03 May 2011

ONE WAS A SOLDIER: Clare Fergusson/Russ Van Alstyne Mystery - Julia Spencer-Fleming

From the back of the book: The tension has been building....the pieces are all in place.....And all good things come to those who wait...

Julia Spencer-Fleming's award-winning series has followed the flawed and complex characters Russ Van Alstyne and Reverend Clare Fergusson as they have weathered the storm to be together---but, now in ONE WAS A SOLDIER, their love is put to the test as they face their most personal case yet.

Haunted by her time in Iraq, Clare struggles to adjust to a civilian life. But after a suspicious tragedy involving a young Army specialist is ruled a suicide, she takes off on a dangerous mission to uncover the truth behind the young soldier's death.


ONE WAS A SOLDIER appeared on my doorstep one day. I don't remember asking for it, I looked in the sites where I do my book requests...nope. Glad someone thought of me to send it out. I hadn't heard of Julia Spencer-Fleming or the series and this is number 7 in the series, but this could read as a stand-alone and I know I will be on the lookout to add more of the author and the series to my shelf.

The book is way more than a mystery/suspense. It's a character study, giving the reader a deep look into the lives of each person in the story. The death doesn't even occur until mid-book, the suspects are many and the character delving continues, interweaving with the investigation.

Five tension throughout beans.....


Aurian said...

I have heard of this series before, but it didn't grab my attention. I am not big on religious things (other than witches). Is there much church things and praying involved?

Vickie said...

Aurian: I was the same when I saw the premise of the book and series, but it's really only what Clare is, it's not a preachy book at all. It's well written suspense.