To Darkness and to Death

A Clare Fergusson and Russ Van Alstyne Mystery

Clare Fergusson and Russ Van Alstyne Mysteries (Volume 4)

Julia Spencer-Fleming

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Millicent van der Hoeven has decided to sell her family's Adirondack estate to a nature conservancy. But on the day of the land transfer, her brother frantically calls the police. Millie has disappeared in the cold November forest…
 
Reverend Clare Fergusson gets an early morning phone call to join the Millers Kill search and rescue operation. As a former Army helicopter pilot trained in survival skills, she can't refuse the request—even though it's the day of the bishop's annual visit. Worse for Clare, the search operation will link her up with Russ Van Alstyne, the very married local police chief who is her greatest temptation. Now, as Clare and Russ race time to find Millie van der Hoeven, they soon discover the secrets of someone who is desperate to stop the sale...and a deadly madness waiting to destroy them all.
 
To Darkness and to Death is a stunning mystery from award-winning author Julia Spencer-Fleming.

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Chapter One
Morning Prayer
 
When the wicked man turneth away from his wickedness that he hath committed, and doeth that which is lawful and right, he shall save his soul alive.
 
Ezek. 18:27
 
Saturday, November 14, 5:00 a.m.
 
Cold. The cold awoke her, creeping underneath her blanket, spreading like an ache along her hip. She tried to move, to burrow into some warm space, but the cold was beneath her, and then there was a hard, hot twinge of pain in her shoulders and she had a panicky moment of Where? What? She tried again.

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Praise for To Darkness and to Death

“Clare Fergusson and Russ Van Alstyne make a fresh and unusual detective partnership, and I always welcome Clare’s impetuous but wise take on the world around her.”—Sara Paretsky, author of the V. I. Warshawski novels

“Add harrowing tension à la TV’s 24 to Julia Spencer-Fleming’s always lyrical prose and beautifully drawn characters, and you have one of the year’s must-reads! Spencer-Fleming has topped an already shining series with this fourth outing.”—Deborah Crombie, award-winning author of Dreaming of the Bones and In a Dark House

"A Rube Goldberg plot that crams all manner of secrets and crimes into the most hectic 21 hours in Millers Kill's history...the results show that God has both endless compassion for mortal screw-ups—and a terrific sense of humor."—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"A rich and fulfilling story...time spent with these characters is to be cherished."—Chicago Sun-Times

"Disparate elements fuse with elegant plotting...Spencer Fleming parcels out the excitement until the stunning conclusion. She also continues her sensitive handling of the tension between Clare and the very married chief of police she's fallen in love with."—Rocky Mountain News (Grade: A)

"Spencer-Fleming makes effective use of her vividly realized Adirondack setting, and she keeps the story moving at a good clip...the fourth installment in a satisfying series."—Booklist

"The friendship of these solid, down-to-earth characters moves closer to romance, and the intrigue continues to build, revealing a riveting, well-plotted criminal adventure."—Romantic Times BOOKclub Magazine (starred review)

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Fiction Review: To Darkness and to Death by Julia Spencer-Fleming, Author . St. Martin's Minotaur/Dunne $23.95 (311p) ISBN 978-0-312-33485-7

Set during a single day, Agatha-winner Spencer-Fleming's explosive fourth mystery (after 2004's Out of the Deep I Cry ) takes Rev. Clare Fergusson and Mil
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Julia Spencer-Fleming

JULIA SPENCER-FLEMING was born at Plattsburgh Air Force Base and spent most of her childhood on the move as an army brat. She studied acting and history at Ithaca College, and received her J.D. from the University of Maine School of Law. She lives in a 185-year-old farmhouse outside of Portland, Maine, with three children, two dogs, and one husband.

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To Darkness and to Death
A Clare Fergusson and Russ Van Alstyne Mystery
Julia Spencer-Fleming

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St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Paperbacks
May 2006
Mass Market Paperbound
ISBN: 9780312988876
ISBN10: 0312988877
4 3/16 x 6 3/4 inches, 432 pages
$7.99

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St. Martin's Press
Minotaur/Thomas Dunne Books
December 2012
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ISBN: 9781250016065
ISBN10: 1250016061
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May 2006
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