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In the Bleak Midwinter: A Clare Fergusson/Russ Van Alsyne Novel (Russ Van… (original 2002; edition 2012)

by Julia Spencer-Fleming

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Title:In the Bleak Midwinter: A Clare Fergusson/Russ Van Alsyne Novel (Russ Van Alstyne and Clare Fergusson)
Authors:Julia Spencer-Fleming
Info:Minotaur Books (2012), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 320 pages
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Ex-Army chopper pilot Clare Fergusson is starting her new calling as an Episcopal parish priest in a small New England town. She is just getting to know her congregation and new surroundings (including a rough New England winter), when a new born baby is left on the church’s doorstep. A few days later, a young woman’s body is found in the local lake and the mystery around the baby deepens. Reverend Clare is not one to stand back and let the local sheriff’s office handle the case without her help. She becomes involved to the point that she ends up putting her own life at risk.
I really enjoyed this book. The mystery is good – the author gives enough clues that you think you have it figured out – but then something else happens to change your mind. The two main characters are well developed and are both very likeable. The only complaint I have is that Clare often seems to take more upon herself than she should – I found myself telling her to “Call the sheriff!” several times. Of course, by doing this, she did put herself in several dangerous situations that added to the suspense of the book.
I am very glad that this is the first book in a series – I can’t wait to read the others! ( )
  peggy.short | Aug 4, 2014 |
My rear hurts from sitting and reading because I couldn't put the book away! ( )
  redheadish | Feb 17, 2014 |
Female Episcopal priest. Quite the page turner. ( )
  njcur | Feb 13, 2014 |
This was a fantastic mystery! The characters were interesting and realistic, and the mystery itself was complex and well-done. It was fast-paced, I didn't want to put it down, and I was disappointed when it ended. But luckily there are six more books by the author featuring the same characters! ( )
  sbsolter | Feb 6, 2014 |
First book about an Episcopal priest, Claire, and a small town cop, Russ, who is married. The try to find the parents of the baby left on the parish's steps. A couple of additional deaths later, the mystery is solved. I liked the characters, and will probably read more by this author. ( )
  Pmaurer | Jan 23, 2014 |
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Winter must be cold for those with no warm memories.
--Delmer Daves and Leo McCary
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It was one hell of a night to throw away a baby.
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Heavy Snow...Icy Desires...Cold-Blooded Murder
 
Clare Fergusson, St. Alban's new priest, fits like a square peg in the conservative Episcopal parish at Millers Kill, New York. She is not just a "lady," she's a tough ex-Army chopper pilot, and nobody's fool. Then a newborn infant left at the church door brings her together with the town's police chief, Russ Van Alstyne, who's also ex-Army and a cynical good shepherd for the stray sheep of his hometown. Their search for the baby's mother quickly leads them into the secrets that shadow Millers Kill like the ever-present Adirondacks. What they discover is a world of trouble, an attraction to each other—and murder...
 
In the Bleak Midwinter was Julia Spencer-Fleming's first novel, and it won a Macavity Award, an Agatha Award, an Anthony Award, and a Dilys Award.

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"It's a cold, snowy December in the upstate New York town of Millers Kill, and newly ordained Clare Fergusson is on thin ice as the first female priest of its small Episcopal church. The ancient regime running the parish covertly demands that she prove herself as a leader. However, her blunt manner, honed by years as an Army pilot, is meeting with a chilly reception from some members of her congregation, and Chief of Police Russ Van Alystyne, in particular, doesn't know what to make of her or how to address "a lady priest, " for that matter." "The last thing she needs is trouble, but that is exactly what she finds. When a newborn baby is abandoned on the church stairs and a young mother is brutally murdered, Clare has to pick her way through the secrets and silence that shadow the town like the ever-present Adirondack Mountains. As the days dwindle down and the attraction between the avowed priest and the married police chief grows, Clare will need all her faith, tenacity, and courage to stand fast against a killer's icy heart."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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