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Louise's Blunder: A 1940s spy thriller set in wartime Washington (A Louise Pearlie Mystery)

Narrated by: Jenny Hoops
Length: 6 hrs and 35 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (7 ratings)
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Government girl Louise is blackmailed into investigating the suspicious death of a missing co-worker, with sinister consequences.  

1940s, Washington DC. Government girl Louise Pearlie is asked to review the file usage of a missing analyst from the Office of Strategic Services - the US’s wartime intelligence agency - only to learn he’d drowned in the Tidal Basin days before. OSS confirm it was an accident, and Louise is sent back to her regular job in the file rooms. 

Her time spent investigating Paul Hughes at least has one positive outcome, though: Louise meets a young woman in the OSS Reading Room, who asks her to join her ‘salon’, where she is encouraged to talk about controversial issues like racial segregation and equal pay for women. Socializing with the women helps her cope with her beau Joe Prager's transfer to New York City.  

But Louise’s life soon takes a dangerous and sinister turn, and she can’t help but worry if she’ll wind up floating in the Tidal Basin herself....

"As usual, the author gives Louise, a strong and capable woman, a solid and suspenseful story; and, also as usual, the WWII setting feels as real as the reader's own living room. This series keeps getting better." (Booklist)

©2014 Sarah R. Shaber (P)2019 Sarah R. Shaber

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Interesting WWII Mystery

I received this book for free. I am voluntarily leaving this review and all opinions expressed herein are my own.

This is the fourth book in the Louise Pearlie series. I have not read any of the prior books in the series and had no problem following the story or understanding the MC motivations. It is stand alone story [no cliffhanger ending].

Here, Louise, who has top secret clearance, works for OSS during WWII. A OSS employee has not reported to work for several days and Louise is dispatched to his residence to see what has happened to him. Louise finds he is not at home, does a quick search of his apartment and speaks to his landlady who received a telegram that the employee is with his mother. One problem, the employee's parents are deceased. Then, the employee's body is found and his death is ruled accidental but that does not jibe with the manner the body is found. Louise becomes involved in the investigation of the employee's death.

It is clear that the author has done a lot of research in this time period and there are several side stories about events occurring at the time, which were interesting. Additionally, I liked the character of Louise, who seemed to be smart, spoke her mind and stood up for others. On occasion, she did do some things which weren't very bright but that would make her human. I am interested in continuing with this series and reading the prior books in this series.

The narrator, Jenny Hoops, did a very good job. She did different voices for all the characters, so you can easily discern who is speaking, and set a good pace for the story.

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I like the world war I series

Louise' s blunder was good. she has a way of getting into trouble and finding an excellent way of getting out of it. double agents in the bureau.

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a good story

Another intriguing and likeable 1940 adventure for Ms. Pearlie. You like the characters and the narrator was quite believable in telling the story and you kind of wanted a little bit more when they were done. Interesting characters and setting and if they had managed to drop into our time, they’d probably fit right in. And they’d cope quite nicely too. If you get a chance to listen to the audio version or if you read the book, you’ll enjoy it. so, pick up a copy and you just might have discovered a new favorite author (or narrator for that matter).

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  • Finola H. J Clark
  • 03-15-19

Punchy little addition to the Louise series

I was given a free copy for an honest review and as I'd already listened to an earlier book in this series, I was very happy to get the opportunity to listen again.

My only wish is that this book was a little longer - just because I enjoy following Louise's journey through figuring out the crazy war-time world she lives in! I would have like to see a bit more development in some areas of the book, particularly the climax at the end, I would have enjoyed being kept on tenterhooks a little longer.

I love the way the chapters open with excerpts from the guide to employing women! It really is a bit shocking what pertained back then! The quotes add nicely to the other historical information in the book. It's one of the things I enjoy in this series - the historical tidbits.

Overall, thoroughly enjoyable listen

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  • Simon Gibson
  • 03-10-19

From Office Life To Espionage

The novel covers daily office gossip and life in 1940's wartime Washington DC to a mysterious death, espionage and Russian spies. The writing style is very lively with lots of interesting historical snippets and great dialogue. The cast of characters are well rounded and believable with Louise, our central character, very enjoyable. A wonderful narrator adds to the listening enjoyment. A novel to be recommended, roll on the next adventure.