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2012 Favorites #8 A Darkly Hidden Truth

Title:  A DARKLY HIDDEN TRUTH (Monastery Murder Series Book 2)
Author:  Donna Fletcher Crow
Publisher:  Monarch
Pages:  365
Year:  2011

                Have you ever watched a movie, TV series or read a book looking forward to the upcoming action?  How about starting a sequel of the original be it a movie, television or a book only to not finish it because you were disappointed?  Let me tell you, this series written by Donna Fletcher Crow seems to only get better with each book.  Mrs. Crow is a writer who not only researches for her stories from various sources; she actually travels to where her stories take place.
                In this second book, Antony and Felicity are back on the track of another murder?  Not in this well written, highly intriguing story.  Each of the characters is battling his own thoughts and fears, all the while looking for where they belong, a question real people ask all the time.  What keeps the reader from putting the book down is that the path each main character takes is not the same one, yet they are intertwined in a way the reader seeks to grasp. 
                While most authors put the height of the story in the middle, Donna does a masterful job of placing action right near the latter portion of these novels.  She takes care to lay the groundwork from a historical perspective for the story, and then she brings characters her readers can identify with into the story.  There seem to be multiple stories happening simultaneously with the characters, though it isn’t hard for the audience to follow at all.  There are many themes woven in the tapestry of the story.  The players in the story relate to each other in some way, but that way is not revealed too early in the action. 
                The backdrop for the story takes place in London, and there are flashbacks to the years spent in America.  I don’t want to tell you who this affects though.  In this setting there is murder, past and present.  There are historical church icons involved, thieves, forgiveness, fear, love and so much more.  I give this sequel a 5-star rating as the brilliance of storytelling is evident in each page.  Donna Fletcher Crow ends her book with a chapter preview of her third book in this series.  Trust me, even without that added tidbit; you will want to read other writings that Donna has done as she has written many novels.   Visit her website at  I can attest this author loves to hear from her readers!  Grab a soft comfortable place to sit, something to drink and curl up for the adventure of a lifetime!

Note:  I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book.  The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility.  Other reviews can be read at .  Also follow me on Twitter @lcjohnson1988, FaceBook at

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