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Out of the Deep I Cry by Julia…
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Hot on the heels of her multi-award-winning debut, In the Bleak Midwinter, Julia Spencer-Fleming delivers the latest captivating mystery in her acclaimed series. When the local doctor disappears from the small town of Millers Kill, New York, it doesn't take long for the gossip-mongers to start insinuating foul play. Amid escalating suspicions that he was "disposed of" due to his ongoing fight to prevent authorities from cutting his clinic's funding, Episcopal priest Clare Fergusson and police chief Russ van Alstyne are enlisted to investigate. Neither could have bargained for what they discover, however, as they pursue an investigation that takes them deep into the past-to the Jazz Age, Prohibition, and the Great Depression-and to a series of sordid and horrifying secrets one family will risk everything to keep hidden.… (more)

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This one starts with a leaky roof at St. Alban's Episcopal Church. Clare is the new pastor. When the vestry gets together to figure out how to fix a problem they have been debating for a number of years, Clare is surprised to learn that one of the vergers is Mrs. Lacey Marshall who controls a trust that she can liquidate as she wishes. Currently the trust is funding a free clinic that is named for her father. If she liquidates it and donates it to the church for roof repair, that will cut into the clinic's funding.

Clare has just become aware of the clinic. She passed it by one day on her way to volunteer for the historical society and walked into the middle of a very small protest. Debba Clow is protesting because she believes her son became autistic after receiving a vaccination at the clinic. Dr. Allen Rouse has been running the clinic for more than 30 years. He began after Mrs. Ketchum, Mrs. Marshall's mother, paid his way through medical school and his residency.

This story has a number of flashbacks going back to the 1920s and 1930s and tracks the story of Mrs. Ketchum whose first contact with the police was when her husband Jonathan went missing. It also has a brief flashback to when young Russ Van Alstyne saved Mrs. Ketchum from drowning herself just before he went off to join the Army. The flashbacks tell about the loss of four of the Ketchum's children to diphtheria within days of each other in 1924. It talks about rumrunners and the buying up of lots of farmland, including the Ketchums, to put in a flood control reservoir.

These stories all weave together and come to a head when Dr. Rouse goes missing and Debba Clow becomes a suspect in his disappearance. Meanwhile, people have begun talking about Russ Van Alstyne and Clare's relationship even though they are trying to be above board and open about their friendship. Both are still in denial that they love each other since he's a very married man.

This story was intriguing and suspenseful. It is a great addition to an already strong series. ( )
  kmartin802 | Jul 10, 2019 |
In 1930, Jane Ketcham walked to the police station and asked for help in finding her missing husband. The officers tried, but Jonathan had vanished, and no one ever saw him again. Jane, stalwart and determined to survive, kept the Ketcham dairy farm running and used both her inheritance and the money from that successful business enterprise to establish a charitable free clinic.

Now, decades after Jonathan Ketcham disappeared, the clinic’s physician suddenly vanishes, Clare joins Russ Van Alstyne in the investigation and they discover there’s a link between doctor’s disappearance and a secret from the bleak, difficult days of Prohibition.

Alternating between the past and the present, Jane Ketcham’s story spins out as the mystery surrounding the doctor’s disappearance slowly unfolds in this, the third book in the series. Surprising reveals and plot twists take the story in unexpected directions and keep the reader guessing. And, of course, there’s the developing relationship between Clare and Russ. “Out of the Deep I Cry” is a worthy addition to the series and readers will find it difficult to set aside before turning the final page.

Highly recommended. ( )
  jfe16 | Jun 19, 2019 |
Excellent continuation of the Russ/Clare story, and great use of parallel storylines. ( )
  bookishkris | Nov 19, 2018 |
This installment of the Clare & Russ series is just as good as the first one. Taut storyline meets engaging characters to make for staying up too late in order to finish it! ( )
  hemlokgang | Mar 13, 2018 |
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On April 1, 1930, Jonathan Ketchem's wife Jane walked from her house to the police department to ask for help in finding her husband. The men, worn out from a night of chasing bootleggers, did what they could. But no one ever saw Jonathan Ketchem again...

Now decades later, someone else is missing in Miller's Kill, NY. This time it's the physician of the clinic that bears the Ketchem name. Suspicion falls on a volatile single mother with a grudge against the doctor, but Reverend Clare Fergusson isn't convinced. As Clare and Russ investigate, they discover that the doctor's disappearance is linked to a bloody trail going all the way back to the hardscrabble Prohibition era. As they draw ever closer to the truth, their attraction for each other grows increasingly more difficult to resist. And their search threatens to uncover secrets that snake from one generation to the next--and to someone who's ready to kill.

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It is refreshing to read of a strong friendship between a man and woman that is based on something other than hormones. There is more than one plot taking place in different time periods, but all is masterfully woven together. A very unique and interesting page turner. ( )
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You may have tangible wealth untold;
Casketes of jewels and coffers of gold,
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I had a Mother who read to me.

--Strickland Gillian
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Russ Van Alstyne had just gotten a tug on his line when he saw the old lady get up from between the headstones she had been trimming, lay down her gardening tools, and walk into the reservoir.
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