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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,786 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Julia Spencer-Fleming Narrator: Suzanne Toren Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Clare Fergusson / Russ Van Alstyne Mysteries Release Date:
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At the Millers Kill community center, five veterans gather to work on adjusting to life after war. Reverend Clare Fergusson has returned from Iraq with a head full of bad memories she’s using alcohol to wipe out. And down-on-her-luck Tally McNabb has brought home a secret—a fatal one. Police Chief Russ Van Alstyne just wants Clare to settle down and get married—to him. But when he rules Tally McNabb’s death a suicide, Clare sides with the other vets against him. Russ and Clare’s unorthodox investigation will uncover a trail of deceit that runs from their tiny Adirondack town to the upper ranks of the Army, and from the waters of the Millers Kill to the unforgiving streets of Baghdad.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Julia Spencer-Fleming is a rarity in this business, a risk-taker and a writer of deep feeling. Few others could deliver a high-concept thriller that so perfectly captures the subtle sufferings of soldiers home from combat. A story of greed, betrayal, and wounded love, One Was a Soldier left me entertained, satisfied, and a shade wiser about the cost of war.”

    John Hart, New York Times bestselling author

  • “An absolute tour de force! Both a superb murder mystery and a gripping examination of the suffering of returning soldiers.”

    Louise Penny, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Spencer-Fleming knows her craft…But it’s character that really counts here, and nothing becomes Clare’s character more than her deepening sensitivity to the suffering of her fellow soldiers.”

    New York Times

  • “This is a surefire winner…Spencer-Fleming’s fans who have been waiting eagerly for her latest won’t be disappointed; this series, as intelligent as it is enthralling, just keeps getting better.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Suzanne Toren performs with her usual great strengths…Her passion and pacing are marvelous.”


  • “In the hands of a lesser writer, this novel would not fly, but Spencer-Fleming carries it off and concludes with a believable resolution.”

    Library Journal

  • “Explor[es] the inescapable legacies of soldiers come home, including a crushing burden of imagined, and unimaginable, guilt.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A 2012 Anthony Award Nominee for Best Novel
  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Nancy Mitchell | 2/19/2014

    " Great! I can hardly wait for the next happening in their lives, "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Kim | 2/18/2014

    " really good entry into this series, and shows Clare finally facing some issues. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Tammy | 2/8/2014

    " Gave it 4 stars because I wasn't entirely happy with the ending -- the whole story Clare is dealing with the aftermath of her tour of duty and then it's completely wrapped up in about 3 pages at the end. It felt rushed and while the resolution was within what I would expect from the characters, it just seemed like there should have been a lot 'more' to it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Snap | 2/1/2014

    " This is the seventh book in the Clare Fergusson/Russ Van Alstyne mystery series by Julia Spencer-Fleming and if you haven't read any of the others in the series, this is probably not the place to start. Some knowledge about the characters is needed to really enjoy the book. Clare is back from her tour of duty in Afghanistan and along with several others, joins a group for returning veterans. It is a wonderful, fascinating, heart breaking look at what our veterans go through in Iraq/Afghanistan and upon their return home. Clare and Russ continue their relationship (thank goodness -- don't think I could have handled a breakup again!. There is a suicide (or is it murder), deceit -- that have Clare and Russ at times at odds, but they are their best when they work together. It was nice to *see* all the characters again. So, what's going to happen in #8????!!!! "

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