Hid from Our Eyes: A Clare Fergusson/Russ Van Alstyne Mystery (Fergusson/Van Alstyne Mysteries #9) (Hardcover)

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Three crimes, decades apart, each involving a young woman in a party dress found dead on a deserted road, are at the heart of this new mystery from Julia Spencer-Fleming. This is book nine in the Reverend Clare Fergusson/Chief Russ Van Alstyne mystery series. As with Louise Penny--who is also a fan, by the way--each book can be read as a stand-alone with the crime resolved by the end, but characters and relationships grow as the series develops. If you are new to Julia Spencer-Fleming, congratulations, you have a wonderful journey in front of you, starting with In The Bleak Midwinter. If, like me, you have been waiting seven long years for this next installment in the Clare/Russ story, sit down, relax and enjoy the ride. It is a good one.

— From Lorna

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THE USA TODAY BESTSELLER

New York Times
bestseller Julia Spencer-Fleming returns to her beloved Clare Fergusson/Russ Van Alstyne mystery series with new crimes that span decades in Hid from Our Eyes.

"New parents Clare Fergusson and police chief Russ Van Alstyne tackle three copycat murders and one testy baby in this riveting addition to an acclaimed series" —People magazine


1952. Millers Kill Police Chief Harry McNeil is called to a crime scene where a woman in a party dress has been murdered with no obvious cause of death.

1972. Millers Kill Police Chief Jack Liddle is called to a murder scene of a woman that's very similar to one he worked as a trooper in the 50s. The only difference is this time, they have a suspect. Young Vietnam War veteran Russ van Alstyne found the body while riding his motorcycle and is quickly pegged as the prime focus of the investigation.

Present-day. Millers Kill Police Chief Russ van Alstyne gets a 911 call that a young woman has been found dead in a party dress, the same MO as the crime he was accused of in the 70s. The pressure is on for Russ to solve the murder before he's removed from the case.

Russ will enlist the help of his police squad and Reverend Clare Fergusson, who is already juggling the tasks of being a new mother to her and Russ's baby and running St. Alban's Church, to finally solve these crimes.

Readers have waited years for this newest book and Julia Spencer-Fleming delivers with the exquisite skill and craftsmanship that have made her such a success.

About the Author


JULIA SPENCER-FLEMING is The New York Times bestselling author of One Was A Soldier, and an Agatha, Anthony, Dilys, Barry, Macavity, and Gumshoe Award winner. She studied acting and history at Ithaca College and received her J.D. at the University of Maine School of Law. Her books have been shortlisted for the Edgar, Nero Wolfe, and Romantic Times RC awards. Julia lives in a 190-year-old farmhouse in southern Maine.

Praise For…


"...the mystery unfolds like a classic country whodunit, complete with lurid back stories for all the righteous grown-ups." —The New York Times Book Review

"New parents Clare Fergusson and police chief Russ Van Alstyne tackle three copycat murders and one testy baby in this riveting addition to an acclaimed series" —People magazine

"Julia Spencer-Fleming makes a triumphant return to her series…uncompromisingly melding her characters’ personal and professional concerns into tight plots…The superb Hid From Our Eyes…[is] an outstanding addition to this solid series." —Associated Press

"Stellar....Spencer-Fleming combines a first-rate mystery with flawed but endearing characters." —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Readers have waited years for this newest book and Julia Spencer-Fleming delivers with the exquisite skill and craftsmanship that have made her such a success...This is mystery writing at its very best by a novelist with a complete mastery of the genre...unreservedly recommended." —Midwest Book Review

"...the rich characterizations and exploration of humanity make this series worth following." —Christian Science Monitor

"Series fans have had a long wait to dive back into Spencer-Fleming's cleverly constructed mysteries, and this ninth entry (following Through the Evil Days, 2013), which delivers a haunting exposure of the town’s dark side, won’t disappoint." —Booklist

"A book to escape into, rich and textured. This is the story of families and a community, and from the first page we know we're in safe hands." —Ann Cleeves, New York Times bestselling author of The Long Call

"I’ve been waiting eagerly for Julia Spencer-Fleming’s new book, and it was well worth the wait. Hid from Our Eyes is an intricate, intense mystery with a chilling ending. The characters, minister Clare Fergusson and police chief Russ Van Alstyne, continue to be complicated and imperfect, just like all of us. This is a five-star experience that shocked me and kept me reading late into the night." —Nancy Thayer, New York Times bestselling author

"A tour de force by Julia Spencer-Fleming. Not only is this a tense mystery unfolding simultaneously in three time periods but it is also a poignant drama touching the flawed and very real main characters. Brava, Julia." —Rhys Bowen, New York Times bestselling author of The Tuscan Child, In Farleigh Field, and the Royal Spyness mysteries

"Welcome back, Clare & Russ! They are back in the 9th Adirondack mystery, and it's a corker—3 almost identical crimes, set decades apart, in a small rural community. Who is killing young women in party dresses and leaving them sprawled on deserted roads? Russ, suspect in the 1970's murder, is now chief of police—can he and Clare solve the case that has baffled 2 previous chiefs? Exciting, tense, romantic—no one writes a small town mystery like Julia Spencer-Fleming!" —Susan Taylor, Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza

"Clare and Russ are back and I had no idea how much I missed them until I opened the book! Spencer-Fleming gives us a murder mystery that spans three generations and keeps us guessing right until the end." —Laura Cummings, White Birch Books

"I really love Spencer-Fleming's ability to build a community and fill it with characters that come across so real. the mystery is also excellent." —Don Luckham, Toadstool Books

"Life is never boring in Miller's Kill...Well worth the wait." —Sherry Frizsche, Bank Square Books

"Julia is back and the quality of her writing is still exceptional! These characters get themselves into every imaginable sort of difficulties. What a storyteller she is. I am looking forward to every page of this new mystery." —Karen Bakshoian, Letterpress Books

"Julia Spencer-Fleming continues to find ways to keep her series fresh, but also retain the essence of why we love it so much." —John McDougall, Mystery Bookstores, Inc.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780312606855
ISBN-10: 0312606850
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Publication Date: April 7th, 2020
Pages: 352
Series: Fergusson/Van Alstyne Mysteries