In the Bleak Midwinter review

Goodreads says:

Clare Fergusson, St. Alban’s new priest, fits like a square peg in the conservative Episcopal parish at Miller’s 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 Miller’s Kill like the ever-present Adirondacks. What they discover is a world of trouble, an attraction to each other-and murder…

This book had me glancing out the window more than once expecting to see snow drifts.  Well written with details that left me with little doubt that I will never go to New York in the winter time – sounds freezing!

Spencer-Fleming made Clare and Russ jump off the pages into the movie in my mind as I read along.  Both characters were well-developed and believable as they blundered their way through the mysterious deaths that occur at Miller’s Kill.  I enjoyed the book and will be reading more from this author and in this series.

Couple of things I didn’t like – several times throughout the book I couldn’t tell which character the dialogue was coming from without reading it several times.  This annoyed me some as it hung up an otherwise smooth-flowing book.  The other thing was Clare’s tendency to dive into situations without thinking them through.  Yes, this made her character more believable and human but at the same time – she is “a tough ex Army chopper pilot, and nobody’s fool.”  Her actions often seemed to contradict that statement.  Plus on top of the Army, she is a priest and I guess I would like to think priests have their act a little more together.  Most ministers/reverend/priests have a more contemplative attitude which comes from years of waiting on the Lord for answers.

She was new to the area so I could excuse some of her behavior there but she wasn’t new to the priesthood.  But other than those two things, the book was very good.  There were enough clues to guess at the murderer about halfway through the book yet the ending was still exciting.  🙂

I give the book a A- and am looking forward to reading more of the series.


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