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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

A JANE AUSTEN ENCOUNTER Garners Stellar Review

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ February 24, 2014

At last, at last! I've been waiting since last September (when the ebook came out) to announce that the paperback edition of A Jane Austen Encounter, my newest Richard & Elizabeth literary suspense, is available in paperback!

In celebration, I want to share one of my all-time favorite reviews I've ever received in my thirty-some years of writing:

  A thoroughly enjoyable, thoroughly English mystery 

The view from Box Hill in Surrey is incredible. ­But that’s just one of the places readers will visit in Donna Fletcher Crow’s The Jane Austen Encounter. Two professors of English on a second honeymoon have traveled from the US to England to encounter those places made famous by one of the world’s most famous writers. An erudite guide from Oxford directs their steps—she’ll direct which type of tea they drink if she gets the chance. And an underappreciated student asks their aid with her research project. But the best characters in this book, for me at least, are the places—Winchester, Bath, the rolling English country roads and the tiny remembrances of glories past. Author Donna Fletcher Crow renders voices very convincingly and creates a thoroughly enjoyable sense of place in this novel. Then she adds that touch of literary memoir, at just the right level to satisfy the true enthusiast and please the casual acquaintance equally. And then...

Well, Richard and Elizabeth do have a bit of a history with mystery. You don’t need to have read earlier novels to enjoy this one—their relationship is convincing and well-grounded as soon as it hits the page. But if you’ve read the earlier books you’ll know something of what to expect. Even Jane Austen’s quiet, sedate, enormously peaceful world holds some scary secrets as the story progresses, with a satisfying trail of clues for the reader, and a pleasing denouement involving English schoolboys playing cricket in the countryside.

I recognize England and I recognize Jane Austen in these pages, both beautifully rendered by the author’s generous hand. And I really enjoyed my visit to Jane Austen land.
 

I am so thrilled when a reader really gets what I'm trying to accomplish in a novel! Thank you, Sheila Deeth for entering into the places and people I want to share with my readers.

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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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Great review. Congratulations, Donna. May this book do as well (or better!) than the others.
-LeAnne, February 25, 2014

Smiles and thank, LeAnne! One always hopes. That's partof what keeps us going, isn't it? But, fortunately, wanting to tell the story is more important!
-Donna, February 25, 2014

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