From Publishers Weekly
Set during a single day, Agatha-winner Spencer-Fleming's explosive fourth mystery (after 2004's Out of the Deep I Cry
) takes Rev. Clare Fergusson and Millers Kill, N.Y., police chief Russ Van Alstyne far from the tranquility offered by the Anglican services of morning prayer, Order for Noonday and Evensong. A phone call at 5:15 on a cold November morning leads Clare—ex-army helicopter pilot and rector of St. Alban's Episcopal Church—to join the local search and rescue team to look for the missing sister of recluse Eugene van der Hoeven, head of the 250,000-acre Haudenosaunee estate. On a day when she should be at St. Alban's preparing for the bishop's annual visit, Clare finds herself involved with Russ in an investigation involving brutal beatings, kidnapping and murder. As the day unfolds, Clare and Russ are compelled to examine their own relationship when the diocesan deacon arrives early to discuss a "serious matter" with Clare. Given her seminary training and her army background, it's not surprising that Clare deals with all that comes her way with energy, expertise, sensitivity and humor. Spencer-Fleming has brought alive the people and environs of Millers Kill in another riveting mystery.
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Episcopalian priest Clare Fergusson should be preparing for the bishop's annual visit, but she is called to join the Millers Kill, New York, Search and Rescue Squad to look for Millicent van der Hoeven, who disappeared in the woods the previous evening. Millicent and her siblings were about to sell their childhood home and the surrounding land to a company that, in turn, was planning to lease it to the Adirondack Conservancy Corporation. Did Millicent lose her way, or was she kidnapped to postpone the sale, which would adversely affect a local lumbering operation? Blackmail and possible ecoterrorism complicate matters as Clare works with Sheriff Russ Van Alstyne, with whom she enjoys an ambiguously platonic relationship. -Spencer-Fleming makes effective use of her vividly realized Adirondack setting, and she keeps the story moving at a good clip, although the connections between some events stretch credulity a bit. The fourth installment in a satisfying series. Sue O'BrienCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved