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Young widow Louise Pearlie becomes embroiled in a perilous game of mafia bosses, Nazi spies and banished royalty in this wartime novel of suspense. It's 1942 in Washington DC. Louise Pearlie is now a chief file clerk at the legendary OSS, the precursor to the CIA, and enjoying being an independent, working woman despite wartime privations. But a casual friendship struck up with Alessa di Luca, a secretive war refugee, sucks Louise into a dangerous game of mafia bosses, Nazi spies, banished royalty and Sicilian aristocracy--placing not only her job, but her life, in jeopardy.

©2012 and following years Sarah R. Shaber (P)2018 Sarah R. Shaber

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I LOVE this series

I love period mystery's and Sarah R. Shaber does it SO very well. She immerses you in that era with dialogue, descriptions of scenery and world events from WWll time period. I've asked my son for a vintage radio (mp3 player) as a gift and keep imagining listening and relistening to this series on it.

I don't usually read books or watch series that deal with the 40's and 50's as some of the mindsets of that time period can set my teeth on edge but in the Louise Perlie mysteries, we get a heroine who has the same reaction. But she deals with it with grace as much as possible but if necessary she can take it to the next level.

This story dealt with the Italian mafia and a knitting circle where spy secrets were being passed. The difference between "knitting" and "mafia" was gapped with great writing and a great narrator. I don't think I could imagine the Louise Perlie books being narrated by anyone but Jenny Hoops and I hope it stays that way.

I wholeheartedly recommend this series.