Hid from Our Eyes (Rev. Clare Fergusson & Russ Van Alstyne Mysteries, #9)
New York Times bestseller Julia Spencer-Fleming returns to her beloved Clare Fergusson/Russ Van Alstyne mystery series with new crimes that span decades.1952. Millers Kill Police Chief Harry McNeil is called to a crime scene where a woman in a party dress has been murdered with no obvious cause of death.1972. Millers Kill Police Chief Jack Liddle is called to a murder scene of a woman that's very similar to one he worked as a trooper in the 50s. The only difference is this time, they have a suspect. Young Vietnam War veteran Russ van Alstyne found the body while riding his motorcycle and is quickly pegged as the prime focus of the investigation.Present-day. Millers Kill Police Chief Russ van Alstyne gets a 911 call that a young woman has been found dead in a party dress, the same MO as the crime he was accused of in the 70s. The pressure is on for Russ to solve the murder before he's removed from the case.Russ will enlist the help of his police squad and Reverand Clare Fergusson, who is already juggling the tasks of being a new mother to her and Russ's baby and running St. Alban's Church, to finally solve these crimes.Readers have waited years for this newest book and Julia Spencer-Fleming delivers with the exquisite skill and craftsmanship that have made her such a success.

Hid from Our Eyes (Rev. Clare Fergusson & Russ Van Alstyne Mysteries, #9) Details

TitleHid from Our Eyes (Rev. Clare Fergusson & Russ Van Alstyne Mysteries, #9)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseApr 7th, 2020
PublisherMinotaur Books
ISBN-139780312606855
Rating
GenreMystery, Fiction, Suspense, Thriller, Crime, Mystery Thriller, Contemporary

Hid from Our Eyes (Rev. Clare Fergusson & Russ Van Alstyne Mysteries, #9) Review

  • Liz
    January 1, 1970
    Its been 6 years since the last book in this series. But the characters are so vivid, my memories of them came right back to me. What a treat to finally be re-connected with Russ and Clare. They are now the parents of a four month old. Claire not only has the normal first time mothers angst, but is also worried that her drinking during the first trimester of her pregnancy might have caused Ethan to have fetal alcohol syndrome. Meanwhile, Russ is dealing with the murder of a young woman. What It’s been 6 years since the last book in this series. But the characters are so vivid, my memories of them came right back to me. What a treat to finally be re-connected with Russ and Clare. They are now the parents of a four month old. Claire not only has the normal first time mother’s angst, but is also worried that her drinking during the first trimester of her pregnancy might have caused Ethan to have fetal alcohol syndrome. Meanwhile, Russ is dealing with the murder of a young woman. What makes the murder unique is that it mirrors ones committed in 1952 and 1972, when Russ, just back from Vietnam, was himself considered a suspect. This also gives us a window not just into Russ’s younger days and how he ended up in the police force, but also his mom’s, Margie’s, background. I’ve been reading several new releases to police procedural series in a row. It’s made me realize what a talent it is to create characters that seem real. It’s more than just giving us the facts about someone. It’s a certain “je ne sais quoi” that transforms the written word into a flesh and blood character. Spencer-Fleming has it in spades. Her writing style reminds me of Louise Penny - in depth plot lines that require intense concentration so nothing is missed. We are bounced between 1952, 1972 and the present day and hear from the police chief in charge for each period, in addition to hearing from Clare in the present day.This is a very enjoyable story. I never saw that ending coming. And no, it’s not believable, but I’m willing to overlook that as these books are as much about the personal lives of the characters as the mystery. Also, there are three cliffhangers at the end of the book, by my count, so I can only hope this means we have another book in the series to look forward to reading My thanks to netgalley and St. Martin’s Press for an advance copy of this book.
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  • Jenny
    January 1, 1970
    Being called away from a contentious town meeting is appealing to the Police Chief of Millers Kill. But this call is just as disturbing as the meeting. The body of an unknown young female has been discovered along local route 137. She was wearing a pretty new dress. Chief Russ Van Alstyne has heard of police calls like this before. In 1952, 72 and now today identical calls went out. The cause of deaths was never determined in 52 or 72. No one was arrested. Now number 3.This is Hid From Our Eyes, Being called away from a contentious town meeting is appealing to the Police Chief of Millers Kill. But this call is just as disturbing as the meeting. The body of an unknown young female has been discovered along local route 137. She was wearing a pretty new dress. Chief Russ Van Alstyne has heard of police calls like this before. In 1952, 72 and now today identical calls went out. The cause of deaths was never determined in 52 or 72. No one was arrested. Now number 3.This is Hid From Our Eyes, Julia Spencer Fleming’s ninth Russ Van Alstyne/Claire Ferguson mystery novel. The Police Chief and his Episcopal Minister wife work together to solve the current crime while facing many other professional and personal issues. The solution to the crime is unexpected and seems forced, and even a bit strange.Hid From Our Eyes is not a tense page turner. There are too many issues forced into the plot. These issues become distractions and leave you wondering if they are not teases for book #10.I received a free ARC of Hid From Our Eyes by Julia Spencer-Fleming from MacMillan in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Linda Strong
    January 1, 1970
    Three murders of young women, found dead in the same area, dressed in clothes they didn't have before their deaths, wearing makeup with purses and shoes missing. The one connection ..... no one can figure out how they died.The first woman was killed in 1952. The second was 1972 and the third is present day. So far, the first woman was never identified .... all have been unsolved. And Russ, as a young man, just out of the military was a suspect in the second woman's murder.Russ is threatened with Three murders of young women, found dead in the same area, dressed in clothes they didn't have before their deaths, wearing makeup with purses and shoes missing. The one connection ..... no one can figure out how they died.The first woman was killed in 1952. The second was 1972 and the third is present day. So far, the first woman was never identified .... all have been unsolved. And Russ, as a young man, just out of the military was a suspect in the second woman's murder.Russ is threatened with losing his job shortly ... the powers that be want to close down the local police station, putting him and his team on the unemployment line. He would like to solve this particular case as soon as possible.The story bounces from each crime to the present .... detailing how they tried identifying the victim and then trolling through family and friends looking for a killer.It's been 8 years since the last book in this series. I was thrilled to see this offered up as I have followed the series since the beginning. I highly recommend to any new readers to start at the very beginning.The characters are terrific. Reverend Clara Fergusson and Police Chief Russ van Alstyne have come a long way from the first published book. They've grown and matured, they've weathered all kinds of stormy weather, they've solved crimes together.This is, as all the others in this series, well -written with imaginative twists and turns leading to an unexpected ending. I thought this might be the last of the series.. but there is a small cliffhanger .... evidence that another book might be forthcoming.Many thanks to the author / St. Martin's Press - Minotaur Books / Netgalley for the digital copy of this crime fiction. Read and reviewed voluntarily, opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own.
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  • Carol
    January 1, 1970
    Julia Spencer Fleming says it herself in the acknowledgments of her latest book, Hid From Our Eyes. Six years. Six long years, her many fans, including me, have waited for book nine in the The Rev. Clare Fergusson & Russ Van Alstyne Mysteries. To boot, number eight left us on a bit of a cliff with some unfinished business. If I was upset, I soon forgave Julia when I learned why there was so long a hiatus and thank her publisher, St. Martin's Press and her literary agents, The Jane Rotrosen Julia Spencer Fleming says it herself in the acknowledgments of her latest book, Hid From Our Eyes. Six years. Six long years, her many fans, including me, have waited for book nine in the The Rev. Clare Fergusson & Russ Van Alstyne Mysteries. To boot, number eight left us on a bit of a cliff with some unfinished business. If I was upset, I soon forgave Julia when I learned why there was so long a hiatus and thank her publisher, St. Martin's Press and her literary agents, The Jane Rotrosen Agency, for supporting Julia during hard times. Now we, her fans can do our part by welcoming her back with open arms when this book is published April 7, 2020. If you've never read the series, do yourself a favor and start with In the Bleak Midwinter If like me, you've been patiently or even impatiently waiting, you will not be disappointed. Those six years were worth the wait. Thank you Juila Spencer-Fleming for plugging on.ARC provided by Publisher, St. Martin's Press, Edelweiss, and Author Julia Spencer-Fleming. Hardbound edition to be released April 7, 2020.
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  • Gail C.
    January 1, 1970
    This is the much anticipated ninth book in the Clare Fergusson/Russ Van Alstyne and while it is a new mystery, it also is the continuing story of their relationship. The current murder is a repeat of a murder from the 70s, when Russ was briefly a suspect. Both of these identified murders are almost identical to an unexplained death from the50s, before the area had their own police force. At that time the state police decided not to investigate, preferring to classify it as an accidental death, This is the much anticipated ninth book in the Clare Fergusson/Russ Van Alstyne and while it is a new mystery, it also is the continuing story of their relationship. The current murder is a repeat of a murder from the ‘70’s, when Russ was briefly a suspect. Both of these identified murders are almost identical to an unexplained death from the’50’s, before the area had their own police force. At that time the state police decided not to investigate, preferring to classify it as an accidental death, probably of a prostitute who had been out on the town with one of her customers.In all three cases there is a young woman found dead in the middle of the road, dressed in a beautiful new party dress. There is no apparent cause of death and forensic science was not sufficient at the time of the first or second murders to determine what might have killed the young woman. Russ treats it as a murder, drawing parallels between this and the second case, while trying to determine cause. The former chief of police who investigated the ‘50’s murder has moved back to town and joins Russ in trying to solve this mystery.The mystery is well plotted and moves at a good pace, with the book pulling you back into it if you put it down for any length of time. While I identified the murderer early on in the book, I did not know the motive and remained in the dark about it until almost the end of the book. I was hard to put the book down, as I found myself wanting to read “just one more chapter” on a regular basis.As is the case in other Spencer-Fleming novels, there are strong storylines which occur between Clare and Russ as well as several other secondary characters. Russ and Clare’s relationship has continued to develop and change, and their storyline includes some of the pitfalls that have developed as a result of their marriage. There is also the bid by some of the town’s politicians to dissolve the police department and contract with the state to provide services in an attempt to save money. In addition, there is some attention given to the relationship that developed then crashed between Hadley and Flynn.All the secondary characters are well developed as is the atmosphere of the small town of Miller’s Kill. While the murder is complete within this novel, the reader will likely miss some of the nuances of the book if they have not read the previous novels. This series is definitely one I would recommend readers to begin with the first novel and read in order.My only objection is the very obvious cliffhangers that are part of Russ and Clare’s lives as well as Hadley and Flynn’s. While there is some indication that there is also a storyline that will continue between Russ’s mother and the former Chief of Police, it is not as obvious and not so much of a cliffhanger as a suggestion. I personally dislike this type of ending where the reader must get the next book in the series in order to know if and how things “work out”.That said, there was a long wait between the 8th book in the series, and this one did not disappoint. I want to thank St. Martin’s Press and NetGalley for providing me with an Advanced Digital Reader copy in exchange for an honest review. I recommend this book to anyone who likes a good mystery and in spite of my frustration over the cliffhangers, I will be looking forward to the next book in the series.
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  • Judy
    January 1, 1970
    This was a story told in three timelines: 1952, 1972, and present day. It had many narrators and some appeared in more than one timeline. In all three cases a young woman is dead and found wearing makeup and a party dress with no clothes, shoes, or identification; there is no obvious cause of death and, in the present day scenario, it had never been determined if the first two were suicide or murder.Russ and Clare are the main characters in this story. Although the investigation of the three This was a story told in three timelines: 1952, 1972, and present day. It had many narrators and some appeared in more than one timeline. In all three cases a young woman is dead and found wearing makeup and a party dress with no clothes, shoes, or identification; there is no obvious cause of death and, in the present day scenario, it had never been determined if the first two were suicide or murder.Russ and Clare are the main characters in this story. Although the investigation of the three dead girls is the central story, there is also a political issue going on where the town of Millers Kill must decide whether to dissolve their local police department and use the State Police system, or come up with the taxes to keep their local law enforcement.This is the first book I have read in this series and I felt it could easily be a standalone; although I imagine insight would be gained if you already knew the characters and their history. I enjoyed the book as a mystery, but sometimes got timelines and characters confused.Thanks to St. Martin's Press through Netgalley for an advance copy in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Arpita Shrivastava
    January 1, 1970
    Hid From Our EyeBy: Julia Spencer - FlemingBookish first Impression:I liked this book. I found the plot interesting. It starts when the fifty years old police Chief of Millers Kill reaches at the crime scene and finds a girl dressed in petty party dress dead. There are no signs of injury. There body does not have any stockings, shoes or a handbag (dated: August 20, 1952)Exactly twenty years later (August 20, 1972), the police chief then again finds a girl in white lacy party dress dead in the Hid From Our EyeBy: Julia Spencer - FlemingBookish first Impression:I liked this book. I found the plot interesting. It starts when the fifty years old police Chief of Millers Kill reaches at the crime scene and finds a girl dressed in petty party dress dead. There are no signs of injury. There body does not have any stockings, shoes or a handbag (dated: August 20, 1952)Exactly twenty years later (August 20, 1972), the police chief then again finds a girl in white lacy party dress dead in the same manner. Again there is no sign of injury on the body. No panty hose, no shoes and no handbag. A Vietnam war veteran who found the body is considered as a prime suspect. Now twenty years later (August 19, 1992), in present scenario, the police chief has again found a girl is dead in a party dress. The first impression ended on a very interesting note. I found it engaging and now I am eager to finish this book as early as possible.
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  • Cyndi
    January 1, 1970
    I wish I had more stars to give this book! #minotaurbooks sent this copy to me so I could read and review. Of course after jumping up and down in glee and spending time petting it (Don't judge, all of you have probably petted a few books here and there) I began to devour it. Then the brilliant Julia Spencer-Fleming came to MY library to do a book discussion at our book club and she SIGNED MY BOOK! Is there anything more exciting than meeting your favorite authors? *Fangirl Squeal* So, now I wish I had more stars to give this book! #minotaurbooks sent this copy to me so I could read and review. Of course after jumping up and down in glee and spending time petting it (Don't judge, all of you have probably petted a few books here and there) I began to devour it. Then the brilliant Julia Spencer-Fleming came to MY library to do a book discussion at our book club and she SIGNED MY BOOK! Is there anything more exciting than meeting your favorite authors? *Fangirl Squeal* So, now about the latest addition in the saga of our favorite cop and his wife, the minister. (Who we love, too) They are the parents of a newborn baby so sleeping is a thing of the past and so far in the future they can't see it. Meanwhile there is murder. The story moves from an unsolved murder in 1952, and an identical one in 1972. Now there is another body and it looks the same. Will our heroes solve this case and find answers for the other victims? Will there even be a Police Force in Miller's Kill? Will our heroine find the inner strength she needs to battle her demons? You'll have to read this book to get these and other answers. And then more questions. As usual, this brilliant author leaves the reader clamoring for more.
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  • Dsbook
    January 1, 1970
    It has been 7 years between this book and the previous one. I was happy to see a new title in this series and to get to catch up with the characters after such a long gap. This book does have a cliff hanger ending and I hope we do not have to wait 7 more years for another book to let us know how it ends
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  • Christa
    January 1, 1970
    I liked this book, and can't ever imagine not liking one with the wonderful characters, Clare Fergusson and Russ Van Alstyne. I did feel a little let down, as after such a long wait, I was expecting more. Some of the threads that were carried over felt kind of anticlimactic to me, and it seemed that there was so much going wrong for Clare and Russ in this one. I just wanted some ray of hope that something would go their way! I didn't like the way Clare gave in to her struggle with prescription I liked this book, and can't ever imagine not liking one with the wonderful characters, Clare Fergusson and Russ Van Alstyne. I did feel a little let down, as after such a long wait, I was expecting more. Some of the threads that were carried over felt kind of anticlimactic to me, and it seemed that there was so much going wrong for Clare and Russ in this one. I just wanted some ray of hope that something would go their way! I didn't like the way Clare gave in to her struggle with prescription drugs at all, and didn't like where Russ' career path seemed to be headed. The magic between these two didn't seem to turn up in this book. I really enjoyed being back in Miller's Kill with Clare and Russ and the other great characters of the series, and I liked the mystery storyline, but I hope the next installment will come sooner this time and contain the magic that is normally Clare and Russ together.
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  • Karma♥Bites ^.~
    January 1, 1970
    Read 9 Feb 2020 (★★★★½ rounded up)**ARC provided by Minotaur Books via NetGalley**Wow. HID FROM OUR EYES concludes my series re-read/catch-up (mostly via audio) and good grief, Im wrung out. After an almost-7yr gap, Ms. Spencer-Fleming returns to Millers Kill, NY & for this reader, hits a grand slam on the first pitch.Ms. Spencer-Fleming switches up the storytelling format yet again. On the surface, HID FROM OUR EYES appears to alternate betn 3 different time periods & respective murder Read 9 Feb 2020 (★★★★½ rounded up)**ARC provided by Minotaur Books via NetGalley**Wow. HID FROM OUR EYES concludes my series re-read/catch-up (mostly via audio) and good grief, I’m wrung out. After an almost-7yr gap, Ms. Spencer-Fleming returns to Millers Kill, NY & for this reader, hits a grand slam on the first pitch.Ms. Spencer-Fleming switches up the storytelling format yet again. On the surface, HID FROM OUR EYES appears to alternate betn 3 different time periods & respective murder investigations. But look deeper & one can see parallelism in the interwoven/overlapping characters at certain stages of their lives & relationships (eg, situation/experience of newbie Harlene in 1952 to relative newbie Hadley in present day (assume 2020 nope, gotta stick to series timeline), or influence of each chief of police on his future successor).Set @ 7mos after #8 (Through the Evil Days), HID FROM OUR EYES also picks up on certain threads left open in #8 & its helluva teaser/hook ending. It took me a bit to settle into scene/time period switches; some were momentarily confusing until I became familiar w/ all the players. Particularly *loved* seeing young Margy & Harlene; pleased that Flynn appeared despite earlier decision; chortled when certain character ‘stepped thru time’ from 1972 to present day. (LOL, gotta admit that early on, speculations re: J & M took a decided soap-opera bent.)And the ending! Aarrrgggh... srsly?? Killin’ me, Smalls...just killin’ me! Brain immediately latched onto tiny fact & oh yeah, I see potential set-up for #10. (I’m sooooo Team Hadley/Kevin & see how this book can serve as pivot point re: certain plot threads. *rubs hands*)Already know that re-read via audio is in future; that’ll have to sustain me until #10. Speaking of... If anyone has any pull for early-release copy of audio, PM or email me pls? *begs prettily* Will gladly post separate audio review 😍.To fans of well-written mysteries w/ full-ensemble cast, highly rec that you give this series a go. Nws its rural/small-town setting, I d/n consider it w/in scope of ‘cozy’ mysteries; there are flawed characters, life’s curve balls, mutable morals, and dark deeds. For general series overview, see my thoughts for #1.~ • ~ • ~ • ~Series: #9 of Rev. Clare Fergusson & Russ Van Alstyne MysteriesPublication Date: 7 April 2020Publisher: Minotaur Books (St. Martin’s Press)Narrator: TBD (hopefully, Suzanne Toren!)
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  • Judy Lesley
    January 1, 1970
    This is a novel with a very complicated plot involving three murders; one each taking place in 1952, 1972 and the present day. Author Julia Spencer-Fleming handled all the many characters pertaining to each murder case well to help me mentally situate each murder with its environment, investigators and suspects. I'm not saying it wasn't confusing sometimes since many of the characters were present in all three time periods, but once I found the rhythm of the writing I was fine. My research into This is a novel with a very complicated plot involving three murders; one each taking place in 1952, 1972 and the present day. Author Julia Spencer-Fleming handled all the many characters pertaining to each murder case well to help me mentally situate each murder with its environment, investigators and suspects. I'm not saying it wasn't confusing sometimes since many of the characters were present in all three time periods, but once I found the rhythm of the writing I was fine. My research into this book was definitely at fault because I didn't notice until I began reading that this is book nine in the series. I kept feeling like I had missed something and it turned out I had missed a whole lot. This is the kind of mystery novel I just don't like. I prefer that almost all the attention be focused on the crime and the investigation but this story is almost 50/50 divided between the crimes and all the personal relationships of the people living in three small communities in New York state. I was impressed with the plotting skills and the talent shown by the author in bringing her characters to life. I have given this book a rating of 4 stars because of the skill of the author in constructing her most unusual plot. This is just not a good series for me to read further in.
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  • Joyce
    January 1, 1970
    4 starsThere's a movement afoot to disband the Millers Kill Police Department and turn the protection of the small town over to the State Troopers. This is a potential disaster for Police Chief Russ Van Alstyne and his deputies. But that's not the only problem in this small community. Twenty years earlier, in 1952, a woman's body clothed in a party dress was found on the road by Russ. He became the chief suspect. And twenty years before that, a similar murder occurred. Thus this book gives the 4 starsThere's a movement afoot to disband the Millers Kill Police Department and turn the protection of the small town over to the State Troopers. This is a potential disaster for Police Chief Russ Van Alstyne and his deputies. But that's not the only problem in this small community. Twenty years earlier, in 1952, a woman's body clothed in a party dress was found on the road by Russ. He became the chief suspect. And twenty years before that, a similar murder occurred. Thus this book gives the reader the opportunity to experience the police department over several years as the story switches back and forth.Along with his wife – and her a new mother – Russ sets out to solve this latest case. The experiences of the past keep intruding. However, he is determined to solve these crimes.This is a great addition to the Russ Van Alstyne/Reverend Clare Fergusson series. It is well written and plotted. One event follows another in a linear and logical fashion. While, I have not read the entire series, I have thoroughly enjoyed the books that I have read. I want to thank NetGalley and St. Martin's Press/Minotaur Books for forwarding to me a copy of this very good book for me to read, enjoy and review.
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  • Joyce
    January 1, 1970
    This was a procedural set in small town New York with three separate deaths, one in 1952, one in 1972 and one in the present. Each death had a different Sheriff investigating and each unsolved. The present Sheriffs clues lead him back to each of the other deaths in which a young woman was found, well dressed with no shoes, purse, underwear or personal belongings, dead and obviously placed where she was found. The novel goes from period to period and investigation to investigation. The climax is This was a procedural set in small town New York with three separate deaths, one in 1952, one in 1972 and one in the present. Each death had a different Sheriff investigating and each unsolved. The present Sheriff’s clues lead him back to each of the other deaths in which a young woman was found, well dressed with no shoes, purse, underwear or personal belongings, dead and obviously placed where she was found. The novel goes from period to period and investigation to investigation. The climax is unexpected and well fitting. The ending was also surprising and is actually the beginning of the next chapter in this series. Or at least I hope so. Thanks to Net Galley and Minotaur for an ARC for an honest review.
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  • Kathy
    January 1, 1970
    It's August 1952 and the body of a young woman in a party dress has been discovered on Route 137, near Millers Kill, in the Adirondacks. It's August 1972 and the body of a young woman in a party dress has been discovered on Route 137, near Millers Kill, in the Adirondacks. It's present day August and the body of a young woman in a party dress has been discovered on Route 137, near Millers Kill, in the Adirondacks. Three young women dead over a fifty year span, with no apparent cause of death and It's August 1952 and the body of a young woman in a party dress has been discovered on Route 137, near Millers Kill, in the Adirondacks. It's August 1972 and the body of a young woman in a party dress has been discovered on Route 137, near Millers Kill, in the Adirondacks. It's present day August and the body of a young woman in a party dress has been discovered on Route 137, near Millers Kill, in the Adirondacks. Three young women dead over a fifty year span, with no apparent cause of death and no one held responsible. But, in that passage of time, there are new resources available to the police, and Chief Russ Van Alstyne of the Millers Kill Police Department has more than a case to solve. He has his own reputation to clear and a police department to keep off the chopping block. Add in a new baby and his wife Clare Fergusson trying to find a balance between her job as the priest of St. Alban's Episcopal Church and day-care and self-care, and Russ and Clare have professional and personal issues stacking up to a heavy load. Clare, who must deal with her guilt of being addicted to pain pills for three months during her surprise pregnancy, is struggling to be the best mother, wife, and priest she can be, and the thought of what the pills did to relieve stress haunts her daily. Hid From Our Eyes takes us into the investigations of the three young women's identical deaths under the direction of three separate police chiefs of Millers Kill and the part each chief played in the mentoring of the next chief. It's a story of connections that run deep and some that run dark. Identification of the young women is problematic, as no ID is left at the scene of discovery, and when Russ comes into the cases with his own Jane Doe, the 1952 victim still remains nameless. As justice for the police chiefs is as much about bringing closure to victims' families as catching the perpetrator of the horror, the loss of identity lies heavy with the justice seekers. Chief Harry McNeil died without being able to find the identity of victim #1. Chief Jack Liddle was able to unravel the mystery identity of victim #2 but no cause of death and no perpetrator, and Chief Van Alstyne finds who victim #3 is and where she is missing from, but he struggles to determine why and who caused the death. The investigations into determining the identities is a great story of police work, following leads and interviewing and using gut reactions. At the center of these investigations is the annual county fair with an outside carnival company, an event that draws familiar faces and strangers.And, while there's plenty of drama to keep readers thoroughly engaged in the murder mysteries, the heart of this series is in the relationships of the characters, Clare and Russ, Clare and Russ and their baby, Clare and her parishioners, Russ and his mother, Russ and his police officers, Haley Knox and Kevin Flynn, Haley Knox and Russ' police officers, and the police chiefs and their successors. In Hid From Our Eyes, the history of the relationships between the police chiefs, from one to the next, reveals how deeply they care about the communities they serve. And, we finally get to learn about Margy Van Alstyne and her relationships with Russ' father and with Russ' mentor, Jack Liddle. Then, there are the inner relationships the characters have with themselves, their demons and their struggles, their joys and their loves. The intricacies that make these characters who they are cause readers to care intensely about them and become wholly invested in their lives. Julia Spencer-Fleming has created a world nestled in the Adirondacks with characters who are real to readers, and that's a talent of both heart and mind.Julia Spencer-Fleming is a master at taking the multiple storylines, making each one a thrilling tale in itself, and then weaving them altogether into an epic saga of brilliantly connected dots. There's no confusion either. Readers will be able to clearly follow from one timeline to another and back again. It's been a bit of a wait from the last Clare Fergusson/Russ Van Alstyne book to this one, but our beloved authors have real lives, too, and Hid From Our Eyes was well worth the wait. Spencer-Fleming is a born storyteller whose writing reflects an understanding of people in trying circumstances, resulting in characters and storylines that pull at our heartstrings and broaden our minds. Fans of this series are going to devour this new entry with great enthusiasm. And, in this time of time on our hands, there's never been a better opportunity for those who have missed this author to start the series, a series that begins its first book In the Bleak Midwinter with one of the best opening lines I've read, "It was one hell of a night to throw away a baby." Of course, you can read the series out of order, but I'm on board with Steven Tyler when he sings, "I don't want to miss a thing," and you won't want to either.Full disclosure requires that I state I received an advanced reader's copy of Hid From Our Eyes from the publisher and that the review above is my own opinion and assessment.
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  • Kathy Martin
    January 1, 1970
    In this newest addition to the Clare Ferguson/Russ Van Alstyne mystery series, Clare and Russ are dealing with lots of new stresses. They are trying to fit in being parents to an infant around two very demanding and more-than-full-time jobs. The town Aldermen want to shut down the local police force and get policing from the State Patrol. And a body of young woman is found on an isolated road which echoes an eerily similar crime from 1972 where Russ was a person of interest. That case was eerily In this newest addition to the Clare Ferguson/Russ Van Alstyne mystery series, Clare and Russ are dealing with lots of new stresses. They are trying to fit in being parents to an infant around two very demanding and more-than-full-time jobs. The town Aldermen want to shut down the local police force and get policing from the State Patrol. And a body of young woman is found on an isolated road which echoes an eerily similar crime from 1972 where Russ was a person of interest. That case was eerily similar to a case in 1952. In each case, an unidentified young woman was found dead with no apparent cause of death.An unsolved case isn't going to help Russ convince to town to keep its police force. So his mother and a strong supporter of Clare's church who are both savvy politicians begin a campaign to save the local force requiring Russ to smooze with anyone who will let him talk. Clare's new intern is a transgender woman who has ties to the rich, summer people who live in the camps that the town police watch over and volunteers her mother to help with the campaign. Adding to the stress on the police force is that the newest officer - Hadley Knox - has a vindictive ex who is suing her, former officer Kevin Flynn, the police force, and the town for endangering his reputation and planting meth in his suitcase. Unfortunately the accusation is true. Flynn did plant the drugs hoping to get the ex off Hadley's case and protect her and her children. Flynn had moved on to the Syracuse police force after a break-up with Hadley and is currently undercover looking for extremists. He is with the carnival that comes to the fair each year and was occurring when each of the murders took place.Meanwhile, Clare is dealing with stress which isn't good for a recovering alcoholic and pain pill user and has a lot of temptation to deal with. A fussy baby and Russ's stresses all weigh heavily on her.I liked that the story rotated between the cases in 1952, 1972, and the present day. I liked the connections in that a young patrol officer was present in 1952, was the police chief in 1972 and a mentor to Russ, and is there in the present case to add his insights. I liked that the cops in all three cases were dedicated to solving the crimes and protecting the people. This is a great series and I look forward to more - especially since there is something of a cliffhanger ending to this one.
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  •  Bookoholiccafe
    January 1, 1970
    This is the 9th book of the series and my first book from Julia Spencer-Fleming. I did a bit of search before reading this book to get my self a bit familiar for the story.I got to know Claire and Russ who are living with their four months old Ethan.Russ works in police force and is called away from a meeting to investigate a murder case. This is a very disturbing murder case. A beautifully dressed young womans body found along route 137.This all seems very familiar to Russ; he has heard of This is the 9th book of the series and my first book from Julia Spencer-Fleming. I did a bit of search before reading this book to get my self a bit familiar for the story.I got to know Claire and Russ who are living with their four months old Ethan.Russ works in police force and is called away from a meeting to investigate a murder case. This is a very disturbing murder case. A beautifully dressed young woman’s body found along route 137.This all seems very familiar to Russ; he has heard of identical calls happened in 1952 and 1972.Looking into this and the other two murders all three woman were wearing beautiful dresses and were killed around the same area. I do not want to spoil the story by giving a summary. I do want to share my thoughts about the story.It’s a story of very normal people trying to care for their community and do the right thing. Along the way of them helping others there are so may negative things thrown in that mad the story a page turner for me.The story is told in three different timelines that has been weaved together perfectly. A solid mystery with perfectly developed characters. I liked the vivid details and perfectly unexpected twists and turns that led to a startling ending .You can see the more reviews on:Bookoholiccafe and @Bookoholiccafe
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  • Peter Ackerman
    January 1, 1970
    Hid from Our Eyes is the ninth mystery novel in the series which focuses on and around the lives of the two protagonistThe Reverend Clare Fergusson, and her now husband, Sheriff Russ Van Alstyne. Though it is perhaps because I have only read the first two books in the series, this latest one did not live up to those.The mystery is solid. Separated from each other by decades are three single deaths of young, well dressed women, with no sign of cause. In fact the Van Alstyne was a suspect in the Hid from Our Eyes is the ninth mystery novel in the series which focuses on and around the lives of the two protagonistThe Reverend Clare Fergusson, and her now husband, Sheriff Russ Van Alstyne. Though it is perhaps because I have only read the first two books in the series, this latest one did not live up to those.The mystery is solid. Separated from each other by decades are three single deaths of young, well dressed women, with no sign of cause. In fact the Van Alstyne was a suspect in the 1972 version, while now he must investigate the one that happened under his watch. The book is so bogged down beyond the premise that, for me, it was definitely was not a page turner. As I am an Episcopal priest, I am less enthused than some of my colleagues to see a fictional, amateur detective representing someone in my vocation, especially if the character does not act in accordance with the job. Fergusson never does, and it usually has me yelling into the pages of my book, or screen on my device, about how "we" were taught never to do that. Perhaps, that is why in this installment the character is such a mess, and that brings me to what really does not work here.'The book in total quickly becomes less mystery and more soap opera. And then it keeps adding plot points to become almost laughable. Clare struggles with alcoholism, and post pregnancy issues. She does not want to put her infant in another's care, but cannot focus on what she has to do at the office. Her superiors always seem to always be looking over her shoulder, and the Associate priest appears to be moving for Clare's full time job. If this is not enough we get a seminary intern thrown into the mix, and not just any intern, but a transgendered one. I have not problem with any of this, but it was almost like the author decided to end this series, and determined to throw in everything that she could think of.Though I always loved the premise of this character, and felt, with reservations, that the earlier works were decent enough, I definitely cannot recommend Hid from Our Eyes. After the fact, I wish this one had been hidden from mine.
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  • Maranda
    January 1, 1970
    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 will for me either. Interest was 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 will 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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  • Julia
    January 1, 1970
    I received a free ARC of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. First, if you're waiting for this book to come out and you haven't re-read "One was a Soldier", do that. I wish I had. You will easily fall back into the themes and plot of the book, but a refresher on all the threads that get picked up from the last book will not go amiss. Trust me. I forgot how much I loved the writing of these books. The themes of the police work interspersed with the theological ruminations I received a free ARC of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. First, if you're waiting for this book to come out and you haven't re-read "One was a Soldier", do that. I wish I had. You will easily fall back into the themes and plot of the book, but a refresher on all the threads that get picked up from the last book will not go amiss. Trust me. I forgot how much I loved the writing of these books. The themes of the police work interspersed with the theological ruminations of the churchwork are finely parsed and dovetail nicely. Without spoilers, this book seems a little more focused on Russ and I found myself missing Clare. She has moments alone, where the reader is let into her interior world, but it was a lot of Russ and other characters. Not that I minded, but I think I remembered more Clare perspective? Like I said, since it had been a while, I should have refreshed myself. There are several intertwined plots in the book and subplots. At least three romantic relationships in various stages, flashbacks to two different historical times plus the present, interior reflection of Russ, Clare, and at least one other person, and activity at the church, in the community, and in the police department- you won't necessarily need a flowchart, but the book moves quickly and the writing is as compelling as ever. I found the main plot and its resolution satisfactory, for the most part. There is an introduction of a secondary character (Joni) whose plot resolution seemed rushed to me. Of course she isn't central enough to get significant attention at the end, but I was surprised by what happened with that story arc and left a little wanting. Of course, she may appear again. The baby is in this book, but is definitely a plot moppet. Clare and Russ are happy with him and the struggles about caring for a child are real, but the appearances of the baby and what they do with him don't quite feel natural. Of course, they're still learning to be parents and maybe I was still learning to view them as parents. Do read the afterward. In it, Spencer-Fleming reveals why it was so long between books. (I didn't realize it had been 6 years.) She's been through a lot and that she could continue at all is good on her. I was thrilled to see this book coming out, glad to get an early copy, and I encourage anyone who has enjoyed this series to go ahead and pre-order or buy the book when it comes out. We all need a little pick-me-up right now.
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  • Darcia Helle
    January 1, 1970
    Hid from Our Eyes is an atmospheric, slow-moving mystery that leans, stylistically, into literary fiction.The writing itself is captivating. I loved the rhythm of the words and the way the sentences were strung together. In that sense, this is an engaging read you can easily fall into.That being said, the story lacks focus, falling victim to a scattershot of ideas and subplots. The main plot is a series of three identical murders, taking place decades apart. Because the story alternates between Hid from Our Eyes is an atmospheric, slow-moving mystery that leans, stylistically, into literary fiction.The writing itself is captivating. I loved the rhythm of the words and the way the sentences were strung together. In that sense, this is an engaging read you can easily fall into.That being said, the story lacks focus, falling victim to a scattershot of ideas and subplots. The main plot is a series of three identical murders, taking place decades apart. Because the story alternates between all three timelines with several narrators, this alone keeps us busy. But then we also have a subplot focused on town politics and the police force in crisis, another regarding Clare's difficulties battling addiction while adjusting to motherhood, another concerning a transgender woman, and yet another entire set of circumstances regarding a possible dirty cop and child custody issues. Each subplot brings us characters' backstories and all sorts of random offshoots that detract from, rather than enhance, the main plot.The author brilliantly handles the three timelines, as far as bringing them all to life. Initially, though, the "Present Day" timeline tripped me up, because the years don't match up. I spent way too much time trying to figure out how the ages of the people involved could possibly fit what I was reading. Either I'm crazy or the timelines don't work as written. (I concede that it could be both.) We have "1952", "1972," and "Present Day." My math got me to 2006 as "Present Day." Keeping that in mind might prevent you from falling down the same mathematical rabbit hole I fell into.While part of a series, in general this book works fine as a stand-alone. The abundance of backstories gives us more than we need to know about all the characters involved, and the major plot is resolved at the end. However, we're left with a major cliffhanger regarding one of the subplots, which irked me. But that's me. I don't like cliffhangers.*I received a review copy from Minotaur Books, via BookishFirst.*
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  • Joan
    January 1, 1970
    Review of Advance Readers EditionA young woman, dressed for a party, lies dead in the middle of the road. She has no shoes, no stockings, no handbag. Its August 1952 and Millers Kill Police Chief Harry McNeil has no answers. No one knows how she died. No one even knows her name.The case turns cold; the victim remains unidentified, her death declared the result of natural causes. A young woman, dressed for a party, lies dead in the middle of the road. She has no shoes, no stockings, no purse. Its Review of Advance Readers’ EditionA young woman, dressed for a party, lies dead in the middle of the road. She has no shoes, no stockings, no handbag. It’s August 1952 and Millers Kill Police Chief Harry McNeil has no answers. No one knows how she died. No one even knows her name.The case turns cold; the victim remains unidentified, her death declared the result of natural causes. A young woman, dressed for a party, lies dead in the middle of the road. She has no shoes, no stockings, no purse. It’s August 1972 and Millers Kill Police Chief Jack Liddle has no answers. No one knows how she died. No one even knows her name.The case is eerily similar to the still-unsolved case from twenty years ago, but this time the Chief has a suspect. A young soldier just returned from Vietnam. His name is Russell Van Alstyne.A young woman, dressed for a party, lies dead in the middle of the road. She has no shoes, no stockings, no identification. It’s August, this year, and Millers Kill Police Chief Russ Van Alstyne has no answers. No one knows how she died. No one even knows her name.Today, life today is hectic for Reverend Clare Fergusson, who now finds herself juggling home, baby, and her responsibilities at St. Alban’s Church. Determined to be a good mother, she continues her participation in the addiction support group.A third case . . . Russ and the officers of the Millers Kill Police Department cannot overlook the similarities. They will do everything in their power to solve the case. But they also have to worry about the aldermen and their looming plan that will change everything.Readers will be delighted to welcome back Clare, Russ, and the good folks of Millers Kill in this, the ninth book in the Clare Fergusson/Russ Van Alstyne mystery series [following “Through the Evil Days”]. As always, the skillfully-drawn yet flawed characters populating this story, both central and secondary, are both believable and relatable, filled with hopes and dreams, struggles and successes, joys and disappointments. All the expected characters make an appearance, welcoming readers to their little town once again.A strong sense of place anchors the narrative; surprising twists and turns take the story in unexpected directions. The investigations into the cases of the three mysterious separated-by-decades deaths unfold as the intriguing plot plays out. The weaving together of the strong storylines creates an elegant tapestry for the narrative; the richly-nuanced story pulls the readers in and keeps the pages turning in this unputdownable tale that belongs on everyone’s must-read list.Highly recommended.I received a free copy of this book from the publisher.
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  • Valerie
    January 1, 1970
    1952. Millers Kill Police Chief Harry McNeil is called to a crime scene where a woman in a party dress has been murdered with no obvious cause of death.1972. Millers Kill Police Chief Jack Liddle is called to a murder scene of a woman that's very similar to one he worked as a trooper in the 50s. The only difference is this time, they have a suspect. Young Vietnam War veteran Russ van Alstyne found the body while riding his motorcycle and is quickly pegged as the prime focus of the investigation. 1952. Millers Kill Police Chief Harry McNeil is called to a crime scene where a woman in a party dress has been murdered with no obvious cause of death.1972. Millers Kill Police Chief Jack Liddle is called to a murder scene of a woman that's very similar to one he worked as a trooper in the 50s. The only difference is this time, they have a suspect. Young Vietnam War veteran Russ van Alstyne found the body while riding his motorcycle and is quickly pegged as the prime focus of the investigation.Present-day. Millers Kill Police Chief Russ van Alstyne gets a 911 call that a young woman has been found dead in a party dress, the same MO as the crime he was accused of in the 70s. The pressure is on for Russ to solve the murder before he's removed from the case.Russ will enlist the help of his police squad and Reverend Clare Fergusson, who is already juggling the tasks of being a new mother to her and Russ's baby and running St. Alban's Church, to finally solve these crimes.I enjoyed this book. The book was very clear as to what/which crime was being talked about and the investigations were very thorough. I liked the characters were entwined between the years of the murders, it makes a nice sense of continuity. I was very surprised by the direction of the investigation at the end and who the killers were and why. It was very nicely tied together and continued at the very end of the book. #Hid from Our Eyes #NetGalley
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  • Robin
    January 1, 1970
    If youre a fan of Julia Spencer-Flemings, youll be delighted to know that Hid From Our Eyes picks up right where One Was a Soldier left off. Since its been awhile Ill recap: Episcopal priest Clare Fergusson and her husband Russ Van Alstyne have welcomed their first child (read the book to find out the childs name and sex). Clare is in addiction recovery, and believably for anyone familiar with addiction she teeters from sober to wishing she wasnt. Thats the rich background.Spencer-Fleming If you’re a fan of Julia Spencer-Fleming’s, you’ll be delighted to know that Hid From Our Eyes picks up right where One Was a Soldier left off. Since it’s been awhile I’ll recap: Episcopal priest Clare Fergusson and her husband Russ Van Alstyne have welcomed their first child (read the book to find out the child’s name and sex). Clare is in addiction recovery, and believably – for anyone familiar with addiction – she teeters from sober to wishing she wasn’t. That’s the rich background.Spencer-Fleming tends to write on an epic scale, and this book is no exception to that rule. Filling her canvass with richly drawn and memorable characters, she also creates a wonderful mystery that’s actually – mysterious. There are three separate cases of dead girls abandoned on the highway with no apparent cause of death, and the deaths are decades apart. The first one was in 1952; the next, 1972; and then there’s a present day case.None of the cases were solved, and in the 1972 case, Russ was actually a suspect. Spencer-Fleming takes her time connecting the cases, the victims, and the investigators, but she does connect them in an incredible fashion. The mystery part seems to be a hard nut to crack and while Spencer-Fleming does supply some clues, other factors are unknowns.Complicating matters is the fact that the town is thinking of shutting down the police department and letting state troopers handle local crime. Clare is struggling with handling a newborn and working more or less full time at her church, and she also wants to help Russ solve the case, as it looks bad for the police department he’s trying to save to have an unsolved case. Spencer-Fleming is expert at setting the sword of Damocles above her characters and having them operate underneath it, finding solutions in messy, human ways that strike at the reader’s heart. I think that’s one reason this series is beloved. Another is the rich Adirondack setting, and still another is Spencer-Fleming’s pure skill as a mystery writer. And there’s another. Throughout the book, there are characters who need or are being given a second chance. Misfits or those who have suffered misfortunes – all of them, Spencer-Fleming is telling the reader, have deserved a second chance. The book is full of characters, starting with Russ and Clare, who have made mistakes and who have been given another chance. Don’t give up on anyone, she seems to be telling us. This optimism, for want of a better word, connects her to writers like Louise Penny and William Kent Krueger, who also deal with dark subjects but whose essential message is one of optimism. There are few better ways to make a series beloved. The other way, and it’s a skill Spencer-Fleming also possesses in spades, is writing an ending that leaves the reader hanging. You want more when you finish the book – you want to know what happens next. This is a wonderful reunion with Clare and Russ.
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  • Glenna Pritchett
    January 1, 1970
    ** Disclosure: I was given an Advanced Readers Copy by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. **If youre reading this review but you havent read the first eight Clare/Russ books, you must stop reading. Right now. Go straight to your source for books and get the first one, In the Bleak Midwinter. Youll thank me, I promise! :)Theres so much to enjoy in HID FROM OUR EYES. It was a pleasure getting to know Russ as a young man, Margery as both a young woman and a middle-aged one, and one or ** Disclosure: I was given an Advanced Readers Copy by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. **If you’re reading this review but you haven’t read the first eight Clare/Russ books, you must stop reading. Right now. Go straight to your source for books and get the first one, In the Bleak Midwinter. You’ll thank me, I promise! :)There’s so much to enjoy in HID FROM OUR EYES. It was a pleasure getting to know Russ as a young man, Margery as both a young woman and a middle-aged one, and one or two of Clare’s parishioners in their youth as well. The mystery was especially good: how can three almost-identical murders over a 30-year span possibly be committed by the same person? Yet how can they not, with so many similarities? I absolutely do not want to spoil anything, but I will say that my 5-star rating was firmly sealed by one heck of a spectacular, cliff-hanging ending. I do hope the next book comes quickly!
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  • Emily
    January 1, 1970
    Three suspicious deaths that span from 1952 to current day. Three different investigations and still no closer to figuring out how these women were killed. Russ Van Alstyne is investigating the current case but it comes at a time that budget cuts are threatening to close their department. Small town rumors are running rampant and with the help of his wife, Reverend Claire Fergusson, Russ is trying to navigate his way through. Can he figure out the connection that spans over decades will trying Three suspicious deaths that span from 1952 to current day. Three different investigations and still no closer to figuring out how these women were killed. Russ Van Alstyne is investigating the current case but it comes at a time that budget cuts are threatening to close their department. Small town rumors are running rampant and with the help of his wife, Reverend Claire Fergusson, Russ is trying to navigate his way through. Can he figure out the connection that spans over decades will trying to save his department?I have not read the others in this series but I didn't have any trouble figuring what was going on with the characters. I thought this was a realistic stories with real struggles from the characters. I have to admit the mystery had me perplexed, I kept trying to figure out how the mystery was connected and it had me guessing until the end. I need to go back and start from the beginning but I thoroughly enjoyed this book, couldn't put it down.I received a free copy of Hid From Our Eyes by Julia Spencer-Fleming from Macmillan in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Diane Hernandez
    January 1, 1970
    Is a serial killer at work in a poor rural town? How has he (or she) Hid from Our Eyes for so long?Someone is killing young girls and leaving them in the middle of rural route 137 in the Adirondack Mountains in upstate New York. The girls are dressed in fancy dresses but lack shoes, socks, purses, or ID. The first girl was found August 20, 1952. The second exactly twenty years later. The last was found this morning.Current Chief of Police Russell is battling his town for budget as well as Is a serial killer at work in a poor rural town? How has he (or she) Hid from Our Eyes for so long?Someone is killing young girls and leaving them in the middle of rural route 137 in the Adirondack Mountains in upstate New York. The girls are dressed in fancy dresses but lack shoes, socks, purses, or ID. The first girl was found August 20, 1952. The second exactly twenty years later. The last was found this morning.Current Chief of Police Russell is battling his town for budget as well as looking for the girls’ murderer or murderers. He has a personal stake in the game because he was the person who found the second victim. Does he stand much of a chance at solving this more than sixty year murder spree with only seven staff members?Hid from Our Eyes is an engaging small town police procedural. Its characters feel so genuine that you will want to call and comfort them when life twists out of their control. Overall, it’s an excellent mystery that is highly recommended. 4.5 stars rounded up to 5 stars!Thanks to Minotaur Books and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for my honest review.
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  • Laura
    January 1, 1970
    I have been waiting for six long years to see what Clare Fergusson and Russ Van Alstyne have been up to, so I was over the moon when Minotaur Books sent me an Advanced Readers' Copy of the ninth book in this series. Believe me when I say that this book was worth the wait! Julia Spencer-Fleming has crafted an amazing novel and I loved every single page of it. I thoroughly enjoyed catching up with Clare, Russ, and the entire cast of supporting characters that are their family, friends, and I have been waiting for six long years to see what Clare Fergusson and Russ Van Alstyne have been up to, so I was over the moon when Minotaur Books sent me an Advanced Readers' Copy of the ninth book in this series. Believe me when I say that this book was worth the wait! Julia Spencer-Fleming has crafted an amazing novel and I loved every single page of it. I thoroughly enjoyed catching up with Clare, Russ, and the entire cast of supporting characters that are their family, friends, and co-workers. I really liked the structure of the novel with three similar murders set in 1952, 1972, and present day--it was particularly fun to see Russ as a younger man in the earlier passages. I hope I don't have to wait too long for the next book in the series to be published!
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  • Andrea Larson
    January 1, 1970
    Hooray for the return of Claire Fergusson and Russ Van Alstyne, Episcopal priest and sheriff for the small town of Millers Kill, NY! I had so missed these characters, with their deep flaws and good hearts. This book cleverly links together two cold cases with a present-day crime and gives us interesting background on Chief Van Alstyne. If you haven't read this series before, you could start with this book - but I promise it will make you want to go back and read the rest!
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  • Linda Quinn
    January 1, 1970
    This latest Clare Ferguson/Russ Van Alstyne procedural has been long awaited and does not disappoint. Spencer-Fleming is a master at weaving generations of characters seamlessly through cold cases that span years and does it all while showing the strengths and weaknesses of the human spirit. I cant wait for the next one! This latest Clare Ferguson/Russ Van Alstyne procedural has been long awaited and does not disappoint. Spencer-Fleming is a master at weaving generations of characters seamlessly through cold cases that span years and does it all while showing the strengths and weaknesses of the human spirit. I can’t wait for the next one!
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