In the Bleak Midwinter

In the Bleak Midwinter is Julia Spencer-Fleming's debut of her wonderful Clare Ferguson/Russ Van Alstyne series.  When I first read this book, I was amazed at how efficiently and effectively she creates characters within the first chapter of the book. I've read it many times since then as well as devouring the rest of the series, and these are compelling stories of real people as well as intriguing mysteries. Clare Ferguson is the newly appointed Rector of St. Alban's Episcopal Church in the very upstate New York community of Miller's Kill. She's an army veteran and pilot, who--as the first female priest at St. Alban's--finds herself discomfiting the traditional congregation. Russ Van Alstyne is the Chief of Police, a Vietnam vet who returned to his hometown to take up the badge. When an abandoned baby is found on the church doorstep, Russ and Clare are thrown together as they try to untangle a web of despair that threatens the peace of their community. Recommended by Sarah.

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In the Bleak Midwinter: A Clare Fergusson and Russ Van Alstyne Mystery (Fergusson/Van Alstyne Mysteries #1) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250006516
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Published: Minotaur Books - January 3rd, 2012

It's a cold, snowy December in the upstate New York town of Millers Kill, and newly ordained Clare Fergusson is on thin ice as the first female priest of its small Episcopal church. The ancient regime running the parish covertly demands that she prove herself as a leader.