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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


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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.

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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