Book Reviews of All Mortal Flesh (Rev. Clare Fergusson/Russ Van Alstyne, Bk 5)

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
ISBN-13: 9780312312640
ISBN-10: 0312312644
Publication Date: 10/3/2006
Pages: 322
Edition: 1st
Rating:
  • Currently 4.4/5 Stars.
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4.4 stars, based on 41 ratings
Publisher: St. Martin's Minotaur
Book Type: Hardcover
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reviewed All Mortal Flesh (Rev. Clare Fergusson/Russ Van Alstyne, Bk 5) on
Helpful Score: 3
MORE SWITCHBACKS THAN AN ADIRONDACK ROAD...
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.
reviewed All Mortal Flesh (Rev. Clare Fergusson/Russ Van Alstyne, Bk 5) on + 49 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
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!
reviewed All Mortal Flesh (Rev. Clare Fergusson/Russ Van Alstyne, Bk 5) on + 4 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
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!
reviewed All Mortal Flesh (Rev. Clare Fergusson/Russ Van Alstyne, Bk 5) on + 2 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
This is an awesome book! I encourage anyone to read the series...it is great. So many twists and turns!
reviewed All Mortal Flesh (Rev. Clare Fergusson/Russ Van Alstyne, Bk 5) on + 1109 more book reviews
This is a well written book with a fairly good mystery at its center, flawed only by a few plot details that I didn't care for. Spencer-Fleming created the perfect mood for the story, and gave it a terrific, wrenching, bittersweet ending.

The heart of the novel, however, is its characters. Fergusson and Van Alstyne are acutely real, complex people who are sometimes difficult to like. They make bad decisions, suffer hurt and crushing disappointment, and sometimes have trouble figuring out how to go on. They made me want to keep reading.

I've only read one other book of this series, but I enjoyed this one enough that I may have to go back and pick up the rest.
reviewed All Mortal Flesh (Rev. Clare Fergusson/Russ Van Alstyne, Bk 5) on + 51 more book reviews
the next installment in the Clare Ferguson/Russ Van Alstyne series. You need to read the others first! This is great and deals as much with the characters and their relationship,or lack thereof, as it does the mystery. I can't wait for the next one.
reviewed All Mortal Flesh (Rev. Clare Fergusson/Russ Van Alstyne, Bk 5) on + 69 more book reviews
I _love_ this series. This book had two plot twists that made me want to throw the book against the wall. [Will these characters _ever_ get together??] Even so, I read the next one as soon as I could. And, boy-oh-boy, it made up for the frustration caused by this one.
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I always enjoy Julia Spencer-Fleming's Clare Fergusson/Russ Van Alstyne books. This one was as good as all the previous ones in the series, and had some super twists and surprises in it. An up-and-down roller-coaster.
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Another great, powerful look into the lives of Clare Fergusson/Russ Van Alstyne series! I can't say enough about these books! Love them all!
reviewed All Mortal Flesh (Rev. Clare Fergusson/Russ Van Alstyne, Bk 5) on + 46 more book reviews
Fleming sure has a way to keep your nose in her books. Just the right mix of mystery, action and emotions. Her's are books you hate to put down.
reviewed All Mortal Flesh (Rev. Clare Fergusson/Russ Van Alstyne, Bk 5) on + 9 more book reviews
This is part of the excellent series about Episcopal priest Clare Fergusson and police chief Russ Van Alstyne. This time Russ is separated from his wife when mayhem occurs.
reviewed All Mortal Flesh (Rev. Clare Fergusson/Russ Van Alstyne, Bk 5) on + 8 more book reviews
Great reading with good writing and lots of twists in the story line.
reviewed All Mortal Flesh (Rev. Clare Fergusson/Russ Van Alstyne, Bk 5) on + 1467 more book reviews
This fifth book in Spencer-Fleming's excellent series satisfies on so many levels. It raises some very thoughtful questions about relationships and morality in today's world while telling a story that's full of emotion and misdirection. The gossipmongers of small town Millers Kill are perfectly portrayed, and their interference raises the tension of this fast-paced tale.

As always, the two main characters continue to evolve. In All Mortal Flesh, Russ and Clare aren't quite as strong and capable as they've been in previous books. Clare seems almost frozen in despair, especially when the church hierarchy sends a deacon to oversee the behavior of their problem priest. Russ is almost brought to his knees by the death of his wife, numb with grief and regret, and reacting like a little boy when his mother arrives at the crime scene-- "short and squat and beautiful." Even Clare needs some of Margy Van Alstyne's quiet, no-nonsense strength, and when she soaks in the atmosphere of the older woman's kitchen, she realizes that it feels like her own grandmother's: "Like you had rounded all the bases and come home safe." Being able to see these two strong people when they're not at their best brings added depth to the story and to the series as a whole.

At times the plot seems a bit over-the-top and almost soap opera-ish, but I've grown so attached to these characters that I had no trouble suspending my disbelief. Spencer-Fleming employs some of the best misdirection to be found, and although one of the red herrings didn't throw me off the scent, I was annoyed that I did indeed inhale one of the oldest fish in the trade. Shame on me. Ah well, I'm going to chalk my mistake up to the fact that I was immersed in the story, and practically blind and deaf to the world around me. All Mortal Flesh ends in a heart-breaking cliffhanger that makes me want to pick up the next book and dive right in. In this series, the characters' lives mirror the real world. Everything is not wrapped up and tied with shiny bows. This fictional world is every bit as messy as our own lives, and Julia Spencer-Fleming has made me care deeply about what happens to Russ and Clare.
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Not a big fan of this series but it's an okay read for something different
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Love this series.
reviewed All Mortal Flesh (Rev. Clare Fergusson/Russ Van Alstyne, Bk 5) on + 305 more book reviews
A good friend finds a body at the home of the Van Alstyne's...a brutal, defacing murderer appears to be roaming the upper New York state community. Russ grieves with guilt and remorse. He discovers that even his friends have betrayed him. Finding the murderer is the goal of the police department but the state believes they are "covering up" for their own and sends a ruthless investigator who looks at Russ as the murdered. Russ's job is to find who did it and why.
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Great read!! Compelling story and characters made real by careful disclosure. Enjoyed all of this series.
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A must-read for fans of this series.
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I have been hooked on this series ever since I read the first one. This was very, very good. In my opinion it was the best one ever.
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I did not expect to like this book, but the ending was good. And the more I've thought about how the book ended, the more I like the book.

I have not liked the developing relationship between Clare and Russ throughout this series. Without giving away the ending, I'll only say that the book ended in such a way that I felt satisfied.