A Fountain Filled with Blood (Rev. Clare Fergusson & Russ Van Alstyne Mysteries, #2) by Julia Spencer-Fleming

A Fountain Filled with Blood (Rev. Clare Fergusson & Russ Van Alstyne Mysteries, #2)

Nestled in the heart of the Adirondacks, Miller's Kill, New York is about as safe as it gets. That's why Episcopal minister Clare Fergusson is shocked when the July Fourth weekend brings a rash of vicious assaults to the scenic town. Even Clare's good friend, police chief Russ Van Alstyne, is shaken by the brutality of the crimes-especially when it appears that the victims were chosen because they are gay. But when a third assault of an out-of-to...

Details A Fountain Filled with Blood (Rev. Clare Fergusson & Russ Van Alstyne Mysteries, #2)

TitleA Fountain Filled with Blood (Rev. Clare Fergusson & Russ Van Alstyne Mysteries, #2)
Release DateApr 19th, 2004
PublisherSt. Martin's Paperbacks
GenreMystery, Fiction, Thriller, Mystery Thriller

Reviews A Fountain Filled with Blood (Rev. Clare Fergusson & Russ Van Alstyne Mysteries, #2)

  • LJ
    Two gay men are brutally attacked in Spencer-Fleming's second Reverend Clare Fergusson mystery. Clare, a former army helicopter pilot, now a priest at St. Alban's Episcopal Church in the small Adirondack town of Millers Kill, New York, feels the attacks are related, and the police should notify the community so people can protect themselves. Police Chief Russ Van Alstyne disagrees, wanting to avoid copycat crimes, and his refusal to act creates t...
  • Tracey
    As the title might hint, this installment in the Clare-and-Russ story is rather more dark and violent than the other two I've read so far. It begins with the stomach-knotting threat of hate-filled obscenities shouted at a small group of gay men, and follows immediately with the fulfillment of that promise of violence as a character who made a memorable appearance in In the Bleak Midwinter is stopped and beaten on his way home. There are messages ...
  • Red
    I really like these books. They have a nice strong female character. It's interesting and novel that Clare is an Episcopalian priest, who used to be an Army helicopter pilot. I like the setting, a small town in upstate New York. Her best friend and forbidden romantic interest, is the already married police chief. This presents a quandary for me, because even though you'd like characters to get together, I'm not the least bit keen about the breaki...
  • Wanda
    I’m finding myself really riveted by this murder mystery series. I read the first one back in January (In the Bleak Midwinter) and then saved this one for July 4th (as it starts on that holiday). It was a great way to spend the day. Make no mistake, I may have started it in a leisurely fashion, but by halfway through I was determined to finish by day’s end. I needed to know whodunit.I find myself really drawn into the whole relationship betwe...
  • Hallie
    As I pretty much finished this, slept, did the things I *had* to do (on a Saturday, with a bad headache and the ability to let myself off the hook for a lot of things I probably *should* have done) and launched straight into book 3, I'm both a bit fuzzy about what happened where and pretty clearly addicted to this series. But whether this is a healthy addiction that will do no harm at all, ever, to anyone, or whether it'll break my heart, ruin my...
  • Trin
    Sequel to In the Bleak Midwinter. I loved the first three-fourths of this, though I think it kind of fell apart at the end. Among the good: meeting Russ’ wonderfully eccentric mom, Clare helping Russ confront his internalized homophobia (and his willingness to do so, which shows, despite his discomfort, what a good man he is), Clare interrupting her investigations to get drunk and flirty with a cute Brit—a sequence that, since it’s her, en...
  • Melissa McShane
    I'm still very engaged with the whole relationship between Russ and Clare and how they deal with their mutual attraction. I'm also still amused/fascinated by Russ's wife Linda's non-appearance; it's impressive that she can exert such a control on the story simply by existing. Russ's mother amused me tremendously, mostly because of how different she is from her son, but also because she's as committed to her beliefs as Clare is. I'm definitely fin...
  • Sadie
    *Sigh* I really wanted to like it but there's just so much about the book that's so unrealistic that it's hard to read. The entire incident with the helicopter was just insanity. The rector jumping out of a window and being concerned about her shoes (Which she can't afford to replace on a ministers salary) yet she can somehow manage to by a new sports car... plus this on going non-relationship with the police chief. Plus I'm super annoyed that we...
  • Kathy
    In the second novel of the Clare Fergusson/Russ Van Alstyne series, the priest and the police chief must confront crimes of hate in their small idyllic Adirondack town. Homophobia has reared its ugly head, and Clare once again has her heart and head in involved in both discovering its source and bringing it to the attention of her Episcopalian church and the community. Russ, while equally appalled by these crimes, is more focused on catching the ...
  • MB (What she read)
    From one temperature extreme to the other! Wow, this book was good and kept up the same high standard for the sophomore book in the series. What I especially enjoy about Julia Spencer-Fleming is her characterization. Clare and Russ (and all the other bit part players) are 3-dimensional and real. I like and respect them, I care when they are in danger, I worry about their choices...I'm invested!As a constant reader always searching for new books, ...
  • Abby
    I stayed up waaaaay too late reading this one, even though I pretty much had the mystery all figured out. What kept me up so late at night was the continuing dynamic between Reverend Clare Fergusson and the married Chief of Police, Russ Van Alstyne. After spending the remaining winter and spring studiously avoiding each other, they are together again, determined to keep attraction at bay, and figure out who's behind a series of vicious hate crime...
  • Carol
    The Big Bopper lyrics for Chantilly Lace keep going through my head when I think about my feelings for Fountain Filled with Blood. "You Know What I Like". There's something comforting about reading a series and spending time with characters that you get to know and love. And love I do Episcopalian Priest Clare Ferguson, Police Chief Russ Van Alstyne and the other inhabitants of Millers Kill, a fictitious town somewhere in the Adirondacks, NY. The...
  • Mike Finn
    I really enjoyed "In The Bleak Midwinter" and knew I'd found a good new series. Coming up with a second book in a series that had such a strong start has to be a challenge but Julia Spencer-Fleming manages it well.She continues to use two strong, likeable main characters, Clare the ex-army helicopter pilot turned Episcopalian Priest and Russ the Vietnam vet turned local Chief of Police, to power the story. She uses a regular pulse of humour makes...
  • Melanie
    I find these books JUST good enough to keep reading - nice, easy-to-read mysteries that draw me in enough to want to know who done it. The first one in the series was better, less predictable. I may read the third after I read a number of other books on my list. (not sure)My biggest problem with the book: the characters. First, I don't get the attraction between Russ and Clare. I don't feel it. I don't buy it. I'm TOLD it is there. Reminds me of ...
  • Cill
    There certainly was plenty of blood in this book! But the heroine of it totally turned me off. She is an Episcopal preist who seemed to me to violate every tenet of her profession, getting into all sorts of scrapes necessitating her rescue by the chief of police who is trying to solve a number of brutal murders which she thinks are tied to gay-bashing in the community, and which she feels something should be done about, although the police chief ...
  • Tracy
    I listened to this on my drive from Omaha to Denver and other than cringing at the brutality in the beginning, really enjoyed the story. I'm so pleased that our library now has this series on audio books. I'm currently a quarter of the way through the next in the series. This is such an enjoyable series. Thanks, Vanessa, for suggesting it. Also, thanks to my sister, Sharon. She also is a fan of the series.
  • Penny Watson
    4.5 stars, rounded upThe mystery is great, but as a romance-lover, my favorite part is the sexual tension between the chief-of-police and the reverend. Yowzah!
  • Tory Wagner
    Another good outing with Police Chief Russel Van Alstyne and Episcopal priest Clare Fergusson who together solve another mystery. There are two story lines that intermingle: One concerning hate crimes against gay men and another involving the development of a spa on land that may be contaminated with PCB. There is a harrowing scene in which Clare flies a helicopter with Russ while trying to save the life of a injured geologist. Despite crashing t...
  • Debbie Maskus
    I have enjoyed this series since the beginning, but this book lacked the panache of the earlier books. The author spent too much time describing each thought and action, that when an event happened, the reader had lost track of the event. I love the characters, but even the characters showed flatness and dullness. The book fell into such blandness, that not a scene remains in my memory. This could possibly be the demise of Max Tudor as future rea...
  • Elaine Nickolan
    Great story that follows the initial introduction of Clare and Russ. This did not disappoint with the story line The story starts quickly and keeps going as a page turner until the very end. I like the ending that breaks the mold that good triumphs and bad loses. Not all the time, and not all the way. Looking forward to the next installment of the series.
  • Nicole
    I am trying to catch up on the earlier books in this series. This was not my favorite, however, still enjoyable. It did answer a few questions for me, so that was good.
  • Joe Slavinsky
    This has become one of my favorite series. Such emotional entanglement! Great plotting,and characters! Now, I’m anxiously awaiting getting my hands on the next one in the series.
  • Joyce Lagow
    2nd in the Reverend Clare Fergusson/Russ Van Alstyne series.[return][return]A well-respected medical examiner, who is gay, is beaten to within an inch of his life. Shocked by the appearance of such a hate crime, Clare urges Rush to warn other gays in Miller s Kill about the incident. Russ refuses, afraid that that will merely incite copycat crimes. Within a short time, yet another gay man is severely beaten in his video rental store, ratcheting t...
  • Jessica
    Mysteries are ok, but I hate the flirty/walking the line of an extramarital affair storyline. Stopping the series here.
  • Katie
    I feel like I'm not going to know what I think about this series until I read more! (Well, I'm enjoying it.) (This isn't too much of a spoiler.) (view spoiler)[I'm fascinated that Russ's wife has no physical presence in the series (that I've read). At times, I've wondered if that's taking the easy way out, but I don't think that's exactly true. Because her presence is felt. But it's so . . . I get the feeling that if she didn't exist, Russ and Cl...
  • Lightreads
    Hey, I liked this one too!And the thing I liked, most particularly (still not the mystery) is how this relationship is between two really different people. The most obvious way is in their politics – she’s a bleeding heart liberal, he’s a head-in-the-sand social conservative in the way some people are by virtue of pretending that a lot of problems aren’t problems. And they argue about this stuff! Like grownups! In ways that make neither o...
  • Erin
    I liked the first book in this series, but this second one goes past the bounds of good taste, in my opinion. It seems to urge the reader towards emotions supporting the main characters either a) having an extra-marital affair or b) busting up the marriage of the character who is married. Additionally, the author rather lazily never fleshes out the character of the wife who would be adversely affected by the main characters' potential affair. She...
  • Ann
    This was just as good as the first book (In the Bleak Midwinter) I highly recommend this series as Clare is a very interesting character and the mysteries are well drawn. She is a former Army Air Force Captain and helicopter pilot, the change from flying missions in the Gulf War to being the Episcopal priest of a small town NY State parish means sometimes we glimpse the adrenaline junkie Clare who jumps in with both feet (literally sometimes) The...
  • Christine
    Another mystery I liked better than I thought I would. The crime solver in this series is a former Army pilot, turned Episcopal priest in upstate New York. Obviously the way she gets involved in solving the crime is a bit contrived, but otherwise the genre just doesn't work! I am enjoying the building tension between her and the police chief, although I struggle with whether he is a schlumpy, small town cop with a unsympathetic wife, 16 years her...
  • Pat
    This sequel fleshed out much more of the back-story of the protagonists, anchoring their personalities within their own histories. The inevitability of Clare's love of helicopters and Russ's phobia of flying in them was established early in the first novel. The eventual collision of these feelings is logically anticipated. Those revelations would have been better served and more powerful within a simpler and more logical context later in the seri...