In the Bleak Midwinter

Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
In the Bleak Midwinter
Clare Fergusson, the first female priest of an Episcopal church in Millers Kill, New York, finds herself immersed in murder when a newborn baby is abandoned and a young mother is brutally slain, forcing her to dig deeply into the town's secrets.

Publisher: New York : Minotaur, [2012], c2002
ISBN: 1250006511
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY SPENCER 2012
Characteristics: 308 p. ; 21 cm


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Mar 16, 2015

1st in this mystery series with main character Reverend Clare Fergusson. Clare is an Episcopal priest and former Army helicopter pilot in the fictional town of Miller’s Kill in upstate New York.

Dec 22, 2014
  • Chapel_Hill_KenMc rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Deftly written characters and a fast pace make this a superior small-town mystery. Spencer-Fleming pairs an ex-military female helicopter pilot with admirable survival skills, now an Episcopalian priest, with a rather stereotypical hard-boiled but soft-hearted police chief. They make for some entertaining repartee and romantic sparks that are sure to develop in the succeeding books in the series. This first book was the winner of all the top mystery fiction prizes in 2002.

Mar 26, 2011
  • CD1982 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This series is so well written and well thought out. I love murder mysteries, but I really don’t enjoy being frightened, so I’m happy to report that these books won’t keep you up at night because they’re gruesome- they’ll keep you up reading because they’re so good! The titles are old hymns, and while there are some religious elements (the protagonist is a female Episcopal priest) they are not offensive or overbearing in any way.


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