A Very Private Grave by Donna Fletcher Crow
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Young American Felicity Howard studies at the College of Transfiguration in Yorkshire, England. With her beloved elderly Fr. Dominic beaten to death, Fr. Antony, her church history lecturer, is accused when found soaked in Dominic's blood. The two flee to discover Dominic's last pilgrimage, the clues left behind in his journal given to Felicity. They must uncover ancient truths to solve the mystery in order to save their own lives, as the murderer pursues them through northern England and southern Scotland.
This is not light reading. Encompassing church history from A.D. 633 to the death of Saint Cuthbert to the time his relics are reexamined in 1827, it weaves the past with the present. A compelling thriller, as well as a masterful mystery, the mental gymnastics will have you breathlessly soaking in British and church history as you puzzle through a satisfying spiritual adventure with romantic, quirky characters. Anglophiles and history buffs will love it.
Published in Church Libraries Winter 2010-11 edition
By Crystal Laine Miller
Used with permission
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A Very Private Grave
The Monastery Murders #1
by Donna Fletcher Crow
Monarch, ISBN 978-1-85424-968-5, PB, 384 pp., $14.99