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In the Bleak Midwinter (A Rev. Clare Fergusson and Russ Van Alstyne Mystery)

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A book by Julia Spencer-Fleming

In this debut novel, a riveting page-turner from start to finish, born-and-bred Virginian Clare Ferguson, newly ordained priest of St. Alban's Episcopal Church in the small upstate New York town of Millers Kill, is faced with not only an early December … see full wiki

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Author: Julia Spencer-Fleming
Genre: 4-for-3 Books
Publisher: Minotaur Books
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First novel isn't bleak at all

  • Mar 19, 2011
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Julia Spencer-Fleming's first mystery introduces her sleuth Claire Fergusson, an Episcopal priest in up-state New York, also a helicopter pilot in the National Guard. She has an attraction to Chief of Police Russ Van Alystyne-- because every novel needs a love interest. A baby is left on the church steps and the mother is murdered. The writing is high quality and artistic as Spencer-Fleming unfolds clues and characters. Although Fergusson is a priest, and has a strong faith, this is not a religious book, and those who read this just for the story will not be disappointed.
This was a promising first novel -- and since Spencer-Fleming has gone on to write six more novels for St. Martin's Press, it was a popular series.

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March 19, 2011
Nicely reviewed, Joyce. I haven't read this one, but I've enjoyed a couple of the later ones in the series.
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