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In the Bleak Midwinter (Rev. Clare Fergusson/Russ Van Alstyne, Bk 1)
In the Bleak Midwinter - Rev. Clare Fergusson/Russ Van Alstyne, Bk 1
Author: Julia Spencer-Fleming
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 Miller's 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 toget...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780312986766
ISBN-10: 0312986769
Publication Date: 3/14/2003
Pages: 384
Rating:
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4 stars, based on 131 ratings
Publisher: St. Martin's Minotaur
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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reviewed In the Bleak Midwinter (Rev. Clare Fergusson/Russ Van Alstyne, Bk 1) on + 57 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 6
I've been told about this series for years. Now I'm kicking myself for waiting so long to read it. The cast is full-bodied: a female priest with spunk, a cop with an absent wife, both of whom are veterans, and a town populated with interesting people.

The story is neither grisly nor smarmy.

I finished this book today, and immediately put the rest on my wish list.
reviewed In the Bleak Midwinter (Rev. Clare Fergusson/Russ Van Alstyne, Bk 1) on + 4 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 6
I don't know how I'm going to be able to wait until I get my hands on a copy of the next book from this author! This was a wonderful mystery. The characters were people you'd like to know, the mystery believable and more complicated with every "clue." I took too long over lunch to find out the solution, and now I'm disappointed that there isn't more! Find yourself a copy; I don't think you'll be disappointed.
reviewed In the Bleak Midwinter (Rev. Clare Fergusson/Russ Van Alstyne, Bk 1) on + 2 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
I really enjoyed this book. It's the first one I read by this author. It made me want to read more of her, and isn't that the acid test?
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Helpful Score: 2
I really love this series. ( and I found it through the bookclub). As an Episcopalian priest and a former army helicopter pilot Clare Fergusson is a unique protagonist.
In "In the Bleak Midwinter", the first book in the series, she has just begun to adapt to her new posting as pastor of a church in a small upstate New York town. The discovery of an abandoned child on the back steps of the church sets the plot in motion. While trying to locate the mother Clare meets and becomes friends with the local police chief, Russ Van Alstyne.
While the story line is intriguing it is the developing relationship between the two main characters and the very real dilemmas that they both face in their careers and their personal lives that makes this book (and the series) stand out. These are real people, trying to do the right thing both professionally and personally while being true to the high standards they set for themselves and others.
reviewed In the Bleak Midwinter (Rev. Clare Fergusson/Russ Van Alstyne, Bk 1) on + 88 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
Great, fast-read of a mystery. Clare is an Episcopalian priest, but she's not like most clergy members: She knows what the real world is like. She may be a bit meddlesome in other people's lives, but she's got their best interests at heart. She's a likeable character and so is Russ, the police chief. He doesn't go to church and constantly "takes the Lord's name in vain." He's a pussycat under his veneer of cynicism.
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reviewed In the Bleak Midwinter (Rev. Clare Fergusson/Russ Van Alstyne, Bk 1) on + 66 more book reviews
I started reading this book for three reasons: 1) The Kindle edition was reduced in price for the month of February; 2) One of the main characters was a religious figure (and met a task in this season's Reading with Style challenge); and 3) the reader ratings were good. I also thought a little break from often-heavy literary fiction would be a welcome change. Well - I was pleasantly surprised by how quickly I moved through this book and how captivated I was by the main characters: the female Episcopalian priest and the police chief in upstate New York who team up to solve a case smack dab in the middle of a very cold winter. I've already purchased the next two books in this series and I'm looking forward to more mysteries.
reviewed In the Bleak Midwinter (Rev. Clare Fergusson/Russ Van Alstyne, Bk 1) on + 52 more book reviews
Had great hopes for this, but got bored 2/3 of the way through, skimmed to the end just to get the solution to the mystery. To wit: baby left on church doorstep, female Episcopalian priest finds it, gets involved with both the investigation and the local police chief, end up solving the mystery. Just did not appeal to me.
reviewed In the Bleak Midwinter (Rev. Clare Fergusson/Russ Van Alstyne, Bk 1) on + 8 more book reviews
OK, I am hooked on Julia Spencer-Fleming's books and I have read three and am looking for more. I love the way she writes and since I know the territory that she writes about I can vision what she is saying. Good books.

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