The Corporal’s Codebook by Susan Page Davis (review)

A year after locating the oldest Cooper sibling, Ryland Atkins is on the trail of the Elijah Cooper, adopted as a child and renamed Jack Miller. But the conflict between the states complicates matters, first in locating the Miller family and then in finding Jack, now a telegrapher employed by the War Department.

Matters are complicated for Jack as well, as he falls into the hands of an increasingly deranged petty tyrant set on using Jack and his codebook to advance himself politically within the Confederacy. Under that same man’s power is his great-niece, Marilla, who must hide her objections to her circumstances and her recognition of her uncle’s Yankee prisoner.

With multiple plot threads, The Corporal’s Codebook has so much going, and yet the connections between them are seamless. With the youngest Cooper sibling still to be found, I am looking forward to book three in Susan Page Davis’s Homeward Trails series, The Sister’s Search. Recommended.

This review refers to an ebook I voluntarily read through Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited subscription program.

About the Book

Jack Miller stumbles through the Civil War, winding up a telegrapher and cryptographer for the army. In the field with General Sherman in Georgia, he is captured along with his precious cipher key.

His captor, Hamilton Buckley, thinks he should have been president of the Confederacy, not Jefferson Davis. Jack doubts Buckley’s sanity and longs to escape. Buckley’s kindhearted niece, Marilla, might help him—but only if Jack helps her achieve her own goal.

Meanwhile, a private investigator, stymied by the difficulty of travel and communication in wartime, is trying his best to locate Jack for the grandmother he longs to see again but can barely remember.

The Corporal’s Codebook by Susan Page Davis (Homeward Trails, #2) | Scrivenings Press LLC, November 23, 2021 / ebook, 338 pages