A Very Private Grave follows Felicity Howard and Father Anthony as they try to solve the murder of Father Dominic, one of their colleagues and friends. Felicity is a an American studying at the College of the Transfiguration, in Yorkshire, to become an Anglican vicar, while Father Antony is the history professor at the college.
The story begins when another of Felicity’s teachers, Father Dominic, gives her his notebook to read, and then is murdered shortly after. His body is found by Antony, who becomes a murder suspect. Felicity and Antony must then retrace the pilgrimage from which Dominic has just returned, as they try to discover what the story of a Saint Cuthbert, who lived in the 7th century, has to do with the present day murder.
Quite honestly, there were a number of things I didn’t like about this book. I had a lot of trouble getting into it, largely because some of the character interactions, the supposed attraction between the main character, Felicity, and Jonathon Breem (who she is attracted to) felt forced. Now that I’ve finished the book, I see why Fletcher Crow chose to do that, but it made reading those scenes rather unpleasant.
The other major problem I had with the book was that Felicity seemed remarkably naive. I’m not sure if she was intended to be or not, but either way, it made it hard to get into the story and to care about the character.
What saves this book is Antony, who is a sympathetic and interesting character. I did eventually get into the book, and start to feel more sympathetic towards Felicity, although that didn’t happen until more than halfway through the book. Then suddenly, I wanted to race through the rest of it.
I can’t unreservedly recommend this book, but I will say that by the end of it, I liked it enough that I’ll check out the sequel. Overall, though, I’d say the book was just okay.
Book Source: Goodreads giveaway.