JULIA SPENCER-FLEMING BOOKS
In the Bleak Midwinter (Clare Fergusson Russ Van Alstyne Mysteries) In the Bleak Midwinter (Clare Fergusson/Russ Van Alstyne Mysteries)
by Julia Spencer-Fleming
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Through the Evil Days: A Clare Fergusson and Russ Van Alstyne Mystery (Fergusson Van Alstyne Mysteries) Through the Evil Days: A Clare Fergusson and Russ Van Alstyne Mystery...
by Julia Spencer-Fleming
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A Fountain Filled with Blood (Clare Fergusson Russ Van Alstyne Mysteries) A Fountain Filled with Blood (Clare Fergusson/Russ Van Alstyne Mysteries)
by Julia Spencer-Fleming
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Out of the Deep I Cry (Clare Fergusson Russ Van Alstyne Mysteries) Out of the Deep I Cry (Clare Fergusson/Russ Van Alstyne Mysteries)
by Julia Spencer-Fleming
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To Darkness and to Death (Fergusson Van Alstyne Mysteries) To Darkness and to Death (Fergusson/Van Alstyne Mysteries)
by Julia Spencer-Fleming
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One Was a Soldier (Clare Fergusson Russ Van Alstyne Mysteries) One Was a Soldier (Clare Fergusson/Russ Van Alstyne Mysteries)
by Julia Spencer-Fleming
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All Mortal Flesh (Fergusson Van Alstyne Mysteries) All Mortal Flesh (Fergusson/Van Alstyne Mysteries)
by Julia Spencer-Fleming
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I Shall Not Want (Clare Fergusson Russ Van Alstyne Mysteries) I Shall Not Want (Clare Fergusson/Russ Van Alstyne Mysteries)
by Julia Spencer-Fleming
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Julia Spencer-Fleming s Letters to a Soldier: With a special note from Julia Spencer-Fleming (Fergusson Van Alstyne Mysteries) Julia Spencer-Fleming's Letters to a Soldier: With a special note from Julia...
by Julia Spencer-Fleming
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BOOK REVIEW: I SHALL NOT WANT
BY JULIA SPENCER-FLEMING

We hope you enjoy this book review by Caryn St. Clair.

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For Spencer-Fleming fans, it's been two long years since All Mortal Flesh was released. Two years of waiting to see what would happen with the relationship between Clare Fergusson and Russ Van Alstyne. Mercifully, the wait is over and I Shall Not Want, the sixth book in the series, is due to hit bookstores June 10, 2008.

Clare Fergusson, the parish priest for St. Alban's Episcopal Church in Millers Kill, New York, has shocked her parishioners yet again. At the urging of her Bishop, Clare has joined the National Guard. And, not only has she enlisted, she's serving not as a member of the clergy, but as a pilot. After the messy conclusion of All Mortal Flesh, the Bishop thought that serving in the guard would help Clare figure what her true calling in life was as well as give her some time to sort out her very complicated personal life. Russ is also struggling to recover from his personal tragedy. It's not going well. Both the people working for him in the sheriff's department and his family tiptoe around him, never daring to mention Clare or St. Alban's. However, as this series is as much about their on again/off again relationship as any crime case, it's inevitable that their paths would soon cross again.

What draws them together in I Shall Not Want starts when Clare meets a Catholic nun, Sister Lucille, whose order helps migrant farm workers. When Sister Lucille is involved in an accident while transporting some Mexican workers to their new job she calls Clare for help. In the meantime, several of the workers from the van have disappeared. When the first unidentified body turns up, Russ and the sheriff's department start their investigation. When two more bodies are found and the rectory ransacked, Russ and Clare are thrown face to face again-and not always on the same side. Are the bodies missing farm workers? Are the Mexicans victims or is one of them the murderer? What was the person looking for at the rectory?

Often series with a relationship as tumultuous as Russ and Clare's tend to be dragged down by that relationship. The ups and downs of the characters' personal lives overshadow the rest of the book. This is not so with Spencer-Fleming's work. While the relationship is a big part of the plot of every one of these books, Spencer-Fleming also includes a moral or social issue in the crime storyline that it holds the personal angle of the series in it's place. The relationship thread is the glue that links the books together, but each book's plot is so strong and so well written, each book can stand alone. Surely this is the mark of a great writer.

REVIEWED BY CARYN ST. CLAIR

DO NOT REPRINT WITHOUT PERMISSION OF THE REVIEWER, CARYN ST. CLAIR


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