[CFBA Tour&Review] A Very Private Grave(Monestary Murders, bk 1) by Donna Fletcher Crow

Posted 21 October, 2010 by Molly(Cover To Cover Cafe) in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
A Very Private Grave
Monarch Books (August 1, 2010)
Donna Fletcher Crow



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. Find out more at www.donnafletchercrow.com.


“History and mystery and murders most foul keep the pages turning … A fascinating read.” –Liz Curtis Higgs, bestelling author of Thorn in My Heart

“A Knickerbocker Glory of a thriller, a sweeping, page-turning quest served up with dollops of Church history and lashings of romance. Donna Fletcher Crow has created her own niche within the genre of clerical mysteries.” – Kate Charles, author of Deep Waters

“As in Glastonbury, Donna Fletcher Crow’s descriptions of the English and Scottish settings in her new mystery are drawn with real artistry.  Lovers of British history and church history will be impressed by her grasp of both.”—Sally Wright, Edgar Award finalist and author of the Ben Reese Mysteries


Felicity Howard, a young American studying for the Anglican priesthood at the College of the Transfiguration in Yorkshire, is devastated when she finds her beloved Fr. Dominic bludgeoned to death and Fr. Antony, her church history lecturer, soaked in his blood.

Following the cryptic clues contained in a poem the dead man had pressed upon her minutes before his death, she and Fr. Antony—who is wanted for questioning by the police—flee the monastery to seek more information about Fr. Dominic and end up in the holy island of Lindisfarne, former home of Saint Cuthbert.

Their quest leads them into a dark puzzle…and considerable danger.

If you would like to read the Prologue and first Chapter of A Very Private Grave, go HERE.

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My Review(taken from my early reading/review of this book):
Death. History. Present. Unforgettable characters. Those are some of the things that make up this start to a new series by Donna Fletcher Crow, an extremely talented author. I loved reading this novel. The only down side I had was the very first page, the prologue. It sort of dragged a bit. But once I got past the prologue and on to the first chapter, Donna had me captured and pulled into the center of this awesome book right along side the characters. I felt a part of the story as if Donna had created me as a character.

Felicity is an amazing character. She really drew me in from the start, with her wit and her grit. She was all set to take on solving the mysterious puzzle of what happened to Fr. Dominic, her best friend and mentor at her college in England. Fr. Antony, who is being pinned as a suspect in the murder of Fr. Dominic, is partnered with Felicity as they travel this journey across the lands, following clues left by Fr. Dominic. These clues involve ancient history, and present day, making it more of a history lesson wrapped up into a murderous crime solving situation.I fell in love with both these characters as I, too, went on this captivating puzzle solving, spiritual journey with them.

A Very Private Grave is an incredible start to this series. It’s suspenseful and thrilling, full of lessons in faith and honesty, belief and a splash of romance for added flavor. There was a need-to-know-what-happened-next thrill to this story making it a page turner! The mystery is fulfilling and the historical aspects and lessons from God are intriguing and riveting. So, if you’re in need of a great new mystery novel, this 4 star book by Donna Fletcher Crow is the best place to start. It will leave you hungry for more work by her and make you anxious for the next book in the Monestary Murders series!

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