00 English Time—which makes it 12 noon here in Idaho. This site can help you convert this to your own time

I’m preparing lots of slides to illustrate Jane’s talk and Jane and I will both welcome questions and comments at the end. We would love...


Remembering Katharine Whitehorn

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ February 3, 2021

As a “recovering lawyer” my husband has always read obituaries routinely. He needs to know if a client for whom he wrote a will has died. Only in the last few years, however, have I taken routinely to reading obituaries—those on the last page of The Economist. They are extremely well written and people’s lives fascinate me.


Occasionally the obituaries feature someone of whom I have heard—a world leader or a favorite actor. But only once before has The Economist obituary been someone I actually knew personally. (PD James) So it was with something of a jolt from the past that I read the obituary this week of Katharine Whitehorn who died January 8 at the...


Holding on Through the Covid Tunnel. Thoughts to Help

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ January 16, 2021

"I wonder if any year before 2021 has been greeted with such a universal sigh of relief? The feeling that ‘We made it!’ and ‘Things will surely get better now’ seem to be everywhere. 

"And the experts agree. But not yet. On January 2 ‘The Economist’ warned ‘The Tunnel Gets Darker.’ New mutations of the virus mean that ‘the nights are still growing longer.’ In many places hospitalized patients ‘have now exceeded the peak’ of last April. 

"The article concluded: ‘There is still light at the end of the tunnel. But the road through it has become a lot more treacherous.’ Vaccinations are, indeed, out there. Some, already delivered....


My Favorite Christmas Fantasy

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ December 10, 2020

For all of my adult life I have had a cherished fantasy. I see myself, with all my preparations done, lying on the sofa in front of the Christmas tree reading a Christmas novel. No matter that it never happens, I continue to hold to the shining image.


2020 just might be the year. In spite of all the frustrations—and for some people real tragedies—of Covid-19, all the enforced closures and restrictions have given many of us more time. Perhaps enough time, even, to read a Christmas novel in front of a decorated tree.

 With that happy thought in mind—and we do need happy thoughts these days—I’m delighted to recommend some of my favorite...


Join Me in Great Autumn Reading

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ October 7, 2020

Autumn is my favorite time of the year—I love the crisp days, the colorful foliage; I love taking walks in crunchy leaves, savoring that special tang to the autumn air; I love celebrating Harvest Festival at church, and handing out candy to our neighborhood spooks for Halloween.

But not this year. Apart from harvest and Halloween parties being locked down due to the Coronavirus, in our area devastating wildfires have turned our sky brown, making eyes...


Perspectives from History and Literature on Epidemics, Pandemics and Plagues

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ March 28, 2020


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Now, there’s a cheery topic, if I ever heard one. Actually, though, the thing is that it is good news. I know that many of my readers have heard me say before that the great thing I learned from writing Glastonbury, which covers 1500 years of history, is that, no matter how dark the present may seem, times have always been worse before—and humanity has always survived. And triumphed.

Perhaps in the spirit of “Misery loves company,"  which was one of my mother’s favorite sayings, and even more appropriately, in tune with the Lenten hymn that begins, “Now let us all with one accord, In...


Angels Flight, A Moment in History

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ January 4, 2020


When I first heard of Angels Flight, Los Angeles’ unique funicular railway, I was fascinated, but thought that, like so many bits of history, it had crumbled with time. My friend Alice Duncan’s cozy murder mystery Angels Flight is set in 1920s Los Angeles. What fun for heroine Mercy Alcutt to ride that nifty one-stop train to work, I thought—such a shame such things don’t exist anymore.

How wrong I was. When my husband was planning our Anniversary celebration in Los Angeles recently, he stumbled across a...


Persistence Brings Success: Anne McDonald and Love's Refining Fire

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ November 12, 2019

Donna: I am so happy to welcome Anne McDonald to "The Authorized Version" today. As she recounts below, Anne and I have been writing colleagues for more than 30 years--impossible as it seems. Anne was cutting edge in her publishing journey--entering the world of electronic publishing in the year 2000. Talk about pioneering! I'll let Anne tell her story below.

Anne: I’m so grateful that Donna wanted to feature me on her blog in celebration of the re-release of my romantic suspense Love’s Refining Fire. If it hadn’t been for her encouragement and mentorship, I...


Amanda Fino, Cerebral Palsy Advocate and Author

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ September 5, 2019

Today I offer an Author Spotlight, introducing Amanda Fino. One meets the most interesting people in the writersphere and Amanda Fino “Author and CP Gal” is most certainly one of them.

Amanda is a Cerebral Palsy advocate who speaks for the voiceless on her blog. And the busy author of realistic romantic suspense novels. Amanda is currently offering Deepest Elements, her recent release, free on her website.

Donna: Amanda, tell us about your new book.

Amanda: My latest book, DEEPEST ELEMENT, is set at a very elite boarding school that has darkeness within its walls.  Arriving in Radcliffe Heights, Rhode Island, freshman Peony “Poppy” Calloway admired the picturesque small town. But deep in the shadows of the woods near Blue Bell Boarding School, and along its hallowed halls, lurked illicit sex, murder, and harrowing danger. Seduced by Jordon Dashwood,...


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