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This is book number 9 in the Fergusson/Van Alstyne Mysteries series.
New York Times bestseller Julia Spencer-Fleming returns to her beloved Clare Fergusson/Russ Van Alstyne mystery series with new crimes that span decades in Hid from Our Eyes.
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.
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.
"A book to escape into, rich and textured. This is the story of families and a community, and from the first page we know we're in safe hands." —Ann Cleeves, New York Times bestselling author of The Long Call
"I’ve been waiting eagerly for Julia Spencer-Fleming’s new book, and it was well worth the wait. Hid from Our Eyes is an intricate, intense mystery with a chilling ending. The characters, minister Clare Fergusson and police chief Russ Van Alstyne, continue to be complicated and imperfect, just like all of us. This is a five-star experience that shocked me and kept me reading late into the night." —Nancy Thayer, New York Times bestselling author
"Welcome back, Clare & Russ! They are back in the 9th Adirondack mystery, and it's a corker—3 almost identical crimes, set decades apart, in a small rural community. Who is killing young women in party dresses and leaving them sprawled on deserted roads? Russ, suspect in the 1970's murder, is now chief of police—can he and Clare solve the case that has baffled 2 previous chiefs? Exciting, tense, romantic—no one writes a small town mystery like Julia Spencer-Fleming!" —Susan Taylor, Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza