Title: An Unholy Communion (The Monastery Murders #3)
Author: Donna Fletcher Crow
Publisher: Lion Fiction
Felicity and Antony return in this next book of The Monastery Murders. The two are now engaged to be married. Antony has agreed to help Father Stephen take a group of young people on a walking pilgrimage through the countryside of Wales. Unfortunately, Father Stephen breaks his leg right before the pilgrimage, leaving Father Antony in charge. He asks Felicity if she wants to go along as his assistant, thinking they could spend some time together in a sort of vacation. Before leaving, however, Felicity watches as a young priest falls to his death during a ceremony. In his outstretched hand, he holds a piece of paper depicting an ancient symbol and then the paper burns up. What does this symbol mean? Did he jump or was he pushed?
Felicity agrees to go with Antony, trying to put the recent death behind her. However, she continues to think about the priest’s death and if it was murder or suicide. At each stop along the way, the group says a Station of the Cross, learns some history about the area or something about the people who once lived in that particular area. As their trip continues, different members of the group encounter one mishap after another. Is the malevolent force following their little group from site to site? How can they fight what they can’t see? Can they prevent more harm being done? What is this mysterious group with the ancient symbol hoping to accomplish?
I so enjoyed seeing Felicity and Antony’s relationship grow closer. Donna’s research is outstanding and detailed. There is a ton of interesting things to learn in this book. I really like how she has the character of Antony relate history to his listeners “as if they were there.” I also found it touching the reverence the couple showed toward their God and how they practiced their faith diligently. They really put their heart into each ceremony, service or station. One thing that I would have found helpful was a pronunciation key for the Welsh words. Donna puts so much effort and high quality research into her books, that I always learn something new. I know Donna is hard at work on Antony and Felicity’s next mystery, A Muffled Tolling. I’m looking forward to the next book in the series being released!
My rating is 4 stars.
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