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WILMINGTON, NC, October 18, 2018 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Multi-award winning author Donna Fletcher Crow has announced the release of the fifth book in the Lord Danvers Victorian true-crime series, A Lethal Spectre. The series contrasts the elegance of Victorian aristocracy set against the dark underworld of drug addiction.
In A Lethal Spectre, Lord and Lady Danvers are swept up in the glittering swirl of a London season as they present the Dowager Duchess of Aethelbert's ward to society. In India Lady Danver's closest girlhood friend is caught in the most brutal massacre 'in the book of time'. What could these disparate events have to do with murders in London and Brighton? This engrossing story comes to life with all the vivid historical detail readers expect from Donna Fletcher Crow.
To celebrate the release of A Lethal Spectre Crow is giving away copies of book four in the series, A Tincture of Murder. No-charge downloads of the book are available at her website.
"I am passionate about recounting events of history because I'm really writing about today," Crow said. "I am continually fascinated to see how events in today's headlines have their roots in the past. In A Lethal Spectre I found London's opium dens and the East India Company's opium trade reflecting today's tragic opioid epidemic.
"I also love working with contrasts. In A Lethal Spectre I was captured by the stark contrast of the elegance of London society and the horrors of the Indian mutiny. One of the greatest challenges of telling this story was tracking society events and mutiny events in a day-to-day parallel. I was able to do this through an invaluable archive of British newspapers."
The Lord Danvers series is an Amazon bestseller in the British Detectives category. Other books in the series include A Most Inconvenient Death, Grave Matters, To Dust You Shall Return and A Tincture of Murder.
Donna Fletcher Crow is the author of 45 books, mostly novels of British history. The award-winning Glastonbury, an Arthurian grail search epic covering 15 centuries of English history, is her best-known work.
The Monastery Murders are contemporary clerical mysteries with clues hidden in medieval history. Titles are: A Very Private Grave, A Darkly Hidden Truth, An Unholy Communion, A Newly Crimsoned Reliquary, and An All-Consuming Fire.
The Elizabeth & Richard Mysteries is a literary suspense series using literary figures as background: Rudyard Kipling in The Flame Ignites, Dorothy L Sayers in The Shadow of Reality, Shakespeare in A Midsummer Eve's Nightmare, and Jane Austen in both A Jane Austen Encounter and A Most Singular Venture.
The Daughters of Courage, Kathryn, Elizabeth and Stephanie is a pioneer family saga based on the stories of Crow's own family and other Idaho pioneers in the Kuna, Nampa and Boise area.
Readers and reviewers alike have raved about Crow's work, all based on her trademark meticulous research. Liz Curtis Higgs, New York Times best-selling author said, "Crow's ability to put the reader into history is remarkable." Christine Lindsay, author of the multi-award-winning trilogy Twilight of the British Raj stated, "As somewhat of an expert on Colonial British India, A Lethal Spectre swept me away with mystery set in beautifully detailed Victorian England and in India, showcasing an integral piece of history that greatly affected Great Britain. A must read for all Anglophiles and cozy mystery lovers."
Donna Fletcher Crow's work has received a number of high-level industry honors. These include:
The Banks of the Boyne, Silver Angel; First Place Historical Fiction, National Federation Press Women
The Fields of Bannockburn, First Place Historical Fiction, National Federation Press Women
Professional Achievement Award, Homecoming, Northwest Nazarene College
Glastonbury First Place, Historical Fiction, National Federation of Press Women Award of Merit, Juvenile Books, Idaho Press Women
Top Idaho Author
Pacesetter Award, Mt. Hermon Writer's Conference
Outstanding Historical Fiction, Idaho Press Women, National Fed. Press Women,
Idaho Writer of the Year
Best Inspirational Novel, Finalist Romance Writers of America
Writer of the Year, Mt. Hermon Writers Conference
Donna is available for media interviews and can be reached by email at [email protected]. All of her books are available at online book retailers. More information, including a no-charge download of A Tincture of Murder, is available at her website at https://www.donnafletchercrow.com.
Donna and her husband live in Boise, Idaho. They have 4 adult children and 14 grandchildren living on 3 continents. Donna is remembered by Idahoans with long memories as a former Queen of the Snake River Stampede, Miss Rodeo Idaho and runner-up for Miss Rodeo America. She is an enthusiastic gardener.
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