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Product Details

  • Series: The Monastery Murders (Book 3)
  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Lion Fiction; 1st New edition edition (March 4, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1782640045
  • ISBN-13: 978-1782640042
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.8 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,238,655 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


"Myth and holiness, wild nature and tourism, art and prayer run in parallel, and capture the imagination. . . . A thrilling amateur investigation takes us into the timeless zone of greed and goodness." (Ronald Blythe, author of Akenfield 2013-01-01)

"Donna Fletcher Crow has created her own niche within the genre of clerical mysteries." (Kate Charles, author of Deep Waters 2013-01-01)

"Donna Fletcher Crow gives us, in three extremely persuasive dimensions, the world that Dan Brown merely sketches." (Timothy Hallinan, author of The Queen of Patpong 2013-01-01)

"With this book, Crow establishes herself as the leading practitioner of modern mystery entwined with historical fiction. . . . You won't need a bookmark—you’ll read it in a single sitting." (Mike Orenduff, author of The Pot Thief Who Studied Einstein 2013-01-01)

About the Author

Donna Fletcher Crow is author of more than thirty-five novels. She has twice won first place in the Historical Fiction category from the National Association of Press Women, and has also been a finalist for "Best Inspirational Novel" from the Romance Writers of America. She is a member of The Arts Centre Group, and Sisters in Crime.

More About the Author

Donna Fletcher Crow, who lives in Idaho with her husband of 46 years, is the mother of four adult children, grandmother of 10 and author of thirty-some books, mostly novels dealing with British history. Her best known book is the epic historical novel Glastonbury, The Novel of Christian England, which was awarded First Place, Historical Fiction, by the National Federation of Press Women.

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
She also enjoys drinking tea with family and friends and hearing from her readers. You can write to her at

Customer Reviews

All the main characters and all those in this story were very relate-able and believable.
While the historical portions of this book really did seem interesting, I could not get into this story at all.
Ruth A. Hill
I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys mysteries with the special touch of historical fact.
Donna Safford

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 21, 2013
Format: Paperback
An Unholy Communion is the third book in Donna's series, The Monastery Murders, and it's just as delightful as A Very Private Grave and A Darkly Hidden Truth. As we have in the other books we are brought back into the lives of Antony and Felicity - who are now engaged to be married - and are thrown into yet another murder mystery, one that they try to ignore so that they can go on a pilgrimage with a group of young adults. If you've read the other book, then grab this one too - if you haven't read the others it's okay as each could technically stand alone, just make sure you go back and read the other two after.

There are parts that are slow - this is because of the history and details that Donna weaves into the story - and this gives it a richness that some novels just don't have today. I must say that Donna's books are right up there with another author who puts out controversial books about the Christian faith - however Donna's are not controversial and even makes the reader want to know more about their faith, not having them turn away from it. This also isn't a murder mystery with lots of gore and blood and nonsensical romance in it - the `murder' is straight forward without a lot of detail going into the scene and while Antony and Felicity are in love and they do hold hands there isn't anything that would be out of order for Christians or those who are ordained or becoming ordained.

It's hard to write a review about a book when you've read the others and reviewed those as well, however each book of The Monastery Murders holds something different as An Unholy Communion does - as the whole scene setting is different and as I read it has me wanting to one day take my own pilgrimage to visit the land of my Lord and Savior.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mikeylynn on April 29, 2013
Format: Paperback
This is the first book in the series that I have read. I have never read a book that had this type of setting or so much detail about the monastery. It was a little confusing at times, but thrilling and interesting to read! This book digs deep into the darkness of demons and cults, and proves that Christ is the only One to run to. A lot of research went into this book and I think I could read it again and pick up more details that I could have missed. Very impressive read, it can be read alone, but I think I would like to read the previous two books in this series.

I don't recommend to those who don't like reading about cults and dark backgrounds.

"I received this book for free from Litfuse in exchange for an honest review".
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Indiana Jeff Reynolds on September 2, 2013
Format: Paperback
This is the third in the series of Monastic Murders, and my favorite of the three. This is a story where for the most part you don't need to read the first two, except for one section where Felicity has a dream involving people whose names you'd recognize if you've read the others and would leave you scratching your head if you haven't.

An unique item added to this installment is the issue of spiritual warfare. There is Christian mysticism in the series, but in the previous two books it surfaced in the church history, not in the clerical mystery. In this one, there are mysterious things that happen without natural explanation. However, the focus is not merely on the evil, occult side of the spirit world; it deals with the role faith in Christ plays as well.

One reason I enjoyed this book was the youth pilgrimage. I enjoyed the development of the eight teenagers, the van driver, and the tagalong photographer who accompany Father Antony and Felicity on this walking tour of Wales.

I do have two complaints, and they both deal with the cover. First, the front cover pales compared to the beautiful one for A Darkly Hidden Truth. But then, so does every other cover, in my opinion. So that's a minor grumble. The back cover is more of one. Minor spoiler alert -- an item mentioned on the back cover occurs in chapter 27 of 30. So if you can avoid reading the back cover, please do, so it won't ruin a surprise.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm about to pack. This book inspired me to want to go on a pilgrimage.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ashley Wintters on May 10, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
This was a good one. Felicity is enjoying the morning praise when things change drastically. A black robed figure falls, and lands at her feet. In his hand, the dead man holds a double-headed snake emblem. Investigators believe it to be suicide but Felicity and Father Anthony aren't so sure, especially with who the dead man is.

This was a good mystery! I like that the book started with such a bang. The characters stayed true to the series, they develop further and get more interesting. I liked the investigator's comments toward Felicity. The author does a great job of making you feel like you are in the story instead of simply reading it.

This one was a 4/5. Really good continuation of this series!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By P. Woodland TOP 1000 REVIEWER on May 9, 2013
Format: Paperback
An Unholy Communion is the third in the Monastery Murders series and my second. I have not yet read the first book. In my review of the previous book in the series I felt this left me at a disadvantage. I am glad I had A Darkly Hidden Truth under my reading belt.

Antony and Felicity are leading a group pilgrimage through Wales but can't escape clues for a suicide - or was it murder? - that happened just before they left. It seems that trouble will find her whether she wants it or not. As the two, now engaged, tour guides take their charges through the tour the reader learns much about the history of monasteries and ancient practices. Perhaps more than is necessary to keep the mystery moving forward. It did drag things down a bit.

The two main characters are well developed and I do like them. I love the historical aspects written about in the story but as interesting as they were at times they were more instruction rather than anything that moved the plot forward. They almost dragged it down. The mystery was interesting but not compelling. I am not sure that I would read another in the series.
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