Donna Fletcher Crow, Novelist of British History, has written more than 50 books specializing in British Christianity. These books include: The Monastery Murders, clerical mysteries; Lord Danvers Investigates, Victorian true-crime; The Elizabeth and Richard series, literary suspense; and Glastonbury, The Novel of Christian England. She loves research and sharing you-are-there experiences with her readers.
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Donna Fletcher Crow, Novelist of British History
A traveling researcher engages people and places from Britain's past and present, drawing comparisons and contrasts between past and present for today's reader.
By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ April 25, 2018
Oh, the joy of a new arrival, especially such a long-awaited one as A Lethal Spectre, book 5 in my Lord Danvers Investigates Victorian true-crime series. The often-asked question, "How long does it take you to write a book?" Always depends on how you count. There's the moment you get an idea, the moment you start your research in earnest, the moment you actually start writing, the moment you complete your edits...
And then, of course, there's the fact that each of those beginnings overlap. But for me, I would say that I've been wanting to tell this story since, many years ago, we watched a program about Victorian England on BBC and I heard about the Cawnpore Massacre for the first time. I thought I knew a bit about English history, but this was all new to me. And obviously a story worthy of being better known. How long ago was that? Well, long enough ago that we recorded it on videotape.
Then there was the need for on-site research. India was beyond my reach, but I needed to visit the locations in England. in 1914 my husband and I toured London, the docks and Brighton. You can read more about that here and see pictures from my research trip here.
But I still wasn't ready to begin writing. Now I needed to read the historic accounts of the events in India, especially those written by the 3 survivors. (Yes, only 3 survived.) And then, relate all that to what was going on in London at the time as the story moves back and forth between the two. Fortunately, the English have a genius for preserving their history and the website British Newspaper Archive makes every newspaper published in Britain (except the Times) available to search.
All that gives you just a few of the reasons I am so happy to announce this launch.
Summer 1857. The story is a study in contrasts as Antonia, Lady Danvers presents Sophia, an old friend’s daughter, to London society, while in India Sophia’s mother is caught in the brutalities of the second Indian Mutiny. The events in India are all true, taken from historic accounts; those in London are based on newspaper stories of the day.
I wish you all a happy reading!
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