The Woman in the Wing

Rated 4.50/5 based on 5 reviews
A historical mystery that takes place in a defense plant. Although fictional, the well-researched book offers a glimpse into the lives of women who served at home during World War II, Rosie the Riveters, and sheds some light on the seldom told stories of the women who ferried military planes from plants to air bases around the country—Women Airforce Service Pilots—WASP. More

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Words: 70,660
Language: English
ISBN: 9781452463667
About Jean Sheldon

I began writing mysteries at the age of 53. It was 2004 and I longed for something to take my mind off the political and social climate that had become overwhelming. Starting a writing career might not have been the most socially responsible path I could have chosen, but it offered a distraction, one that I like to think helped me survive to fight again. But why mysteries? I have delighted in the genre since the 60s when I first held a Chicago Public Library card in my sweaty little hand. The image of a scrawny kid in pigtails, weighted down with books and shouting, "You can do it" from my over stimulated imagination made me believe I should try. That was 10 years ago, and writing has proved to be much more than a distraction. I have learned to look closer and listen harder, to find answers beyond my limited view of the world. Writing has helped me become a better person. I can only hope those changes contribute, as well, to my journey to become a better writer.

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For the majority of 'Rosie the Riveters' employed at defense plants, the work offers little in the way of excitement. That isn't true for Char Mercer and Ellie Frazier, who find their jobs at the factory anything but dull. Char, a grounded pilot, and Ellie, a cryptographer for the FBI, pose as riveters as they try to uncover Nazi agents.

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Review by: Dar Mil on April 19, 2011 :
Not my usual genre; I enjoyed it just the same. Jean Sheldon sends the reader back to a time when women were becoming more than housewives. The unfortunate truth shows that for all the ground we thought we had gained, much has fallen away.

The story has a build up of excitement and intrigue. Trying to figure out who the bad guys/women are, the reader is caught up in mystery.

My reason for giving it less than four stars is the dialogue. It seemed awkward at times. And maybe it was just me, but I found keeping track of who's who confusing all the way to the end. Maybe that is due to the lack of military training on my part. I need to understand ranking. So someone who has studied that may have better luck in reading this. Even still the story kept me interested.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Rick Beetham on April 01, 2011 :
This is a great little spy mystery wrapped up around the trials and tribulations and challenges of women serving in the WASP during WWII.

It's not a heavy read, and is somewhat of a page turner (although not seat of the pants.)

Jean Sheldon does a great job of mixing historical situations with fiction while at the same time gives the reader an insight into the challenges that women faced who wished to serve.

Highly recommended!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Susan France on March 31, 2011 :
Great Book!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: jrostowsky on March 29, 2011 :
I loved the book. I love the whole genre of military air battles mixed in with a little history as well (aka Clancy, Cussler, Giffin, etc). This book was a nice change of pace to see when technology wasn't so advanced when flying planes and to learn about the history of what WASP did for the US back in WWII. Layer in the mystery involving the Nazi spys and you get 5 stars from me! I too would love to read the next book!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Connie Smith on March 29, 2011 : (no rating)
Where's the second book! I really enjoyed the book. A reminder of the work that the women did during the war and the negative reactions and consequences. Great read and wonderful characters.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

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