An Unholy Communion
Lion Hudson (1 April 2013)
Donna Fletcher Crow
About The Author:
Donna Fletcher Crow is the author of 40 books, mostly novels dealing with British history. The award-winning Glastonbury, A Novel of the Holy Grail, an Arthurian grail search epic covering 15 centuries of English history, is her best-known work. She is also the author of The Monastery Murders: A Very Private Grave, A Darkly Hidden Truth and An Unholy Communion as well as the Lord Danvers series of Victorian true-crime novels and the literary suspense series The Elizabeth & Richard Mysteries. Donna and her husband live in Boise, Idaho. They have 4 adult children and 11 grandchildren. She is an enthusiastic gardener.
To read more about all of Donna’s books and see pictures from her garden and research trips go to: http://www.donnafletchercrow.com/
You can follow her on Facebook at: http://ning.it/OHi0MY
About The Book:
“Donna Fletcher Crow has created her own niche within the genre of clerical mysteries.” – Kate Charles, author of Deep Waters
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 ignore the strange emblem of a double-headed snake clutched in the dead man’s hand, labelling 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 rural Wales, encounter the same sinister symbol as they travel. Lurking figures follow them. Then a body is found face-down in a well …
“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
My Thoughts ~
I was really excited to read this book. Although I have not read the first two books, as this is the last one, I have heard a lot of good things about it. In saying that I feel that this book works well as a stand alone, as the important carry ons are explained.
For me, this book was mainly about the history. Never having read anything regarding this era, I found it really interesting. It provided a different storyline from what I am used to, which is always refreshing. However I found that the beginning streched out too much because of the extensive detail.
I liked the mystery aspect, and how Felicity was, in the beginning, always aware of her surroundings, looking for clues. For me, the beginning of a mystery novel plays an important part, for it as it builds the climax and suspense. Sadly, because I feel that it instead mainly outlines the history, I didn’t get the same feeling. However I kept reading because I was always wondering how it was going to end.
I don’t mean to sound to degrading about this book. It’s just that I haven’t read anything like it before and have to get used to it. There are some really good and encouraging reviews out there which I encourage you to look at!!!!
In case you haven’t read the interview, follow the link to get an interesting and exciting perspective of Donna Fletcher Crow