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A Fountain Filled with Blood (Clare Fergusson/Russ Van Alstyne Series #2)

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  • Posted February 28, 2012

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    Addicted to this series

    I have become addicted to this series. Was looking for a good mystery series and came across Julia Spencer-Fleming's Claire Fergusson and Russ Van Alstyne Mystery series. I'm on book four now and looking forward to the rest. Good story lines in each book with a mystery plot that keeps you turning the page with a touch of humor throughout the story. The mystery plot is not rushed, but well paced as the mystery unfolds. Each book leads to the further development in the relationship between Claire, a single Episcopalian Priest and Russ, a married Chief of Police. Each struggle with a moral compass, trying to keep a delicate balance, fighting what they feel for each other and doing what's moral and right. The relationship is not rushed in each book, either, so that you want to keep reading the next book to see where they are going and where they will end up. Book Two in the series has an interesting mystery plot focusing on the harassment and physical attacks, one of which proves fatal, on male characters who are in a loving and committed relationship and one who is a young unassuming and successful small town businessman. The story line is tastefully done. The victims are normal loving and caring people who you come to understand and care about.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2011

    Love this series

    The main characters unforgettable, the plot griping.

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  • Posted September 14, 2011

    Recommend

    Really like this author...purchase one of her books in the bargain section and loved it..I am now reading all her books.....good writer

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  • Posted July 23, 2011

    Addicted.

    I picked up 'A Bleak Midwinter' in my work lunchroom because I liked the color of the paperback. I read the first page and couldnt put it down. What piqued my interest and drew me further in was that the heroine was a reverend. It was refreshing Julia Spencer Fleming is a master storyteller. I read the whole series in less than a month. Absolutely loved it. My family can attest to my withdrawls in between waiting for the last four books that I foolishly waited to order after the first three. I should've bought them all at the same time!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2003

    A Great Follow-Up to 'In A Bleak Midwinter'

    'A Fountain Filled With Blood' is a compelling and exciting follow-up to the author's debut novel, 'In a Bleak Midwinter.' In this book, Clare Fergusson, an Episcopal priest, and Russ Van Alstyne, the local police chief, must deal with such serious issues as gay-bashing and environmental protection vs. community development to solve the murder of a local developer. The book has realistic characters, a great sense of setting, and some page-turning action. Highly recommended. And when you are finished with the book and want more of Clare and Russ, go back and reread 'In the Bleak Midwinter' and see things that you didn't catch the first time around. Can't wait until the next installment.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    great amateur sleuth-police procedural

    Clare Fergusson was a US Army Captain helicopter pilot when she got the calling to serve God. She resigned her commission, went into seminary school and graduated to become an Episcopalian Minister in the small Adirondack town of Miller¿s Kill. She and Police Chief Russ Van Alstyne have kept their distance from each other for over a year because they don¿t want their mutual attraction to each other to be revealed to his wife. When two gay men are brutally attacked and a third one is killed Claire finds herself in the middle of the investigation despite Russ¿ efforts to keep her out of it and safe. Although she takes reckless chances, she discovers some important evidence that leads them to the ringleader of the conspiracy plot. However, Russ and Clare almost lose their lives in a sabotaged helicopter when they try to save a man who is near death even though he played a part in the conspiracy. Julia Spencer-Fleming follows up her award winning IN THE BLEAK MIDWINTER with a great amateur sleuth-police procedural. The protagonists make a good team and their attraction to one another is handled with delicacy and good taste. There are so many red herrings interwoven in the plot that readers won¿t know why these crimes have been committed until the very last page. Harriet Klausner

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