2 - 6 September 2013
An Unholy Communion
Lion Hudson (1 April 2013)
Donna Fletcher Crow
"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
About the Book:
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.
You can follow her on Facebook at: http://ning.it/OHi0MY
Interview with Donna.
1. Can you tell us something interesting readers may not know about you?
I was an only child growing up on a farm in the years before television so that meant long days on my own to read and daydream. I put myself to sleep at nights telling myself stories and watching the pictures in my head. I had no idea then that would lead to writing novels but I don’t think I could have had a better start.
2. Where did you get the inspiration for your novel An Unholy Communion?
Ever since I wrote Glastonbury, The Novel of Christian England; Bannockburn, The Story of Scotland; and The Banks of the Boyne, a Search for Christian Ireland, I’ve wanted to write the Christian history of Wales. When I read about a youthwalk pilgrimage from London to Walsingham I knew I wanted to do that and translate the experience to Wales as the background for finally getting to tell the story I had waited so long to write.
The Monastery Murders are contemporary murder mysteries but my amateur sleuths have to delve into a lot of history in order to solve the mysteries they are faced with. A Very Private Grave tells the story of St. Cuthbert, A Darkly Hidden Truth had the English mystics Julian of Norwich and Margery Kempe and An Unholy Communion tells the stories of St. David and the Welsh Revival.
3. In your research did you find any interesting titbits that surprised you?
I was amazed and fascinated by my whole time in Wales. I had visited that charming land several times before but doing detailed research taught me so much about its rich history and the amazing variety in its landscape. And the weather. I had never before experienced rain with such strong wind that it rained sideways. My English hostess, who knows about rain, is still laughing at me.
4. What would you like readers to take out of reading your novel?
An appreciation for our Christian history and an understanding of the importance of tradition. I fear we are in great danger of losing so much of our wonderful Christian heritage. I hope hearing the stories of the men and women who lived and died for the faith will have a renewed appreciation of our privileges today.
5. A fun question to end, if you could visit Australia or New Zealand what would like most like to see?
Oh, when I began writing our church librarian introduced me to the works of Essie Summers. I thought visiting a New Zealand sheep station would be amazing. Then our son John did a student exchange program in New Zealand a number of years ago. One of his favorite things was blackwater rafting through the glowworm caves. I would love to see those.
6. Where can we find you on the web?
I would be delighted to have you visit me at: www.DonnaFletcherCrow.com
And follow me on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Donna-Fletcher-Crow-Novelist-of-British-History/355123098656?ref=br_tf
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