In the bleak midwinter is a novel about mysterious murders and a baby found on the steps of a church. The baby is found by the lady priest, who gets caught up in the story along with the police officer. There is a story all in itself between the cop and the priest. The story is twisted yet interesting.
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Julia was born in PLattsburgh, New york. She now resides in Portland, Maine. Julia was a lawyer and a stay at home mom for the longest time until she got involved with and online writers group and decided to start writing. Being young she was influenced by flying as her father was an air force pilot.

c/o MMHS
1 Bulldog Lane
Machias, Me. 04654
October 22, 2009

Dear Ms. Spencer-Fleming,

I have been reading your novel In The Bleak Midwinter this fall. I find the story rather smashing, I have especially enjoyed the twist in the story between the cop and the priest. The lady priest doesn't need the trouble, but yet it seems to have found her. I, being a young boy of the age of seventeen, often feel the same way.
I read the book for my English class, and my teacher has read the book also. I asked her if the story had any truth in it, she just replied “that would be a good question to ask the author”. Was there anything in your life that influenced you to write this novel?
The book has shown me that trouble can find you even with the good intentions to do right, it ended like a romance novel behind all the mysteries, and the murders, on Christmas Eve. The ending made it much better that the priest and Russ made it out okay.
I appreciate you taking the time to read my letter. It would be splendid to have you write back for me to show to my class. I also enjoyed the book very much. Thank you!

Tyler Farrington

Book review, In The Bleak Midwinter

Tyler Farrington

November 5, 2009

Inspired by the topic of mystery, Julia Spencer - Fleming has won awards for the writing of In the Bleak Midwinter but deserves a “triple crown” says author Kathy Lynn Emerson. Julia Spencer - Fleming writes her novel based on a priest, a baby on a doorstep, a cop, a long line of unsolved murders, and a lot of snow and ice in the dead of winter.
I thought the book was rather smashing. The story never slowed down from the start, to me the winter has its own bone chilling effect on a person in a snow or ice storm. “The chief went to bring Ethan Stoner in for his blood test and the boy pulled a gun on him”(131). Just little short instances as the boy pulling a shotgun out is what makes this story the way it is. The character that plays the priest works along side of the cop to solve these murders but ends up growing a relationship in the long run which opens a different story up all in itself.
I would recommend the book to anyone with an open imagination, or the love for adventure, or mystery subjects. For the most part the book was twisted, and that's what made In the Bleak Midwinter as good as it was. This book is a strong definition of a good mystery and what it's supposed to be like. I enjoyed the book and look forward to reading other books by Julia Spencer-Fleming.