The Cryptographer’s Dilemma by Johnnie Alexander – Book Review

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The Cryptographer’s Dilemma by Johnnie Alexander – Book Review

The Cryptographer’s Dilemma

by Johnnie Alexander


Series: Heroines of WWII #1
Series Rating:
Published by Barbour Fiction
Publication Date August 1, 2021
Genres: Action/Adventure, Christian Fiction, Historical Fiction, Clean Romance
Setting: United States World War II Era - 1939 - 1946
Written for: Adults
Pages: 256

Synopsis:

A Code Developer Uncovers a Japanese Spy Ring

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?

I received a complimentary copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.


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I have found that I have a fondness for stories of the men and women who did codebreaking during the Second World War. Instead of taking place in England as others I’ve read, The Cryptographer’s Dilemma takes place in the United States. And most of the story takes place outside the walls of the Navy codebreaker’s rooms and on the trail of the source of mysterious letters intercepted by the Postal Service. I was especially interested to learn that this is based on a true account.

I loved Phillip and Eloise. They were both very likable characters. Their growing attraction to one another was very natural. Phillip’s penchant for imitating Humphrey Bogart was cute and it actually helped me to keep a 1940s image in my head instead of the present day.

While the plot was exciting, the story wasn’t edge-of-your-seat for me. The pace was slower and focused more on the interactions and the bigger story than action and intrigue.

This first book of a new series with multiple authors appears to be related by subject and not interconnected in any other way. If you enjoy stories of the FBI and espionage, give The Cryptographer’s Dilemma a read.

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About Johnnie Alexander

Johnnie Alexander creates characters you want to meet and imagines stories you won’t forget. Her award-winning debut novel, Where Treasure Hides (Tyndale), is a CBA bestseller. She writes contemporaries, historicals, and cozy mysteries, serves on the executive board of Serious Writer, Inc., co-hosts an online show called Writers Chat, and interviews inspirational authors for Novelists Unwind. She also teaches at writers conferences and for Serious Writer Academy. Johnnie lives in Oklahoma with Griff, her happy-go-lucky collie, and Rugby, her raccoon-treeing papillon.

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