To Darkness and to Death (Clare Fergusson/Russ Van Alstyne Series #4)

To Darkness and to Death (Clare Fergusson/Russ Van Alstyne Series #4)

by Julia Spencer-Fleming
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To Darkness and to Death (Clare Fergusson/Russ Van Alstyne Series #4) by Julia Spencer-Fleming

Award winning author Julia Spencer-Fleming does it again in this third mystery featuring Rev. Clare Fergusson and Sheriff Russ Van Alstyne in the small town of Millers Kill, N.Y. As the small town's gossip increasingly speculates about the Rev.'s ambigous relationship with the married Sheriff, a more urgent problem is the disappearance of the doctor of Millers Kill's free clinic, a town institution with roots in events from the 20s and 30s. Digging into the roots of these disturbing happenings, Russ and Clare find that painful events from the town's past can still roil the peace of Millers Kill.

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ISBN-13: 9780312334857
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 06/01/2005
Series: Clare Fergusson/Russ Van Alstyne Series , #4
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 6.38(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Julia Spencer-Fleming was born at Plattsburgh Air Force Base and spent most of her childhood on the move as an army brat. She studied acting and history at Ithaca College and received her J.D. from the University of Maine School of Law. She lives in a 185-year-old farmhouse outside of Portland, Maine, with three children, two dogs, and one husband.

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To Darkness and to Death (Clare Fergusson Series #4) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 40 reviews.
gloriafeit More than 1 year ago
The fourth book in the Clare Fergusson Russ Van Alstyne series describes a very eventful day in the Adirondack Mountain town of Millers Kill, New York. That may be a gross understatement. As one character states: “A murder, a missing person, and an assault case all in one day? It’s like one of those signs of the Apocalpyse.” As the book, and the day, begins, the only event of major import is that it is Police Chief Van Alstyne’s 50th birthday. He is doing some serious soul-searching, as he and Reverend Clare Fergusson are coming to terms with their strong mutual attraction, and Russ has to make a decision on whether to tell his wife about his love for another woman. But that is pushed to the background as sinister events occur. There is a land buyout about to come to fruition, 250,000 acres of timberland involved, affecting as it will the lives and livelihoods of many of the townspeople. Tempers flare, things get horribly out of hand, and violence ensues. A more traumatic and fateful birthday for a protagonist would be hard to imagine. The concept of stewardship of the land (and the local businesses) comes into play. Generations of landowners find that their values may no longer be shared by their children and grandchildren. Russ and Clare find that they have to go beyond their primary vocations to smooth the troubled waters, and try to find out what, and who, is behind the crimes. It is hard to find a sympathetic character among these people, most of whom have known each other – or their families - all their lives. As always, the author lays out the lives and backgrounds of the Millers Kill inhabitants very thoroughly, and in interesting fashion, and as the book approaches its denouement, the suspense increases immeasurably. (Parenthetically, I loved the tip-of-the-hat to Lee Child and his protagonist, Jack Reacher.) The constantly shifting p.o.v. did make the read difficult at times, but the good writing and intriguing plot made it worthwhile, and the book is recommended.
iPodReader More than 1 year ago
It twists, it turns, it makes you laugh, it makes you sad. The relationship between Russ and Clare is on the back burner, at a low simmer and we finally get to meet Russ's wife Linda. Meanwhile urgent business keeps all three of them on their toes. Another winner in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Where are the main characters? I LOVED this series until now. The lead characters I care about have only made cameo appearances as of the first 110 pages. I don't like any of the characters the author is introducing us to. Not sure if I'll finish the book. I should be at least interested in the story by now. Disappointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
While I have been enjoying this series, the plot and characters in this book were not even close to believable. I skimmed through a good part of the book because of this. I do intend to read other books in this series and hope that they stick more to the " who done it" style that I have enjoyed from this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Can anyone write a review without providing an entire synopses of the plot?????? All I want to know is if you liked it! Spare me the quick notes version people, please!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. I can't wait to read the next one in the series.
OldReader43 More than 1 year ago
I have read all of the books in this series and I think they only get better as the author expands her narrative. It is difficult to write a review of any of these books without giving too much away. But, if wrongdoing, life in a small town, the difficulty of being a clergy woman in present times, and the meanings of life and love interest you, this is a must read. It will be especially relevant to those of the Protestant faith who attend church administered by a local vestry or council. You don't have to believe in God for this book to be relevant to you but it helps if you believe in imperfect humans who are doing their best to heed what their individual consciences are telling them what is right. Ms. Fleming formats her books as crime novels but they really are much more. Not all of her plot elements are completely realistic but they are close enough to reality that you will recognize parallel story lines in your own life.
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Simply because the plot is sometimes just unbelievable and the characters don't make sense. I found myself reading and thinking, "Oh, come on."
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