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December 30, 2006

Review: A Fountain Filled with Blood


My From the Stacks challenge review #2:

A Fountain Filled with Blood by Julia Spencer-Fleming
Genre: Mystery
Rating: 4.7

I loved this book. Loved loved loved it. Um. Okay. This is the second in the Clare Fergusson mystery series. Clare is a former army helicopter pilot turned Episcopal priest who has been assigned to a small community in the Adirondacks. She has to learn to adapt to the small-town life and deal with her mutual attraction toward the (married) chief of police. And, of course, solve mysteries. I read the first, In the Bleak Midwinter, shortly after it came out, but for some reason it took me a few years to get to this one. I had attempted it once before but not finished; now, I can't imagine why, because this time it grabbed me and I read the 320 pages in about a day. It's an interesting mystery with complex characters, and I definitely recommend the series. I can't wait to get the next one.

I'm looking forward to a lot of quality reading time this weekend, so I think I'm going to switch around as the spirit takes me between my three remaining challenge books and a book club book. Hope to have another review soon!

Posted by Kat at December 30, 2006 05:31 PM

Thanks for your kind mention, Kat. As Julia's husband of nineteen years, I believe I can say (and trust me, if I'm wrong, she'll let us all know...) that this was perhaps her most difficult book to write.
She had received some acclaim for her first book, but was not sure exactly what it was that people liked about the first book. Sophomore jinx stuff.
And the issues she writes of in Fountain are close to her heart. She has now written five books, and is trying something new in each book.
Thanks for your interest, have a terrific New Year, and Read On, MacDuff!

Posted by: Ross Hugo-Vidal at December 30, 2006 08:50 PM

Wow, truly, a niche for every conceivable life situation in the mystery world.

Posted by: Chris at December 30, 2006 10:24 PM

Thanks for the recommendation. I'll either request the first one from the library immediately and thereby further delay starting on my From the Stacks Challenge books, or try to remember to request it at some point in the future.

Probably door #1.

Posted by: kmkat at December 30, 2006 11:01 PM
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