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Shadow of Reality
     

Shadow of Reality

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by Donna Fletcher Crow
 

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The Shadow of Reality was based on a murder weekend my husband and I attended at Mohonk Mountain House high in the Hudson River Valley in New York and uses my love of the work of Dorothy L. Sayers as a background. When the play-acting embroils Elizabeth in a real murder the lines between reality and fantasy blur dangerously.

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The Shadow of Reality was based on a murder weekend my husband and I attended at Mohonk Mountain House high in the Hudson River Valley in New York and uses my love of the work of Dorothy L. Sayers as a background. When the play-acting embroils Elizabeth in a real murder the lines between reality and fantasy blur dangerously.

Product Details

BN ID:
2940011815461
Publisher:
StoneHouse Ink
Publication date:
05/31/2010
Series:
Book One in the Elizabeth and Richard Mystery Series , #1
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
300
Sales rank:
774,183
File size:
523 KB

Meet the Author

Donna Fletcher Crow, who lives in Idaho with her husband of 46 years, is the mother of four adult children, grandmother of 10 and author of thirty-some books, mostly novels dealing with British history. Her best known book is the epic historical novel Glastonbury, The Novel of Christian England, which was awarded First Place, Historical Fiction, by the National Federation of Press Women.

After almost 10 years in the publishing wilderness Donna is reentering the fray with The Monastery Murders, a series of ecclesiastical mysteries featuring Felicity Howard, an American woman studying for the Anglican priesthood in a monastery in remote Yorkshire. When Felicity's favorite monk is bludgeoned to death she finds herself learning about a lot more than theoretical theology. A Very Private Grave, the first in the series will be released by Monarch Books (Lion Hudson) in May 2010 in the UK and next Sept. in the US by Kregel Books.

She says, "I write historical novels and contemporaries that draw heavily on historical background, because I believe it is vitally important that we not loose touch with our rich historical heritage. Those who have gone before us have worked too hard and suffered too much to preserve the privileges we enjoy for us to forget their stories. Reading of the triumphs of the faithful in ages past can inspire and strengthen us for our own challenging times."

Donna is an enthusiastic gardener, enjoying the challenge of growing an English cottage garden in the Idaho desert. You can visit her garden at
She also enjoys drinking tea with family and friends and hearing from her readers.

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Shadow of Reality 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
SheilaDeeth More than 1 year ago
Do you love Agatha Christie and Dorothy L Sayers? If so, you’ll love Donna Fletcher Crow’s delightfully English mystery set in Colorado’s heart of America. There’s romance, fashion (some old, some new), great characters, a touch of history, a touch of England and a touch of faith as well, as the protagonist tries to balance a desire for love with a desire for fictional romance, and the author balances past and present in two fascinating mysteries. I particularly enjoyed the strong viewpoint of the main character. Everything is seen through her eyes while the reader thinks wait a minute… and maybe… longing for the best for her yet gradually fearing the worst. The author has a pleasingly light touch with all aspects of this tale, creating a thoroughly absorbing sense of time(s) and place, and somehow keeping a huge cast of characters and players all delightfully instantly recognizable. The celebration starts with a murder (or was it accident?) played out on stage, and the weekend starts with mystery. Delicious meals are shared in intricate period costumes while diners discuss their opinions of the case. Meanwhile the protagonist’s conflicting emotions play out through wonderful external and internal dialog. I’d not read anything of Donna Fletcher Crow’s before this, but I think I might be hooked. And yes, I do love Agatha Christie and Dorothy L Sayers. Disclosure: I met the author on facebook and can’t remember how I acquired the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent, fun to read!
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Karmen Ailes More than 1 year ago
Big on mystery, maybe a little too complex for me. Good plot, but I would like to have seen a little more romance. Not the book for you if you are looking for quick, light read.
teacozy More than 1 year ago
This books draws you into a mystery within a mystery. Imagine being trapped inside a mansion with a band of mystery lovers and suddenly finding yourself caught up in a real mystery and a real murder. Add romance and you'll be in for an enjoyable read that will be activate your 'little gray cells'.