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Louise's blunder
Shaber, Sarah R.
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Sutton : Severn House, 2014.
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182 pages ; 23 cm.
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 insists it was an accident, but a DC homicide detective named Royal believes the analyst was murdered and blackmails Louise into helping him investigate.
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1940s, Washington DC. Government girl Louise is blackmailed into investigating the suspicious death of a missing co-worker, with sinister consequences
1940s, Washington DC . GovernmentGirl Louise Pearlie is asked to review the file usage of a missing analyst fromthe Office of Strategic Services - the US's wartime intelligence agency - onlyto learn he'd drowned in the Tidal Basin days before. OSS confirm it was anaccident, and Louise is sent back to her regular job in the file rooms.

Her time spentinvestigating Paul Hughes at least has one positive outcome, though: Louisemeets 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 racialsegregation and equal pay for women. Socializing with the women helps hercope with her beau Joe Prager's transfer to New York City.

But Louise'slife soon takes a dangerous and sinister turn, and she can't help but worry ifshe'll wind up floating in the Tidal Basin herself . . .

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Booklist Review

In the fourth Louise Pearlie novel, Louise, a file clerk at the OSS (the WWII precursor to the CIA), is instructed to find out what files an OSS analyst has been examining. She's to treat it as a top-secret assignment. As it turns out, the analyst is dead, apparently due to accidental drowning, but he died before Louise was given her assignment. When the Washington, D.C., cop investigating the analyst's death discovers Louise's interest in the dead man, he decides to exploit a mistake (Louise accidentally gave her real name when speaking to someone about the analyst) to force her to help him solve the case. But can she get to the truth without putting her own life at risk? 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.--Pitt, David Copyright 2014 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

Period flavor trumps plot in Shaber's leisurely paced fourth novel of suspense set during WWII (after 2013's Louise's Dilemma). Since Louise Pearlie has top secret clearance at her job in the OSS, her superiors assign her to look into the file activity of missing analyst Paul Hughes, an economist who's an expert on German labor statistics. When Hughes turns up dead in Washington's Tidal Basin, possibly the victim of drowning, Louise's curiosity is peaked. Soon, she's thrust into an investigation by the D.C. police's Det. Sgt. Harvey Royal, who believes Hughes's death was no accident. Louise finds that she may be in over her head, and could be the killer's next victim. Her new friendships and the issues of race and gender inequality lend credence the period atmosphere, but they do little to push along the narrative. Savvy readers will have the mystery figured out in no time. Agent: Vicky Bijur, Vicky Bijur Literary Agency. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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