In the Bleak Midwinter

In the Bleak Midwinter By Julia Spencer-Fleming, In the Bleak Midwinter It s a cold snowy December in the upstate New York town of Millers Kill and newly ordained Clare Fergusson is on thin ice as the first female priest of its small Episcopal church The ancient regime
  • Title: In the Bleak Midwinter
  • Author: Julia Spencer-Fleming
  • ISBN: 9781250006516
  • Page: 124
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  • In the Bleak Midwinter By Julia Spencer-Fleming, It s a cold, snowy December in the upstate New York town of Millers Kill, and newly ordained Clare Fergusson is on thin ice as the first female priest of its small Episcopal church The ancient regime running the parish covertly demands that she prove herself as a leader However, her blunt manner, honed by years as an army pilot, is meeting with a chilly reception from soIt s a cold, snowy December in the upstate New York town of Millers Kill, and newly ordained Clare Fergusson is on thin ice as the first female priest of its small Episcopal church The ancient regime running the parish covertly demands that she prove herself as a leader However, her blunt manner, honed by years as an army pilot, is meeting with a chilly reception from some members of her congregation and Chief of Police Russ Van Alystyne, in particular, doesn t know what to make of her, or how to address a lady priest for that matter.The last thing she needs is trouble, but that is exactly what she finds When a newborn baby is abandoned on the church stairs and a young mother is brutally murdered, Clare has to pick her way through the secrets and silence that shadow that town like the ever present Adirondack mountains As the days dwindle down and the attraction between the avowed priest and the married police chief grows, Clare will need all her faith, tenacity, and courage to stand fast against a killer s icy heart.In the Bleak Midwinter is one of the most outstanding Malice Domestic winners the contest has seen The compelling atmosphere the kind of very cold and snowy winter that is typical of upstate New York will make you reach for another sweater The characters are fully and believably drawn and you will feel like they are your old friends and find yourself rooting for them every step of the way.
    In the Bleak Midwinter By Julia Spencer-Fleming, In the Bleak Midwinter Clare Fergusson Russ Van Alstyne Jan , In the Bleak Midwinter is a novel that draws in the reader, at first by both the vivid characterisation of Russ and Clare as well as by the atmospheric descriptions of the region but later by the deepening plot, as the case becomes darker and complex. In the Bleak Midwinter Clare Fergusson Russ Van Alstyne In the Bleak Midwinter is a novel that draws in the reader, at first by both the vivid characterisation of Russ and Clare as well as by the atmospheric descriptions of the region but later by the deepening plot, as the case becomes darker and complex. In the Bleak Midwinter by Julia Spencer Fleming Mar , In the Bleak Midwinter, without looking especially ambitious, is a book that repeatedly strives for, and achieves, nuance It wants to have a small town setting where everyone knows each other, but it wants to handle it with quiet realism neither as neo gothic grotesque as Donald Ray Pollock nor as full of cats and knitting shops as a cozy series. In the Bleak Midwinter Hymnary In the bleak midwinter, frosty wind made moan, earth stood hard as iron, water like a stone snow had fallen, snow on snow, snow on snow, in the bleak midwinter, long ago Our God, heaven cannot hold him, nor earth sustain heaven and earth shall flee away when he comes to reign In the bleak midwinter a stable place sufficed. Susan Boyle In The Bleak Midwinter YouTube Dec , In the Bleak Midwinter Susan Boyle Lyrics HD scenic Duration Giulia Zarantonello , views
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    1. The mystery is the only reason I finished the book I did not like Clare, I did not like Russ, I did not like the narrator That pretty much sums it up Knowing that many people whose opinions I respect adore this series and being aware of its awards, I have to just scratch my head and say but not for me As other less than favorable reviews have noted, the premise is fatally flawed The author tells me that Clare is a smart, competent war veteran while showing me a wacky meddler with a dangerously l [...]

    2. Apparently, this book won all sorts of awards and got glowing reviews in several respected publications, including my hometown Washington Post My only question is whether I read the same book as everyone else I found this book to be predictable, tedious, poorly plotted and characterized The main characters there were two were both conflicted, but their conflicts were sterotypical and the intersection of those conflicts telegraphed with every paragraph The points of view shifted around something [...]

    3. Clever Murder Mystery or Cheesy Romance Novel You Decide.Because it is so hot right now I got this bright idea to cool things off by reading a book that had a very chilly setting I d read good things about Julia Spencer Fleming s In The Bleak Midwinter and, since I had a copy handy, I decided to give it a read.As a murder mystery it is pretty good, clever, well paced I didn t figure it out prematurely The setting, in the Adirondacks in winter, was excellent, the writing was good, the plot moved [...]

    4. I am an avaricious consumer of mystery series, but there are so many stand alone books that I want and need to read right now that yet another delectable series is an unwise choice Well, too late I read the first in the Clare Fergusson Russ Van Alstyne, In the Bleak Midwinter, and once again, I m hooked Julia Spencer Fleming is another Bouchercon 2013 author that I wanted to sample before the September gathering, and I duped myself into believing that I could indeed eat just one I will begin 2 t [...]

    5. I finished this a couple days ago and the next three in the series and I m still having a hard time putting my reaction into words As my teen daughter would say, the feels are just too big So I m going to do my best on this one and hope it applies to the series as a whole as much as to this specific book and keep it relatively general because there s no way I ll be able to do this for every book in the series and I don t plan on being so detailed in future volumes.While the book is structured as [...]

    6. let me down on this one I was at a loss as to what to read next so I turned to the reviews here I didn t hate this book but I almost did The characters were almost interesting and the plot was almost gripping It needed to be a lot shorter and it easily could have been if you d cut out all the details about the curtain swags, and people crossing and uncrossing their arms, and standing up and sitting down, or lord help me swiping whip cream off his mustache I get that these details were supposed t [...]

    7. This book was a good beach book, perfect to read on a hot summer day because it takes place in a very cold New England winter.I m not a huge mystery reader, but I enjoyed this book I liked the police character, I liked the amateur sleuth, I liked the small town, I liked the supporting characters, and I didn t figure out who done it ahead of time Our protagonist, Claire, is an Episcopalian priest, who in her previous career was an Army chopper pilot The police chief is your basic rugged New Engla [...]

    8. I found this book very heavy going for the first two thirds or so, and several times was on the point of abandoning it, but in the third reel it picked up a great deal of pace essentially, when it stopped being just an infuriatingly self indulgent, rather vapid mystery and started being a thriller Spencer Fleming does action sequences pretty well interpersonal relationships, not so much.Clare Fergusson is the new priest at one of the churches in a small town, Millers Kill kill river not sure why [...]

    9. Part way through the book I was certain I d found a new favorite series Then, around page 100, I figured out who the killer was This isn t a deal breaker I usually identify the killer, but sometimes the how and why of it keeps me riveted Not so here, because that s obvious too To make matters worse, the main character, the Reverend, convinced of her own righteousness, jumps into one stupid situation after another with little thought to consequences I cared for the other main character even less, [...]

    10. I would rate this 3.5 A female priest and the Chief of Police join forces to solve two murderes and the mystery of a baby left on the church rectory steps In a small town in Up State, NY Clare is characterized as intelligent though at times pushy and at other times going beyond the expected for a non authorized police snoop Spencer Fleming does hold one s attention and expertly keeps readers guessing until the mystery is finally solved I look forward to seeing where the physical attraction betwe [...]

    11. Mystery in which a male cop and a female Episcopalian priest in a small upstate New York town team up to fight crime I liked this than I expected to Russ the cop and Clare the priest are both complex, realistic characters, and I really enjoyed how the relationship between them was developed The way they find common ground and begin to seek out and crave each other s company felt very natural and wonderfully genderless, if you know what I mean, and after reading a lot of crappy, weirdly misogyni [...]

    12. Hey, I liked this I don t like many traditional mysteries Though to be fair, I don t actually like this mystery qua mystery.He s the police chief of a tiny, upstate New York town She s a former army pilot turned Episcopal priest She s improbable in that way that makes a character seem real, instead of less, if you know what I mean They solve crime, yeah, whatever But mostly they have this slow blooming connection This book is about them becoming friends in this wonderful, organic, completely be [...]

    13. Great start to a series that currently extends to 6 books Former helicopter pilot turned Episcopalian priest Clare Fergusson and police chief Russ Van Alstyne are interesting and complex but still believable characters and I am sure their relationship will continue to be a central part of the series.The mystery in this book was complex with plenty of twists, turns, and surprises Add the well described setting and a cast of local residents and you can see why this book won a number of first book [...]

    14. Powerful writing, fascinating relationships, unusual occupations This one is outstanding and I can understand why it won some awards Claire Fergusson is an Episcopal Priest, on the job for all of a month when she first meets Russ Von Alsytyne The occasion is the finding of a baby on the church doorstep From there the suspense in this one builds and spirals and just about forces you to keep reading.I m late coming into this series but can t wait to get onto the next episode I love a book with str [...]

    15. A police chief and a woman priest team up to solve several mysteries and murders in a small town during the winter The characters are real and the plot full of imagination There are surprises in the outcome Great book.

    16. I have read this book twice now within six months It only got better upon the second reading The story wasn t what I thought it was going to be from the blurb because of their relationship statuses in the book So it had me worried for a very long time I think that was the reason for the four stars I gave the book after the first time I read it I m going to try to keep this review to the first book alone, though it s hard as I want to comment on what comes later I apologize if I fail at it, but t [...]

    17. This was the perfect way to pass some hours the other day, when I needed something to take my mind off things and could curl up on the sofa with the dog, book and tea while the storm blew in and I was away from my world Our storm was wind and rain, not snow I really liked both the main characters, and even if the mystery wasn t brilliant, it was good enough to keep me engaged when I was so taken with Clare and Russ I m not sure how Clare would have seemed to someone not brought up Anglican, as a [...]

    18. In the first book of the series we are introduced to Russ Van Alstyne, Chief of Police in the small town of Miller s Kill, New York and the Reverend Clare Ferguson, newly ordained priest of St Alban s Episcopal Church and former Army helicopter pilot.They meet when Clare finds a newborn baby wrapped in blankets outside the church The person who left the baby also left a note asking that the baby be given to a local couple who have been desperate to adopt a child, Geoffrey and Karen Burns Since t [...]

    19. I m not sure why I bought this Someone somewhere wrote a review that intrigued me here on Can t remember now, sorry There s no way reading the cover would have pulled me in A mystery nah, not in the mood right now Ex military priest and ex military cop Sounds way too testosterone inflated for my taste Sleepy small town with dark undercurrents Sounds trite But what I do love is having my expectations turned upside down, and this book definitely is nothing like you would expect from the cover copy [...]

    20. December 2006 COTC Book Club selection.The conclusion of this book left a large enough impression on me that I remembered the resolution of the mystery quite well which oddly enough made listening all the tense for me I spent a lot of time trying to tell Clare things like, It s a trap Don t do it Watch out you re falling for Russ because as we all know mental warnings are extremely helpful in changing the course of already written novels I loved the story and Toren did a satisfactory job narrat [...]

    21. Wow, this was really good The mystery kept me guessing, yes, and I really enjoyed seeing Clare doing her priestly duties I love stories in which religious people are portrayed as not crazy or venal or misguided There s a good tension between Russ as the hard headed, cynical cop and Clare as the optimistic, generous priest, especially since neither of them is stereotypically so But what I loved was the developing relationship between Russ and Clare, how I could see where it was going even though [...]

    22. Since I went counter to my rule of always reading a series in order, and read a later title of the series and liked it , I decided to continue with the series from the beginning I really like the two main characters, and how they work together One of my GRs friends mentioned the fact that we never meet Russ s wife, Linda, wonders what she was like It s a good point, but my take is that there isn t the chemistry between she and Russ that seems to be developing between he and Clare It s a very goo [...]

    23. The mystery idea for this book wasn t bad, and it had a great first sentence Unfortunately, although it was billed as a mystery, it felt like the author had read a lot of romance and was really interested in that I very decidedly was not interested in reading a romance about a married police chief and a female Episcopal priest than 12 years his junior The mystery is first about who abandoned a baby in a small upstate New York town church But then a dead girl turns up could she be the baby s mo [...]

    24. Well then I was somewhat expecting a cozy mystery on this one I quickly realized my mistake and was sucked into the story I m not sure which booktuber helped me choose to start this series sooner rather than later, but I m glad I did So so so good and I can t wait to get to the next one.

    25. In the Bleak Midwinterwas better than most of the other books I ve rated as 3 stars, but not quite good enough to bump it up to 4 stars Will we ever get 1 2 stars on GoodReads Rev Clare Fergusson, Episcopal priest, has recently moved to the upstate New York town of Miller s Kill in the piedmont of the Adirondacks A few weeks after her arrival, as she leaves the church after a vestry meeting on a snowy evening, she finds a newborn left on the steps of the church The note left with the baby asks t [...]

    26. This is 3.5 stars.If the measure of a successful mystery is its ability to catch and hold the reader s interest, than this book succeeds But in order to rise about the common read , it should introduce a memorable and complex protagonist whose personality shows change preferably growth resulting from the progression of plot, interactions with subordinating characters, and self examination Primary characters work better if I can identify or sympathize with them, although we do not have to share t [...]

    27. In the Bleak Midwinter is a really great mystery The lead character is not your typical heroine She isn t a PI or a detective Claire Fergusson is an Episcopal Priest OK, she has a back ground as a former ex Army chopper pilot, but she has given that life up and moved to Miller s Kill, New York and the care of St Alban s Church When a new born infant is left on her door step before she has even had a chance to unpack, Claire finds herself thrown into the middle if church politics and the towns un [...]

    28. This is a terrific book, I enjoyed every page.I recieved the book on monday from and finished it in just a couple of days it really holds your attention The story starts off with an abandonded baby and soon after a murder but the best thing about the book is that there were so many twists and turns that you didn t figure out the mystery until the very end I find it difficult to finish out books when you know you have already figured it out but I just had to keep reading this one The story is set [...]

    29. A very gritty, exciting mystery starring the Reverend Clare Fergusson and small town Police Chief Russ Van Alstyne When the Reverend finds a baby abandoned on the Church Doorstep, little does she know that she will be wrapped up in murder as well.This book is definitely not a cozy, but it isn t as dark as other mysteries out there It was a well written, exciting novel with a satisfying ending, and it definitely deserved the many awards it received.

    30. I never would have picked out this book on my own, but as a guest at my Mom s bookclub in Houston later this month, I wanted to be able to participate This was a great page turner It is a wholesome murder mystery that s hard to put down It was not a book that changed my life, but it was quite smart, suspenseful, and fun and I am very happy to have read it I highly recommend this novel as a vacation light read 3.5 stars

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