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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

A Very Private Grave by Donna Fletcher Crow

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

"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.

Watch the book video:

My Mom's Review

My mom had a difficult time getting through this novel for a few reasons. First, the novel is strongly Anglican, but even if one can be patient in that regard, the story is overloaded with history and, in her words, "too much going on." She also didn't like to see profanity suggested by the first letter of the word followed by a dash. The mind still fills in what the word is, especially the F word. This is simply unnecessary in a Christian novel and frankly disgusted her. Still, she did enjoy the trips across England, some of the history, and the puzzles the protagonists needed to solve to unravel the mystery. But overall, she finished the novel with a dissatisfied feeling. Sorry. She truly wishes she could have been more positive on this one.


  1. mark! I'm Aghast! What on earth did your mother see? I have NEVER used the F word or any swearing in any of my writing? I'm terribly sorry for anything that might have been interpreted that way.

    Word of explanation--Felicity and Antony and crew are Anglican (Episcopalian) not Catholic.

    Again, so sorry for the confusion.

  2. Hi, Donna. I'm sorry, but I don't have the novel with me to check. My mom has it, and I'm just going off her comments to me. She said swear words were suggested by the first letter of the word followed by a dash, but perhaps she misunderstood. (?) I can check with my mom on this. I've changed the word "Catholic" to "Anglican." Thank you.