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Litfuse Publicity: The Monastery Murders #3; An Unholy Communion by Donna Fletcher Crow (review)

on May 21, 2013

About An Unholy Communion:

The newest offering in The Monastery Murders series, An Unholy Communion (Lion Fiction).

Following the ancient tradition, ordinands from the College of the Transfiguration gather at first light on Ascension morning to sing their praises from the top of the college’s tallest tower. Not one to miss any liturgy, Felicity finds herself swept up in worship as she listens to the timeless words. But her delight quickly turns to horror when a black-robed body hurtles over the precipice and lands at her feet. Her investigative instincts immediately kick in when she sees a double-headed snake emblem clutched in the lifeless hand. Was this suicide? Or murder?

You can purchase the book on Amazon.




About the Author:

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 about Donna at her website.






My Opinion:

An Unholy Communion is the third book in Donna’s series, The Monastery Murders, and it’s just as delightful as A Very Private Grave and A Darkly Hidden Truth.  As we have in the other books we are brought back into the lives of Antony and Felicity – who are now engaged to be married – and are thrown into yet another murder mystery, one that they try to ignore so that they can go on a pilgrimage with a group of young adults.  If you’ve read the other book, then grab this one too – if you haven’t read the others it’s okay as each could technically stand alone, just make sure you go back and read the other two after.

There are parts that are slow – this is because of the history and details that Donna weaves into the story – and this gives it a richness that some novels just don’t have today.  I must say that Donna’s books are right up there with another author who puts out controversial books about the Christian faith – however Donna’s are not controversial and even makes the reader want to know more about their faith, not having them turn away from it.  This also isn’t a murder mystery with lots of gore and blood and nonsensical romance in it – the ‘murder’ is straight forward without a lot of detail going into the scene and while Antony and Felicity are in love and they do hold hands there isn’t anything that would be out of order for Christians or those who are ordained or becoming ordained.

It’s hard to write a review about a book when you’ve read the others and reviewed those as well, however each book of The Monastery Murders holds something different as An Unholy Communion does – as the whole scene setting is different and as I read it has me wanting to one day take my own pilgrimage to visit the land of my Lord and Savior.  Also, I am allowing my 11 year old daughter to read it – that is how ‘safe’ I feel this book is, and I’m pretty picky on what I allow my children to read and she is enjoying it, even if some of the history is a little overwhelming.





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