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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 snowstorm and the bitter cold of her first Northern winter but also a conservative vestry, who apparently expended all their daring on hiring her, a female priest. When a baby is left on the church doorstep with a note designating that he be given to two of her parishioners, Clare calls in police chief Russ Van Alstyne. The foundling case quickly becomes an investigation into murder that will shatter the lives of members of her congregation, challenge her own feelings and faith and threaten her life. With her background as an army helicopter pilot, Clare is not a typical priest. Smart, courageous and tough, she is also caring, kindhearted and blessed with a refreshing personality. Likewise, the other characters are equally well developed and believable, except for the young pediatrician, who speaks more like a hip teenager than a professional. It is a cast readers will hope to meet again, while a fast-paced plot keeps the guess work going until the very end. Along the way, there is an exceptionally spine-chilling confrontation. The vivid setting descriptions will bring plenty of shivers, but the real strength of this stellar first is the focus on the mystery, which will delight traditional fans. (Mar. 25)Traditional Mystery contest.
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This first novel, winner of St. Martin's Malice Domestic Award for 2001, introduces an unusual investigative partnership and a probable new series. Russ Van Alstyne, police chief of Millers Kill, and Clare Fergusson, new-to-town Episcopal priest, first meet when she reports a baby abandoned at the church. The two later discover the body of the baby's young mother. As the investigation progresses, Clare runs into opposition from staid church members, two of whom will do anything to adopt the child. With superb skill, exact detail, and precise diction, this highlights credible personal conflicts. For all collections.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This was a great mystery with some turns I did not expect.Published 11 days ago by Jeanne W. Credle
This was a spine tingler written by a woman with a woman priest/detective. The woman was a priest who helped a police officer in a small town solve cases of who fathered a... Read morePublished 15 days ago by Kristi Komar
This is a great start to a super series you will read your way straight through. It builds a memorable cast of characters in a living, breathing town, and while there is a whiff of... Read morePublished 28 days ago by Sabrina Dent
I've been intending to read Julia Spencer-Fleming's Clare & Russ books for, oh, forever. Always something I'd "get to" eventually. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mary
Very well plotted. Good chemistry between the two main characters. I've never been to far upstate NY, but a friend who is said she captured the language and atmosphere really well.Published 1 month ago by Tony R
i liked the pace of this book but the naive, foolish actions of the female lead person put herself & others in exteme danger due to her faith in god & mankind in general; not sure... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Ed Deisley
Loved the book. Can't wait to start the next book in the series to see what happens.Published 3 months ago by DebKB