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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

My Bestselling Weekend

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ September 11, 2011

Neither my husband nor I took Saturday off— that's one of the less felicitous things about both being self-employed and both working from home.  We tend to work pretty much nonstop.

Saturday evening we finally sat down and put our feet up to watch a favorite TV program— "MI-5" or "Spooks" depending which side of the pond you're watching it on.  Then the phone rang.

"Donna, what's going on?"  it was an odd time for the publisher of my Lord Danvers True Crime Victorian novels to be ringing.  And an odder question.

"TO DUST YOU SHALL RETURN is number 22 in Nook sales rank.  We just don't get that kind of numbers on Nook."

Well, I had blogged a few days earlier about the great covers they had given the reissued series. And I had put it out on all my social media. And received a gratifying feedback.  But that hardly explained the surge.  Or why book #3 was leading a series that really is best read in order.

But never mind about nitpicking questions.  Enjoy the rejoicing.

Leaving the unexploded bomb in London undealt with, I rushed to my computer.  Sure enough, there I was, #4 in Mysteries between Harlan Coben and Clive Cussler, Charles, Lord Danvers and Lady Antonia looking appropriately Victorian against a backdrop of Canterbury Cathedral in the midst of contemporary noir. And a bit further down at #14, was the first of the series A MOST INCONVENIENT DEATH.

And was this amazing activity reflected on Amazon, I wondered?  Yes,indeed. Lord Danvers ranked 52 among British Detectives.  Between Hercule Poirot and Agatha Raisin.  And While I'm name-dropping other rankings showed him with Adam Dagleish and Lord Peter Wimsey— Exalted company, indeed!

Well, no, I don't know how it happened, but I do know what to say:  a deep and heartfelt "Thank You!" to everyone who has made it so.

To see more about the Lord Danvers Victorian true crime mysteries turn to the homepage or books section of my website.  And, again, Thank you!

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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Fascinating, Donna, and congratulations! Please tell us about your promotional campaign.
-William S. Shepard, September 11, 2011

Thank you, William, I wish I could, but aside from the normal things--updated website, blogged about great covers, announced to all my social media. . . I'm completely in the dark. Appealing covers must have something to do with it, but at the end of the day it comes down to prayer.
-Donna, September 12, 2011

Wow, Donna, what wonderful (and deserved) news. So funny--everything you do, except for writing the book, may or may not have explained this new success. In the end maybe it really is "just" about writing that great novel.

Huge congrats.
-jennymilch, September 14, 2011

Thank you, Jenny! Vincent Zandri says that sales--even for top-sellers like himself--are cyclical, but the real key is having *lots* of books out there. Well, I'm working on it--as I know you are!
-Donna, September 14, 2011

Congratulations. You put the rest of us to shame, both with the quality of your writing and your proactive approach to getting the news out. I should take lessons.


-Fay, September 16, 2011

How lovely of you, Fay. I would certainly never hold myself up as a model, but I do keep slogging. It's really never-ending, though, isn't it? The writing we want to do vs. the promotion we need to do. But then, once in a great while there's a serendipitious moment like the one above. It gives one courage to carry on, I think.
-Donna, September 16, 2011

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