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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

The Letter that Made My Day

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ July 14, 2011

Some days, well, let’s face it— most days— are pretty slogging: get up, get organized, morning prayers, exercise, read email, get to work. . . But once in awhile one gets a boost that gives energy to the whole day, maybe the whole week. I had one of those recently in the form of a letter from a reader. With her permission, I share:

Donna, I just read my first "Elizabeth and Richard" mystery. I loved it!!! I have to admit, when I started reading, I didn't think you could pull it off -- a murder at a murder mystery week? But, boy, you can spin a tale! I loved every moment of the intrigue, the romance, the suspense. I have to admit, I didn't like [the villain] from the get-go. He just got on my nerves, somehow. Richard, now, he's my kind of guy. Sweet, considerate, smart. And Elizabeth is a great character, of course. If only I could have seen photos of her outfits -- you made them sound so wonderful! I loved the scene where Elizabeth and Richard undressed the dead man to check lividity. Funny, even though they were deadly serious, just like life is sometimes.

 Ohhh, Lori in Nebraska, rereading this now, I thank you again. I'm so glad you liked my supporting cast. They are vaguely drawn on the group my husband and I worked with when we attended a mystery week at Mohonk Mountain House many, many years ago. They were such fun people, including Cathy and Evan, the brother and sister. Little details— like the Navy officer serving on the Arizona,just before Pearl Harbor, Anita’s evening bag fashioned like a black cat. . . just fun things to me.

Yes, I am enjoying developing the relationship between Elizabeth and Richard in this series. In many ways Richard is drawn on my husband. You are so right: Choose the soft-spoken, courteous gentleman over flash every time— as my mother told me and I told our daughter. It works.

Book two, A Midsummer Eve’s Nightmare finds these two English professors on  their  honeymoon at a Shakespearean Festival. The perfect romantic spot. Until murder intervenes.

While we’re on the subject, I had a very nice review for this book the other day, too. I’ll share it soon, but for the moment, it’s enough to bask in the glow of Lori’s letter. I think I’ll read it again. Oops, no. I have to get to work on Book three. Sneak peak: Jane Austen will provide the literary background.                                                                 

Oh, and while we're at it, you can buy Shadow of Reality here: http://ning.it/pioHVb and Midsummer Eve's Nightmare here: http://ning.it/pvqBy3

 

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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oooh, sounds like fun. What a great letter, Donna!

I finished A VERY PRIVATE GRAVE and I'm looking forward to book 2!

Enjoy this beautiful day!
-Debra, July 14, 2011

Thank you so much, Debra. I hope you enjoy it.

How's your granddaughter? We're praying for her.
-Donna, July 14, 2011

She's growing and looking good. I so appreciate your prayers. We're just waiting for her apnea spells to go away! We're very blessed to have her.
-Debra, July 14, 2011

Oh, yes. Our preemie twins had that. They wore monitors. When a monitor went off everyone RAN to the crib! They are amazing now--9 yrs. old. Ballerinas and tennis players.
-Donna, July 14, 2011

Those fan letters make all the stress of writing and promoting disappear, don't they? Thanks for sharing with us. I can't wait to read both Elizabeth and Richard mysteries.
-Cindy Sample, July 14, 2011

Thank you so much, Cindy! We've just done another edit on Midsummer Eve's Nightmare. The corrections should be done in a few days--one of the perks of electronic publishing. Oh, yes, the encouragements along the way do smooth the path.
-Donna, July 14, 2011

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