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“Easily the best yet in what was already an amazing series. . . . Subtle, intense, tough, tender, intelligent--a definite must-read and an automatic book of the year.” Lee Child
“In a story as unpredictable as its characters, the resolution takes this series in a direction that should give the good bishop heart palpitations.” The New York Times Book Review
“Intricately plotted and packs plenty of unexpected surprises . . . and a gutsy ending.” The Boston Globe
“Her most captivating yet . . . Fans, once they start reading, will hang Do Not Disturb signs on their doors.” Publishers Weekly
“The compelling characters bring to life this riveting installment that's quite possibly the best in the series.” RT Book Reviews
Clare Fergusson, a helicopter pilot turned Episcopal priest, and Russ Van Alstyne, police chief of Millers Kills, N.Y., are suffering in the wake of their affair in Anthony-winner Spencer-Fleming's fifth mystery, her most captivating yet (after 2005's To Darkness and to Death). After Russ separates from his wife and Clare's Albany superiors chastise her, the "problem priest" vows never to see Russ again. But when Russ's wife is found murdered in the Van Alstynes' home and the New York State police deem him the prime suspect, Clare risks everything to clear his name. The high-stakes plot evolves seamlessly with totally unexpected twists and turns, culminating in a climax that surpasses the drama of previous outings. Clare and Russ continue to struggle with their feelings and the confines of their respective vocations, while interesting new characters join the familiar residents of Millers Kill. Fans, once they start reading, will hang Do Not Disturb signs on their doors. (Oct.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
A happy ending is nowhere in store in the latest Claire Fergusson/Russ Van Alstyne mystery. Claire, the young ex-pilot Episcopal priest, and Russ, the married police chief of upstate New York's Millers Kill, must come to terms with their feelings for each other while working together to solve yet another murder: these compelling characters must discern who disfigured and killed Russ's wife, Linda. Russ is the prime suspect, and although his and Claire's relationship is a central element of the story, the mystery behind the murder is key. Suzanne Toren's strong reading and clear voice help bring to life the tale and the characters in this thriller. Recommended.
Denise A. Garofalo
The long-simmering unconsummated romance between Rev. Clare Fergusson and Millers Kill Police Chief Russ Van Alstyne comes to a boil when Russ's wife is killed. There are very few secrets in small towns, and everybody in Millers Kill knows that the chief of police has crossed the line with the local Episcopal priest. A week after Linda Van Alstyne, the chief's wife, throws him out of the house, a friend finds her stabbed to death on her kitchen floor. Russ's rage and guilt make him twice as eager to nail the killer himself, but there's no way he's going to be left in charge of his estranged wife's murder. Hard-nosed Emiley Jensen, from the New York State Bureau of Criminal Investigation, is soon on hand to sideline him from the case and threaten to arrest him. Over at St. Alban's, Clare has acquired a watchdog of her own, brightly repressive deacon Elizabeth de Groot, because her bishop has become so concerned about her uniquely activist approach to pastoral ministry. The case produces a series of well-planned shocks unusual in their intensity even for Spencer-Fleming. But its nerve center is the lacerating relationship between two people who can't live with or without each other. The fifth installment of this underrated series tops even the pyrotechnics of To Darkness and to Death (2005)-even as it leaves you wondering whether it'll be the last we'll hear of Russ and Clare.