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Government girl Louise Pearlie is thrilled to be posted to London, but her journey across the Atlantic proves to be anything but plain sailing.

February, 1944. Washington DC. With the war entering its most dangerous phase, Louise Pearlie is thrilled to be reassigned to the London office of the OSS. But in order to take up her new post, she must make a perilous crossing of the Atlantic Ocean in the SS Amelia Earhart.

Accompanying her on the voyage to Liverpool are an eclectic group of passengers, including the aloof Blanche Bryant, whose husband Eddie died in mysterious circumstances on the ship’s voyage out to New York, three months before.

Most of the same crew and passengers are on the return voyage, and one question remains: Was it really suicide?

When the body of one of the passengers is found on deck, it’s clear that German bombs and raging storms aren’t the only threats to Louise’s safety. Can she expose a brutal killer before the ship docks in England?

©2019 Sarah R. Shaber (P)2020 Sarah R. Shaber

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One of the best mystery series in recent memory

This is a superb narrator/writer combination. I've been wondering since starting this series why Sarah Shaber's Lousie Pearlie series hasn't taken off in popularity. It's really THAT good. From the food and drink popular at that time to the mindset of many of the characters, you can tell Sarah Shaber did a lot of research. But it doesn't feel like a bunch of historical facts thrown at you. You really become immersed in the life of Louise Pearlie. Shaber has created a character that you could easily become friends with had you lived during that time. She's about the age my grandparents were and I kept thinking of my grandmother who went to work in the fifties driving the public bus.

This is the last book in the Lousie Pearlie mystery series and it's a poignant end. Lousie is tenacious about finding out who killed a young woman during the crossing to England. All the while experiencing the effects of war, traveling on a cargo ship, and the prevailing mindset of bigotry.

Jenny Hoops is an excellent narrator who has a very good grasp of regional accents. I haven't always been a fan of female narrators and Hoops is the voice actor who changed that opinion.

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  • Dennis
  • 10-02-21

Greed, Murders, Liberty Ships and Germany

Of all of the books I have to say it was the saddest and the ending was like you are missing a very good friend. Louise set sale to England in a Liberty Ship it winter, no heat and the characters you meet are of varies people a salesman, an elderly Irishman going home, a Dutch family, a widow who people believes she murder her husband and more. You get to travel the ocean trying to survive the German Submarines and Airforce . And as usual everything that can go wrong does for Louise and as usual she must try to figure who did what or did not from a previous murder to the one murder and attempted murder while she on the ship. You see the world thru her eyes, her feelings of the many deaths of sailors in the attacks, the murder of a black military women and the attempt on her white lover to cover a crime that was committed on board when the ship was coming back to the US from England and the Widow is blamed for her US Airman husband death and the way she was treated on board and by her husband family.
from the start to finish you can not stop listening the whole audible keeps you on pins and needles.
in the end there is one major surprise you want see coming!



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  • Laura
  • 24-01-21

Tension Filled Sea Voyage

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

This book is the seventh in the Louise Pearlie Mystery series. It is somewhat of a standalone - as the author does provide quick summaries of events which occurred in prior books to bring the reader up-to-date. However, I would recommend that you start with the first book in the series. You will not regret it.

Louise is transferred from Washington to England and the story centers on her sea voyage to England. I found this story - especially once Louise got on the boat - to be so interesting [and well researched]. The murder mystery itself - to me - was not all that intriguing. But, the voyage was tension filled and exciting. I really love this series.

The narrator, Jenny Hoops, is a favorite and she narrates all of the books in this series. Another superb job.

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  • Jan
  • 25-06-20

Latest in a terrific series!

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From Washington DC to Liverpool on a "tin can" Liberty ship in February 1944, Louise accepts a new assignment to work in an office in London for the OSS. There's no heating and her warmest clothes are out of reach in the hold because she wasn't properly warned. It's a real trial, but nothing like what's to come in the form of U-Boats and Nazi airplanes. Sounds a little far fetched, but the journey itself was inspired by the journal of an American woman who made that very trip in that very time! All four weeks of it! I loved the story and it is truly enhanced by the verbal artistry of Jenny Hoops, narrator.
I won this audio in a giveaway.

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  • Ellen Oceanside
  • 06-06-20

Good Plot

Louise is thrilled to go to London for her next assignments. The crossing proved fatal for one person. Good plot of how she uncovered what happened. Like the characters, plot flows, and good narration Given audio for my voluntary review and my honest opinion

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