Friday, April 17, 2015

A Sense of Place Part 2 by Author Donna Fletcher Crow

Since the ringing of muffled bells is an important through-line in this story I arranged to have a bell-ringing lesson from the Oxford University Society of Change Ringers— amazingly accomplished without anyone getting murdered, unlike Felicity’s experience.






















I visited all the sites of Oxford’s saints and martyrs which provide the historical background of this book, although I had to dig out my own facts without having Father Antony there to give me one of his vivid lectures.




A Martyr's Monument



















27 Street Frideswide Well















All-in-all, even though I had a somewhat less exciting time than Felicity and Antony have in Oxford, it was a wonderful experience which I have loved reliving as I developed the plot and my characters at my computer and am thrilled to share with my readers:

Translating an ancient document in an Oxford convent should be a harmless venture, but Felicity just can’t seem to avoid danger. It’s hardly Felicity’s fault, though, that severed body parts start showing up in ancient holy reliquaries. Or that Felicity and one of the nuns is assaulted. Then Antony arrives in Oxford with a group of students and is disconcerted to learn that Felicity has forged an uneasy friendship with his estranged sister. The family situation is further complicated when Antony is obliged to rush to the bedside of his dying uncle in Blackpool. The exultation of All Saints’ Day plunges to the anguish of grief on All Souls’ when Felicity encounters yet another body.

Who will be the next victim of the murderer stalking the shadows of Oxford’s hallowed shrines?



Donna Fletcher Crow is the author of 45 books, mostly novels of British history.  The award-winning Glastonbury, A Novel of the Holy Grail, an 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, An Unholy Communion and A Newly Crimsoned Reliquary as well as the Lord Danvers series of Victorian true-crime novels including A Tincture of Murder and the literary suspense series The Elizabeth & Richard Mysteries including A Jane Austen Encounter. Donna and her husband live in Boise, Idaho.  They have 4 adult children and 13 grandchildren. She is an enthusiastic gardener. 
To read more about all of Donna's books and see pictures from her garden and research trips please visit her website  www.DonnaFletcherCrow.com and follow her on Facebook for updates.




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