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Old 02-28-2011, 02:39 PM
Miss Purl McKnittington is offline
Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Wheeeeee!sconsin
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I really like Julia Spencer-Fleming's Clare Fergusson/Russ Van Alstyne mysteries. They're set in a small town in upstate New York, and they're pretty thoughtfully written. Spencer-Fleming really nails what small-town life is, I think, without falling to cliches or making it boring. Don't be put off by the "stories of faith" thing, either. The Clare character is an Episcopal priest, but there's very little talk of god and the narrative itself doesn't push religion.

The first one is In the Bleak Midwinter.