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All Mortal Flesh (Clare Fergusson/Russ Van Alstyne Series #5)

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

A terrific thriller

In Millers Kill, New York Episcopalian Priest Clare Fergusson and Police Chief Russ Van Alstyne feel guilt over falling in love with one another as he is married to Lindy, who lovingly has been at his side every step of the way for his twenty-five years army career. Ne...
In Millers Kill, New York Episcopalian Priest Clare Fergusson and Police Chief Russ Van Alstyne feel guilt over falling in love with one another as he is married to Lindy, who lovingly has been at his side every step of the way for his twenty-five years army career. Neither Clare nor Russ wants to hurt the kind caring Lindy, but they failed to hide their needs and finally he dropped the bomb on her. Linda (Lindy was that naive army spouse) is divorcing Russ and moving on symbolized by her buying her first cat.-------------------- However, her friend Meg Tracey, having not heard from Linda in a few days, visits the Van Alstyne farmstead only to find Linda murdered. State Police take over the investigation to insure there is no conflict of interest in the homicide investigation of a local officer¿s wife. The case seems obvious: a disaffected uncaring husband eliminated his unwanted wife to be with his paramour. Adding to that theory is the Archdiocese has assigned a permanent deacon to ¿assist¿ meaning watch over Reverend Fergusson. Clare and Russ share culpability, but not that of the murder as the Episcopalian Church comes down on her for her transgression and the law on both of them while the townsfolk condemn the duo as much for betraying Linda and their positions as for believing they killed her.----------------- The latest Fergusson-Van Alstyne investigative tale takes a personal spin with the death of Lindy as Clare and Russ feel anguish over what happened to her. The story line is filled with twists and turns that will shock readers yet seems plausible as Julia Spencer-Fleming is at her best with this terrific thriller. This is must reading for series fans while newcomers will find this tale a delightful standalone yet enhanced by reading previous novels (see OUT OF THE DEEP I CRY) to gain a tastier flavor of the triangle.--------------- Harriet Klausner

posted by harstan on December 9, 2008

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1 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

Disappointed

A woman vicar with loose morals chases an older married police chief in a small town. Its like a bad joke. The characters are weak an unbelievable. They solve mysteries, there are tons of twists and turns. A regret reading this one.

posted by DivineMissW on April 8, 2012

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    A terrific thriller

    In Millers Kill, New York Episcopalian Priest Clare Fergusson and Police Chief Russ Van Alstyne feel guilt over falling in love with one another as he is married to Lindy, who lovingly has been at his side every step of the way for his twenty-five years army career. Neither Clare nor Russ wants to hurt the kind caring Lindy, but they failed to hide their needs and finally he dropped the bomb on her. Linda (Lindy was that naive army spouse) is divorcing Russ and moving on symbolized by her buying her first cat.-------------------- However, her friend Meg Tracey, having not heard from Linda in a few days, visits the Van Alstyne farmstead only to find Linda murdered. State Police take over the investigation to insure there is no conflict of interest in the homicide investigation of a local officer¿s wife. The case seems obvious: a disaffected uncaring husband eliminated his unwanted wife to be with his paramour. Adding to that theory is the Archdiocese has assigned a permanent deacon to ¿assist¿ meaning watch over Reverend Fergusson. Clare and Russ share culpability, but not that of the murder as the Episcopalian Church comes down on her for her transgression and the law on both of them while the townsfolk condemn the duo as much for betraying Linda and their positions as for believing they killed her.----------------- The latest Fergusson-Van Alstyne investigative tale takes a personal spin with the death of Lindy as Clare and Russ feel anguish over what happened to her. The story line is filled with twists and turns that will shock readers yet seems plausible as Julia Spencer-Fleming is at her best with this terrific thriller. This is must reading for series fans while newcomers will find this tale a delightful standalone yet enhanced by reading previous novels (see OUT OF THE DEEP I CRY) to gain a tastier flavor of the triangle.--------------- Harriet Klausner

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 19, 2013

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    ¿All Mortal Flesh,¿ the fifth in the Clare Ferguson/Russ Van Als

    “All Mortal Flesh,” the fifth in the Clare Ferguson/Russ Van Alstyne series, finds Clare, the parish priest in the small Adirondack, upstate NY town of Millers Kill, and Russ, the local police chief and married man she loves, having just wrenchingly ended their relationship. The following day, an even more devastating event occurs: Russ is told that his wife, from whom he had recently separated when he told her of his love for Clare, has been brutally murdered. Loving Clare, yet still loving his wife, matters are only compounded when both Clare and Russ are considered prime suspects, not only by the police but by the local gossip-loving town residents.

    With her usual adroit skill, Ms. Spencer-Fleming has written another wonderful tale of these very human protagonists in this book, available for the very first time in a trade paperback edition. The sense of place is vivid, and the wintry weather graphically evoked. There is a slam-bang ending with a final unexpected and stunning turn as this suspense-filled tale concludes. An excellent and fast-paced read, and one that is highly recommended.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 4, 2012

    Be careful what you wish for. This applies to the readers, not

    Be careful what you wish for. This applies to the readers, not the protagonists, of this book. Tragedy visits Millers Kill, with the resulting twists and turns we've come to expect from this fine author. But this time, there's a final twist followed by a final tragedy that hits home-- and Clare and Russ are overwhelmed. More I can't say without spoiling the story. Just read it!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2013

    A delightful read. Check it out!

    I have been following the entere series by Julia Spenser-Fleming.
    Ilove how she brings in the current issues of the day and keeps you guessing at the outcome. Seeing faith at work in her life is also presented in a very real, down-to-earth manner.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2012

    Disappointed

    A woman vicar with loose morals chases an older married police chief in a small town. Its like a bad joke. The characters are weak an unbelievable. They solve mysteries, there are tons of twists and turns. A regret reading this one.

    1 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2012

    Liked it, but...

    This is the second book in a row in this series that errs by having a completely unbelievable character in a prominent place. This time it is the female detective with an axe to grind. She is just too, too into getting Russ and Clare to be believable. Also, I thought the ending fell flat. Mainly, though, I am getting a bit sick of Russ going back and forth between his wife and Clare. Maybe you shouldn't read one book after another in the series.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2012

    Favorite Series

    Julia Spencer-Fleming has become one of my favorite authors. I look forward to any new books that she writes. You will love her fallible characters, perhaps because we have been there or known someone else who has travelled the same roads. This author manages to combine the mystery that everyone loves in a small town setting with believable and unusual characters. Not run of the mill.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2011

    Addictive!!!

    I have read all five of these in the last three weeks. They are like potato chips...you can't read just one. This one was excellent, with all of the twists and turns...she's with Russ, she's not, the wife is here, then she's not, who killed who. The ending was especially good...did not see that coming. Have to stop writing because I need to get on to #6!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2006

    Puts Spencer-Fleming in the Top Ten

    Winter in Miller's Kill brings a horrifying murder that will keep you on the edge of your chair. Plan to stay up late. All Mortal Flesh is Spencer-Fleming's best yet, and the others were hard to beat. It puts her at the top with Michael Connelly and James Lee Burke, among the best writers in America, yet the voice is all her own. Her writing is rich and satisfying but never bogs down with too much detail. Claire and Russ are all too mortal, and this story challenges everything they believe in. They confront human issues and current problems in a believable way. The twists will keep you guessing till the end. Very highly recommended. Read it--you'll be glad you did. I hope she's writing fast because I can't wait for the next book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2012

    Could not put it down

    Excellent read. Have enjoyed the whole series but this one was full of surprises.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2012

    I love this series!

    Wonderfully written and I love the characters. Sure hopes she keeps going!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2012

    A very good read

    Very Enjoyable reading....The story continues.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 23, 2012

    Great Series

    I loved every book in this series!

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  • Posted September 14, 2011

    Recommend

    I am now reading all her books after purchasing one in the bargain sectiion.....really like

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2007

    Loved it!

    I picked up this book at the library, not realizing it was fifth in a series. I read it, loved it, and am now starting back at square one to catch up. I love to read outstanding writers, and Julia Spencer-Fleming is most definitely an outstanding writer. Highly recommended!

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