A Fountain Filled With Blood: A Mystery

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Macmillan, Apr 19, 2004 - Fiction - 400 pages

Small Town Murder...Big Time Trouble...

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-town developer ends in murder, Clare and Russ wonder if the recent crime wave is connected to the victim's controversial plan to open an upscale spa in Miller's Kill. But not all things in the tiny town are what they seem-and soon, Clare and Russ are left to fight their unspoken attraction to one another even as they uncover a labyrinthine conspiracy that threatens to turn deadly for them both...

"[Spencer-Fleming] pulls it off again." -Chicago Tribune

"Spencer-Fleming's second cozy-cum-thriller to feature the Reverend Clare Fergusson...is every bit as riveting as her first...with eloquent exposition and natural dialogue, the precisely constructed plot moves effortlessly to its dramatic conclusion." -Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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Brutal assaults mar the July Fourth celebrations in Millers Kill, New York as the attack on an out-of-town developer ends in murder. Could this have something to do with the plans for an upscale spa ... Read full review

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Julia Spencer-Fleming writes an action-packed mystery that inserts a little religion into the story. My feelings for Clare change during the story. I sometimes feel that Clare goes too far in proving ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
5
Section 3
33
Section 4
61
Section 5
74
Section 6
90
Section 7
123
Section 8
136
Section 12
202
Section 13
212
Section 14
225
Section 15
239
Section 16
252
Section 17
287
Section 18
318
Section 19
331

Section 9
169
Section 10
179
Section 11
191
Section 20
359
Section 21
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About the author (2004)

Julia Spencer-Fleming's first book, In the Bleak Midwinter, won the 2001 St. Martin's Press/Malice Domestic Contest for Best First Traditional Mystery. Born on Plattsburgh Air Force Base, Julia spent most of her childhood on the move as an Army brat. She studied acting and history at Ithaca College, and received her JD at the University of Maine School of Law. She lives in a 180-year-old farmhouse outside of Portland, Maine, with her husband, three children, and beloved big dog. She can be reached at www.juliaspencerfleming.com.