In the Bleak Midwinter is the first book in Julia Spencer-Fleming’s atmospheric mystery series set in upstate New York featuring Clare Fergusson, a newly ordained Episcopalian priest who is also an ex-army helicopter pilot, and part-time sleuth. Shortly after her assignment to the town aptly named Millers Kill (the word kill coming from the Middle Dutch word of kille, meaning “riverbed” or “water channel”), a baby is left on the rectory’s doorstep and a murder takes place. With the help of married Chief of Police Russ Van Alystyne, Clare works to uncover the identity of the baby’s parents as well as who would want to murder the mother of the abandoned child. The two work to solve the crime while fighting a growing attraction to one another that can only lead to disaster.
Recommended for adults.