Tuesday, January 18, 2011

A Very Private Grave: The Monastery Murders #1 by Donna Fletcher Crow

A Very Private GraveA 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


Donna Fletcher Crow said...

Dear Crystal,
I was thrilled when Google Alerts led me to your great post. Thank you so much for all you do to promote good reading.

Crystal Laine said...

Donna, thank you so much for stopping by! This review appeared in Church Libraries Journal and my reviews are aimed at Church Librarians who are choosing books for their particular libraries. I loved your book!

I will be looking for more of this series. The main thing I hope to do in a review is to match readers with their particular taste in books. Keep writing, Donna!