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All Mortal Flesh by Julia Spencer-Fleming
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All Mortal Flesh (2006)

by Julia Spencer-Fleming

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When Police Chief Russ Van Alstyne's wife is found murdered, he is suspected of killing her and controlling the investigation because of the attraction he shares with Reverend Clare Fergusson.

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This story begins with Clare on retreat at a mountain cabin in January trying to come to terms with her relationship with Russ Van Alstyne. Russ confessed to his wife that he had fallen in love with Clare in November. December found them in counseling and January found him kicked out of his home.

Meanwhile back in Millers Kill, a police call to Russ's house find the murdered and mutilated body of his wife in their kitchen. The deputy chief wants to keep the investigation in house but another deputy decides it is necessary to tip off the State police. He had no idea that the investigator would come in with an agenda to prove that Russ was the murderer. Russ has been staying at his mother's house but he doesn't have an alibi for the time of his wife's murder.

Russ is heartbroken and trying to investigate his wife's death. Meanwhile, Clare is dealing with a new deacon assigned by the Bishop who goal is to keep her on the straight and narrow. Things get even more tense and more confused when it is determined that the woman dead in Russ's kitchen is not his wife. Now the investigator has switched her focus to Clare as the murderer. And Russ is trying to clear her and locate his missing wife.

This story was exciting and filled with tension. The writing was strong. I felt so bad for Clare and Russ who were in the middle of a real no-win situation. They were victims of their own morals and ethics. ( )
  kmartin802 | Jul 11, 2019 |
The relationship between Clare and Russ takes center stage in the most unexpected way as a horrific scene plays out, pulling everyone into the chaos of secrets and lies.

The fifth entry in the Clare Fergusson/Russ Van Alstyne series ramps up the tension, the guilt, and the grittiness. The plot takes surprising twists, leading readers to unexpected revelations while building the suspense and taking the story in unpredictable directions. As is true for the earlier stories, the strong sense of place gives the narrative depth while all the expected, well-developed characters give the story its believability.

The emotional roller-coaster that is “All Mortal Flesh” is likely to keep readers on the edge of their seats and turning-the-pages-as-fast-as-possible up to the shocking twist at the end that holds the power to change everything.

Highly recommended. ( )
  jfe16 | Jun 23, 2019 |
A Clare Fergusson Mystery
  St-Johns-Episcopal | Feb 16, 2019 |
The fifth book in the Clare Fergusson and Russ Van Alstyne series is also the best. When Russ’s wife is found murdered, the people of the town point suspiciously at Russ and Clare’s close friendship. They are both soon considered primary suspects in the slaying. A series of stunning surprises turn the book (and the series) on its head. I so love this author, and this series. ( )
  dorie.craig | Jun 22, 2017 |
The Chief finds himself strongly attracted to the new priest, Clare Fergusson. His wife has kicked him out of the house- but then a neighbor finds her murdered, on the kitchen floor. Did he do it?
  mcmlsbookbutler | Mar 2, 2017 |
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Epigraph
Let all mortal flesh keep silence,
And with fear and trembling stand;
Ponder nothing earthly-minded,
For with blessing in his hand
Christ our God to earth descendeth,
Our full homage to demand.

King of kings, yet born of Mary,
As of old on earth he stood,
Lord of lords in human vesture,
In the Body and the Blood,
He will give to all the faithful
His own self for heavenly food.

Rank on rank the host of heaven
Spreads its vanguard on the way,
As the Light of Light descendeth
From the realms of endless day,
That the powers of hell may vanish
As the darkness clears away.

At his feet the six-winged seraph;
Cherubim with sleepless eye,
Veil their faces to the Presence,
As with ceaseless voice they cry:
"Alleluia, alleluia! Alleluia, Lord Most High!"

Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence, The Hymnal 1982 The Church Publishing Company
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To independent booksellers everywhere, and especially to (follows a long list of booksellers)
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Monday, January 14
Midway this way of life we're bound upon, I woke to find myself in a dark wood, where the right road was wholly lost and gone.
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