Reverend Clare Fergusson and Chief Russ Van Alystyne are incredibly likable and believable characters. I like the way Spencer-Fleming draws parallels between the two jobs, being a priest and being a cop. And then how she demonstrates the differences and tensions that would develop between two friends in those jobs. This first book is very light on the theology; it’s easy to forget for whole chapters that Clare is actually an Episcopal priest. I appreciate that, because I don’t particularly want to be witnessed to in a mystery novel, but it’ll be interesting to find out more about Reverend Clare’s theology as the series goes on. We don’t get a whole lot of back story in this novel on how Clare goes from being in the army to becoming a priest, but I’m hopeful that will be filled in down the line. Russ is, of course, an atheist, or at least seems very uncomfortable with religion, so there’s all kinds of fertile material to develop in further books there. And of course, there are all kinds of places to go with the little budding of a romance happening between Clare and Russ, given that Russ is married and in this first book, we don’t ever even “see” his wife.