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All Mortal Flesh (Rev. Clare Fergusson / Russ Van Alstyne, Bk 5)
All Mortal Flesh - Rev. Clare Fergusson / Russ Van Alstyne, Bk 5 Author:Julia Spencer-Fleming One horrible murder. Two people destined for love or tragedy. Emotions explode in Millers Kill, where nothing is as it seems . . . and betrayal twists old friendships and evil waits inside quaint farmhouses. — Russ Van Alstyne figures his wife kicking him out of their house is nobody’s business but his own. Until a neighbor pays a frie... more »ndly visit to Linda Van Alstyne and finds the woman’s body, gruesomely butchered, on the kitchen floor. To the state police, it’s an open-and-shut case of a disaffected husband silencing his wife and putting a stop to the murder investigation he controls. To the townspeople, it’s proof that the whispered gossip about the police chief and the priest was true. To the powers-that-be in the church hierarchy, it’s a chance to control their wayward cleric once and for all. Russ and Clare must struggle against the reach of the law, the authority of the church, and their own guilty hearts.« less
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Lee Child is quoted on the cover as saying, "The best yet in an already amazing series" and I fully agree! Julia Spencer-Fleming has outdone herself in this fifth installment in her series of mysteries, featuring Clare Fergusson and Russ Van Alstyne.
Russ is the chief of police in Millers Kill, a small town in upstate New York. The new Episcopal priest in town, Clare, is intriguing; ex-Army helicopter pilot, she has seen and done more than one would expect from a female...especially a female priest. The attraction is strong between these two, but there's one problem: Russ is married.
The author crafts a great mystery, but also builds a believeable relationship between her two characters. The sexual tension is handled very well, making these novels more than your typical cozy mystery, and yet not quite as grim as a Cornwell. The four books before "All Mortal Flesh" lead up to this plotline very nicely.
There is suspense, tension, and twists that you won't see coming. I couldn't put it down, and I can't wait to get my hands on the next one!
Peggy G. reviewed All Mortal Flesh (Rev. Clare Fergusson / Russ Van Alstyne, Bk 5) on
Helpful Score: 3
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Possibly the best of the series, with life/death, loyalty/betrayal, certainty/doubt, love/hate throughout...outside characters interfere with the Millers Kill Police Department, St. Albans Church, and lives of the main characters, and we learn more about Clare, Russ and others. One of the few true "page-turners" I've recently read.
I have enjoyed all the books in the series, do yourself a favor and read in order. There is a such a good flow to the characters, language, descriptions and then add the plot and angst among the leads.
Plain simple, this was just a great read, keep them coming!