Through the Evil Days : Rev. Clare Fergusson & Russ Van Alstyne Mysteries

  • by Julia Spencer-Fleming
  • Narrated by Suzanne Toren
  • Series: Rev. Clare Fergusson & Russ Van Alstyne Mysteries
  • 14 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Now a New York Times best-selling author, Julia Spencer-Fleming rises to the accolade with a powerful, and emotionally charged novel fans have been yearning for.
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. The vestry of St. Alban's Church has called for the bishop to investigate Clare's "unpriestly" pregnancy. She has one week to find out if she will be scolded, censured, or suspended from her duties.
Officer Hadley Knox is having a miserable January as well. Her on-again-off-again lover, Kevin Flynn, has seven days to weigh an offer from the Syracuse Police Department that might take him half a state away. As the days and hours tick by, Russ and Clare fight personal and professional battles they've never encountered.
In the course of this one tumultuous week the lives of the Millers-Kill residents listeners have come to love and cherish change forever. Listeners have waited years for Through The Evil Days, and Julia Spencer-Fleming delivers with the exquisite skill and craftsmanship that have made her such a success.


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This series has gone off the tracks for me ever since book 7. I had #8--this book--in my library so I decided to try it hoping that Spencer-Fleming had gotten the "I can be nasty" out of her system. No such luck. Much of the action and plot are so implausible it is ridiculous and the rest is so dark and ugly it gives me pause.

I bet the Adirondack Tourist Board, the New York State Police and the Episcopal Diocese of Albany are absolutely thrilled with how they are depicted in this book by an out-of-stater. I can't even begin to list plot topics here as it is so sorted. Just look at some of the reviews on amazon and they will fill you in with great and gory detail. For me, I am bidding good bye to Clare and Russ.
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- STS "..."

Action, Suspense, Bad Weather!

Behind the main story of this book, a real controversy of current politics looms: in times of stretched budgets, does a small town/city really need its own police force? It seems the debate will continue in this series, as that particular question is not resolved here. But it adds another note of timely reality to the Fergusson/Van Alstyne novels.

"Through the Evil Days" also adds a darn good thriller to a fine series. There's lots of action and suspense, a real terror of an ice storm, and innocents aplenty in peril. For my taste, there's one or two too many "top this" twists and turns, but the story certainly moves quickly and holds the readers' interest.

Clare and Russ have proven to be a likable, believable characters who complement each other. Their marriage has not brought boredom or total peace of mind to the relationship. I like their feisty individuality and their differences. This volume also throws a great deal of light on the secondary romantic relationship of the series, and this relationship is every bit as interesting and complicated as the one between Clare and Ross. I marvel that Spencer-Fleming is so good at developing these romances while still maintaining a religious/philosophic element and first-class suspense in the series. I will definitely be back for the next adventure!

The narrator is a different issue. Although I like her basic reading voice very much, I find her extreme attempt to change tone for different characters a bit disconcerting. She tries too hard: those overly gruff male and sickeningly sweet female voices are distracting to a point nearing the absurd. There's plenty of drama in the book. I'd prefer a little less overdone narration.
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-05-2013
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio