Rev. Clare Fergusson & Russ Van Alstyne Mysteries

10 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 1,068 ratings

In the Bleak Midwinter Publisher's Summary

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....

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  • Book 1

    • In the Bleak Midwinter

    • By: Julia Spencer-Fleming
    • Narrated by: Suzanne Toren
    • Length: 12 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 279
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 215
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 215

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Ice Cold Complex Small Town Police Procedural/Mystery

    • By Sara on 12-27-14

    Regular price: $20.97

  • Book 2

    • A Fountain Filled With Blood

    • By: Julia Spencer-Fleming
    • Narrated by: Suzanne Toren
    • Length: 12 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 192
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 143
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 142

    Nestled in the heart of the Adirondacks, Miller's Kill, New York is about as safe as it gets. That's why Episcopal minister Clare Fergusson is shocked when the July Fourth weekend brings a rash of vicious assaults to the scenic town. Even Clare's good friend, police chief Russ Van Alstyne, is shaken by the brutality of the crimes - especially when it appears that the victims were chosen because they are gay.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A Very Compelling Millers Kill mystery

    • By Susanne on 03-18-09

    Regular price: $20.97

  • Book 3

    • Out of the Deep I Cry

    • The Clare Fergusson/Russ Van Series, Book 3
    • By: Julia Spencer-Fleming
    • Narrated by: Suzanne Toren
    • Length: 15 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 64
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 56
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 58

    When the local doctor disappears from the small town of Millers Kill, New York, it doesn't take long for the gossip-mongers to start insinuating foul play. Amid escalating suspicions that he was "disposed of" due to his ongoing fight to prevent authorities from cutting his clinic's funding, Episcopal priest Clare Fergusson and police chief Russ van Alstyne are enlisted to investigate. Neither could have bargained for what they discover, however, as they pursue an investigation that takes them deep into the past.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • I haven't been this excited with an author in years!

    • By Debbie D on 08-09-17

    Regular price: $22.95

  • Book 4

    • To Darkness and to Death

    • The Clare Fergusson/Russ Van Alstyne Mysteries, Book 4
    • By: Julia Spencer-Fleming
    • Narrated by: Suzanne Toren
    • Length: 14 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8

    In the small Adirondack town of Millers Kill, an old lumberman sits in the dark with his gun across his knees. Not far away, an unemployed logger sleeps off his bender from the night before. The owner of the town's last paper mill tosses in his bed. And a young woman, one of three heirs to the 250,000-acre Great Camp, wakes alone in darkness, bound and gagged. 

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Fabulous series

    • By Donna Cooley on 12-28-18

    Regular price: $16.07

  • Book 5

    • All Mortal Flesh

    • A Clare Fergusson and Russ Van Alstyne Mystery
    • By: Julia Spencer-Fleming
    • Narrated by: Suzanne Toren
    • Length: 13 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 112
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 85
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 84

    Police Chief Russ van Alstyne doesn't expect any gossip in the town about his carefully contained feelings for the Reverend Clare Fergusson. So he certainly doesn't expect to be the prime suspect when his wife is found murdered in their own home. To the state police, it's an open-and-shut-case of a disaffected husband, silencing first his wife, then the investigation he controls.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The best one in the series yet -- but it is no 5!

    • By Elizabeth Holmes on 06-13-15

    Regular price: $20.97

  • Book 6

    • I Shall Not Want

    • The Clare Fergusson/Russ Van Series, Book 6
    • By: Julia Spencer-Fleming
    • Narrated by: Suzanne Toren
    • Length: 14 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 63
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 53
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 55

    In the searing conclusion to All Mortal Flesh, Russ' balance between duty and desire was broken by his wife's tragic death. Now Russ and Episcopal priest Clare Fergusson are separated by a wall of guilt and grief. When a Mexican farmhand stumbles over a Latino man killed with a single shot to the back of his head, Clare is drawn into the investigation. The discovery of two more bodies ignites fears that a serial killer is loose in the rural town while Russ is plagued by the media hysteria.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • ANOTHER GREAT BOOK RUINED BY BAD NARRATOR

    • By Amazon Customer on 02-20-19

    Regular price: $22.95

  • Book 6.5

    Letters to a Soldier audiobook cover art
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  • Book 7

    • One Was a Soldier

    • By: Julia Spencer-Fleming
    • Narrated by: Suzanne Toren
    • Length: 17 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 187
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 144
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 142

    At the Millers Kill Community Center, five veterans gather to work on adjusting to life after war. Reverend Clare Fergusson has returned from Iraq with a head full of bad memories she's using alcohol to wipe out. Dr. George Stillman is denying that the head wound he received has left him with something worse than simple migraines. And Officer Eric McCrea is battling to keep his constant rage from affecting his life as a cop and as a father....

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Series Derails

    • By Sara on 02-10-15

    Regular price: $20.97

  • Book 8

    • Through the Evil Days

    • A Clare Fergusson and Russ Van Alstyne Mystery, Book 8
    • By: Julia Spencer-Fleming
    • Narrated by: Suzanne Toren
    • Length: 14 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 163
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 150
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 147

    On a frigid January night, Chief of Police Russ Van Alstyne and Reverend Clare Fergusson are called to the scene of a raging fire, that quickly becomes a double homicide and kidnapping. Which is the very last thing Russ needs.... Currently he's struggling with the prospect of impending fatherhood. And his new wife is not at all happy with his proposal for their long-delayed honeymoon: A week in an unelectrified ice-fishing cabin.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Really???

    • By Sara on 02-15-15

    Regular price: $34.99

  • Book 9

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