If you love mysteries and haven’t yet been introduced to the series, Rev. Clare Fergusson/Russ Van Alstyne mysteries, by Julia Spencer-Fleming, it would be my pleasure to introduce you to this wonderful author. The first book in theseries is called In the Bleak Midwinter which gives us an introduction to the two main characters: Clare Fergusson is the rector at St Alban’s, the Episcopal church at Miller’s Kill, New York, in the Adirondack Mountains. She is a tough ex-Army helicopter pilot, aged 35 when we first meet her. She had served in the regular army for 10 years as a helicopter pilot before she became a priest. Her partner in solving crimes is Russ Van Alstyne, the married chief of police, a former member of the military police and recovering alcoholic who has come back to his hometown to keep his personal demons under control. Do-gooder Clare can’t wait to solve the problems in Miller’s Kill and in this book that includes an abandoned baby left on the church’s doorsteps and a young mother found brutally murdered. Russ and Clare are kindred spirits and the tension between the two adds another dimension to this compelling series. On this snowy February day, I can’t think of a more perfect book to recommend.
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