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- Print Length: 164 pages
- Publisher: Greenbrier Book Company (November 30, 2012)
- Publication Date: November 30, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00AGIIME2
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #683,291 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
Several times while reading I experienced the sensation that I was getting a bonus. Most authors do well to tie up all the loose ends, or remember to weave plot elements together so that there are little clues along the way. Mrs. Crow has the heart of a teacher, imparting knowledge in such a way that it becomes a natural part of the life of the novel; at the same time, leaving the reader wanting more.
I gave it five stars because of the intricacy of the storytelling, and the fact that this is a mystery that makes you think even after you've read the last word.
Fredrick, Lord Davers brother, is a reverend in the very poor section of London and has set up a house to help women of ill repute who have become pregnant. The women start dying and Freddie believes foul play is involved. Since Lord Danvers has the reputation of an amateur dective, Freddie begs him to come help him find the perpetrator of these crimes.
Due to circumstances beyond control, Lord and Lady Danvers travel to London to help Freddie in spite of the fact that Lord Danvers would rather not go, thinking Freddie has gotten himself in trouble with a woman. Little do they know, that they will not only help solve the murders, but also help improve the conditions of the women they are helping.
I loved the charitable work that was described in this book. You can tell that Ms. Crow must have a heart for helping those in need, due to all the focus she put on that in this book.
The historical aspect of this book was very interesting. I enjoyed seeing the case of William Dove played out. His was one of the first in which insanity was used as an actual cause for his murdering his wife. And the case of the children's home was certainly more disturbing when I found out that it actually happened.
I appreciate all of the research that went into this book and will be looking forward to reading more of this series! I would recommend it to anyone who loves mysteries set in this time period.
Donna Fletcher Crow's A Tincture of Murder starts with a terrifying scene that shocked and startled me, not having read any reviews before starting the book. But life goes on, successfully, and a deeper, more shocking darkness awaits, not in the halls and luxury of a rich man's home, but on the dirty streets of York, within sight of the famous York Minster.
Dickens would approve the author's depiction of orphan homes and miserable poverty. Modern England would approve the generous spirit that declares even society's rejects should be given food and hope. And common sense agrees that wide crinoline skirts might suffer as their wearers walk through the muck and murk of a downtrodden street.
The blend of well-researched history and intriguing mystery goes well with this mix of rich world poor world sensibilities. Take a balloon ride over the English countryside. Enjoy the waters at Harrogate. Then ponder the ingredients of precious home-brewed medicines. But most of all, enjoy this fast-flowing novel with pleasing characters, convincing locations, and thought-provoking social order. In the end all will be resolved, lives saved, and hope restored.
Disclosure: I was lucky enough to be given a free ecopy of this novel and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. Now I need to find more Lord Danvers tales.
The suffering of the poor in 19th century England--or for any country for that matter--is as gritty and real in this book as any true crime you can read. England in on the cusp of change, and though Tonia is chomping at the bit to resolve the murder, and change the laws of men, this will be her toughest case yet.
Thoroughly enjoyable read. Highly recommended.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have all Ms. Crow's mysteries except the one that is available only in digital form. They are most entertaining.Published on January 12, 2014 by TLMS
New favorite author. I love this genre of mystery and she does a great job portraying her characters in every book.Published on September 22, 2013 by Scribe
Another great story from Donna Fletcher Crow. In her mystery stories she has the knack of holding one attention and interest right to the end of the story.Published on August 26, 2013 by Eunice Smith
Donna Fletcher Crow's deliciously mysterious setting, subtle yet charming characters and beautiful word flow makes A Tincture of Murder yet another winner for this talented, highly... Read morePublished on April 5, 2013 by Amateur
Good story. Not too heavy and gave the clues as it went along so that the reader could solve the mystery with the heroine.Published on February 28, 2013 by Snows Acre
Continues to be a nice read. Excellent settings, interesting plot and I love the characters. Probably time for another child in their lives. Read morePublished on February 21, 2013 by Mystery Maven
Donna Fletcher Crow doesn't disappoint in the latest Lord Danvers mystery. The story takes place mostly set in the Magdalen House, a charitable home for "wayward women". Read morePublished on January 31, 2013 by lighthouse88
This was Donna Fletcher Crows fourth Lord Danvers Victorian True-Crime Mystery. I found it interesting and well written. Ms. Read morePublished on January 27, 2013 by My Book Addiction and More
In this book poisons were used to kill people and abort babies and sometimes to kill the mother, too. Danvers brother works as part of his calling in a home for unwed mothers. Read morePublished on January 23, 2013 by Ulla
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