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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,670 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Julia Spencer-Fleming Narrator: Suzanne Toren Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Clare Fergusson / Russ Van Alstyne Mysteries Release Date: March 2004 ISBN: 9781482975581
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Clare Fergusson, Saint 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” but also 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 is 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Fleming hits a grand slam with In the Bleak Midwinter. The tension is constant. The dialogue is dead-on. The characters are interesting, thought provoking, and honest. The prose soars above the quality usually found in this genre. To top it all off, the story twists and turns to the last page.”

    Denver Rocky Mountain News

  • “Terrific action scenes…What really distinguishes In the Bleak Midwinter, however, is the author’s skillful portrayal of her protagonist’s inner conflict.”

    Washington Post Book World

  • “A riveting page-turner from start to finish…A fast-paced plot keeps the guess work going until the very end. Along the way, there is an exceptionally spine-chilling confrontation. The vivid setting descriptions will bring plenty of shivers, but the real strength of this stellar first is the focus on the mystery, which will delight traditional fans.”

    Publishers Weekly

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peggy | 2/11/2014

    " The Rev. Clare Fergusson and Rus Van Alstyne mysteries are quick, fun reads. The relationship between the unmarried Rev. Clare and the married Police Chief Russ are quite entertaining. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Becky | 2/9/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book! The characters had chemistry, substance, and were well- developed. I hope that she has written or is writing more books with them. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Teresa | 2/2/2014

    " I've read and enjoyed a lot of mysteries over the years, but I can't recall falling so hard for the first book in a crime series since I read the first Mary Russell novel by Laurie King over 15 years ago. It's all I can do right now to stop myself from going directly to the library and getting all the other books and zipping through them. Rev. Clare Fergusson is most definitely now in my pantheon of literary characters to admire. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jaci | 1/29/2014

    " Good bedtime reading. Female Episcopal priest-mystery solver. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 LizH | 1/25/2014

    " Really liking this series, on to the next 7!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sara | 1/15/2014

    " Finally read the first book of the series and enjoyed reading how the main characters met and Clare's early days as priest. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sherry Edwards | 1/3/2014

    " This is a book about an episcopal priest and the sheriff that team-up to solve a crime. Very enjoyable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jacqueline | 12/30/2013

    " In the Bleak Midwinter is a great first book with a memorable title. The book introduces compelling characters that will be the foundation for an enjoyable mystery series. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Morgan | 12/30/2013

    " I got hooked to it, but it wasn't the greatest book ever. Fun, fast paced mystery story. Too much taking the Lord's name in vain. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Annette | 12/23/2013

    " I have read all books in this series and they are usuallly pretty good. I like others better than this first one. All mysteries w/ a little romance. Characters continue so best to read in order. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emma Hillman | 12/20/2013

    " Better than most suspense novels I've read in a while...Unusual characters/occupations, very good plot and writing. I'd recommend it to anyone who likes not having guessed who's the murderer from the get go! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathy | 12/8/2013

    " Oh, absolutely excellent and spot on. Great characters, great pacing, good writing. I am galloping on to her second book right now. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather Patience Bustrum | 8/26/2012

    " I love this series, I am re-reading in preparation for the latest installment. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Val Sanford | 7/26/2012

    " Great story with captivating characters. Believable, human emotions that challenge the reader as well as the fictional people on the pages. I stayed up all night and downloaded the next in the series. Terrific. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Leah Morris | 7/4/2012

    " How could an ex-military helicopter pilot be so stupid? Every time I started getting into the plot she would do something unbelievably stupid. The book had a great premise, but the Reverend is just too stupid for words. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Leslie Deutschlander | 6/10/2012

    " Good moral issues were raised, but, a bit unbelievable behavior from a former soldier. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathleen | 5/19/2012

    " Interesting story line, however, too many unbelievable events. Not interested in reading additional books with this mystery-solving duo, but would try this author again. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Martha | 3/1/2012

    " Though I didn't like the plot of this 1rst book, I like the premise enough that I"ll try a few more. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 M W | 10/9/2011

    " Love this series. A strong female character with enough flaws to make her believable and an equally strong love interest. What's not to like?!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jan | 9/4/2011

    " A truly enjoyable read and I look forward to more mysteries being solved by Clare and Russ. The chemistry between the two of them is undeniable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Holly | 8/31/2011

    " Interesting premise and characters. A little harder-hitting and less religious than I expected. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Abigail | 8/26/2011

    " An OK mystery series . . . good for planes and the beach. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carole K | 7/5/2011

    " I love the characters, setting, and writing of this series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diane | 5/18/2011

    " A quick read with good character development. It's nice to have a new author in the mystery section "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Martha | 5/18/2011

    " This is one of my favorite mystery writers. She has a new book (One Was a Soldier) but I would start with the first one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kimmie | 5/17/2011

    " I just discovered this series and I am really enjoying it. Great characters and wonderful writing. It reminds me of Nevada Barr's Anna Pigeon series. I am ready to start book two in this series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dianne | 5/16/2011

    " Good mystery. I found the main character, Clare the priest to a bit unrealistic. A priest with a military background who is involved with a married police chief investigating two murders--- "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meredith | 5/14/2011

    " I'm not much of a mystery reader but I really liked this, partly because of the tension between Russ and Claire and also because the plot unfolded in a way I didn't feel left behind, as I sometimes do when mysteries are too convoluted. Will definitely read the next one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cindy S | 5/9/2011

    " An intriguing mystery with a new women minister, a middle aged chief of police, an abandoned baby and a dead young girl. The main characters are well portrayed and have a common military history that adds to the electricity between them. The mystery was good and the killer not obvious. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynn | 5/7/2011

    " Interesting premise. Good mystery----I already downloaded the next one onto my Nook. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim | 4/30/2011

    " Excellent first in a series. Looking forward to reading more. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cynthia | 4/28/2011

    " Good book which probably deserved four stars, but there were some egregious editing errors in the book that made me nuts (forth rather than fourth; principal rather than principle). Still a good story overall. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 willaful | 4/26/2011

    " 4.5 stars. So glad I listened to the many people who recommended this series. I'm not that into mysteries other than the classic cozy writers, but there's such a great relationship being delicately crafted here, as well as a good story. Can't wait for the next one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cindy | 4/25/2011

    " Absolutely loved it. I am hooked on this series and am just getting ready to read the fourth one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly | 4/11/2011

    " Just started, ok so far "

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About the Author
Author Julia Spencer-FlemingJULIA SPENCER-FLEMING is an Agatha, Anthony, Barry, Dilys, Gumshoe and Macavity Award winner. Her books have been shortlisted for the Edgar, and Romantic Times RC awards. Julia lives in southern Maine with her husband and three children.
About the Narrator

Suzanne Toren has recorded over nine hundred audiobooks. She has performed on Broadway and in regional theaters in works penned by Shakespeare, Molière, and Arthur Miller. She has also appeared on Law & Order and in various soap operas. She was awarded the Narrator of the Year Award for her audiobook recordings for the Library of Congress and has earned more than two dozen Earphones Awards from AudioFile magazine.