19 February 2012

A DARKLY HIDDEN TRUTH - Donna Fletcher Crow

Felicity has decided to become a nun. She departs to visit convents in spite of her mother's imminent arrival and Fr. Anselm's request that she and Fr. Antony recover a missing priceless Russian icon before the Patriarch of Moscow arrives at the community for Holy Week.


Even more than the mystery in the story, I enjoyed the history lesson I received while reading the book.

I love reading historical amateur sleuth books like the Brother Cadfael series by Ellis Peters or the Hawkenlye mystery series by Alys Clare. I don't understand all of the religious information, but I can enjoy the flow of it and the life occurring as the story rolls along.

It was the same with A DARKLY HIDDEN TRUTH. It read just like a historical mystery, but it is set in modern times.

Since I was not raised with organized religion, I didn't get all of the religious ceremonial bits, but it didn't keep me from enjoying the mystery. It only enhanced the story, especially as Father Antony is a teacher and enjoyed relating bits of history to Felicity.

I look forward to reading more of this series and I am on the lookout for the book before this one, A VERY PRIVATE GRAVE.

Thank you to Library Thing with another fab book to read and review.

Five English beans......


Mary (Bookfan) said...

This intrigues me - reads like a historical but is set in modern times. I'll look for it!

Aurian said...

Nice. Question, do you have any idea if she is the same author as Donna Fletcher who writes historical romances, some paranormal, but mostly highlanders?

Vickie said...

Mary: I hope you like it as much as I did. It was really neat to read it, I kept feeling like I was reading Ellis Peters.

Aurian: I looked up the two authors names on Fantastic Fiction and they are two different people.

Sherri said...

Sounds like a good read. I'll have to put it on my wish list! Thanks!