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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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Jane Austen's Regency World Reviews A Jane Austen Encounter

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ March 14, 2014

Now I can breathe! After months of holding my breath— because one never knows how a book will strike a reviewer— I gave a huge sigh of relief yesterday when the current issue of the wonderful magazine "Jane Austen's Regency World" arrived on my doorstep with a delightful review of A Jane Austen Encounter.

It's not just the fact that the reviewer says nice things— always acceptable to an author, of course— but she really caught the spirit of my book. Which is no less than I should have expected from a writer for this magazine which so perfectly enters into the spirit of all things Austen.

The current issue has news of a Regency ball held in Kirov, Russia, to celebrate the bicentenary of Pride and Prejudice, an article by Joanna Trolloope about her new telling of Sense & Sensibility for the Austen Project, and an illuminating article about the authors Jane herself subscribed to, among many, many other fascinating things from the Regency world.

If this is a world you enjoy living in vicariously you can laern more here:   http://janeaustenmagazine.co.uk/

But you don't have to wait to get the magazine to read the review:

                             Playful mystery featuring an engaging pair of amateur sleuths

A letter, apparently from Jane Austen’s great-niece, is at the heart of this entertaining literary mystery— the third volume in Donna Fletcher Crow’s Elizabeth and Richard series. American academics Elizabeth and Richard Spenser are celebrating their 20th wedding anniversary with a trip to England to visit Jane Austen’s various homes. Their first port of call is Bath, where Richard— thanks to his distinction as an Austen scholar— is invited to help sort through a box of documents donated anonymously to the city’s Jane Austen Centre.

Delighted to discover a letter that seems to contain new material about Austen’s unfinished novel, The Watsons, Richard is then horrified to find the centre’s director wounded and unconscious— and the precious document gone. Cue a tour of Austenland, in search of answers— in the company of a clutch of suspects who wouldn’t be out of place in an Agatha Christie novel.

It’s great fun— but just as entertaining as the mystery itself are the settings. Fletcher Crow brings Bath, Winchester and Chawton to vivid life in her pages, with a good helping of literary history and numerous references to Austen’s writings that illuminate the narrative.

The Spensers have already featured in adventures involving Dorothy L. Sayers and William Shakespeare. Where will their literary sleuthery take them next, I wonder?

~Jane Austen’s Regency World

And, of course, here's the link to the book: http://j.mp/1kjOGID

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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Lovely review, and what a wonderful place to get such a great review. I agree absolutely--you brought those settings to life v3ery authentically and evocatively.
-SheilaDeeth, March 14, 2014

Thank you, Sheila. I will have to say, though, that your review still tops my list!
-Donna, March 15, 2014

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