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Young widow Louise Pearlie seizes a chance to escape the typewriters and files of the Office of Strategic Services, the US' World War II spy agency, when she’s asked to investigate a puzzling postcard referred to OSS by the US Censor. She and a colleague named Collins head off to St. Leonard, Maryland, to talk to the postcard’s recipient, one Leroy Martin. But what seemed like a straightforward mission to Louise soon becomes complicated.

Leroy and his wife Anne refuse to talk, but as Louise and Gray investigate, it soon becomes clear that Leroy is mixed up in something illegal. But what? Louise is determined to find out the truth, whatever the cost....

©2013 Sarah R. Shaber (P)2018 Sarah R. Shaber

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Good story

This is a well crafted Audio Book with a good plot and a interesting variety of characters.


The Narrator is a real pro and delivers the goods..





This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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wow! love it!

This is actually the first book I listened to in this series but it didn't feel like it. In my opinion, it's a standalone audiobook. It's set in WWll and about a young woman named Louise who works for the government. She trained at the Farm so has the skills to do fieldwork. The department she works for has flagged a postcard that could possibly be a coded message. From there she falls head first into a war mystery adventure. Louise is a one-woman Bletchley Circle. Maybe not a genius but definitely smart and resourceful.

She's also juggling a personal life in an era where women weren't really taken seriously in the job market. I loved her personality very much and now want to read/listen to the rest of the series. I did guess the villain but that still didn't take away the enjoyment of this well-written book. I want to go back and listen to the rest of the series now. The details in the book were very accurate (at least from what my grandparents used to tell me) but mostly I just loved the small particulars that Sarah R. Shaber uses to describe that time period and give this book such authenticity.

The narration is great! I love it when a voice actor can make slight changes to their voice so it's just enough that you can tell who is speaking but not too much that it's just plain distracting. She does men's voices very well and her accents are done brilliantly.

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Totally Can Relate....

This story takes place in Leonardtown, MD of which I am very familiar with this town and its off beaten paths, as well as how the folks that live there keep to themselves and everybody knows everybody there. This story takes place during WW2 and I love to see a woman who takes charge and stand up for herself as well as follows her intuitions on her feelings. It took me a couple of chapters to get into this book, but once it started to pick up, there was no turning back. Excellent book and the narration was wonderfully done


This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBoom

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Great book! Great narration!

I enjoyed the story and the narrator did a great job.
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Entertaining Mystery

Jumping into this series book 3 without having read the first 2 worked out just fine. Author Sarah Shaber does well to set up the book without the need to delve into its predecessors. Although references from the first books, I assume, are mentioned in this novel they are not needed to enjoy this mystery.
With a well written and easy to follow plot, one is quickly wrapped up in the not-so-common life of Louise Pearlie. I appreciated the historical accuracy of the book and the thrill of the hunt this small town girl turned accidental spy was on.

Narrator Jenny Hoops has a classic voice. Easy to listen to and a natural cadence ebbed with a slight southern drawl for this character. Character voices were believable and not overdone. I enjoyed the listen.

Overall a good clean mystery that I would recommend to all historical fiction and mystery lovers alike.

This audiobook was given to me in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Jan M
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  • 10-03-18

Gov't Girls in DC during WWII

I really loved this WWII book by Sarah R Shaber. I have listened to the series and enjoyed this one the most. I have recently been listening to books regarding WWII, and thought the author gave very realistic details to that time period. The mystery in this book was so well done and the details were fantastic. I thought that Jenny Hoops performed this book great. She added the right emotions and had distinguishable voices for the various characters. I requested this review copy audiobook and have voluntarily written this review. I will definitely listen to more books by this author and narrator in the future.

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a very good glands of History

a very good book about the World War II the book was very well written and very interesting I liked it quite much a very nice book
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review

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a world war 2 book good

at first started slow,but I continued to listen. it really got better. I enjoyed the book. would read more of the author's books. the did a great job of narrating

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Great WWII Cozy Mystery!

This is the 3rd book in the Louise Pearlie Mysteries, but it stands alone. I very much enjoyed the story which combines WWII and cozy mysteries which are my favorite genres. Louise works for the US government in the Office of Strategic Services doing secretarial/clerical assignments. She is overqualified but kept in her position due to under staffing. She is asked to further investigate a postcard that seems suspicious and interview the recipient. The story is exciting and fun. I now want to listen to the other books in the series, I was gifted a copy of the audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

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  • KD
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  • 09-21-18

Edge of your seat

This is the third book so I might not be reading it as intended but the story is amazing regardless.

I had lots of fun with this. And the premise was unique. Woman in America during WWII

1 of 1 people found this review helpful