Macmillan Childrens Publishing Group
All Mortal Flesh

All Mortal Flesh

A Clare Fergusson and Russ Van Alstyne Mystery

Fergusson/Van Alstyne Mysteries (Volume 5)

Julia Spencer-Fleming

Minotaur Books




One horrible murder. Two people destined for love or tragedy. Emotions explode in the novel Julia Spencer-Fleming's readers have been clamoring for.

Police Chief Russ Van Alstyne's first encounter with Clare Fergusson was in the hospital emergency room on a freezing December night. A newborn infant had been abandoned on the town's Episcopal church steps. If Russ had known that the church had a new priest, he certainly would never have guessed that it would be a woman. Not a woman like Clare. That night in the hospital was the beginning of an attraction so fierce, so forbidden, that the only thing that could keep them safe from compromising their every belief was distance---but in a small town like Millers Kill, distance is hard to find.

Russ Van Alstyne figures his wife kicking him out of their house is nobody's business but his own. Until a neighbor pays a friendly visit to Linda Van Alstyne and finds the woman's body, gruesomely butchered, on the kitchen floor. To the state police, it's an open-and-shut case of a disaffected husband, silencing first his wife, then the murder investigation he controls. To the townspeople, it's proof that the whispered gossip about the police chief and the priest was true. To the powers-that-be in the church hierarchy, it's a chance to control their wayward cleric once and for all.

Obsession. Lies. Nothing is as it seems in Millers Kill, where betrayal twists old friendships and evil waits inside quaint white clapboard farmhouses.

Agatha Awards - Nominee, Anthony Awards - Nominee, Macavity Award - Nominee


Chapter One

Monday, January 14

Midway this way of life we're bound upon, I woke to find myself in a dark wood, where the right road was wholly lost and gone.

Clare smelled the smoke first. She came to a...


Praise for All Mortal Flesh

“Spencer-Fleming does it again! Taut prose, brilliant pacing and two of the most interesting characters around make All Mortal Flesh all the mystery you could desire.” —New York Times bestselling author Lisa Gardner

“In a story as unpredictable as its characters, the resolution takes this series in a direction that should give the good bishop heart palpitations.” —Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review

“A hybrid amateur sleuth/police procedural with a healthy dose of romance....There's much to recommend this novel, including a pair of personable, complex protagonists.” —Boston Globe

“Fans, once they start reading, will hang Do Not Disturb signs on their doors.” —Publishers Weekly

“The latest entry in Spencer-Fleming's intelligently written series puts the relationship between Clare and Russ on a new track while once again broaching some thoughtful questions about religion, relationships, and morality in the modern world.” —Booklist

“Murder, mystery and scandal are the backbone of this captivating mystery set in the middle of small-town America. The compelling characters bring to life this riveting installment that's quite possibly the best in the series.” —Romantic Times (Top Pick!)

“[A] dizzying roller coaster of a ride, with one wholly unexpected plot twist after another following in rapid succession. And just when things seem sorted out at last, the author has one last surprise in store for the reader, one that raises all sorts of questions about where the series is headed.” —Denver Post

“It's an enjoyable series (despite some grisly crimes) and there's a real pleasure in seeing how Spencer-Fleming moves the pair's friendship with frissons along....It's a snowy, sordid path to the answers. But, like a bad wreck, Spencer-Fleming's fans will be unable to look away. Hang on: It's an unsettling ride and just when you think it's done, there's a last, long, unsettling drop.” —Portland Oregonian

“Spencer-Fleming is a fine writer, and she conveys the dizzying blankness of shock as well as anyone.” —Houston Chronicle

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About the author

Julia Spencer-Fleming

Julia Spencer-Fleming is the winner of the Malice Domestic, Dilys, Barry, Agatha, Anthony, and Macavity Awards. She 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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