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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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My Favorite Christmas Fantasy

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ December 10, 2020

For all of my adult life I have had a cherished fantasy. I see myself, with all my preparations done, lying on the sofa in front of the Christmas tree reading a Christmas novel. No matter that it never happens, I continue to hold to the shining image.

 

2020 just might be the year. In spite of all the frustrations—and for some people real tragedies—of Covid-19, all the enforced closures and restrictions have given many of us more time. Perhaps enough time, even, to read a Christmas novel in front of a decorated tree.

 With that happy thought in mind—and we do need happy thoughts these days—I’m delighted to recommend some of my favorite seasonal reads.

 

My annual daydream began way back in 1972 when Marjorie Holmes published Two From Galilee. This charming re-telling of the traditional Christmas story is the first of a trilogy by Holmes and has become something of a classic.

 

Anne Perry is one of my perennially favorite authors. Her cozy Victorian mystery novels always deliver well-developed characters and well-researched history. Perry began in 2004 with A Christmas Journey  a seasonal novella featuring Vespasia Cumming-Gould from the Thomas Pitt series. 

This year Perry offers A Christmas Resolution, featuring Inspector Monk's right-hand man and his new wife. In each one, she draws from her rich stock of minor characters featuring them in new locations and situations outside her regular series.

 

Another Victorian delight is Liz Curtis Higgs’ Christmas novella A Wreath of Snow. On Christmas Eve in Scotland, a young schoolteacher’s plans are frustrated and her life changed when her train journey home is upset by heavy snows and a mysterious stranger. You can read my interview with Higgs about the background of the book here.

This year I can't wait to indulge in my top-of-the-list light reading with Georgette Heyer's A Christmas Party. This is a locked room mystery, to be solved by Heyer's Inspector Hemmingway.

 

I Also have the fun of being able to offer a new book of my own for your Christmas reading list. A Lighted Lamp, Scenes of Christmas Through Time is a collection of stories ranging from Scotland a thousand years ago to modern England (with visits to the American prairie in between) as people through the ages find light and hope in the joy of the season.

 

For a more thorough exploration of the season, in an unusual setting, An All-Consuming Fire, book 5 in my Monastery Murders, features a Christmas wedding in a monastery—if the bride can escape the murderer stalking the Yorkshire moors.

No matter how much current restrictions may affect our holiday celebrations, I wish all my friends and readers a joyous, healthy Christmas--with time to enjoy a favorite book.

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.

www.donnafletchercrow.com

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