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Out of the Deep I Cry

(The Rev. Clare Fergusson & Russ Van Alstyne Mysteries #3)

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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 Kill, NY. This time it's the physician of the clinic that bears t
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Mass Market Paperback, 399 pages
Published May 3rd 2005 by St. Martin's Paperbacks (first published April 26th 2004)
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Hallie
Mar 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
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, I s
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Katie
Oct 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Five stars for the ending, which took my heart out and RIPPED IT TO PIECES.

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Abby
Aug 18, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
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
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Wanda
I am really enjoying this series despite the fact that I’m having to use interlibrary loan to get a hold of this one and the next volume. Once I’ve read that one, they’re all available here locally and I can binge read them if I decide to.

I love the use of history here--linking the present to the past in meaningful ways. As a genealogist, I’ve found that a family’s past can sometimes explain current problems. At least in my own family, it has. We can’t easily escape the ties of past events unles
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Sheila
Mar 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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RE-READ (audio) 29 Jan 2020 (★★★★)

Format of OUT OF THE DEEP I CRY, #3 of FVA series, differs from previous books in that investigation into disappearance of free clinic doctor is interwoven w/ events from 1920-30s (via flash-back storytelling). Rating primarily for twists & turns in both storylines, b/c I’m definitely *not* feeling the love (yes, pun intended). Will not be happy camper if rom subplot remains on current trajectory & veers into verboten territory :/
Karen Syed
Mar 10, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: YOU!
Shelves: favorites
[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
Cara
Aug 08, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: mystery
This one just finished this series off for me. Clare continues to get overly involved in everything that doesn't have to do with her actual job (frankly, it's a wonder that she has time to actually conduct services and attend to her other clerical duties). Russ continues to let her push her way into stuff that doesn't concern her. The mystery was okay--the story told in flashbacks was moving and the best part.
But the Clare/Russ developments finished this for me. I don't consider myself a rigid m
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Jacob Proffitt
Apr 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
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
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Julie  Durnell
3.5 stars Well written and plotted with two storylines, one from the 1920's and a current one that intersects the past. The older story deals with black Diphtheria so in light of our current Covid pandemic it was a strangely relevant read. I do enjoy the setting and the departure of winter weather was very atmospheric; however Clare and Russ are not my favorite mystery duo's. ...more
Sharon
Jan 29, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Ivonne Rovira
Dec 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Dr. Allen Rouse, the irascible director of the free clinic in the the town of Millers Kill in Upstate New York vanishes one night. The disappearance echoes another one that occurred in 1930 when another man, Jonathan Ketcham, drove out into the night, never to be seen again.

Reverend Clare Fergusson, Army helicopter pilot turned Episcopal priest, and Sheriff Russ Van Alstyne join forces again to determine what happened to both men and to wonder whether the two disappearances might be linked desp
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Kathy
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
Carol
Nov 21, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, series
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
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Janet C-B
This is a murder mystery told in 2 time frames, current and past (1920's-1930's). The novel is #3 in a series featuring Claire, a local reverend, and Russ, the local police chief in a small town in the Adirondacks. I appreciated that the chapters were simply titled, "Then," and "Now." While I was drawn in to the current storyline, I found the past a bit more tedious. It is a good murder mystery that seemed to end abruptly on the developing relationship between Clare and Russ. I enjoyed the book, ...more
Cathryn Conroy
May 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am not particularly a fan of mysteries/detective stories, but this nine-book series by Julia Spencer-Fleming has definitely piqued my interest much like those of Louise Penny. The premise of all the books is simple but effective: the unusual collaboration of a small town's chief of police and the local Episcopal priest to solve crimes.

Adding to the fun is the definite but off-limits sexual attraction between the happily married Chief Russ Van Alstyne and the Rev. Clare Fergusson, who is young
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Mimi Smith
Jul 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
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.
Kristin
Apr 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020-fiction, kindle
4.5 stars - I am enjoying my re-read of this series more than I expected going in. This book was really good, and it was tough at times. We have misery in the present and almost a century before, as the book flashes back to events in the lives of some of Millers Kill's residents and their families. I also bring to my reading this time the knowledge of events of later in the series, which has definitely colored my perceptions of some of the events in the book.

I should say a word about religion, e
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Mike Finn
Aug 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Out Of The Deep I Cry" links Clare, our modern-day ex-army helicopter pilot turned Episcopalian Priest and Russ our local boy returned to be sheriff after a little too long in the army, more closely to the past of the small town of Miller's Kill, New York.

As with the previous books, "Out Of The Deep I Cry" manages to link the investigation of a crime to a topical issue, in this case, the inoculation of children. It then goes a step further and links the fates of the current Miller's Kill gener
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Liz
Nov 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
A LOT of this really worked well for me—the dual timelines, which can become clunky in cases, really stood out—but it was the climax of the plot and the falling action that really killed me.

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Linda
Oct 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The third in this series with an ending that makes me very glad that I'm late to this game. I can rush to the library and pick up #4 tomorrow instead of waiting until the author gets it published.

This time, Reverend Clare's church roof is dire need of repair. After a discussion among the vestry, one offers to pledge her mother's endowment that has been supporting the town clinic. The plot line bounces between (mostly) now and 70 years ago when the woman who set up the endowment lost 4 children t
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Joanne Duhl
Jul 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
I am excited to have discovered a new (to me) great author with a cache of books I have yet to read. I loved the characters, the setting (upstate NY not far from where I live), and the issues around which the plot turned - fears about vaccinations - both current and historical - bootlegging, the roles of men and women, both current and historical. Spencer-Fleming is a very good writer and she has created interesting characters in her detective duo - the smart, tough, conflicted feminist minister ...more
Charlene
I read this book after I completed Books 1, 4, and 2. So now I'm caught up on the story line with the female Episcopal priest and the married male police officer, both of whom are in danger of -- but determined not to -- breaking their respective vows.

The story, with its background (and flashbacks to 1920s-30 prohibition and inoculation for diphtheria) having to do with a free clinic, a conflict about inoculations for children, near-violent outcomes, is compelling reading. Oh, and the two men wh
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Nicole
Jun 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Finished this in less than 24 hours! Loved everything about this book (even the unrealistic parts)! I was captivated from the start. It is in the middle of a series, but did not impact the enjoyment. Cannot wait to read more.
Barbara
Jan 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I thought this would be a 4 star book, but by the end I couldn’t put it down! There were so many angles to the story and I really liked how it all came together. And what will happen to Russ and Clare????
Susan in NC
Oct 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Read this years ago, books 1,2,3 for sure, very good, but got too dark for me, moved on to other books.
Ruth Chatlien
Mar 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I'm rereading this much beloved series because I've heard rumors that book 9 may be finally on its way, and I want to have read the others recently when that happens. ...more
Kathleen
Nov 17, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Ann
Apr 18, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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Nancy
Sep 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
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