A Midsummer Eve's Nightmare

A Midsummer Eve's Nightmare

by Donna Fletcher Crow
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Overview

A Midsummer Eve's Nightmare by Donna Fletcher Crow

Elizabeth and Richard want nothing more than a quiet, romantic honeymoon-- with a touch of literary charm. So they have chosen the Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, Oregon. Perfection. Until they find that Desdemona's brilliantly acted death scene wasn't acted and Elizabeth's costume designer sister and her actress roommate are terrified that they are slated to be the next victims.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940012369307
Publisher: StoneHouse Ink
Publication date: 03/24/2011
Series: An Elizabeth and Richard Mystery , #2
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 250
Sales rank: 1,066,922
File size: 511 KB

About 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. You can write to her at .

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A Midsummer Eve's Nightmare 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Christine_Lindsay More than 1 year ago
I've always been a fan of the traditional cozy murder mysteries. So I was excited to discover a modern-day voice that has captured that fast-paced and snappy dialogue that you would find in a Tommy & Tuppence who-dun-it. That voice is Donna Crow, award-winning English novelist who lives in Oregon. Her sleuths are newlyweds Elizabeth and Richard Spenser, an educated and stylish couple who are on their honeymoon. But these two are pulled away from their romantic trysts by the shady goings on at a local theatre. In the silent and darkened hall it seems someone is out to injure Elizabeth's sister, Tori, ... or worse. Amidst delightful snippets of Shakespearean speeches that are expertly woven throughout the story, is a hilarious maze of misconstructed dialogue and mayhem of action. Even the police detective quotes Shakespeare, proving the universality of the Bard. With an adroit hand at humor and sleek banter, Donna Crow combines a lighthearted romance with the dangerous world behind the curtain. And her characters Elizabeth and Richard share their Christian faith unobtrusively and with deft intelligence.
www.DebraUllrick.com More than 1 year ago
Romance, mystery, and.... Shakespeare? Yes. Shakespeare. I loved this book. I wish I had time to go on about all of its accolades, but I don't. I will say this, however... If you are a fan of Shakespeare, then this book is a must read. If you love romance, then this book is for you. And if you enjoy a good mystery, you won't be disappointed. Discover who is responsible for the strange happenings behind stage, the near deaths, and the numerous "accidents". It's not who you think. I highly recommend this book. Happy reading!
semosier More than 1 year ago
Romance, mystery and shakespeare, this novel is excellent!
Music_and_Mayhem More than 1 year ago
In A Midsummer Eve's Nightmare, Donna Fletcher Crow delivers many entrancing moments and plenty of suspense. Newly-weds Elizabeth and Richard Spencer take a second honeymoon in Ashland, Oregon. Why? Like the author, they're experts on Shakespeare and his plays, and the Ashland Shakespeare Festival, featuring a replica of an Elizabethan theater, is located there. As an added bonus, Elizabeth's younger sister, Victoria, designs the costumes for the plays. But soon after their arrival, the couple encounters a series of sinister events. And a murder. Crow provides plenty of suspects in her twisty murder plot, and the killer's identity remains a mystery until the very end. Crow's descriptions of the Elizabethan theater, the period music, and, especially, Shakespeare's plays, are delightful. If you love Shakespeare and want an insider's look at the theater world, this book is for you.
DeAnnaJulieDodson More than 1 year ago
I SO enjoyed this book! I love cozy mysteries and Shakespeare and this was a great blend of the two. And the honeymooning protagonists, Elizabeth and Richard, are sweet, intelligent and engaging. I bought the first book in the series, Shadow of Reality, and can't wait to dive in. Looking forward to more in this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I missed that this was book 2 of a series, but I wasn't lost, the story functions as a stand-alone while still seeming to develope the characters from the first book. As both a Shakespeare and a mystery lover, I particularly enjoyed this novel. The author did an elegant job of interweaving tidbits from the Shakespearian plays without making it too overbearing for readers who are not as familiar with Shakespeare. Overall, I enjoyed the story and plan to go back and read book 1.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago