Wednesday, August 11, 2021

THE CRYPTOGRAPHER'S DILEMMA by Johnnie Alexander, Reviewed by Paula Shreckhise

Great cat and mouse game.

This book contains some of my favorite things: spy craft, tracking a traitor and WWII homefront. It was an absorbing story that had us following FBI agents all across the country showcasing the movements of the agents, a budding romance and a coincidence that could only be orchestrated by God. 

Ms. Alexander also treated us to descriptions of some landmarks in St. Louis, New York and Seattle. Based on a real person, the Doll Lady, I learned something new which I love when reading historical fiction. The author took the basic story of this traitor and wove a fascinating and interesting tale around it.

Eloise finds herself pulled into an intrigue and wishes for home and normalcy: “But no. That longing was the fantasy. God had planted her feet on an unusual and perhaps even dangerous path. She prayed He would never leave her side while she was on it.” And Phillip, while skeptical of a female partner, come to rely on Eloise for her expertise and she grows on him.

A great start to a new collection from Barbour Publishers.
*I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author. I was not required to give a favorable review. All opinions are my own.*5 Stars and a solid faith thread.

BackCover Blurb:
A Code Developer Uncovers a Japanese Spy Ring
Full of intrigue, adventure, and romance, this new series celebrates the unsung heroes—the heroines of WWII.
FBI cryptographer Eloise Marshall is grieving the death of her brother, who died during the attack on Pearl Harbor, when she is assigned to investigate a seemingly innocent letter about dolls. Agent Phillip Clayton is ready to enlist and head oversees when asked to work one more FBI job. A case of coded defense coordinates related to dolls should be easy, but not so when the Japanese Consulate gets involved, hearts get entangled, and Phillip goes missing. Can Eloise risk loving and losing again?
Barbour Publishing, August 2021
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  1. I will be reading this one within the next week or 2, looking forward to it! Thanks for sharing.


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