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A Darkly Hidden Truth (The Monastery Murders) Paperback – December 1, 2011
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After almost 10 years in the publishing wilderness Donna is reentering the fray with The Monastery Murders, a series of ecclesiastical mysteries featuring Felicity Howard, an American woman studying for the Anglican priesthood in a monastery in remote Yorkshire. When Felicity's favorite monk is bludgeoned to death she finds herself learning about a lot more than theoretical theology. A Very Private Grave, the first in the series will be released by Monarch Books (Lion Hudson) in May 2010 in the UK and next Sept. in the US by Kregel Books.
She says, "I write historical novels and contemporaries that draw heavily on historical background, because I believe it is vitally important that we not loose touch with our rich historical heritage. Those who have gone before us have worked too hard and suffered too much to preserve the privileges we enjoy for us to forget their stories. Reading of the triumphs of the faithful in ages past can inspire and strengthen us for our own challenging times."
Donna is an enthusiastic gardener, enjoying the challenge of growing an English cottage garden in the Idaho desert. You can visit her garden at http://novelgarden.blogspot.com/
She also enjoys drinking tea with family and friends and hearing from her readers. You can write to her at DonnaFCrow@aol.com.
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Antony was by far my favorite character. He's kind, chivalrous and unassuming, but certainly not boring. His humble demeanor was balanced out with noticeable charm and I found myself smiling each and every time he winked or grinned at Felicity. Our heroine, Felicity was an enigma in the first third of the book. I couldn't decide if I liked her or was just putting up with her. As the story progressed, Felicity proved to be a worthy heroine - a modern personality warring with the search for some higher purpose. She found her footing halfway through and began to show her strength and determination. Her personality seemed to shine through more as the story progressed and I became immersed in both the intellectual and romantic relationship between her and Antony.
Then there's the murder and mystery - well plotted, well developed and not entirely predictable. I'll admit that one of the culprits was a complete surprise to me. I had gone along thinking I knew everyone who did it and where I figured out most, I appreciated that the author could twist enough to keep me on my mental toes.Read more ›
This read begins with Felicity embarking on a journey to become a nun. Felicity reminded me of Maria in the movie, The Sound of Music. Felicity loves life and likes change. Sometimes Felicity changes her way of life, like wanting to become a nun, just because the notion overtakes her at the time or going off to another convent just because of the adventure. Even though, at the time, Felicity is totally convinced that it is the right thing to do, never thinking of consequences or life results. One cannot help but love Felicity!
Being Protestant I was slightly confused at the being of this read...I thought this was about the Catholic church but then I realized that Felicity and Anthony are Anglican (like the Episcopal church). A Catholic priest takes a vow not to marry; whereas, an Anglican priest can marry. From a protestants view point, I found all of the church history very enlightening and informative.
This is one read that won't leave you hanging! The mystery of sacred icons being stolen and murders abounding makes for a grand gothic read! Ms. Crow writes with a dynamic mix of intellect and realism! The reader can "feel" the chill of the monastery or the blandness of the dreary sky.
Then there is the emotion of family dynamics between Felicity and her mother which is so true to life or the sweet hint of romance whenever Anthony is around Felicity. Loved the ending to this story!
This stand.alone.read is not to be missed! And will make you wanting more...waiting impatiently for The Unholy Communion book #3 in the Monastery Murders.
*This book was provided for review by Kregel Publications*
Published by Monarch Books
I received this book from Kregel publications to read and review. No other compensation was given.
All opinions expressed here are my own, I'm not required to give a positive review.
Felicity receives a message from her mother, her parents are divorcing, and mom is on her way to visit. So she decides to go on retreat, to avoid her mother, who she feels has been distant and career orientated during Felicity's childhood.
Religious Icons are disappearing from several monasteries, and Antony, who she has helped solve a murder with before, wants her help. He shows up with her mother in tow . Of course they get into trouble, and even think they are about to be killed.
I enjoyed the story, my only complaint is the extensive descriptions of religious history at the various monasteries. Anyone who is more a history buff of this era, than I am, probably would really enjoy the story more.
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my religious connection with monasteries.......just loved the settings visited most places ...intriguing to the end. would recommend to anyone who likes a good old fashion murder.Published on July 15, 2013 by pamela a barlow
I've just been reading excerpts from Julian of Norwich's writing. How enormously satisfying to open a novel that begins with a reminder of the woman (and daughter of a woman)... Read morePublished on August 14, 2012 by Sheila Deeth
A DARKLY HIDDEN TRUTH by Donna Fletcher Crow is a fast paced historical mystery. This is book 2 in "The Monastery Murders",but can be read as a stand alone. Read morePublished on May 10, 2012 by My Book Addiction and More
Julian of Norwich must have had a mother, and so does our heroine Felicity. Julian's mother may have mourned when her daughter shut herself away in a fourteenth-century anchorage,... Read morePublished on May 10, 2012 by LeAnne Hardy
A great read, keeps you guessing right up to the end! Good mix of history and human relationships. The characters are easy to relate to and the story both informative and... Read morePublished on April 20, 2012 by Juliekevandrew
There are two groups of people in the world: Those who've read A Very Private Grave (the first installment of the Monastery Murders by Donna Fletcher Crow) and those who haven't. Read morePublished on March 31, 2012 by Jeffrey C. Reynolds
"A Darkly Hidden Truth," the second of Donna Fletcher Crow's "Monastery Murders" series, follows the progress of young headstrong Felicity, our heroine. Read morePublished on March 22, 2012 by Carol-Lynn
From start to finish this novel is a thoroughly enjoyable and gripping read, Fletcher Crow is a master storyteller. Read morePublished on March 12, 2012 by Amazon Customer
"Felicity has decided to become a nun. She departs to visits convents in spite of ther mother's imminent arrival and Fr. Anselm's request that she and Fr. Read morePublished on March 10, 2012 by Sam