Through the Evil Days

Through the Evil Days

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In Through the Evil Days , New York Times bestselling author Julia Spencer-Fleming raises the stakes for Russ and Clare, putting their new marriage, their unborn child, a missing teen, and their very own lives on the line.

On a frigid January night, Chief of Police Russ Van Alstyne and Reverend Clare Fergusson are called to the scene of a raging fire. The extent of the tragedy isn't known until the next day, when the charred remains of a man and woman are recovered--along with evidence showing they were shot execution style.

The last thing Russ needs are two potential homicides. He's struggling with the prospect of impending fatherhood, and his new wife is not at all happy with his proposal for their long-delayed honeymoon: a week ice-fishing at a remote Adirondack lake.

St. Alban's Church is still in turmoil over the Reverend Clare Fergusson's news that she's five and a half months pregnant--but only two and a half months married. Worried her post-deployment drinking and drug use may have damaged the baby, she awaits the outcome of the bishop's investigation into her "unpriestly" behavior: a scolding, censure, or permanent suspension.

Officer Hadley Knox is having a miserable January as well. Her on-again, off-again lover, Kevin Flynn, has seven days to weigh an offer from the Syracuse Police Department that might take him half a state away. And her ex-husband's in town--threatening to take custody of their kids unless Hadley pays him off with money she doesn't have.

When Hadley discovers that the dead couple fostered an eight-year-old girl who was a recent liver donee, the search for the killer takes on a new and terrible urgency. With no access to immunosuppressant drugs, transplant rejection will kill the girl in a matter of days.

As a deadly ice storm downs power lines and immobilizes roads, Russ and Clare search desperately for the truth about the missing child, but the hunters will become the hunted when they are trapped in the cabin beside the frozen lake and stalked through the snowbound woods by a killer.

Publisher: New York : Minotaur Books, 2013.
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9780312606848
0312606842
Branch Call Number: FIC Spenc
Characteristics: 357 p. : map. --

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Sidus
Dec 06, 2016

Reasonably fast paced; kept my interest;however, the events, in some instances seemed highly unlikely. I can't see professional police officers making some of the decisions that these ones did.

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sandraperkins
Mar 20, 2014

This book was so exciting I could hardly put it down! I have enjoyed this entire series, but this one was action-packed. I am looking forward to seeing what happens next!

Cdnbookworm Dec 27, 2013

Once again, Spencer-Fleming writes a novel I can't put down. And it was a perfect snowy day to read this mystery which occurs during a terrible snow and ice storm in upstate New York.
An eight-year-old girl, recent recipient of a kidney donation, is abducted from the foster home she is living in, with an attempt to cover up the evidence with a fire.
Russ and Clare are supposed to be on their honeymoon, trying out a remote cabin with an eye to buying it. Russ has some ice-fishing in mind, and both have a lot on their minds.
With the abduction news coming after the two are away, weather stymies their return to Millers Kill, and threatens their lives.
There is much drama here, with a little girl's life in the balance and a large drug operation at the center.
A side story between the two young Millers Kill police officers Hadley and Kevin also moves forward in an interesting way.
A well-done installation in one of my favourite mystery series.

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DobyBears
Dec 09, 2013

Excellent continuation of this series. I absolutely love following the relationship of Clare and Russ. Through the Evil Days is a great page turner, was on the edge of my seat at times. New relationships emerged in this one and the cliffhanger end made me hungry for more. I hope it doesn't take too long for the next book to come out, I can't wait to see what happens!

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elos
Oct 23, 2013

Awesome book in a really good mystery series.It is not necessary to read all the previous books in the series to enjoy this one but if you have an opportunity to start at the begining it would be great. This was a page turner and ended with a big cliffhanger. Highly recommended.

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