One Was a Soldier: A Clare Fergusson/Russ Van Alstyne Mystery (Clare Fergusson/Russ Van Alstyne Mysteries)

One Was a Soldier - Julia Spencer-Fleming Julia Spencer-Fleming's latest in the Clare Fergusson/Russ Van Alstyne series starts off in a difficult place: a veteran's therapy group. Among the members? Rev. Clare Fergusson, newly returned from a tour of duty as a helicopter pilot in Iraq. The first half of the book deals with veterans' reintegration issues, including matters of drug addiction, traumatic brain injury and drug addiction.When one of the veterans group members is found dead in her in-ground swimming pool as the result of a gunshot wound, the coroner declares it a suicide. But when an officer from the Army's Finance Command comes to Miller's Kill to investigate the theft of a million dollars -- which occurred on the dead woman's watch -- Russ and Clare begin to wonder if there isn't more afoot.Spencer-Fleming's narratives are well-paced, and she deals with issues that are on many peoples' minds and in the news right now. This book is both timely and entertaining. Highly recommended.(Review based on uncorrected advance proof.)