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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.

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The Reward of Patience

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ August 25, 2010

My mother, a very wise woman, always said one should never pray for patience because the Bible says, "Tribulation worketh patience." So she always prayed for strength instead.

I can hardly say that the period of waiting between the June release of A VERY PRIVATE GRAVE in the UK and its September release in North America has been tribulation. But it has seemed like a very long time during which the best I could tell my lovely, and yes, patient, readers was,  "Well, you can pre-order it."

And it has taught me that one of the virtues of patience is that when the time finally arrives— and it always does— the shouting "Hooray!" is all the sweeter.

So please join me in my long-delayed rejoicing and help me celebrate by entering my giveaway drawing. Here’s how it works: To reward you, gentle reader, for your patience, I’m giving away three signed copies of my ecclesiastical thriller A VERY PRIVATE GRAVE, #1 The Monastery Murders. To enter pick one of the very kind endorsements below and leave a comment telling me which one you chose. You needn’t say more in order to enter, but I’d be very interested in why you chose that one.

I will number the comments and draw numbers from a hat. My favorite travel rain hat, to be specific. Seems appropriate for a novel set in the north of England.

I will announce the winners on Friday September 3.

Okay, and now for the endorsements, with enormous gratitude to the beautiful people who gave them:


Endorsements for A Very Private Grave

"With a bludgeoned body in Chapter 1, and a pair of intrepid amateur sleuths, A Very Private Grave qualifies as a traditional mystery. But this is no mere formulaic whodunit: it is a Knickerbocker Glory of a thriller. At its centre is a sweeping, page-turning quest - in the steps of St. Cuthbert - through the atmospherically-depicted North of England, served up with dollops of Church history and lashings of romance. In this novel, Donna Fletcher Crow has created her own niche within the genre of clerical mysteries."
--Kate Charles, author of Deep Waters

"History and mystery and murders most foul keep the pages turning in A Very Private Grave. Two scholars, Felicity and Antony, embark on an unusual spiritual pilgrimage, following the journey of Saint Cuthbert from Lindisfarne to Whithorn, even as they're pursued by friends and foes, who don't reveal their true colors to the very end. Seldom does one find a whodunit with such a thorough grasp of ecclesiastical history. A fascinating read."
--Liz Curtis Higgs, bestelling author of Thorn in My Heart

"I always admired Donna's work and her fastidious attempt that dogs us all to practice our art with creative defiance."
--Calvin Miller, Author of The Singer Trilogy

"As in Glastonbury, Donna Fletcher Crow's descriptions of the English and Scottish settings in her new mystery, A Very Private Grave, are drawn with real artistry. Lovers of British history and church history will be impressed by her grasp of both. Still, it's a grisly murder in a monastery that brings the conflicts faced by men and women in the church today into thoughtful focus as the two major characters, Felicity and Father Antony, struggle to find direction in their own lives."
--Sally Wright, Edgar Award finalist author of the Ben Reese Mysteries

"Donna Fletcher Crow's A Very Private Grave is full of past and present, faith and frailty, murder and mystery. Highly recommended."
--Gayle Roper, A Stranger's Wish

"A Very Private Grave by Donna Fletcher Crow is not to be missed. I loved getting to know Felicity and Fr. Antony as they journeyed through remote places and islands in England and Scotland in pursuit of clues. The author skillfully weaves past and present with a cast of wonderful and sometimes quirky characters."
--Linda Hall, author of Storm Warning and On Thin Ice

"Like a P. D. James novel A Very Private Grave occupies a learned territory. Also a beautifully described corner of England, that of the Northumbrian coast where St. Cuthbert's Christianity retains its powerful presence. Where myth and holiness, wild nature and tourism, art and prayer run in parallel, and capture the imagination still.

"A pair of elderly religious are murdered, but why? An American student and her young history teacher are determined to find out. Donna Fletcher Crow sets them in pursuit of St. Cuthbert's bones and treasure. Also his faith. She knows her theology like the lines on her palms, the fortunate and the unlucky leads, the truths and the errors, taking us to them by the local train and bus services, the hospices and by foot. All this with a cinematic skill.

"Did Henry VII manage to get all the treasure from Cuthbert's shrine at Durham? Might what remains of it not be sent to the African Children's Fund? Old Brother Dominic and Sister Elspeth thought so. But they are murdered. A thrilling amateur investigation follows in which the northern landscape and modern liturgical goings on play a large part. The centuries between us and the world of Lindisfarne and Whitby collapse and we are in the timeless zone of greed and goodness. A Very Private Grave is an exciting thriller with a fine sermon attached."
--Ronald Blythe, The Word from Wormingford

Thank you for entering and good luck to all!






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.

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