This is the first book in a new series set in 1942 in Washington, D.C. Louise Pearlie is a young widow who works as a clerk at the Office of Strategic Services, typing and indexing confidential information. Louise has been concerned about her college friend, Rachel Block, who is Jewish and living in France under the Vichy regime, whom she has not heard from recently. Louise comes across a document indicating that Rachel’s husband, a geologist, is trying to trade his expertise for visas to the U.S. for himself, Rachel, and their son. Thinking she might be able to help, she brings the file to her boss’s attention. When he is found murdered, Louise investigates.
This was a great read: suspenseful, fast-paced, with an interesting, likeable heroine, an intriguing mystery and a bit of romance. Sarah Shaber has done a fabulous job capturing 1942 Washington, D.C. I can’t wait to read the next installment.