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I Shall Not Want: A Clare Fergusson and Russ Van Alstyne Mystery (The Rev. Clare Fergusson & Russ Van Alstyne Mysteries #6)

4.22 of 5 stars 4.22  ·  rating details  ·  3,809 ratings  ·  301 reviews
Millers Kill reaches the boiling point in this white-hot novel of love and suspense

People die. Marriages fail. In the small Adirondack town of Millers Kill, New York, however, life doesn't stop for heartbreak. A brand-new officer in the police department, a breaking-and-entering, and trouble within his own family keep Police Chief Russ Van Alstyne busy enough to ignore the
Paperback, 336 pages
Published May 14th 2013 by Minotaur Books (first published 2008)
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Read this in just a few, short days. After the trainwreck of an ending in the previous book, I needed a break from Russ & Clare. I was caring too much about them. They're fictional characters for goodness sake! Yet I devour these books and laugh and cry along with them, page by page, as though they were living, breathing friends.

There have been many books and characters that have stuck with me though the years, but very few are the ones who I think might actually be real. Russ and Clare fit

Such satisfying mystery and romance, set in a totally believable portrayal of a small, rural town. This one involved Hispanic farmhands without the proper paperwork (i.e. illegal migrant workers) working on dairy farms, and I found myself going “yes!” multiple times as Spencer-Fleming got the dynamics of that situation right.* Add it together with fantastic characterization – her female characters are especially strong and believable – and the alternately frustrating and rewar
Melissa McShane
I am so glad I went directly to this book after All Mortal Flesh, because after the trauma that one inflicted on me, I really needed the payoff in this one. The mystery isn't very good; it limps along a little, and again it's Spencer-Fleming's characterization that saves it, because it's hard not to cheer for Amado and Octavio and Isabel even if the plot surrounding them is a little too mundane to be captivating. Once again, it's all about Russ and Clare, their relationship in broken shards afte ...more
Aaah! ...and they're back! I was ready to quit this series, but no need. Everything that was missing in All Mortal Flesh is back in spades. In fact, I Shall Not Want almost swung too far in the other direction. The mystery was a little on the light side. So much so, that someone (publisher? editor? probably not the author) pulled the most action packed chapter from it's normal place in the progression of the story, and made it the first chapter, then prefaced the rest of the story with "6 Months ...more
Aug 29, 2008 Jenne rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who have read the other books in the series first
Shelves: mystery
Well, I finally caught up to the latest book in the series, and I can't believe I'm going to have to wait (how long???) to find out what happens next.

This was BY FAR the best one yet--what can I say, I'm a hopeless romantic, and especially a sucker for a bittersweet happy ending.

I also liked the Stephanie Plum reference--just what I was thinking.

ETA: I had to come back and say that I was thinking about it and the relationship in this series is basically the opposite of everything that drives me
Honestly, I’m not sure it makes any sense at all to give books in this series ratings, as I’m far too hand-wavey and stammery and emotionally overwrought (to use Melissa/Jacob’s description) for deliberation. Also, I need to qualify a metric cr*p-load of things. (Okay, so anyone reading this will know I’ve opted for a 4 star rating, but the paragraph above was written before that!)

Some of that hand-waving indecisiveness relates to the fact that I find the books - and this one in particular - an
James Glass
This is another great story from Julia Spencer-Fleming. When chief of police, Russ Van Alstyne's sister and brother-in-law buy a farm, the decide to hire some Mexicans to help with the work. But the van the workers are in crashes. Upon arrival at the scene, only two in the van load have remained due to they are illegals.
Several days later, the body of a Mexican is discovered on the outskirts of Chief Alstyne's sisters farm.
The autopsy reveals the person to be a male with a gunshot would to the
Moving right along on the Clare/Fergusson/Russ Van Alstyne Mysteries with number 6, I Shall Not Want chalked off.

At the end of number five the ongoing affair of the two main characters, Priest Fergusson and Chief Van Alstyne came literally to a dead stop. We knew or we hoped we knew this couldn't be so as the sexual tension of these two is what brings many readers back. We are not disappointed. The beat goes on.

By now I sort of know what I'm going to get in this series, a mystery that will be
I had severe let down. I don’t know if it’s because my expectations were so high, after the other one was so good, or if I was just in a different mind space, or if I could predict where it was going as I had read the author before, but this one fell short for me. Or maybe it’s because I have read Harlan Coben, who tends to do a lot a similar things in his books, but more so.

Now with that said, I do like Russ and Clare, but am getting a bit tired of the push/pull between them. I liked that a lot
As a great series should do, each book in the Clare Fergusson/Russ Van Alstyne series gives something new in the progression of the story line of the characters. Of course, with Clare and Russ there are always ups and downs that drive the reader crazy, too. Crazy in a good way, though. In this latest tale, there is a new cop on the force, Hadley Knox, somebody is killing Latino men, and Clare has joined the National Guard. After discussions with her bishop, Clare and he decided that there were s ...more
I love this series beyond all reason, on so many levels. The character development, the emotional depth--which makes these stories more engaging than most romance novels I've read--the sincere spirituality, the thrilling mysteries . . . it's always a pleasure to return to Millers Kill and see what's happening with Russ and Clare and the rest of the gang. (Also, I desperately want a bumper sticker like Clare's: 'Jesus is Coming: Look Busy'.)
(3 of 5 stars)

That's it, it's official, the shark has been jumped - repeat, the shark has been jumped. This series isn't even bothering with believability anymore and has fully embraced its true soap opera nature... which, oddly enough, might have actually improved the crack-filled trainwreck-ness of the whole thing. Somewhere around the halfway mark I finally cracked and started brainstorming a list of all the possible soap opera twists that might happen; by the end I was pleasantly surprised t
I admit that I took this one out of order. I've read 4 in the series and wanted book #5 on CD for my car trip, but it wasn't available at my library, so I took #6. So obviously, there was a surprise in store in this one! I love the very real way the relationship between Clare and Russ has played out over this series and hope it continues to do so (in other words, I hope this isn't the last book!). The supporting characters were all very real and well developed (go, Kevin! who's the man?) and the ...more
I was a bit less into this one. Or maybe it's just that it didn't tie me into knots as much! (view spoiler) ...more
Lourdes Venard
(Warning: Spoiler below for those who haven't read the previous book)

It's been two months since the accident that killed Russ Van Alstyne wife, and he and the Rev. Clare Fergusson haven't spoken in all that time. But then an accident involving undocumented Mexican migrants brings them together, and soon they are solving a string of deaths. Meanwhile, a new character, Hadley Knox, is introduced -- one that Spencer-Fleming has said may spin off into another series. Spencer-Fleming manages to pair
Drug wars in Millers Kill, New York! Will Russ and Clare be among the casualties?

Two young couples are having extra-marital sex! Will Russ and Clare make it three?

My hat is off to Julia Spencer-Fleming. She has gauged her audience. She has hit her stride. Well-paced action; witty dialogue (and one really funny scene near the end); sexual tension that gets played for all it's worth; courageous and capable women with courageous and capable men. Kind of like Janet Evanovich but without the crudity.
Cyndi McGinnes
This series gets better and better. JSP can really write an exciting scene! The new character, Hadley Knox, looks to be a good choice. Can't wait to see how she will add to the series.
Shala Howell
This series just keeps getting better and better. I like that it's set in a part of the country that I am familiar with (upstate New York), but mostly I kept reading and reading these (all six in ~ a week), because I loved the story of Russ & Clare. Very realistic behavior on all sides from some really well-drawn characters, which made for an engaging story. And it helped that the story plays out over the course of some pretty good mysteries (although I often guessed the solutions before the ...more
Claire and Russ need to stop almost dying...oops, then there would be no story.
This series just gets better and better! I think the author does a superb job of creating realistic characters. They are flawed, but "good" people, just like most of us. While most of us don't find ourselves in the kinds of situations that Claire Fergusson ends up in, (after all this IS fiction), the depiction of her relationship with Russ Van Alstyne, and her struggle to find her calling as a priest seems extremely realistic, and this is what drives my interest.
I love the Clare and Russ books and even though their situation is not ideal, I hated that Ms. S-F went in this direction in order to resolve that issue. If you haven't read the series, go for it! Start with the first one though, as each book builds on the previous one. *warning - may not care for the subject matter, but could be addictive.* It felt to easy and convenient. That being said, I am on pins and needles for her next one due in April 2011.
Best writing of the series, in my opinion. The descriptions of the small town of Millers Kill, the dialog, the dynamics of the relationships--well done. The mystery at the heart of the book wasn't as compelling to me. I enjoyed the addition of Hadley Knox, the single mom-police woman. After her disastrous marriage, she's bitter and cynical, as she finds herself getting involved with Flynn, a young detective on the force. Her struggles to make ends meet and her self-protective efforts to push the ...more
I was wondering how she was going to get Russ and Clare together after that last book. It was just okay. There were some very far fetched and femjep scenes that really drive me crazy and not too much of a mystery. Another different ending and I will continue to read this series just to see where the author goes after this.
#6 in this upstate New York mystery series; I've read or listened to all of them. Clare Fergusson is the Epsicopal priest and Russ Van Alstyne is the married local sheriff. The locale is appealing, the characters are well-drawn, and the mystery part is usually pretty good too. A reliably satisfying mystery read.
Cathy Strasser
I took me two tries to read this entry in the series. I couldn't see the sense in some of Clare's actions and it just kept pulling me out of the story. I did finish it and I will finish the series just to see where CLare and Russ end up, but I definitely liked the earlier books better.
Sara Kuberski
Another good book from this author and I really enjoy this series. I understand why she left the ending the way she did but wasn't happy about it. It does however, leave me craving the next book in the serious. It probably wasn't my favorite one in th series but still very enjoyable.
Jeanie Jackson
Love this series and Shall Not Want is a perfect example of the high quality of writing and plot. I move into Clare's life with each book and this one is one of the really gut wrenching but wonderful stories about Clare and Russ.

Russ is having guilt issues about the death of his wife and Clare is dealing with so much that has happened over the last year that she really needs him. At the recommendation of her bishop, she as joined the national guard and is once again flying Blackhawks as a weeken
Jules Goud
Not my favourite but not bad.

I feel like in this one, the mystery was put on the back burner and the romance was the front runner. I felt that in this one, we get a lot more personal with the characters then all of the others in the series. We focus more on the relationships that the characters have and what they are struggling with in their life then the mystery. Honestly, I feel like the mystery is just a way to connect all of the different relationships with each other.

However, even with that
Oh. My. Goodness.
Really, really like this series. I can't put them down.
Lisa, you are forgiven for the earlier spoiler. :)
On to One Was a Soldier!
...then what do we do???
#6 in the Reverend Clare Fergusson and Sheriff Russ Van Alstyne series. The first 5 entries in the series were published in 5 years from 2002-6, I discovered the series and read all 5 in 2007. The current entry was published in 2008 so it seemed like a normal series interim, I didn't know the next two were coming in 2011 and 2013.

Reverend Clare Fergusson has joined the National Guard as a helicopter pilot and is working with a Catholic nun on an outreach program for Mexican seasonal workers. Rus
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Work-In-Progress Wednesday at my Reader Space. We're up to the fifth part of the second chapter of my eighth book, which has some numerological meaning, I'm sure.
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Other Books in the Series

The Rev. Clare Fergusson & Russ Van Alstyne Mysteries (8 books)
  • In the Bleak Midwinter (Rev. Clare Fergusson & Russ Van Alstyne Mysteries, #1)
  • A Fountain Filled With Blood (Rev. Clare Fergusson & Russ Van Alstyne Mysteries, #2)
  • Out of the Deep I Cry (Rev. Clare Fergusson & Russ Van Alstyne Mysteries, #3)
  • To Darkness and to Death (Rev. Clare Fergusson & Russ Van Alstyne Mysteries, #4)
  • All Mortal Flesh (Rev. Clare Fergusson & Russ Van Alstyne Mysteries, #5)
  • One Was a Soldier (Rev. Clare Fergusson & Russ Van Alstyne Mysteries, #7)
  • Through the Evil Days (Rev. Clare Fergusson & Russ Van Alstyne Mysteries, #8)

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