Book review: 'An Unholy Communion' is full of intrigue and suspense

Special to The Idaho StatesmanMarch 16, 2014 

  • 'AN UNHOLY COMMUNION (THE MONASTERY MURDERS)' by Donna Fletcher Crow (Boise); Monarch Books ($14.99)

"An Unholy Communion" is a captivating murder mystery with the backdrop of Wales and the Church of England. We follow Father Antony and his fiancee, Felicity, as they help solve a murder, but before they find the answers they need, the danger escalates.

This is the third in The Monastery Murders, and through this series we have enjoyed getting to know Father Antony and his American fiancee. Felicity is enjoying the beautiful view at the College of Transfiguration early on an Ascension morning, when a body comes from above and lands at her feet. The man is holding a piece of paper that has a picture of a horned snake, a sign from the occult group Orbis Astri.

Antony and Felicity have plans to go on a pilgrimage with several young teens through the countryside of Wales, but as they travel, it seems that trouble has followed them when another body turns up and several of those on the walk have their lives threatened - including Antony.

My take: I enjoyed this book immensely; the premise is extremely interesting as we follow the clues to find a murderer.

I have not read the first two in the series; however, I did not have any problems keeping up with Antony and Felicity, so this can easily be a stand-alone story. The plot is steeped in religious references and ceremony. I like the relationship between Antony and Felicity and look forward to reading more in the series. I also enjoyed the secondary characters; they were entertaining and added depth to the story.

My rating: "An Unholy Communion" is a book that mystery lovers will thoroughly enjoy.

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