Friday, February 8, 2013

Penner's Spotlight - Donna Fletcher Crow - England

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Penner: Donna Fletcher Crow of Boise, Idaho

Location: York, England

A Writer's Day in York
Donna (center) in York
York has always been one of my favorite cities in England— which makes it one of my favorite cities in the world since I’m passionate about Great Britain and its history.

When I began work on A TINCTURE OF MURDER, my newest Lord Danvers Victorian True-Crime Mystery, I was delighted to find that the landmark legal case of William Dove “The Leeds Poisoner” fit perfectly into the series because that meant I could set the book in York.  And since I try never to set a book in a place I haven’t visited, I had a perfect excuse to go back to York. 

Well, yes, I had been there many times before, but this would be a special visit because, not only did I have a research excuse, I also had an invitation to go in the company of three of my favorite writers of historical mysteries: Dolores Gordon-Smith, author of the Jack Haldean (1920’s) series, Jane Finnis, author of the Life and Death in Roman Britain series and Rebecca Jenkins, author of the Fr Jarrett Regency mysteries.

Coming from various points in England, we met at the train station for a get-acquainted cup of tea, then walked York’s historic wall as the fastest and most scenic route to the Minster where we enjoyed the beauty of this historic cathedral and the Roman museum in its crypt.

Here we are below: Donna, Jane, Rebecca and Dolores on the wall with the Minster behind us.

Then on to one of the oldest and most evocative parts of York— The Shambles. Shambles, from the Anglo-Saxon word for slaughterhouse, was originally the area where animals were butchered, but now it’s wonderful overhanging, timber-framed, 14th century building houses interesting shops and great places to eat. Which we thoroughly enjoyed with lunch at Ye Olde Starr, York’s oldest licensed inn.

Have you been on an incredible trip with friends? Do you have a tale to share from going to England? We'd love to hear about it. Please join the travel discussion below in the comment section.
Donna Fletcher CrowDonna Fletcher Crow is the author of 43 books, mostly novels dealing with British history. The award-winning Glastonbury, A Novel of the Holy Grail, an Arthurian grail search epic covering 15 centuries of English history, is her best-known work. 

She is also the author of three mystery series. Her newest titles are: An Unholy Communion, The Monastery Murders; A Tincture of Murder, The Lord Danvers Victorian true-crime novels; and A Jane Austen Encounter in the romantic suspense series The Elizabeth & Richard Mysteries. Donna and her husband live in Boise, Idaho. They have four adult children and 11 grandchildren. She is an enthusiastic gardener.

To read more about all of Donna’s books and see pictures from her garden and research trips go to: You can also follow her on Facebook at:

To find out more about her latest release, "A Tincture of Murder," click here.

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  1. What a great post! It must be fascinating to visit each place where your novels take place. And what better place than England!

  2. Donna, your post brought lovely memories of our day in York. I love the place too, and the Minster is one of the most beautiful buildings anywhere in the world. I make an excuse to visit York as often as I can; it's less than fifty miles from my home on the Yorkshire coast. And of course it was an important Ancient Roman town, so I can always find a bit of research to do! And thanks for introducing me to such a great blog - I'll be visiting again.

    1. Hi Jane,

      Thank you for stopping by and for enjoying my blog. I look forward to hearing your future input!

      God Bless and Happy Travels!