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A Fountain Filled with Blood by Julia Spencer-Fleming
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Read from January 25 to February 01, 2011

At the start, this unfolded with much of the same promise as the novel in the series. It opens up a few months later, with the relationship between Clare and the Police Chief unsettled. The town of Mills Kills is unsettled as well; with a new resort being built on the outskirts of town corresponding with a rise in PCB levels in the water supplies.

And then there is a beating of the towns' medical examiner. And quickly after that, another. It appears that there is someone who is attacking gay men in the town.

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In the first book, Clares' role in the investigations was somewhat plausible - there was a reasonable explanation for her getting involved, for staying involved, and her emotional attachment that pushed past any reasonable judgment was reasonable.

In this book, the line of being pushy/involved and really crossing the line to "interfering the investigation to the point it would get thrown out in court" is crossed very early on. And she pursues it to the point that the reader is left to wonder why, precisely, she is still keeping her robes and just not joining the force. And at the end of the book, she moves into full superhero mode - in a way that is only slightly believable, and again, shows an amazingly lack of judgment on her part.

The relationship between her and Ross also moves forward at a fast forward pace - for a man who is worried what the townspeople think about their relationship, he does incredibly odd things; such encouraging her to meet his mother.

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