This is the second in a series set in Washington, DC during WWII. Louise Pearlie, a young widow, works as a file clerk at the Office of Strategic Services. Many people just want things to go back to the way they were before the war, but not Louise. The war has given her a taste of independence, and she loves it. Louise makes a friend at her knitting circle, a young Italian refugee who somehow knows Louise works at the OSS and asks her to convey information to her boss. Louise agrees to pass information back and forth, but then the woman is found dead. Louise investigates, even though she’s gambling on losing her valued job. Shaber has created a wonderful cast of characters in this series, and the descriptions of 1940s life, including shopping, dining at the Mayflower Hotel, working at the OSS, and living at a boarding house make for a wonderfully entertaining read.