In Julia Spencer Fleming’s latest New York Times bestseller, "Through the evil days," Police Chief Russ Van Alstyne and Reverend Clare Fergusson are called to the scene of a fire that soon turns into something just a bit more.
The couple found in the ashes has been shot execution style and a young girl who was staying with them has been kidnapped.
Russ doesn’t need a double homicide right now as he is not dealing well with his impending fatherhood.
Added to that, Clare, who is 5 ½ months pregnant, is not happy that Russ has decided they will spend their honeymoon week at a remote cabin at an Adirondack lake ice-fishing.
There is dissension at St. Alban’s church because of Clare’s 5 ½ month pregnancy and 2 ½ month marriage.
Because of Clare’s unpriestly actions she is not sure if the bishop will decide on a simple scolding, censure, or permanent suspension after his investigation.
She is also worried what affect her previous alcohol and drug use will have on their unborn child.
Hadley Knox is having a terrible January as well.
Her on-again off-again boyfriend, Officer Kevin Flynn has been offered a job at the Syracuse Police Department and he has 7 days to make his decision.
Not only that, Hadley’s ex-husband is in town threatening to take custody of their children if she doesn’t give him the money he wants.
Add to all this, a raging January blizzard. As with Ms Spencer-Fleming’s other mysteries in the series, this is no walk through the woods in Miller’s Kill, New York.
Booklist (starred review) — This novel….is among the best in the series, combining steady action with complex, sympathetic characters and an immersive setting
“It’s amazing Spencer-Fleming manages to carry off a layered plot that opens with an arson, a double homicide and a kidnapping and expands into a broader picture of the drug use, domestic violence and desolation squeezing the life out of this small town.” —Marilyn Stasio, New York Times Book Review
— Carol Briggs