Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Deathwatch by V. B. Tenney

Title:  Deathwatch
Author:  V.B. Tenery
Pages:  294
Year:  2016
Publisher:  CreateSpace
My rating is 4 stars.
Note:  I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book from
Commander Grey Hamilton, also known as Lord Amherst, though he tries to downplay his title, is a former serviceman in the navy of Great Britain.  He was injured in a battle at sea and forced to retire from active military service.  With his keen mind he was put to work for MI6.  He is awakened in the middle of the night as a dead body has been found.  The body is of a cryptanalyst, which is someone who tries to decode coded messages sent by Germans during WWII.  It is Grey’s job to discover if the cryptanalyst gave up any information to her murderer regarding Great Britain’s coding device before she was killed, so he has to find her murderer.
Grace Sullivan is the daughter of a wealthy American man who has offered her service as a cryptanalyst to Great Britain to help in their war efforts against Germany.  She is the one who discovered the body of her best friend, Jacky Vidal.  Grace is determined to be part of the investigation and once an attempt is made on her life, Grey reluctantly consents.  He must find the murderer and determine what he/she knows about the decoding device.  If Jacky told him/her about the device, it will now be worthless as the Germans will know about it and change their codes.  Great Britain will no longer be able to crack their codes, causing untold loss of life of British soldiers.
I thought the plot quick-paced and interesting with a good mystery to keep this reader’s interest.  There was also a romance and interesting information on what life was like for those living in London during the war.  I liked the characters of Grace and the fact that she was a genius who offered her intelligence to Great Britain to help save lives decoding German messages even though she was American and the United States was not involved in the war at the time the story takes place.  I also liked that she had nerve to stand up to Grey and put him in his place.  Grey also was able to take her set-down, admit she was right and apologize to her.  Fans of mysteries as well as WWII will enjoy the setting and storyline of this novel. 
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