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  • Another well done book

    I have read and enjoyed every good in the series,l This is no exception. Very well done. Couldn't put it down.

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  • Worth the wait

    I was so happy to see a new book by Julia Spencer-Fleming. Hid fro our eyes is every bit as well written and exciting as her earlier books. Hope will be able to read more about these folks real soon.

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  • Three time settings; Three identical murders

    Julia Fletcher-Fleming is back with her ninth book in the Clare Ferguson / Russ Van Alstyne mystery series. The time setting alternates between the month of August in 1952, 1972 and “present day” which I estimate to be 2004. The Washington County Fair is just beginning, the carnival is setting up in each of the three time frames and the dead body of a pretty young woman is found on the same rural road near Miller’s Kill. In all three cases her underwear, shoes, stockings and purse are missing. The police were unable to determine cause of death in 1952 or 1972 and Russ Van Alstyne and the Miller’s Kill Police Department are facing the same dilemma with the third victim. They are hoping that more advanced forensic testing in the present day will assist them in solving the most recent mysterious death and perhaps make connections with the 1952 and 1972 deaths. Russ and his police department are short staffed and facing a November town referendum that will determine whether Miller’s Kill will continue to have a local police force or if the State Police will assume all protection responsibilities for the community. Nevertheless, the need to investigate and determine the woman’s cause of death and learn if or how the three deaths over 54 years are connected. The final solution is cleverly developed and the guilty parties and the reason for the murders was a surprise to me. It was wonderful to discover that Russ has overcome his misgivings about fatherhood during Clare’s pregnancy and is a loving father to their infant son, Ethan. Clare is a caring mother and is overwhelmed with her pastoral responsibilities and lack of sleep as she is awakened during the night to nurse Ethan. Her demons continue to pursue her. In spite of the stress, she is able to assist Russ in discovering whodunit. I have read the first eight books in the series two times because I love the characters, the great plots and the author’s wonderful writing style. I am thrilled to have been selected to read and review the Advance Reader’s Edition of Hid From Our Eyes and loved this book as much as the others. Now I can’t wait for the tenth book to be published.

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  • On the Side of the Road

    This is my first read of the series on Rev Clare and Russ. This being the 9th in the story I was not invested in the characters and this is probably why I never felt a kinship with any of them. The story chronicled 3 young women deaths over the span of many decades. No cause of death has been determined even though the bodies were discovered in the middle of a dark rural road. I felt the plot was slow moving and the bouncing back and forth in time did not bode well for me either. Interest was accelerated when pieces of the crimes come to light probably about three fourths through. The plot stands alone but without the previous installments to flesh out the characters it was not a win for me and I struggled to complete. "A copy of this book was provided by St. Martin's Press via Netgalley with no requirements for a review. Comments here are my honest opinion."

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  • An Excellent Read!

    I received a free electronic copy of this excellent novel from Netgalley, Julia Spencer-Fleming, and Monitor Books. Thank you all for sharing your hard work with me. I have read this novel of my own volition, and this review reflects my honest opinion of this work. I am happy to see this return to the story of Clare Fergusson, Episcopalian priest, and Russ Van Alstyne, Chief of Police of Millers Kill, a very small town in the scarcely populated county of Washington in New York state. We have three distinct timelines - August 1952, August 1972, and August of the present-day. These time frames all have several things in common - the yearly circus/carnival of the county, the various generations of several prominent local families, autumn folding color over the lovely Adirondack mountains - and the deaths of lovely young women found in new party frocks laying in the middle of McEachron Hill Road without shoes, purse, stockings or obvious cause of death. The current chief of police, Russell Van Alstyne, was 20, just returning from a second tour in Vietnam and considered a potential perpetrator of the second murder in 1972. The murders are all very similar but there are 70 years between first and last so maybe copycat but probably not one single perpetrator. There are only one or two people who even remember the 1952 death, which at the time was not considered murder but rather an unexplained death. Hid from Our Eyes is an exciting who-done-it, with interesting protagonists and a compelling pace. If you are new to this author, she has some excellent books already out there, and just as timely today as they were when newly released.

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