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A Darkly Hidden Truth (Monastery Murders Book #2)

Title:  A Darkly Hidden Truth (Monastery Murders #2)
Author:  Donna Fletcher Crow
Pages:  361
Year:  2011
Publisher:  Monarch Books
                What is an icon?  Webster’s defines an icon as an image or representation.  In this second novel in the “Monastery Murders” series, Father Antony is asked by his superior to find a missing religious icon that has been stolen from their college.  This search begins just a few weeks after the conclusion of the first book in the series, A Very Private Grave.
                Father Antony realizes he has fallen in love with Felicity, but just as he gets up his nerve to talk about it, she declares she is going on a tour of some of the convents in the area with a view to becoming a nun!  Before she leaves, he tries to get her to help him find the missing relic.  She points him in the direction of another ordinand at the college who could help him.  Just as she is speaking with him, she receives a letter from her estranged mother.  Apparently she will be arriving in London quite soon and is getting a divorce from her father!  She asks Father Antony to pick up her mother at the train station and take her to a hotel, and then Felicity leaves on her trip.  Father Antony and Neville set out on their search only to arrive at the same place as Felicity and with her mother in tow!
                Well, this just begins the adventure.  Soon after meeting up, Antony and Felicity are together embroiled in mystery, deception and murder.  As they continue to follow the clues, they discover that there is more going on than meets the eye.  Is there a secret band of knights stealing religious icons?  Felicity’s mother tags along for the journey as well.  As with her other book in this series, the author includes great details of history.  There is a lot of information to take in, but it is worth it.  I was captivated and found this history so interesting.  There was so much I didn’t know about the history of the saints and icons of the early church.  Plus, there is lots of action, too!
                As Felicity spends more time with her mother, her memories of her family life in the past surface and she begins to see some things weren’t as bad as she thought.  Felicity is also on a spiritual quest.  One moment she is sure she wants the peaceful life of a nun, but then she is thrown into action and feels so alive.  She and Antony are both fearful of revealing their feelings to one another, so that adds to the tension of the storyline.  How do you know what your life’s course is to be?
                This is another great tale by Donna Fletcher Crow.  Readers see the mystery come to a conclusion, but also the reconciliation of a relationship, the beginning of another relationship and perhaps reparation of a relationship.  I was just amazed at how all this information was put together to create such a wonderful read.  British mystery lovers this one is for you!  I will be reviewing the next book in this series, An Unholy Communion shortly, so stay tuned.
                My rating is 5 stars.
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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