Author Showcase ~ Through the Evil Days by Julia Spencer-Fleming

Through the Evil Days

On a frigid January night, Chief of Police Russ Van Alstyne and Reverend Clare Fergusson are called to the scene of a raging fire, that quickly becomes a double homicide and kidnapping. Which is the very last thing Russ needs…Currently he’s struggling with the prospect of impending fatherhood. And his new wife is not at all happy with his proposal for their long-delayed honeymoon: a week in an unelectrified ice-fishing cabin. The vestry of St. Alban’s Church has called for the bishop to investigate Clare’s “unpriestly” pregnancy. She has one week to find out if she will be scolded, censured, or suspended from her duties. Officer Hadley Knox is having a miserable January as well. Her on-again-off-again lover, Kevin Flynn, has seven days to weigh an offer from the Syracuse Police Department that might take him half a state away.

As the days and hours tick by, Russ and Clare fight personal and professional battles they’ve never encountered. In the course of this one tumultuous week the lives of the Millers-Kill residents readers have come to love and cherish change forever. Readers have waited years for Through The Evil Days and Julia Spencer-Fleming delivers with the exquisite skill and craftsmanship that have made her such a success.

Release: November 2013
Series: Clare Fergusson/Russ Van Alstyne Mysteries #8
Publisher: Minotaur Books

Julia is giving away one (1) copy and two (2) Advanced Reader Copies (ARCs) of THROUGH THE EVIL DAYS. Leave a comment to be included in the giveaway. Names will be randomly selected for each of the three giveaways. Contest ends October 31; US entries only.

Meet the author
Julia Spencer-Fleming’s New York Times bestselling books have won multiple awards, including the Anthony and Agatha, and have been Edgar and RT Reader’s Choice nominees. The next Clare Fergusson/Russ Van Alstyne novel, Through the Evil Days, comes out on November 5th. You can find Julia at her website, her readerSpace, on Facebook and on Twitter. She also blogs with the Jungle Red Writers.

100 responses to “Author Showcase ~ Through the Evil Days by Julia Spencer-Fleming

  1. Sounds intriguing!

  2. I’ve read one of her books and really enjoyed it! I really would love to read this one, too! Thank you for the giveaway!

  3. This is one of my favorite series. Thank you for the opportunity!

  4. I’ve never read this series, but would love to! Thanks for introducing me to this author!

  5. Just reading the excerpt had my spine tingling ! I would love to win a copy of this book, it sounds like an edge of your seat thriller !

  6. I am so looking forward to reading this book. Great series.

  7. Though I haven’t read any of this series yet, sounds like one that shouldn’t be missed. Thanks for the heads up and the giveaway opportunity.

  8. Looking forward to reading this!

  9. I love mysteries.

  10. Kristin Orlowski

    My mom loves this series. I would love to be bale to give her the copy if I win.

  11. AAAAhhhhh! Yet another series I’m way behind in. I have everything up to “I Shall not Want” in paperback/hardback. Sigh. I know what I’m getting myself for Christmas. Count me in.

  12. I enjoy a good mystery and this book sounds perfect.

  13. Have been waiting for this one. Russ and Clare are some of the most unusual and complex characters in the mystery world. This series and Deborah Crombie’s Scotland Yard mysteries are the high water mark of mysteries to me.

  14. Elizabeth Sheffer

    I have been waiting for this book since turning the last page of “One Was A Soldier”. Complex relationships; an Episcopal dilemma; and a small town with more murders than usual. What couldn’t be better.

  15. I love Julia’s series. There are just so many books to read and not enough time to do so. Why must we all have “real” jobs. 😉

  16. Such a fan of this series! Thanks for the giveaway. Can’t wait to read this one!

  17. Can’t wait for this book!

  18. I love her books! Can’t wait until this one is out.

  19. Trude Vandine

    One of my very favorite series…seems like I have been waiting forever for this book!! Now the waiting is down from months to days…

  20. been waiting very patiently for the latest clare and russ book. so excited!

  21. Love this series! Can’t wait to read it!

  22. Emily Barnette

    Can’t wait to read the new one! I have all of the series so far!

  23. Valerie Cannata

    I love this series!!! working my way up to this one.

  24. i love the idea of the church investigating ” Clare’s “unpriestly” pregnancy”!

  25. I am so happy I found this series. When I read them I feel as if I am there. I can’t wait to read Through the Evil Days!

  26. I cannot wait to read it. Love everything Julia Spencer-Fleming writes!

  27. Unusually for me, I discovered Julia’s series with her first book and have scooped up each new one with joy. Can’t wait to read this one, on the list at the library. It would be great to have a copy in my greedy, uh, anxious little paws!

  28. Margaret Brown

    I can’t wait to read this!

  29. Carol in Maryland

    I love this series. Thanks for entering my name.

  30. Patricia Borgstede

    Been waiting for this book…love following the ongoing and ever evolving characters and their lives!

  31. Please! Please! I can’t wait!

  32. I love this series, always waiting for the next book. I wish you would have one a year or more. Keep them coming.

  33. Lynn Buddenbohm

    I have been waiting for this new book since I read the last page of the last book. I love this series!

  34. I love these books. Ms. Spencer-Fleming makes you feel as if these people are your neighbors and you care about them. Dee

  35. Can’t wait to read it! And yeah, as a 35-year-old female priest I’m dying to find out what’s unpriestly about pregnancy …

  36. I absolutely love this series. The characters are so realistically drawn.

  37. Having had the pleasure of meeting Julia Spencer-Fleming at the Cape Fear Crime Festival in Wilmington, she is both a lovely person and a talented writer.

  38. I enjoy Julia’s work for many reasons including how well she captures the small town life in the shadow of the mountains in upstate NY. Having lived in similar towns, her understanding of the dynamics underscores her excellent writing. Can’t wait to read the latest on Clare and Russ!

  39. I was “clued in” to this series by a friend and have been hooked since reading In the Bleak Midwinter. Each new one is a much-anticipated treat!!

  40. This is one of my favorite series and would like to win a copy.

  41. I’ve read all of this series and I’ve been waiting impatiently for this release.

  42. New to me series, but I think the plot sounds very interesting. Would love to read the book, and I hope I win.,

  43. I’m currently re-reading One Was a Soldier in anticipation of TTED. Sounds as if Julia is pouring the problems onto everyone. Can’t wait!

  44. I guess I’d like to read this book just to see how everyone solves their problems—and to figure out what an unpriestly pregnancy is.

  45. I have read all of the books, most of them more than once, and I have been waiting anxiously for this one to come out!

  46. I read one of her books and have been buying other books in this series because I was so impressed with her writing. I would love to read her latest one! Poor Claire!!!

  47. I’ve followed these books right along & really enjoy the characters!Cannot wait for this new one!!Good luck to everyone.

  48. Just finished #7–eagerly awaiting #8. An outstanding series. The setting is familiar to me and beautifully portrayed.

  49. This series is one of my favorites! Need to read this one next!

  50. I like to discover new authors (at least to me). This would be a good start with Spencer-Fleming. Count me in. judydee22002@yahoo dot com

  51. I love Clare and Russ and have been reading the entire series. Now a retired priest can’t wait for the next chapter in their lives and love.

  52. I have read this whole series and really would like to win this awesome prize.

  53. This series was recommended to me by a mystery loving friend a couple of years ago. I read In the Bleak Mid Winter and was promptly hooked. I tore through the whole series and reread each one at least twice. Now I am impatiently awaiting the new release along with many other avid fans.

  54. Love this series and am really looking forward to reading Through the Evil Days! 🙂

  55. So excited for this book! Can’t wait to read it!! Thanks for doing this giveaway! 😀

  56. maureen Johnson

    Love reading series they get you hooked to read another

  57. Love all the books so far and look forward to this one!

  58. Tricia Douglas

    Can’t wait to get my copy. I get tense just waiting for the next in a series!

  59. So happy another of this beautifully written and engaging series is coming out soon! Can’t wait!

  60. Barbara Tobey

    Sounds intriguing. Would like to read it.

  61. Counting down the days until it comes out! Yay!

  62. Have all of the books…have read the series numerous times! Love these!

  63. 7moredays7moredays7moredays…can’t wait!

  64. Florine Kreeb

    I began reading her series when the first book came out…..I can’t wait to read the latest. Whether I win or not!

  65. I love this series! It is my favorite detective series, and as a female minister, there are parts to which I can totally relate.

  66. I look forward to the next book the moment I close the page on the current book. The love I have for this series cannot be overstated. Thank you so much for sharing with us!

  67. I’ve read them all so far, and since I am from the area for which she writes, many things are familiar to me! Anxiously awaiting for her new book!

  68. I have been a big fan of Julia and her books for at least ten years now, and have read most if not all of her books in this series. I adored the Ferguson/Van Alstyne series so much and was so happy to learn of this latest book coming out soon. It has been a few years since the last one, and I cannot wait to order this, the latest one, Through the Evil Days, but perhaps I will be lucky enough to win it. I love series that are about New England as that is where I was born and have lived all my life. Keep up the great writing, Julia, and welcome back. Missed you and your great writing.


  69. Stephanie Carr

    I have read every one of the Ferguson/Van Alstyne mysteries multiple times and cannot get enough of them–I’ve also turned any number of friends onto Julia’s books and they all love them as much as i do. Would love to win any of the three giveaway copies since I’ve been bouncing up and down waiting for this book ever since I found out when it would be released–thanks for the chance to win!

  70. Sharon Shirley

    I ordered the online version, but I’d love to have a hard copy – book or ARC, either! I love this series!

  71. Colleen LeBlanc

    I absolutely love this series – can’t wait for this latest installment to come out 🙂

  72. I can’t wait to read this book! I discovered Julia Spencer-Fleming late in the game. The up side to that was being able to plow through books without having to wait for the newest release.

  73. Love this series thanks for giveaway

  74. Alicia Lester-Bodford

    I’ve read them all and can’t wait for the new book to be released. Julia is my absolute favorite Episcopal clergy mystery writer
    ! Thanks Julia!

  75. Joyce Vining Morgan

    I have read all of this series, and am really excited to read this latest book. The series was recommended by my priest, who is a major fan of Julia Spencer-Fleming – and now I’m hooked!

  76. Tracey Pawlowski

    I am really looking forward to re-immersing myself into the world of Clare and Russ.

  77. Angela Cottingham

    I love this series! I was introduced to it through my book club.

  78. I’m an Episcopal priest and have read the entire series – love ’em! Even though the details regarding Episcopal Church polity and practice are generally not accurate from my experience….the books are delightful. I’ve been waiting for this one to come since finishing One Was A Soldier…and recommend the series to all I know. So looking forward to this one!

  79. I have read all the previous books and am anxiously awaiting this new one so I’d love to win:)


    I just finished reading all seven books again to get me ready for number 8. Every time I think of them I grab them in sequence and read them again. This is about six times I have done this and love doing it. I know eight is due out, now what is going on with nine. Keep them coming as they are really interesting and easy to follow. LOVE THEM ALL.

  81. Can’t wait for number eight. I love the great character depth and story lines that are well developed and realistic. Great reads!

  82. What a fabulous series! It never disappoints. I’m always looking forward to the next book. Can’t wait to get my hands on this newest one!

  83. I’ve been waiting for this one…..waiting to see what Russ and Clare will be into next!

  84. Thank you, Julia Spencer-Fleming, for writing this series of books. I enjoy spending time with Clare and Russ, and look forward to each new publication.

  85. I have been enjoying this series after being introduced to it by a former work colleague who grew up with Julia! The books are of extra interest to me because I used to live in the north country and I recently became an Episcopalian. Great series, great character development throughout. I can’t read them fast enough!

  86. I can’t wait to read the new book!

  87. Great Series. Can’t wait to read the next one.

  88. I need to start this series!

  89. Can’t wait to read this one. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

  90. Have this one on pre-order and it should be waiting for me when I get home from vacation. It’s the first time I have ever been in a hurry for holiday to end.

  91. I love your books and it’s been fun to persuade friends to give them a try…..and then to see them devouring the whole series. :-)) Can’t wait to read the newest installment!

  92. I LOVE this series, and have read many of the books more than once!

  93. MaryEllen Casselman

    Very much enjoy this series. I am a cradle Episcopalian raised in Northern NY. While attending college in Syracuse, I attended Grace Episcopal Church for several years where the first women priests were ordained. It was a truly spiritual period in my life! To a great author of clerical mysteries, thank you Julia!!

  94. I adore this well-constructed and well written series! Would love to win! Thanks!

  95. Love this series! Seriously!

  96. Debra Brabenec

    I started reading this series to an elderly neighbor in hospice and got hooked. Looking forward to the new one!

  97. contest is closed.

  98. Jim in Durham

    If we haven’t heard by now, does that mean we didn’t win a copy? I need to know whether to run out and buy it!