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Award Winning Novelist Of British History, Donna Fletcher Crow, Announces Portsmouth Bookfest Appearance On March 9, 2019

03-04-2019 04:08 PM CET | Arts & Culture

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Award winning author Donna Fletcher Crow has announced that she will serve as a panelist at Mystery Fest 2019 on Saturday, March 9, 2019. The event will take place at Portsmouth Central Library, Guildhall Walk in Portsmouth, UK.

Portsmouth Bookfest presents a series of literary events for readers and writers, adults and children, covering most genres. The long-running annual event is organized in part by the University of Portsmouth and local area writers and historians. Notable authors associated with Portsmouth include Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and H.G. Wells. This year's event will feature a talk by former MP and bestselling author Alan Johnson. Guest of honor, Simon Brett, will be the luncheon speaker.

Mystery Fest, started in 2018 as part of the Portsmouth Book Festival, is a collaboration between Portsmouth Library Service and Mystery People. This year there will be several panels and talks. The panel on which Crow will serve, aptly named 'In The Reviewers' Hot Seat', will be moderated by two Mystery People reviewers and academics - Dr Jennifer Palmer and Dot Marshall-Gent. Other panel members include Leigh Russell, Sally Spedding, Diana Bretherick and Carol Westron.

Crow says, “I am very excited for this opportunity to connect in person with my many readers in England. I’m especially delighted to meet in person with Lizzie Hayes and other members of the wonderful Mystery People organization which does so much to support excellence in crime and mystery writing.

“I’m also looking forward to exploring the south coast of England. It was a favourite holiday place for Jane Austen and the setting for her final, unfinished book 'Sanditon' which will be the subject of my next Elizabeth and Richard Literary Suspense.”

Donna Fletcher Crow is the author of 45 books, mostly novels of British history. The award-winning 'Glastonbury' is her best-known work, which received the prestigious First Place, Historical Novel, award from the National Federation of Press Women. Readers and reviewers have raved about 'Glastonbury', calling it "The best of its kind," "richly fascinating," "beautifully researched,", "gloriously evocative," and "panoramic." One Amazon reader said, "WHAT a work! Every reader can be enveloped in the sheer scope and quality, every historian be constantly nodding at the precise detail and accuracy, and every Christian can rejoice in the fullness of scripture. For me it is simply beyond descriptive praise. I would urge all who value truth to treat themselves to a feast."

The Lord Danvers series is an Amazon bestseller in the British Detectives category. Books in the series include 'A Lethal Spectre', 'A Most Inconvenient Death', 'Grave Matters', 'To Dust You Shall Return' and 'A Tincture of Murder'. Donna provides a no-charge download of 'A Tincture of Murder' for those who sign up for her newsletter. More information is available at her website.

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.

Donna Fletcher Crow's work has received a number of high-level industry honors. These include:

Glastonbury, First Place, Historical Fiction, National Federation of Press Women Award of Merit
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, Northwest Nazarene College
Juvenile Books Award of Merit, Idaho Press Women
Top Idaho Author
Pacesetter Award, Mt. Hermon Writers Conference
Outstanding Historical Fiction, Idaho Press Women, National Federation of Press Women,
Idaho Writer of the Year
Best Inspirational Novel, Finalist Romance Writers of America
Writer of the Year, Mt. Hermon Writers Conference

More information on the Portsmouth Bookfest is available at the group's website. Donna is available for media interviews and can be reached by email at 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.

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.

Press Contact:
Donna Fletcher Crow
PO Box 1613
Shallotte, NC 28459

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