Out of the Deep I Cry (Rev. Clare Fergusson Mystery, #3)
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Out of the Deep I Cry (Rev. Clare Fergusson & Russ Van Alstyne Mysteries #3)

4.14 of 5 stars 4.14  ·  rating details  ·  2,587 ratings  ·  262 reviews
"On April 1, 1930, Jonathan Ketchem's wife, Jane, walked from her house to the police department to ask for help in finding her husband. The men, worn out from a night of chasing bootleggers, did what they could. No one ever saw Jonathan Ketchem again." "But the Ketchems were far from forgotten. Over time, the family died off - except for Jane Ketchem herself (whom everyon...more
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Published (first published April 26th 2004)
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4.5, maybe?

The number of murders, life-threatening situations into which Clare &/or Russ fall, and general wrong-doing continues, in all honesty, fairly ridiculous, but I loved the way the history of Miller's Kill and its families was incorporated into this book. None of the books in the series I've read so far is exactly cozy, despite the small-town setting, but this is even bleaker than the other two. I think the mystery was better too, or at least it seemed as if once I'd got the reveal,...more
Five stars for the ending, which took my heart out and RIPPED IT TO PIECES.

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She's done it again! Another stellar mystery from Julia Spencer-Fleming. This one I *almost* had figured out, but she got me in the end.

What I'm struggling to understand is how the relationship of the main characters in JSF's books are doing all the things that in a more "traditional" romance would be my DO NOT CROSS line and would usually lead me to the "DO NOT BUY" category. Having characters engage in an affair (of the heart or physically) which cases one or both characters to cheat on their...more
Jacob Proffitt
The time hopping in this one took some getting used to. I found it off-putting at first, mainly because the main character involved was kind of depressing—with good cause as she stood at the center of the story and it's a mystery and this is Julia Spencer-Fleming we're talking about here, so it's gonna be emotionally charged. And bleak. To start.

Indeed, gaining sympathy for Jane Ketchum (despite her own evaluation of herself) highlights the author's true genius for getting into her characters an...more
This is the third of Julia Spencer-Fleming's novels that I have read, and she is bidding to become a new favorite author. In this particular outing, protagonists Rev. Claire Fergusson and police chief Russ Van Alstyne become entangled in a parallel investigation -- two missing men, one who disappeared in the 1930s and one who disappears in the here-and-now. All of the action starts because the church roof is leaking, and one of the vestry members is willing to surrender her family trust to have...more
Karen Syed
Mar 30, 2008 Karen Syed rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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[Book: OUT OF THE DEEP I CRY], and cry I did. I started this book over a month ago after getting an autographed copy (and a hug) from Julia at the South Carolina Book Festival. I was ill at the time and became even more ill in the weeks that followed. I kept plugging along, wanting to read more and more, but alas, my cardiac specialist said "Into the hospital with you!" And in I went. Well, you'd think lying in a hospital bed would give me plenty of time to read. Too bad I could not stay awake....more
The Clare Fergusson/Russ Van Alstyne series continues to thrill me with its intriguing plots and fascinating characters. Julia Spencer-Fleming never fails to ensconce the reader into the world of Millers Kill through her masterful description and perfectly timed action sequences. This addition to the series must reach back to the 1920s and prohibition to unravel the mystery of a missing doctor. It seems that there was another missing man, gone missing in 1930, who plays a prominent role in the s...more
I thought this was the best in the series so far. I have been wondering when we would finally get to meet Linda and of course was hoping that I would instantly hate her, but I didn't. Lots of tension between Clair and Russ. They are definitely playing with fire in more than one sense.

I loved the historical aspect of this story. In todays world we take for granted our access to health care and medicines so it was really interesting to see how people had to deal with disease back in the "good old...more
OUT OF THE DEEP I CRY has the past taking center stage; something that happened on April 1, 1930. And that something wants closure in present-day Millers Kill.

Welcome police chief Russ Van Alstyne and Rev. Clare. Their town seems to have its fair share of deaths. This time Prohibition surfaces and causes doubts between the two about the reason this day was so important, both then and now.

It also takes the tiny spark of attraction that began in the previous book and has it magnify. I normally d...more
Mimi Smith
4 stars

Not really a review here. Just had to say Linda FINALLY appeared here. I was starting to suspect she was a ghost. Or a goblin.

Love the mysteries, Russ, Clare (even though she has really reckless, dare I say stupid, moments). Am really curious about the personal dilemmas.
Melissa Proffitt
This seemed more substantial than the first two books, which surprised me considering that it hops around in time quite a bit. I had trouble getting used to the time shifts, but by the end I was sold on the effect and felt so satisfied with the way the central mystery wrapped up. Two mysteries entwined kept me interested, and of course I have tremendous feelings about Clare and Russ's relationship (view spoiler)...more
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Nicely done. Interesting theme to the plot. I love reading a series from the beginning, in order, and seeing how the characters and their lives evolve. Waiting anxiously to read the next one.

On April 1, 1930, Jonathan Ketchem's wife Jane walked from her house to the police department to ask for help in finding her husband. The men, worn out from a night of chasing bootleggers, did what they could. But no one ever saw Jonathan Ketchem again...

Now decades later, someone else is missing in Miller's...more
Out of the Deep I Cry
Two men disappeared - one in the present day, and one in 1930. As the Rev. Clare Fergusson and Chief of Police Russ Alstyne search for the man who disappeared after meeting a young woman in a cemetery, they unearth connections to the disappearance that occurred eighty years ago.
The Ketchem Free Clinic, named after the man who disappeared in 1930, is about to lose some of its funding, and Clare feels responsible. The man's daughter, Lacey Marshall, has decided to break the t...more
Joyce Lagow
3rd in the Reverend Clare Fergusson/Russ Van Alstyne series.[return][return]A beautifully constructed book. The story starts off with a flashback to 1970, when a young Russ Van Alstyne, about to enter the Army to go to Vietnam, rescues an old woman, Jane Ketchem, from attempted suicide by drowning. Fast forward to the � Now� , where Clare is faced with an extremely serious, expensive roof repair on the church and no apparent way to raise money before the roof literally falls in.[return][return]T...more
I love these so much. I think I'm changing my non-fiction book club to a series fiction book club because I DESPERATELY need to talk to someone about the end of the book.

Let me quote a few passages and see if I can't get you hooked as well. This series is about a former army pilot turned female minister who's falling in love with a small town police chief. A MARRIED police chief. They solve a bunch of crimes together.

"You can wait in the office, back here. I'll be with you as soon as I can."
The Clare Fergusson/Russ Van Alstyne series,is yet another I promised myself I'd read when I retired. I had read the first two,liked the light mysteries and adored the angst exhibited by the two main characters. She, a former army chopper pilot, now an Episcopal priest and he, a married small-town chief of police steam up the pages in the cold winters in Millers Kill, NY.

In parallel stories,Van Alstyne and Fergusson seek missing persons, Jonathan Ketchem, a cold case from the 30's, the other the...more
The third in a series of mysteries set in a small upstate NY town featuring a police chief and a priest as the heros solving the mysteries. In this one there is no current murder but there is a current mystery that hooks into a very old mystery. The story goes back and forth between the current day and the far past. By solving the past mystery they solve the current day mystery.

As usual the romantic tension between the two heros makes for a more realistic story, as time goes on you start to wond...more
Ken Montville
I've been working my way through this series and it is getting slightly better with each book. This one has the interesting twist of having some flashbacks to an earlier time involving the grandparents of some of the central characters (although not Russ and Clare). Some nice plot twists and some nice character development.

What throws me off is some of the unbelievable situations these two find themselves in and being able to get out of them in one piece to go on and get the bad guys. This one b...more
Out of the Deep I Cry is another suspenseful installment of drama in the small town of Miller's Kill. This mystery spans decades and Spencer-Fleming skillfully goes back and forth naming her chapters - Then and Now. Having this advantage, the reader begins to piece things together even before Rev. Clare and Russ crack the case. Jane Ketchem, mother of Mrs. Marshall from St. Alban's vestry, is still supporting the local clinic thirty years after her death. When Mrs. Marshall decides to give the m...more
The third book in the Clare Fergusson/Russ Van Alstyne mystery series is the best one yet. Chapters alternate from the present, in which the doctor of the local health clinic goes missing, and the past, where we see how the health clinic was set up and the mystery involving the man for whom the clinic is named. Really good writing and interesting characters both past and present make this a must read for fans of the series and mystery lovers in general. The only thing keeping this from a fifth s...more
Parts of this book I enjoyed, others not so much.

Didn't like...

Clare quit telling us what your grandmother and Hardball would advise in different situations. I don't care!!!

Too many times a character called a mom of an autistic child crazy or a lunatic because she thought the vaccinations caused her child's autism. Too many kids have had averse reactions to vaccinations not to be at least aware that there could be a connection. There was never any empathy for the mother. She was just a crazy, o...more
Another excellent story from the Clare Fergusson/Russ Van Alstyne franchise. The sexual tension is riveting; the mysteries so well-written! Dosnloading book 4 right now. :)
The best in the series thus far. Clare has stop twisting her hair. So into it I forgot to rate/review/ just went on to the next book.
The third novel in the series Clark Fergusson/Russ Van Alstyne Mystery continues the unlikely pairing of Millers Kill's female priest and Chief of police. This time they are investigating the disappearance of the clinic's physician. The novel opens with Russ as a teenager witnessing the attempt of Jane Ketchem to commit suicide. The action shifts to Ash Wednesday in present time with Clare discovering the roof is leaking in the Episcopal Church. This crisis is dealt with, but soon Clare and Russ...more
Fantastic book!! This is the third in the series and so far, the best! Clare Fergusson is an Episcopal priest in Millers Kill, New York. The disappearance of the public clinic’s physician results in another collaboration between Clare and police chief Russ VanAlstyne. Clare was an army helicopter pilot and frequently uses the skills she learned for that job to find out the answers to small town mysteries. This story takes us back and forth in time from 1924 to the present as several interconnect...more

I didn't enjoy this as much as the previous two. I'm not sure if it was just the wrong time for me to read it or I didn't connect to the story, or if knowing what's coming a couple books down the road (doh, I should not have let myself read book descriptions!) has set a tone for what's in between.

Overall I don't think I was in the right place for it - the "past/present" story wasn't working for me and I just couldn't relate to it. The relationship between Clare and Russ made me on and off squea...more
This is the third book in the series and it's the best so far. I'm not a big mystery series addict, so it's something that I am so hooked on this. If you are not familiar with the series, it's based on the relationship between Clare, an early-thirties, single, Episcopalian priest (who was a former army helicopter pilot) and Russ, the 47-year-old married chief of police in the small Adirondack town of Millers Kill. Somehow, the priest and the cop end up solving murders in every book (go figure!)...more
On April 1, 1930, Jonathan Ketchem's wife, Jane, walked from her house to the police department to ask for help in finding her husband. The men, worn out from a night of chasing bootleggers, did what they could. No one ever saw Jonathan Ketchem again." "But the Ketchems were far from forgotten. Over time, the family died off - except for Jane Ketchem herself (whom everyone but a few stubborn optimists/pessimists decided had been made a widow by Jonathan's disappearance). When Jane inherited subs...more
The best of the series so far. I was really underwhelmed by the second in the series, and enjoyed this one so much more. Spencer-Fleming is a gutsy author. She's not afraid to take stands on different issues - even at the risk of alienating some in her audience - and I admire that. Many will read this book and disagree with her, and even be offended. I happen to agree with the author on the issue of vaccinating children, but it's a hot topic right now, and she may lose readers by choosing to mak...more
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