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An Unholy Communion (The Monastery Murders) Paperback – March 4, 2013

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Book 3 of 5 in the Monastery Murders Series

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"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. www.donnafletchercrow.com
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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: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,359,470 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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 pilgrims is a natural fit for her style and for the series. The pilgrimage is written about with great relish and I like the idea. The idea of Antony and Felicity leading this group of young people through England does shake up the dynamic of the series in a very good way and also helps Felicity develop as a character.

The mystery is intriguing. We get right to the point with the murder in the first chapter and then tension builds throughout the novel as suspension rests on various pilgrims. Also, the novel touches on the idea of evil, oppressive spirits, and deliverance, and I really appreciated the way "An Unholy Communion" dealt with. It treats evil and demonic presences seriously without sensationalizing it or making it cartoony as so often happens. At the same time, the book does have some appropriately scary moments.

An Unholy Communion is thoughtfully written and well-researched. I heartily recommend it.
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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. Unlike the other books in the series, I had culprits in this one figured pretty early on. Also, there is a huge amount of plot and character development leading up to the climactic chapters, but the final chapters of the book are rather one-dimensional and seem rushed. It's almost as if the author got bored or distracted and had to finish in a hurry. The book itself just ends, without really offering much in-depth explanation or "finishing." An epilogue would have been nice, detailing a little more of how each character had been changed by his experiences on this pilgrimage. It would also have been nice to have a pronunciation guide to Welsh words along the glossary.
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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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ust love all of Felicity ' s adventures. Donna does have such a way of putting the reader right there. She includes vivid descriptions of place, interesting and informative history, and an engaging plot line. I recommend them to anyone.
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Unholy Communion is the third book in The Monastery Murders by Donna Fletcher Crow. I have not read the first two and I am usually apprehensive reading a book that is not the first in a series. I was not disappointed and did not have any issues figuring out who is who and the past story-lines.

Felicity Howard, a young American studying for the Anglican priesthood at the College of the Transfiguration in Yorkshire, finds herself involved in another mystery. She is running late to participate in the Ascension festivities as she slept late. So instead of participating she is an observer and while observing she sees a black robed body come hurtling down and landing by her feet. The body has a note in his hand with an emblem that makes her wonder if this is an accident or was he murdered.

Felicity is engaged to be married to Father Anton, an Anglican priest, and they are both participating in a youth pilgrimage following in the footsteps of St.David, patron saint of Wales. While on this pilgrimage to the chapel of St.Non with a group of people varying in ages, Felicity and Father Anton find themselves being followed and other things happening en route that they find very disturbing. In trying to keep tract of everyone on the pilgrimage and keep everyone safe things become quite dangerous.

I found this story being very interesting for the historical aspects of Welsh history, Saint Non, mother of St.David. I feel that the author did an amazing job with historical details while keeping the mystery and not having the story getting too bogged down with historical facts. I enjoyed the book immensely so much that I have ordered the first two books in the series so I can get caught up in the lives of Felicity and Father Anton and I look forward to reading the fourth book in the series.

I received this book for review and was not momentarily compensated for my review
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