[CFBA Tour&Review] The Crimson Cipher by Susan Page Davis

Posted 19 August, 2010 by Molly(Cover To Cover Cafe) in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

The Crimson Cipher
Summerside Press (July 1, 2010)

Susan Page Davis


From Susan: I’ve always loved reading, history, and horses. These things come together in several of my historical books. My young adult novel, Sarah’s Long Ride, also spotlights horses and the rugged sport of endurance riding, as does the contemporary romance Trail to Justice. I took a vocational course in horseshoeing after earning a bachelor’s degree in history. I don’t shoe horses anymore, but the experience has come in handy in writing my books.

Another longtime hobby of mine is genealogy, which has led me down many fascinating paths. I’m proud to be a DAR member! Some of Jim’s and my quirkier ancestors have inspired fictional characters.

For many years I worked for the Central Maine Morning Sentinel as a freelancer, covering local government, school board meetings, business news, fires, auto accidents, and other local events, including a murder trial. I’ve also written many profiles and features for the newspaper and its special sections. This experience was a great help in developing fictional characters and writing realistic scenes. I also published nonfiction articles in several magazines and had several short stories appear in Woman’s World, Grit, and Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine.

My husband, Jim, and I moved to his birth state, Oregon, for a while after we were married, but decided to move back to Maine and be near my family. We’re so glad we did. It allowed our six children to grow up feeling close to their cousins and grandparents, and some of Jim’s family have even moved to Maine!

Our children are all home-schooled. The two youngest are still learning at home. Jim recently retired from his vocation as an editor at a daily newspaper, and we’ve moved from Maine to Kentucky.



A female Navy cryptographer seeks to save lives…and uncover her father’s killers.

In 1915, German sympathizers escalated acts of sabotage in the United States to keep the nation from joining in the war. With enemies lurking at every turn, whom can Emma trust? Is romance the true motive behind her tow suitors advances? Or could one-or both of them-have traitorous intentions in mind?

Following the mysterious murder of Emma Shuster’s father, Lt. John Patterson invites Emma to become a Navy cryptographer because of the expertise she gained in helping her father develop a cipher system.

Emma races to discover the nefarious plans of her country’s foes and unmask their leader before others are killed. She finds new strength in her faith as she strives to outwit her adversary, known only as Kobold – German for goblin.

And yet, her greatest challenge may be deciphering the cryptic messages her heart sends whenever she encounters a certain navy lieutenant… Can Emma and John find love in the midst of turmoil as America plunges toward war?

If you would like to read the first chapter of The Crimson Cipher, go HERE.

My Review:
Susan Page Davis has always been a wonderful author, in my opinion. I’ve read some of her Heartsong Presents book and her Love Inspired books and have never been disappointed, so I just knew I couldn’t pass up the chance to read her latest novel, The Crimson Cipher. Susan captured me yet again with another of her wonderful novels!

Susan Page Davis’ writing style instantly pulls you in to this story with both attraction and mystery. Set before the intensity of a raging World War, The Crimson Cipher is beautifully written. The story completely wrapped me up and unfolded in front of me. It became instantly became my haven for the 2 days that I read it. I just HAD to know what was happening to Emma! The heart pumping thrills of watching Emma decipher cryptic codes and fight for her life, while trying to keep the US’s enemies at bay. John’s character and personality really added to the story, especially when he was around Emma! Reading this story was like watching the perfect movie!

I recommend this story of suspense and romance mixed with a strong spiritual message that God is ALWAYS with you, through good and bad times. It’s at the top of my 5 star book list when someone asks me what I recommend as a favorite! If you love God, love romance stories, and mystery mixed with history, then don’t hesitate to get a copy of this thrilling new novel by one fantastic author!



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