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Salem's Cipher by Jess Lourey

Salem's Cipher (edition 2016)

by Jess Lourey (Author)

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Title:Salem's Cipher
Authors:Jess Lourey (Author)
Info:Midnight Ink (2016), 480 pages
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Salem's Cipher by Jess Lourey



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The story opens with the mothers of Salem Wiley and her best friend Isabel 'Bel' Odegaard being kidnapped. The mothers were also best friends and Salem and Bel grew up together. After being contacted by the police about the crime the 2 of them meet at the scene of the crime where Salem finds a note that her mother had written years ago. The note was found hidden in a wood box that Salem had made for her when she was a child. The note references a Dr. Keller who is a curator at a local museum and gives them a clue to look at a painting by Artemisia Gentileschi called Judith Slaying Holofernes. After examining the painting Salem finds some words written deep within the painting. Dr. Keller is vague about how he knows the mothers but gives them enough clues to send them off to Salem, Massachusetts in a search for the truth about what the mothers were up to. As Salem and Bel follow numerous word and number puzzles they are led to travel cross country all while being followed by men who are trying to kill them.

This was a wonderful story. The puzzles that the women, in particular Salem, had to solve were difficult. I had no idea how they were going to be figured out. As an aside, the truth of the story involved the first woman presidential candidate just days before the general election. This added a nice element. Also, it is always great to see a novel with a lot of strong female characters. There were 5 here so you know the book was written by a woman.

Simply fabulous! ( )
  Violette62 | May 13, 2017 |
Salem's Cipher is an adventure involving secret societies, hidden treasure, and encrypted messages. Salem is an agoraphobic, a computer genius and a cryptanalyst. Her best friend since childhood, Bel, is a police officer. Their mothers go missing one night and another woman is found murdered. It turns out that their moms were leaders of a group fighting against a corrupt group of men ( the Heritage group) determined to keep women and other groups from achieving any power. It's quite a shock for Salem and Bel to learn that they are part of the group, too, even though their moms never told them of it. Then they are on the run....to save their own lives, to save their moms, to save a female presidential candidate and to find the hidden message to bring down the Heritage group. Along the way, Salem discovers her own strength. It's an exciting read. This was the first in a series and I look forward to reading the next book. ( )
  aztwinmom | Jul 11, 2016 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0738749699, Paperback)

A troubled codebreaker faces an epic plot reaching back through centuries of America’s secret history

Salem Wiley is a genius cryptanalyst, courted by the world’s top security agencies ever since making a breakthrough discovery in her field of quantum computing. She’s also an agoraphobe, shackled to a narrow routine by her fear of public places. When her mother’s disappearance is linked to a plot to assassinate the country’s first viable female presidential candidate, Salem finds herself both target and detective in a modern-day witch hunt. Drawn into a labyrinth of messages encrypted by Emily Dickinson and centuries-old codes tucked inside the Beale Cipher, Salem begins to uncover the truth: an ancient and ruthless group is hell-bent on ruling the world, and only a select group of women stands in its way.


“The fascinating historical information combined with a storyline ripped from the headlines will hook conspiracy theorists and action addicts alike.”―Kirkus Reviews

"Salem's Cipher is the best kind of fun. A witchy romp with plenty of adventure, intrigue, thrills, friendship, and heart."―Chelsea Cain, New York Times bestselling author

"Salem's Cipher is a bona fide page-turner―packed with wonderfully complex characters, surprising twists and thrilling action. Troubled, razor-sharp Salem is truly a heroine to cheer for. I'd follow her anywhere."―Alison Gaylin, USA Today bestselling author 

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