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Donna Fletcher Crow

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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.

Fay Sampson

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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.

New Mystery Novels to Watch For

By Fay Sampson ~ June 17, 2011

I’m proud to announce that we have agreed a deal for The Hunted Hare to be published next year by Monarch as the first in a new crime series, The Aidan Mysteries.

The theme of the series will be the sacred places of the British Isles – a good excuse to revisit some of my favourite places. The first one is set in Pennant Melangell, a remote shrine church in the Welsh mountains. The legend is of a hunted hare that was found being sheltered by an Irish princess on the run from a forced marriage. The prince who was leading the hunt gave her land in the valley to found a monastery. There is violence in the modern story I have set there, but who is the hunter and who the hunted?

When I join a new publisher, I like to see what company I am keeping, and whether I feel my work will sit happily on that list. I started my investigation with Donna Fletcher Crow’s A Very Private Grave. Immediately I felt I was on home territory. Almost too much so. This woman’s enthusiams ran so close to mine, would she leave me anything more to write about sacred Britain and its Celtic and Anglo-Saxon churches? Tony Collins at Monarch assured me there was room for both of us.

I’ve just had a sight of Donna’s second book for Monarch, A Darkly Hidden Truth. Fans of The Monastery Murders are in for a treat.

The unconventional ordinand Felicity is caught up in another dangerous mystery. It starts with the theft of an icon, and the mysterious sign of the Knights Hospitaller. But soon she stumbles on a darker crime.

This is more than a run-of-the-mill whodunit. It has that extra dimension I look for in a crime novel, an invitation from the author to enter a special world. In Donna’s case, it is her detailed knowledge of, and evident respect for, the monastic life. We follow Felicity from monastery to monastery in pursuit of the killer.

She is on a personal quest as well. She is caught up in a web of emotions as she tests her vocation to become a nun, her painful relationship with her mother, and the feelings she dare not acknowledge for her co-sleuth Father Anthony. It all makes for a novel that is rewarding on many levels, as well as giving us a cracking thriller.

Donna is an American, but her vivid evocation of the settings, from central London to the shrine of Walsingham in rural Norfolk, would put many British writers to shame.

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.

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I love British mysteries, even when they're written by Americans like Elizabeth George!
Thanks for bringing our attention to this new work.

Jacqueline Seewald
-Jacqueline Seewald, June 18, 2011

Thank you, Jacqueline. And Fay is English, so you get both sides of the Atlantic here.

And thank you for the great post, Fay. I have loved all your past work, so I know I'll love THE HUNTED HARE.
-Donna, June 18, 2011

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