Louise’ Crossing by Sarah R. Shaber

1944 and Louise Pearlie, newly reassigned to work at the offices of the OSS in London, is crossing the Atlantic on a Liberty ship bound for Liverpool. When the stewardess assigned to the passengers is found death, Louise becomes convinced that it was no mere accident, but is in some way connected to a death that occurred on the ships previous crossing.

The authentic details of life at sea during WWII is what really provided the most interest for me. The vivid description of an Atlantic crossing as part of a naval convoy provided an original storyline. Hardships such as cold, inevitable boredom, storms, and the fear that arises due to the hazards of being on a ship loaded with cargo and munitions, are depicted in a way that make them real.

I was disappointed that the mystery was more background than anything else. When a murder did take place it was well into the book, and the investigation occurred in short spurts between the action of daily life at sea, torpedoes, and U-boats. Any tension in the story came from the hardships of life on board ship, and the harrowing three weeks at sea. I felt that the resolution of the mystery was anticlimactic, and the ending of the story was a little artificial.

My thanks to NetGalley and Severn House Publishers for the advance reader copy made available for my review.

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