Monday, January 23, 2012

In The Bleak Midwinter by Julia Spencer-Fleming

Miller’s Kill, New York in December. Russ Van Alstyne, Chief of police for the past four years and previously an MP with the U.S. Army, is called about an abandoned baby dropped off at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church. The new priest, Clare Fergusson, formerly a helicopter pilot also with the U.S. Army, finds the baby on the church steps and meets Van Alstyne at the hospital. Reverend Fergusson, new to Miller’s Kill, has yet to meet many people including her own congregation.

Pinned to the baby’s blankets was a note “This is our baby, Cody, please give him to Mr. and Mrs. Burns here at St. Alban’s. We both agree they should have him, so there won’t be any trouble later on with the adoption. Tell our baby we love him.”

However, adoptions never go smoothly. Mr. and Mrs. Burns become part of a group of suspects when the body of a young woman is found who has recently given birth. Clare and Russ try to find out who murdered the unknown young woman and who is the father of Baby Cody?

First book in the series, In the Bleak Midwinter has been republished. Seven books about Clare Fergusson and Russ Van Alstyne in Miller’s Kill is a treat for anyone who hasn’t yet read this mystery series.

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