Sunday, January 31, 2010

Out of the Deep I Cry, Julia Spencer Fleming, 2004, St. Martin's Press

Claire Fergusson is an Episcopal priest at St. Alban's parish in Millers Kill in upstate New York. Not your ordinary priest by any means. She was a former army chopper pilot; a gutsy individual and her escapades annoy her bishop and at times she is called on the carpet. Police Chief Russ Van Alstyne receives help from Claire and the two of them are fighting against their attraction to each other.

Fleming's book travels between present day and back to the 20's, 30's and 50's. Jonathan Ketchem disappears in 1930 and he is never seen or heard from again. Now the clinic's physician disappears and Claire and Russ are thrown together again as another mystery unfolds. Is there a connection?

Fleming has a certain talent to be able to go back and forth and she does it very smoothly and holds the reader's attention. The plots are fascinating and woven together to capture a real feel for the characters.

Reading Fleming is a very satisfying experience.

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