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Louise's dilemma
Shaber, Sarah R.
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Sutton, Surrey, England : Severn House, 2013.

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180 pages ; 23 cm.
Louise, chief file clerk at the OSS, heads off to talk to the recipient of a puzzling postcard referred to OSS by the US Censor, and her investigation becomes complicated as she realizes the recipient is involved in something illegal.
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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's 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, 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 . . .

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Booklist Review

The third Louise Pearlie novel finds the OSS file clerk (OSS being the WWII predecessor of the CIA) on a road trip. American intelligence has intercepted a postcard, sent from occupied France, to an address in Maryland. What appears to be botched spelling, plus some curious phrasing, leads investigators to wonder if there might be some sort of embedded code. Louise, in the company of a brash young intelligence agent, is sent to interview the postcard's intended recipients, to see if there's anything funny going on. She finds more than she bargained for. Louise is a strong series lead (her best friend, the wife of a German Luftwaffe pilot who is trying to stay under the radar so she isn't shipped off to a detention camp, is equally intriguing), and Shaber does a nice job of creating a WWII-era atmosphere without weighing readers down with too much period window dressing. A very good entry in this new and promising series.--Pitt, David Copyright 2010 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

Set in 1943, Shaber's mild third novel of suspense (after 2012's Louise's Gamble) takes widow Louise Pearlie from her desk at the Research and Analysis Branch of the OSS in Washington, D.C., into the field. A censor has relayed to the OSS a postcard with a seemingly innocuous message. Written in English and mailed from occupied France via neutral Lisbon to a man in Maryland, it contains an American place name with a German spelling. Fearing it's a coded communication, Louise's bosses order her to take the obvious first step of interviewing the addressee, Leroy Martin, but her clueless and ham-fisted partner, Lt. Arthur Collins, makes her job harder. The inquiry later becomes a murder investigation. Louise is able to thwart a Nazi plot because the bad guy unwisely decides to spare her life. Series fans will appreciate the attention to period detail (e.g., the OSS's filing system was devised by the Yale scholar who edited Horace Walpole's letters). Agent: Vicky Bijur, Vicky Bijur Literary Agency. (Dec.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.