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Louise's Dilemma

A Louise Pearlie Mystery
Written by: Sarah R. Shaber
Narrated by: Jenny Hoops
Series: A Louise Pearlie Mystery, Book 3
Length: 6 hrs and 37 mins

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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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  • cosmitron
  • 2018-09-14

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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  • Ivy Moore
  • 2018-09-21

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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  • Laura
  • 2020-01-21

Very Enjoyable WWII Historical Fiction

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

This is the third book in the Louise Pearlie series. It is a standalone book and can be read without having read the prior two books in the series. There are some references to events which occurred in the prior books but the author provides quick summaries of those events and the events are not crucial to understanding the current plot. However, this is a good series and the characters within the series do continue to develop so, if possible, it is recommended that you start with the first book in the series, "Louise's War."

The series takes place during WWII and the story contains the vernacular and belief systems of the time - especially about women and races. What is so interesting about this series is how Louise, the MC, while well aware of the social mores of the day, tries to find a path to assert her value. She constantly worries about losing her position - and having to go back to living with her parents - over some of her decisions and assertions - especially to men. At one point, Louise is sent out with a less-experienced male counterpart to investigate a postcard. He, to Louise's chagrin, creates a series of errors in the investigation, but, because of her gender - she allows him to take the lead. It is only afterwards, when she is asked directly that she divulges her thoughts to her superiors. While Louise is slowly growing in the series, it is clear that she is still hindered by societal norms of the time. I also really enjoyed the references to prices, rationing, and available food items at the time.

The narrator, Jenny Hoops, as always, is superb in this series.

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  • SS in Montana
  • 2019-10-17

Light and Entertaining

I have listened to each of these Louise stories that are available on Audible. The stories are fun and believable and Jenny Hoops does a great job as narrator, Her Southern accent is charming and as I am from the South, totally believable. I only wish Audible had the other episodes that are missing.

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  • Jan
  • 2019-06-13

Things get scary!

espionage, nazis, FBI, women-sleuths, suspense, friendship, Washington DC, WW2

1943 Washington office of the OSS. Louise Pearlie is a file clerk supervisor who has had an experience with the more active side of the agency in order to help a dear friend trapped in Vichy France. This time she winds up with a terribly green agent who nearly blows the whole investigation into a peculiar postcard sent to an oysterman. Later she winds up with an FBI agent on a ramification of the same case and her resourcefulness is tested to the limit. Excellent read!
Narrator Jenny Hoops makes it all seem current and real while giving the characters depth beyond the written word.

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  • Taj-Marie Lingofelter
  • 2018-12-13

A book you won't be able to put down

Sarah has done a great job developing the characters in this series. I adore the love story with joe! I was hanging on to my seat the whole book. I'm sooooo excited for the next one!

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  • Mary
  • 2018-10-23

Great WWII Mystery Tale

This is the third installment of Louise Pearlie, a 'government gal' during WWII. She is a young (30) widow living in a boarding house in Washington DC. Louise works in the secretive OSS, Office of Strategic Services, the US' World War II spy agency. She is sent on different tasks for research relating to intel the office receives. Her tale begins when she is sent to Maryland on an errand to research a cryptic postcard sent from a non friendly area of France. Mystery ensues.
I enjoyed the character of Louise, a strong willed woman in a time of extreme inequity. She is seen as a placeholder by her superiors and even those whom she outranks. I liked how she stood firm and really enjoyed her internal thoughts throughout the book.
The story was a little slower than I would have liked with a touch of PG romance.

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


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  • BookLover
  • 2018-10-22

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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  • G. Roo
  • 2018-10-15

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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  • Felisha
  • 2018-10-12

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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