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In the Bleak Midwinter (Clare Fergusson/Russ Van Alstyne Series #1)

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

54 out of 55 people found this review helpful.

One of the best mystery/thrillers I've read

I absolutely loved this book. For the longest time I have been a fan of fantasy/paranormal fiction and now you can't throw a rock w/o hitting one. The whole genre has become,for the most part, boring and over played. So I started reading mysteries. This book is original...
I absolutely loved this book. For the longest time I have been a fan of fantasy/paranormal fiction and now you can't throw a rock w/o hitting one. The whole genre has become,for the most part, boring and over played. So I started reading mysteries. This book is original. You don't pick it up and think this is just like this or just like that. I love how realistic the story line is and even the romance in the book is just enough to entice but not over done. After I read this book I ordered every single book in the rest of the series and if they're even half as good as this one I won't be disappointed. The only fault I can think of is on the B&N website they don't list the order of the series which can make it kind of confusing if you're wanting to read them in order...
Here it is if you're wondering.
* In the Bleak Midwinter
* A Fountain Filled With Blood
* Out of the Deep I Cry
* To Darkness and To Death
* All Mortal Flesh
* I Shall Not Want

Read this book/series. I promise you its worth your time.

posted by Nat-the-Cat on April 30, 2009

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Most Helpful Critical Review

3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

Good ... with potential

This is my first Spencer-Fleming mystery. My primary complaint is that "Father" Claire does too many things that are just silly, as a priest and as an amateur sleuth. I can't imagine a priest confronting as many of the church members/potential protagonists as she did --...
This is my first Spencer-Fleming mystery. My primary complaint is that "Father" Claire does too many things that are just silly, as a priest and as an amateur sleuth. I can't imagine a priest confronting as many of the church members/potential protagonists as she did -- otherwise, the idea of Claire as former chopper pilot and priest is a good one. Given the survival training she had as pilot, her inability to find the right footwear or clothing is a little silly. I do like her, and I like Russ if the author can rise above the expected and push this to the next level, it has the potential to be a series I'll look forward to reading.

posted by NorthShore on February 19, 2011

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