Monday, February 20, 2012

A Darkly Hidden Truth by Donna Fletcher Crow

Felicity can't possibly help Father Antony find the valuable missing icon. She's off to become a nun. And then her impossible mother turns up unexpectedly. And a good friend turns up murdered...

Breathtaking chase scenes, mystical worship services, dashes through remote water-logged landscapes, the wisdom of ancient holy women, and the arcane rites of The Knights Hospitaller keep the pages turning. Will Felicity choose the veil - or Antony?


This is the second book in the Monastery Murder series, the first being A Very Private Grave.  However, it is my first experience reading this author and I have to say I was delighted.  Felicity is a very likable character, who at first I believed flighty but who soon proved me wrong.  She has a splendid personality and believes she should become a nun.  However, when she discovers that the Lady of Transfiguration icon has become missing, she decides to find it.  Father Antony tries to keep her from the investigation, but to no avail.  Then there is Felicity's mother who is completely upset that her daughter wants to  join a convent. Rich in historical and religious detail, a blooming romance, murder, secrets and clever writing, A Darkly Hidden Truth is an engaging and exemplary read.


Donna Fletcher Crow is the author of 36 books, mostly novels dealing with British history. The award-winning Glastonbury, an Arthurian grail search epic covering 15 centuries of English history, is her best-known work. A Very Private Grave, Book 1 in the Monastery Murders series, is her reentry into publishing after a 10-year hiatus. Book 2, A Darkly Hidden Truth, will be out this fall, and she is at work on Book 3, An Unholy Communion, scheduled for 2012.

Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of a Darkly Hidden Truth in exchange for a review from Kregel Blog tours.  All thoughts and opinions are expressly my own.


  1. Sounds like an unteresting series...I'd like to read it.

  2. Wendy, *love* your Eeyore theme! When my daughter was younger we played Poohstix off the original bridge in Thousand Acre Wood. Now i teach the game to my grandchildren.
    Thank you so much for the lovely review of A DARKLY HIDDEN TRUTH. I'm so glad you liked it--and that you came to like Felicity. i think much of the fun of this series will be growing Felicity up.


The old grey donkey, Eeyore stood by himself in a thistly corner of the Forest, his front feet well apart, his head on one side, and thought about things. Sometimes he thought sadly to himself, "Why?" and sometimes he thought, "Wherefore?" and sometimes he thought, "Inasmuch as which?" and sometimes he didn't quite know what he was thinking about.

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