Out of the Deep I Cry

Out of the Deep I Cry

On April 1, 1930, Jonathan Ketchem's wife Jane walked from her house to the police department to ask for help in finding her husband. The men, worn out from a night of chasing bootleggers, did what they could. But no one ever saw Jonathan Ketchem again...Now decades later, someone else is missing in Miller's Kill, NY. This time it's the physician of the clinic that bears t...

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Title:Out of the Deep I Cry
Author:Julia Spencer-Fleming
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Out of the Deep I Cry Reviews

  • Karen Syed

    [Book: OUT OF THE DEEP I CRY], and cry I did. I started this book over a month ago after getting an autographed copy (and a hug) from Julia at the South Carolina Book Festival. I was ill at the time and became even more ill in the weeks that followed. I kept plugging along, wanting to read more and more, but alas, my cardiac specialist said "Into the hospital with you!" And in I went. Well, you'd think lying in a hospital bed would give me plenty of time to read. Too bad I could not stay awake.

    [Book: OUT OF THE DEEP I CRY], and cry I did. I started this book over a month ago after getting an autographed copy (and a hug) from Julia at the South Carolina Book Festival. I was ill at the time and became even more ill in the weeks that followed. I kept plugging along, wanting to read more and more, but alas, my cardiac specialist said "Into the hospital with you!" And in I went. Well, you'd think lying in a hospital bed would give me plenty of time to read. Too bad I could not stay awake. So I huddled in my fashionable hospital gown, waiting to have heart surgery, and unable to read the last six pages of the dang book that was calling to me. So today, one week after receiving my defibrillator and pacemaker, it gives me great pleasure to announce, "I FINISHED THE BOOK!"

    has a great talent for pulling together characters and setting to the point of them almost being one. Clare and Russ are such a part of their environment that I don't think one could survive without the other, much like Clare and Russ in their personal lives.

    Whodunit? Where is the body? Whose body is that? Would a single mom kill to protect her beliefs and her children? Bootleggers, long-buried secrets rearing their ugly heads, and a roof about to collapse-all great materials for mayhem. The clever twists of this book had me tugging on those pages, not being able to read fast enough to get the answers I craved from the story. The flashback areas of this story are remarkably well written and give the story a flavor that would be a delight for any mystery reader. This story, is giving me fits on whether I like it or

    better.

    Hats off to Julia Spencer-Fleming for a book worth savoring and sharing (the word, not the book - you have to buy your own copy-I know Julia has kids to feed.)

  • Sheila

    I thought this was the best in the series so far. I have been wondering when we would finally get to meet Linda and of course was hoping that I would instantly hate her, but I didn't. Lots of tension between Clair and Russ. They are definitely playing with fire in more than one sense.

    I loved the historical aspect of this story. In todays world we take for granted our access to health care and medicines so it was really interesting to see how people had to deal with disease back in the "good old

    I thought this was the best in the series so far. I have been wondering when we would finally get to meet Linda and of course was hoping that I would instantly hate her, but I didn't. Lots of tension between Clair and Russ. They are definitely playing with fire in more than one sense.

    I loved the historical aspect of this story. In todays world we take for granted our access to health care and medicines so it was really interesting to see how people had to deal with disease back in the "good old days".

    This story hit home for me with the side story of Jonathon's disappearance. I have the same history in my own family. My maternal grandfather just disappeared as well. This would have been in the 1930's. When my mom was 2 she and her parents went to town and were to meet back at the car at a certain time that afternoon. He never showed and was never heard from again.

    I gave this one a big ★★★★★!

  • Kathy

    The Clare Fergusson/Russ Van Alstyne series continues to thrill me with its intriguing plots and fascinating characters. Julia Spencer-Fleming never fails to ensconce the reader into the world of Millers Kill through her masterful description and perfectly timed action sequences. This addition to the series must reach back to the 1920s and prohibition to unravel the mystery of a missing doctor. It seems that there was another missing man, gone missing in 1930, who plays a prominent role in the s

    The Clare Fergusson/Russ Van Alstyne series continues to thrill me with its intriguing plots and fascinating characters. Julia Spencer-Fleming never fails to ensconce the reader into the world of Millers Kill through her masterful description and perfectly timed action sequences. This addition to the series must reach back to the 1920s and prohibition to unravel the mystery of a missing doctor. It seems that there was another missing man, gone missing in 1930, who plays a prominent role in the subsequent events. Clare, of course, finds herself smack dab in the middle of its unraveling. She also finds herself inching closer to a confrontation between her mind and heart where Chief Alstyne is concerned. The issue of vaccinations is included in this disappearance story, too. Beginning with the vaccine for diphtheria in the 1920s and now the current vaccinations advised for children, education concerning these inoculations and some parents' distrust of them figure into the story line in a most interesting way. With Russ breaking his leg and Clare picking up the slack, it is a tale of people confronting their demons and their feelings.

  • Katie

    Five stars for the ending, which took my heart out and RIPPED IT TO PIECES.

    Five stars for the ending, which took my heart out and RIPPED IT TO PIECES.

    WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU, BOOK? WHY ARE YOU DOING THIS TO ME?

  • Hallie

    4.5, maybe?

    The number of murders, life-threatening situations into which Clare &/or Russ fall, and general wrong-doing continues, in all honesty, fairly ridiculous, but I loved the way the history of Miller's Kill and its families was incorporated into this book. None of the books in the series I've read so far is exactly cozy, despite the small-town setting, but this is even bleaker than the other two. I think the mystery was better too, or at least it seemed as if once I'd got the reveal,

    4.5, maybe?

    The number of murders, life-threatening situations into which Clare &/or Russ fall, and general wrong-doing continues, in all honesty, fairly ridiculous, but I loved the way the history of Miller's Kill and its families was incorporated into this book. None of the books in the series I've read so far is exactly cozy, despite the small-town setting, but this is even bleaker than the other two. I think the mystery was better too, or at least it seemed as if once I'd got the reveal, I saw how we'd been given all the necessary clues.

    Going to go into spoilers here, to talk a bit about Clare & Russ, but on a general note, I still love them so heart-rendingly much. SO MUCH.

  • Sharon

    This is the third of Julia Spencer-Fleming's novels that I have read, and she is bidding to become a new favorite author. In this particular outing, protagonists Rev. Claire Fergusson and police chief Russ Van Alstyne become entangled in a parallel investigation -- two missing men, one who disappeared in the 1930s and one who disappears in the here-and-now. All of the action starts because the church roof is leaking, and one of the vestry members is willing to surrender her family trust to have

    This is the third of Julia Spencer-Fleming's novels that I have read, and she is bidding to become a new favorite author. In this particular outing, protagonists Rev. Claire Fergusson and police chief Russ Van Alstyne become entangled in a parallel investigation -- two missing men, one who disappeared in the 1930s and one who disappears in the here-and-now. All of the action starts because the church roof is leaking, and one of the vestry members is willing to surrender her family trust to have it repaired -- a trust established by a widowed mother after the Depression, and that currently funds the town's free clinic. When the clinic doctor goes missing after being threatened in his office by an anti-vaccine mother, the story really gets rolling.

    The tension created between the married Van Alstyne and Fergusson idue to their mutual attraction is a large part of the plot; they know that things will not work out for many reasons, and thus they are the best of friends but nothing more. The two characters are an outstanding investigative team.

    The book touches on bootlegging in upstate New York, as well as rumrunning from Canada during Prohibition, and describes some violent crimes and disease symptoms in a way that may disturb sensitive readers.

  • Abby

    She's done it again! Another stellar mystery from Julia Spencer-Fleming. This one I *almost* had figured out, but she got me in the end.

    What I'm struggling to understand is how the relationship of the main characters in JSF's books are doing all the things that in a more "traditional" romance would be my DO NOT CROSS line and would usually lead me to the "DO NOT BUY" category. Having characters engage in an affair (of the heart or physically) which cases one or both characters to cheat on their

    She's done it again! Another stellar mystery from Julia Spencer-Fleming. This one I *almost* had figured out, but she got me in the end.

    What I'm struggling to understand is how the relationship of the main characters in JSF's books are doing all the things that in a more "traditional" romance would be my DO NOT CROSS line and would usually lead me to the "DO NOT BUY" category. Having characters engage in an affair (of the heart or physically) which cases one or both characters to cheat on their long-term partner is a BIG problem for me. So it's freaking me out why I love Clare and Russ so very damn much. And what it is about JSF's writing that is making me love these two so much that I'm willing to overlook what has previously been a big honkin' line in the sand.

    I don't have it figured out by a long shot, but I love it, I'm enjoying thinking about it and I can't wait to read more about Miller's Kill and Clare and Russ.

  • Jacob Proffitt

    The time hopping in this one took some getting used to. I found it off-putting at first, mainly because the main character involved was kind of depressing—with good cause as she stood at the center of the story and it's a mystery and this is Julia Spencer-Fleming we're talking about here, so it's gonna be emotionally charged. And bleak. To start.

    Indeed, gaining sympathy for Jane Ketchum (despite her own evaluation of herself) highlights the author's true genius for getting into her characters an

    The time hopping in this one took some getting used to. I found it off-putting at first, mainly because the main character involved was kind of depressing—with good cause as she stood at the center of the story and it's a mystery and this is Julia Spencer-Fleming we're talking about here, so it's gonna be emotionally charged. And bleak. To start.

    Indeed, gaining sympathy for Jane Ketchum (despite her own evaluation of herself) highlights the author's true genius for getting into her characters and connecting readers to them—almost a single-handed refutation of Derrida's alien other.

    This book, and where Clare and Russ were at the end, cemented my determination to read the rest of the series. I'm very glad that Melissa has already done all the hard work of gathering them in for consumption...

  • Janet C-B

    This is a murder mystery told in 2 time frames, current and past (1920's-1930's). The novel is #3 in a series featuring Claire, a local reverend, and Russ, the local police chief in a small town in the Adirondacks. I appreciated that the chapters were simply titled, "Then," and "Now." While I was drawn in to the current storyline, I found the past a bit more tedious. It is a good murder mystery that seemed to end abruptly on the developing relationship between Clare and Russ. I enjoyed the book,

    This is a murder mystery told in 2 time frames, current and past (1920's-1930's). The novel is #3 in a series featuring Claire, a local reverend, and Russ, the local police chief in a small town in the Adirondacks. I appreciated that the chapters were simply titled, "Then," and "Now." While I was drawn in to the current storyline, I found the past a bit more tedious. It is a good murder mystery that seemed to end abruptly on the developing relationship between Clare and Russ. I enjoyed the book, but not as much as the author's most recent book in the series. This might be related to the author's progressing writing skills. I do have a library hold on the first book in the series, and I will look forward to the author's next book in the series.

    I rate this book 3 stars.m

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