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An Unholy Communion (The Monastery Murders) Paperback – March 4, 2013
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"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)
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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
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.Read more ›
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".
Written by Donna Fletcher Crow
This is the 3rd book from the series "The Monastery Murders".
I have not read the 2 books before this one in this series.
The following is taken form the back cover of this book..."First light, Ascension morning. From the top of the tower at the College of Transfiguration, voices rise in song. Felicity's delight turns to horror when a black-robed body hurtles over the precipice and lands at her feet. Her fiancé Father Antony recognizes the corpse as Hwyl Pendry a former student, who has been serving as Deliverance Minister in a Welsh diocese. The police, ignoring the strange emblem of a double-headed snake clutched in the dead man's hand, label the death a suicide. But Hwyl's widow is convinced otherwise, and pleads for Felicity and Antony to help her uncover the truth. Matters grow murkier as Felicity and Antony, leading a youth pilgrimage through Wales, encounter the same sinister symbol as they travel. Lurking figures follow them. Then a body is found face-down in a well..."
I very rarely read murder mysteries, but I wanted a change in what I was reading. So I chose this one to read and review. Donna knows what she is doing by writing this type of genre. This was a page turner!!!
All the main characters and all those in this story were very relate-able and believable. Although this is not a true story while reading it you think it is. There are many twists and turns and surprises!!! This is not a gruesome story even though it is a murder mystery, which I do not like when books go into the murder too deep. I would like to get the 2 books before this one in this series because I really enjoyed reading it. Donna has written a very wonderful mystery for all to read and share!Read more ›
The final Alleluia never registered in Felicity's ears. It was extinguished by a much nearer shriek. Her own.
The piercing scream tore a second time from her throat as she watched in horrifying slow motion a cassock-clad figure from the back of the choir catapault across the parapet and arc over the side of the tower."
Felicity Howard, according to Inspector Nosterfield, is "making a habit of this." The "this" in question happens to be an association with murders, and the subsequent victims. The corpse in question was a former ordinand of Magdalen College, a Deliverance Minister, and a former student of Father Antony. He was also holding a strange emblem of a double-headed snake in his dead hand. The police ignore the telling clue and dismiss the death as a suicide. But Hwyl's widow is convinced otherwise, and pleads for Felicity and Antony to help her uncover the truth.
Matters grow murkier as Felicity and Antony, leading a youth pilgrimage through rural Wales, encounter the same sinister symbol as they travel. Lurking figures follow them. Then a body is found face-down in a well . . .
Having never read a book by Donna Fletcher Crow, I was very excited to get the opportunity to review what has turned out to be a page-turner and a half. While the background is solidly rooted in the Catholic faith (hence The Monastery Murders), I feel the book has universal appeal. There are Catholic offices practiced throughout the book, and the leader of the intrepid group of pilgrims is a Deliverance Minister of the Catholic Church.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is my favorite of the Monastery Murders book so far. The way Crow writes in these stories really takes you there and delves into history, so writing about a mystery involving... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Adam Graham, Superhero and Detective Fiction Author
ust love all of Felicity ' s adventures. Donna does have such a way of putting the reader right there. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Laura Johnson
Another great read, this is the third of a trilogy, The monastery Murders. In the tradition of the great who done it, set in places familiar to me.Published 24 months ago by Fortescue
I have enjoyed this series by this author, and was very excited to read this most recent one, but I don't feel it was up to her previous standards. Read morePublished on January 13, 2014 by oldmoviefan
This is one of those books that I really wanted to like. I fully enjoy mysteries, and Christian mysteries are often quite intriguing. Read morePublished on December 29, 2013 by Ruth A. Hill
While attending the dawn service of Ascension, Felicity is horrified to see someone fall from the tower and land at her feet. Read morePublished on September 2, 2013 by Iola
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... Read morePublished on September 2, 2013 by Jeffrey C. Reynolds
Have read all of Donna Fletcher Crow's Monastery Murders to date and this was no less interesting in its suspense than any of the others. Can't wait for the next one.Published on July 13, 2013 by Eunice Smith
The hero's journey or the pilgrim's progress, Donna Fletcher Crow's An Unholy Communion leads Felicity and her fiancé, Father Anthony, into the third murder investigation of... Read morePublished on July 9, 2013 by Sheila Deeth