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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Customer Reviews

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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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- Sara

Such a disappointment on all levels

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

No. What was a beautiful series is now trying to reach some other audience, maybe one that watches action movies. And I won't buy any more books with this reader.

If you’ve listened to books by Julia Spencer-Fleming before, how does this one compare?

I haven't listened before, and I won't buy this reader again. Russ sounds like he is an 80 year old curmudgeon and Claire sounds like Scarlett O' Hara; I was completely turned off.

Would you be willing to try another one of Suzanne Toren’s performances?

No. I'll be watching for her name to make sure I don't.

Could you see Through the Evil Days being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

Maybe, but for a different audience than I. I don't even know the name of actors to play these roles, I don't watch action movies.

Any additional comments?

Very disappointed. I have always looked forward to the books in this series.

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- Kathryn Bruns

Book Details

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