An Unholy Communion
by Donna Fletcher Crow
About the book:
Following the ancient tradition, ordinands from the College of the Transfiguration gather at first light on Ascension morning to sing their praises from the top of the college's tallest tower. Not one to miss any liturgy, Felicity finds herself swept up in worship as she listens to the timeless words. But her delight quickly turns to horror when a black-robed body hurtles over the precipice and lands at her feet. Her investigative instincts immediately kick in when she sees a double-headed snake emblem clutched in the lifeless hand. Was this suicide? Or murder?
An unholy communion is very well written and the author has a wonderful knack for setting the stage and building atmosphere so you feel like you are right there during the story. There were many different twists and turns in the story and the descriptions of various passages truly made you feel that spiritual warfare was involved. Unfortunately I didn’t really connect with this story as I found the book more of a history lesson with a mystery thrown in. I also had issues with some of the catholic parts of the book. Yes, it's called the monastary murders -but I found it to be very inconsistent since there are married priests in this story (the main character and the character that were murdered are both priests ~ one is married the other is engaged). It was interesting to hear some of the stories of the saints and reading the twists on the Stations of the Cross (not being Catholic I don't know much about the stations but it was interesting how he set up the little devotionals to fit the lives and needs of the teens in his care during the tour he was leading).
I was quite disappointed in this book as I thought I would connect with it right away. You might check it out from the library and see what you think about it before you buy it - I hope to pick up one of her other books at the library and hopefully I’ll find it as enjoyable as I think Crow’s story’s can be.
The author, Donna Fletcher Crow, is celebrating the release of An Unholy Communion with a Kindle Fire Giveaway.
One winner will receive:
- A brand new Kindle Fire
- Books 1-3 in The Monastery Murders series by Donna Fletcher Crow
Disclaimer: I was given a copy of An Unholy Communion to read and review on GivingNSharing. I was not required to have a positive review and no money exchanged hands. Thanks for reading!