Can’t Wait Wednesday: Hid from Our Eyes by Julia Spencer-Fleming

A favorite series–set in rural upstate New York with believable, realistic characters

Can’t-Wait Wednesday is hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings. This is a weekly meme to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. The books I choose aren’t released yet and usually won’t be published for at least two or three months. So I have a while to wait!

I love finding out about books set to publish in future months and I like to share my excitement about the books. I also like to find out about new books on other people’s blogs and hope they’ll sometimes find something to look forward to on my blog.

I’m excited to read . . .

Hid From Our Eyes

by Julia Spencer-Fleming

Series: The Rev. Clare Ferguson & Russ Van Alstyne #9

Published by Minotaur Books

Publishing date: April 7, 2020

Genre: Mystery

336 pages

Synopsis: 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.


One of my favorite series! I’ve waited for this book for a number of years since the last book was published in 2011. I’m very happy Julia Spencer-Fleming has written another book. It is one of my most anticipated books for 2020.

Review: Through the Evil Days by Julia Spencer-Fleming

Happy Halloween! Though it doesn’t happen at Halloween it’s a good time of year to read a mystery . . .

through-the-evil-daysThrough the Evil Days
by Julia Spencer-Fleming
Series: Rev. Clare Fergusson & Russ Van Alstyne series, Book 8
Genre: Mystery
Published by Minotaur Books, 2013
E-book, Purchased
368 pages
Grade: A-
Synopsis: 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.

Dear God, please help me to be more understanding of my husband, who’s being a monumental jerk— She started again. Dear God, please help me to break through my husband’s stubbornness— No, she released the cross and pressed her hands against her abdomen. She knew what the right prayer was. “Dear God,” she said, “please help me.”


“Oh, God.” She pushed herself up to her knees and clambered to her feet. “I’m so sorry. I saw a light or something through the trees and I thought it was a gun.”

Russ put his arms around her and held her tight. “Don’t apologize. It’s okay. You’re okay, darlin’.”

“Goddammit. I just want to get the war out of my head once and for all.” Her voice was muffled by his parka.

“It takes a long time for those instincts to settle down. And they never really go entirely away. Look at me.”

His own combat service had left scars on Russ’s body and mind. “Yeah. You can’t walk through a green forest without watching for snipers, and I can’t be out in the open without thinking I’m going to be lit up.”


  • Lots has happened in this series since the first book. This is a series which you should read in order so please start at the beginning if you haven’t read any of this series. The books are very good.
  • Russ and Clare’s lives have changed the most in this series. They both face personal, professional and physical problems during the course of this book.
  • The setting of these books is wonderful…a small town in upstate New York in the Adirondacks.
  • The weather is also a character in this book. Bad weather always causes problems for a police department.
  • In this case, it’s winter and a monster storm occurs during the book. The Millers Kill Police Department is overloaded by vehicle accidents and a missing child. Russ and Clare are in the Adirondacks on their honeymoon checking out a vacation cabin they might buy. Not the best time of year for it!
  • Nonstop action.
  • I like the mysteries, but I also like the ongoing story of the different characters in these books. The characters are realistic and not perfect. Clare’s problems in the last book (One Was a Soldier) after she returned from Iraq are very realistic.
  • Throughout these books we find out about other characters in the books–especially members of the police department. Good and bad things happen as they do to people.


  • There’s a brief scene in the book which indicates something happens, but nothing is heard about it again. (I can’t be more specific without creating spoilers).

And a few thoughts . . .

  • I’ve read all the books in this series and have enjoyed all of them.
  • This is a series I love. My only worry is that it takes the author a while to write the books–but when she finishes one it’s great!
  • I’ve read there may be another book out in Spring 2015. I hope so!

Have you read this book? How did you like it?

Review: Vampires of Manhattan by Melissa de la Cruz


Vampires of Manhattan
by Melissa de la Cruz
Series: The new blue bloods coven, book 1
Genre: Fantasy (vampires)
Published by Hyperion Books, 2014
Library Book
240 pages
Grade: C+
Synopsis: The Vampires of Manhattan is “hipster horror”–the memorable characters from her Blue Bloods series are older and cooler than before, trying to build “Millennial” lives in the bustle of Manhattan while battling forces of evil and, of course, each other.

Hero of this sexy, paranormal action tale is Oliver Hazard-Perry, former human conduit, and Manhattan’s only human-turned-vampire, now the head of the Blue Bloods Coven. When his all-too-human lover is found murdered on the eve of the coven’s annual Four Hundred Ball–a celebration meant to usher in a new era in vampire society, and to mark the re-unification of the Coven after decades of unrest and decay–Oliver is devastated.

Now, not only is he trying to create a new world order for the immortal elite, he’s the prime suspect and is stalked by the newly installed head of the vampire secret police. Because according to the new rules, vampires who take human life can now be executed. Burned.

How can an immortal sentenced to die fight back? He has to find the killer–and the answers lie deep in vampire lore.

Wasn’t it Yeats who had said, “Wine comes in at the mouth, and love comes in at the eye?” Love was like that–instant, a fire that burned, a pool you drowned in. She had looked at him, and she had known. She pitied those who had never experienced a love like theirs. It was a miracle, a gift, when love happened upon you like that. It was so easy.


…[H]e loved her so much, but sometimes, once you had your beloved, it was natural to pay attention to other things. After all, that was the point, wasn’t it? Of a so-called happy ending? To move on to other concerns? To stop worrying about love? Come to think of it, what was a happy ending after all? It wasn’t as if once the credits rolled and the lights came on or an author wrote, “The end,” you stopped living, because there was so much more of life to live, wasn’t there? Besides, there was no such thing as happy ending for the likes of them….


  • A theme of this book is relationships as the above quotes illustrate. What exactly is love? What comes after the “happily ever after?”
  • This is an adult book about some of the characters from a young adult series. I don’t know that I’ve read a series which goes from young adult to adult so that’s interesting.
  • The book is told from several POV’s–Oliver, Ara, Mimi, Kingsley, Finn.
  • I like the parts of the book which are a mystery and trying to solve that mystery.


  • I didn’t understand why they decided to continue with the Four Hundred Ball when things in the vampire society aren’t going well.
  • This was kind of a depressing book. Not too many people in this book seem to feel any joy.
  • In the synopsis this is called “hipster horror.” I’m really not sure what that is. Now I admit I’m not a “hipster,” but I have read horror and I don’t like horror because it’s scary. This wasn’t scary.

And a few thoughts . . .

  • I read a few of the young adult series from which this series continues as an adult series. I didn’t have any real problem following along although it’s clear a lot happened after I lost track of this series…LOL.

Have you read this book? How did you like it?

  • 2014 Goodreads Challenge (Hoping to read 100 books this year)