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Through the Evil Days: A Clare Fergusson/Russ Van Alstyne Mystery (Clare… (original 2013; edition 2013)

by Julia Spencer-Fleming

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Title:Through the Evil Days: A Clare Fergusson/Russ Van Alstyne Mystery (Clare Fergusson and Russ Van Alstyne Mysteries)
Authors:Julia Spencer-Fleming
Info:Minotaur Books (2013), Edition: First Edition, Hardcover, 320 pages
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It seems that Ms Spencer Fleming knows what I like in a book better than I do. Though, at times these characters are annoying and make questionable choices, these flaws are realistic and consistent and add considerable depth to what are often ordinary plot lines. These are characters wrestling with big issues (solving murder cases) and very personal moral conflicts (he's married) that stave off the happily ever after for ages. In any other hands this would get stale, but Spencer-Fleming keeps me reading even though Russ and Clare seem doomed and I don't usually have much patience for that.
The important second point is that Spencer-Fleming employs some interesting literary devices within the Clare/Russ world. One book covers 24 hours, another has parallel plot lines separated by a couple of generations, that converge in the present.
Thirdly, I really appreciate the topical issues and sensibilities. There is a rough edge between social justice and law enforcement that is explored over and again.
Lastly, the bleak winter setting speaks to something deep inside me. A Californian missing the snow. ( )
  JSpilman | Apr 16, 2018 |
When is the next book coming in this series?

I feel so invested in Spencer-Fleming's characters, that I want to jump into the next installment of this story. Except that, right now, there isn't another. That is this book's only disappointing element. ( )
  Lynnsoprano | Apr 5, 2018 |
So much action in this novel! Takes place over the course of a week most of which is during Clare and Russ's honeymoon. The newlyweds are trying to adjust to an unplanned pregnancy while struggling with the potential of job loss for both of them. Of course no simple honeymoon can exist for these two. They are thrown into a kidnapping situation, a severe ice storm and a state trooper who becomes badly injured. Back at home Hadley and Kevin also dealing with the storm and kidnapping are also dealing with Hadley's ex who wants money or he will try for custody of the kids and expose Hadley's early porn career. During the turmoil these two finally hook up and become a couple but there is a cliff hanger regarding that.
Really wish I knew if Julia Spencer-Fleming is continuing the series. ( )
  bostonterrio | Nov 21, 2017 |
Julia Spencer-Fleming is one of the very best at portraying the nuanced personal relationships of her characters. The marvel is that she does this and creates a fantastic mystery, too. Periodic chapters from little Mikayla's point of view definitely keep the sense of urgency at the boil as do isolated locations and horrendous winter weather.

Some of the behavior of Russ and Clare (particularly Russ) almost had me talking to myself-- not that I'm totally wrapped up in these characters or anything-- but the mystery is just as good as the author's characterizations. I enjoyed myself trying to deduce the identities of everyone involved with Mikayla's kidnapping, and watching all the various plot threads coming together was a delight. For any of you who may be as interested in the relationship between Hadley and Kevin as I am, there's plenty of that in Through the Evil Days.

For those of you who love marvelous characterization every bit as much as you enjoy trying to solve mysteries, I can't recommend Julia Spencer-Fleming's series highly enough. There's only one catch: since the lives of the characters play such a large part in the books, if you're new to the series you should really begin at the beginning with In the Bleak Midwinter. Oh, the treat you have in store! ( )
  cathyskye | Aug 18, 2016 |
On the same day they are to leave for their lake house honeymoon, Russ and Clare each learn that their jobs are in jeopardy. Not wanting to ruin the honeymoon, neither tells the other. Concurrently comes a house fire that will turn out to be arson and a double murder, all in service of covering up the kidnapping of a seriously ill little girl who will likely die within days if she doesn't get her required meds. To make matters worse, the arrival of a horrendous region-wide ice storm will greatly complicate the police force's efforts to find the missing child. Meantime, two of our favorite cops, Kevin and Hadley, at long last rekindle their romance while, up at the lake, Clare and Russ set out to head for home, only to fall into the evil clutches of a pair of really, really bad guys, who just happen to be involved in the missing child case.

The author deftly mixes the personal lives of the characters with a series of brutal crimes. Russ and Claire are forced to face their insecurities in themselves and their marriage, and their fears of the future. In Millers Kill, two young police officers have to deal with their failed romance, past secrets, and current career ambitions. The victims and criminals are in turn hateful, pathetic, and human. Diffidently a 5 star read. ( )
  Carol420 | May 31, 2016 |
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"On a frigid January night, Chief of Police Russ Van Alstyne and Reverend Clare Fergusson are called to the scene of a raging fire that quickly becomes a double homicide and kidnapping. Which is the very last thing Russ needs. Currently he's struggling with the prospect of impending fatherhood. And his new wife is not at all happy with his proposal for their long-delayed honeymoon: a week in an ice-fishing cabin. The vestry of St. Alban's Church has called for the bishop to investigate Clare's "unpriestly" pregnancy. She has one week to find out if she will be scolded, censured, or suspended from her duties. Officer Hadley Knox is having a miserable January as well. Her on-again-off-again lover, Kevin Flynn, has seven days to weigh an offer from the Syracuse Police Department that might take him half a state away. As the days and hours tick by, Russ and Clare fight personal and professional battles they've never encountered. In the course of this one tumultuous week the lives of the Millers-Kill residents readers have come to love and cherish change forever. Readers have waited years for this newest book and Julia Spencer-Fleming delivers with the exquisite skill and craftsmanship that have made her such a success"--… (more)

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