My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I love this series, but it had been a few years since I read the first five all in a batch just in time to read the 6th installment. I wanted to enter the new book with a good sense of the landscape, so I re-read “I Shall Not Want” before starting “One Was a Soldier.”
The new book gives us the Reverend Clare Fergusson back from a long deployment in Iraq as a helicopter pilot. Spencer-Fleming digs into the post-war experience of a number of residents of Millers Kill, New York, with a strong plot line about PTSD. I don’t want to spoil readers who are reading earlier books in the series, so I won’t say too much about the relationships Clare has except to say that what once was uncomfortable has become more acceptable.
I also think it’s good for a priest/pastor to be drawn as so human. It’s a mystery, not a documentary, so of course there are plenty of fanciful elements built into the premise. But I love Clare’s humanity and her mistakes and, in the end, her humility.