the Bleak Midwinter by Julia Spencer-Fleming
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
HEAVY SNOW ... ICY DESIRES ... COLD-BLOODED MURDER Clare Fergusson, St. Alban's new priest, fits like a square peg in the conservative
Episcopal parish at Millers Kill, New York. She is not just a "lady"; she's a tough ex-Army chopper pilot, and nobody's fool. Then a newborn infant left
at the church door brings her together with the town's police chief, Russ Van Alstyne, who's also ex-Army and a cynical good shepherd for the stray sheep
of his hometown. Their search for the baby's mother quickly leads them into the secrets that shadow Millers Kill like the ever-present Adirondacks. What
they discover is a world of trouble, an attraction to each other-and murder. ...
The premise of this book really intrigued me, since I don't know much about Episcipal priests but what I've gleaned from the Father Tim of Mitford books
by Jan Karan, (a great series if you haven't picked it up, by the way). What gave this five stars for me wasn't only the mystery which was satisfying
in itself, but the reality of the chars. Claire isn't perfect, and she doesn't try to be by the end of the book. Ditto Russ. They have feelings for each
other and this tension, I assume will be carried over to subsequent books, all of which I have here to read. Overall a stellar start to a series I can't
wait to continue.
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