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Out of the deep I cry
Julia Spencer-Fleming
Adult Fiction SPENCER-F

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From Publishers' Weekly:

In Agatha winner Spencer-Fleming's triumphant third novel (after 2003's A Fountain Filled with Blood), Clare Fergusson, Anglican priest and ex-army helicopter pilot, and Sheriff Russ Van Alstyne investigate the hidden secrets, past and present, of a prominent Millers Kill, N.Y., family and must also face the hidden secrets of their own hearts. When the roof of St. Alban's Episcopal Church springs a leak that threatens to destroy a beautiful stained-glass window, Clare calls an emergency vestry meeting only to discover that paying for the repairs is more complicated than she expected. Mrs. Marshall, a wealthy parishioner, agrees to donate the money, though it will mean the withdrawal of funds from the town health clinic. Shortly after hearing the news, Dr. Rouse, the clinic's respected director, disappears under baffling circumstances. Since her first outing, In the Bleak Midwinter (2002), Clare has grown in complexity, as shown in a number of exquisitely described scenes between her and Russ in the church. The season of Lent serves as a most fitting backdrop, starting with Ash Wednesday and culminating in the Great Easter Vigil. The author expertly portrays the power of grief, guilt, greed and love and their effect on good people in a story as chilling as the month of March in Millers Kill. A subtle sense of humor further enhances this poignant and provocative mystery. (Apr. 21) Forecast: A national author tour soon after Easter can only help build Spencer-Fleming's fan base among mystery-loving Episcopalians and readers of thoughtful, sensitive fiction generally. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

When an old woman liquidates a trust fund in order to fix the leaky-roofed Episcopal church in Millers Kill, NY, she unwittingly initiates a local tempest. Terminating the fund means the local free clinic, founded by the lady's mother, will lose discretionary income, but people will also remember how that woman's husband mysteriously disappeared some 50 years ago. Priest Clare Ferguson and Police Chief Russ Van Alstyne become involved when a distraught mother threatens the clinic's doctor, who subsequently disappears. A well-constructed story line, sympathetic characters with believable relationships, and a strong sleuthing pair recommend this third volume in the series (after In the Bleak Midwinter and A Fountain Filled with Blood) to most collections. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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main characters Clare Fergusson
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Russ Van Alstyne
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