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Death of a Codebreaker
by Max Folsom

OLD CONSPIRACIES, NEW COLD-BLOODED MURDER When Darlene Johanson, a young librarian in Ottawa, Ontario, goes missing, private investigator Baker Somerset soon discovers a tangled web that leads her to a decades-old murder. Darlene’s great-aunt Loretta, a World War Two codebreaker, disappeared under mysterious circumstances during wartime, and her niece had been looking into it, uncovering a complex covert operation involving spies and submarines. When Somerset, a former Scotland Yard detective, realizes the two cases are connected, she is put directly in the path of dangerous neo-Nazi groups and a killer who will stop at nothing to cover up past crimes. This is the third book in the Baker Somerset series.

“Intrepid private eye Baker Somerset is back and working a missing persons case with links to the past and Canada’s vital role in codebreaking during the Second World War. She finds connections to modern-day right-wing extremist groups with a low threshold for violence, but that doesn’t stop her. Baker is a marvelous creation; determined, loyal, and witty. Unforgettable!” ~ James R. Benn, author of the acclaimed Billy Boyle WWII mystery series. “I would have loved a partner like Somerset when I was a detective!” ~OPS Constable (Retired) Marc Soucy “Detective Baker Somerset takes those cases where the road is paved with evil, twists and turns come without warning, on-and-off ramps lead to dead ends, and the baddies get away with murder for far too long. Fortunately, Max Folsom’s leading lady is armed with intuition, humanity, humor, and grit. Make no mistake, Death of a Codebreaker will keep you turning pages until your hand goes numb or your alarm rings. Don’t miss this one.” ~ Thomas Henry Pope, Award winning author of Imperfect Burials and The Last Redwood Circus.

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Max Folsom is a columnist for the Sherlockian quarterly journal Groans, Cries, and Bleatings. She is the winner of the 2020 Crime Writers of Canada Arthur Ellis Award for best unpublished crime novel and the 2018 Daphne Du Maurier Award for excellence in unpublished mystery/suspense. She divides her time between a Centretown, Ottawa, apartment and a stone house in Vermont with her husband, a retired Canadian military officer, and their fat ginger cat. She is the author of two Baker Somerset detective novels, One Bad Day After Another (FriesenPress, 2021) and Searching for Peter Griffiths (FriesenPress, 2022).


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