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Product Details

  • Series: Louise Pearlie
  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Severn House Publishers (May 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0727881337
  • ISBN-13: 978-0727881335
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 5.8 x 8.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,220,732 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Shaber brews a delightful mix of feminine wiles (long before women's liberation) and real-life history that will keep readers turning the pages."--Publishers Weekly

"Shaber plunges readers into the life of a widow, a working woman in the middle of the war-time shortages and secrets.The suspense and details of life in 1942 all add up to a fascinating story."--Lesa's Book Reviews

"This is the second in a series set in Washington, DC during WWII.  Shaber has created a wonderful cast of characters, 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."--Historical Novel Society

More About the Author

Sarah Shaber is an award-winning mystery author from North Carolina. Her historical mystery series, published by Severn House, begins with LOUISE'S WAR (2010). It stars Louise Pearlie, a young widow working for the Office of Strategic Services in Washington, DC, during World War II. A sequel, LOUISE'S GAMBLE, followed in May 2011. LOUISE'S DILEMMA will come out in November of 2013, and she is writing the fourth book in the series. Her Professor Simon Shaw murder mysteries are available as ebooks. She's also the author of a stand-alone horror novel, BLOOD TEST, and editor of TAR HEEL DEAD, a collection of short stories by North Carolina mystery writers. Shaber lives, writes, cooks, reads, and chills with her husband, Steve, in Raleigh.

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Good plot, good characterization and well-written.
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Sarah Shaber's new mystery series set during World War II is fast becoming a favorite of mine.
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I can't wait for another one--I hope there is one.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Katherine S. Lindsay on March 12, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This is another great cozy historical mystery from Sarah Shaber. The sequel to "Louise's War", "Louise's Gamble" features a NC native, Louise Pearlie, whose horizons have expanded beyond imagining when she moves to Washington DC and is hired at the OSS. For someone who's "just a file clerk" Louise gets mixed up in some thrilling adventures as the country strives for victory in WWII.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Tina Says VINE VOICE on June 10, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Sarah Shaber's new mystery series set during World War II is fast becoming a favorite of mine. Louise lives in Washington, D.C. where she works for the OSS, spending her days filing important documents to help the war effort. She rents a room in a boarding house, typical for single adults in the 1940s. Shaber seems to have her finger on the pulse of what this time period was like from Louise's clothes to the idea that even kissing a man in public was inappropriate.
Louise spends one night each week attending a knitting group where she becomes friendly with a young Italian immigrant. When this woman approaches Louise and tries to give her some information to help the war effort. Louise talks to her boss who then advises her how this will be handled. However, things don't go as planned and once again Louise finds herself in the middle of something dangerous. Not one to shy away from a little excitement and also wanting to find out the truth, Louise embarks on her own investigation.
Mystery lovers will enjoy this book as will readers who like books set in the 1940s or about World War II. I am recommending this series to many friends and think this will be a big hit in my small library where many readers remember the era Shaber is writing about.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Scott Michaels on January 22, 2013
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I really enjoyed the first book in this series, "Louise's War", and this one, "Louise's Gamble" is even better!

Ms. Schaber does an excellent job of depicting Washington, DC during World War II and her heroine is both modern and of her time-a very honest and and real depiction of a woman opening herself up to the new opportunities available to her as a result of the war and adapting to a changing world.

As a mystery, the plot and characters are well developed and the book is so much better written than many mysteries I have read.

Good plot, good characterization and well-written. Who could ask for more in a mystery?

I strongly recommend this book to both history and mystery lovers.

And I hope another book in this series is on the way soon!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Susan Willis on June 27, 2013
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This novel had good characterisation, was true to period and had an interesting plot. i liked the two voices of Louise and her best friend and look forward to more in this series. Will be interesting to see what happens if it makes it to the McCarthy era.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By ANN T. BERRY on August 13, 2012
Format: Hardcover
LOUISE'S GAMBLE, Sarah R. Shaber's second, very fine tale featuring OSS file clerk-cum-spy-cum-snoop Louise Pearlie, swept me right back to Washington, D.C, during World War II. My parents and I spent 1943-44 in D.C., just then the world's most exciting city. I cannot imagine how Shaber, who isn't that old, amassed so much unbelievably vivid and accurate detail about wartime life there, especially the hectic life of thousands of "government girls" like Louise--whether or not they worked, as she did, at America's first big intelligence agency, the OSS.
Oh, yes, there's a rich, twisty, rewarding plot, too!
So I'm delighted to hear another Louise book is forthcoming.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Brenda Witchger on July 22, 2012
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A sequel to Shaber's excellent, Louise's War, Louise's Gamble is another adventure in the life of Louise Pearlie, a young widow for North Carolina who moves to Washington D. C. to do her part for the war effort during WWII. Shaber's attention to detail paints a vivid picture of the city during those tumultuous years and she skillfully reveals to the reader the rich inner life of this young woman as Louise uses her considerable talents, transcending her work as a lowly file clerk for the OSS and catapulting into the murky world of espionage. A great read!
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