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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
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4 stars, based on 131 ratings
Publisher: St. Martin's Minotaur
Book Type: Paperback
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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.
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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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I really like this series and will read more. Clare Fergusson is an Episcopal priest in a conservative parish who may not be quite ready for her. A newborn infant is left at the door of the church and the search for the mom leads to many secrets in the small New England village.
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This is the frist book in the series, with Clare Fergusson, the new priest at St Alban's aad her friend, the town police cheif Russ Van Alstyne. I did't think I would like this mystery, but I loved it.
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First book in a series, hope to find book #2 out there at PBS
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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.
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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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