Search Results: "James R. Benn"


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EVIL FOR EVIL by James R. Benn
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"Deftly keeps our hero's wide-eyed verve as he tackles a more complex plot that takes the series further from whodunit toward thriller."
Can a resourceful GI throw a wrench in the German war machine by cutting off its support of the IRA? Read full book review >

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DEATH'S DOOR by James R. Benn
Released: Sept. 4, 2012

"The gobs of back story have the unfortunate effect of nudging charming Billy off center stage. A shame."
In the depths of World War II, Lt. Billy Boyle (A Mortal Terror, 2011, etc.) is tasked with solving the murder of an American priest in German-occupied Rome. Read full book review >

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A MORTAL TERROR by James R. Benn
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"The weakest of this much-praised series. Set against the fierce and pivotal battle of Anzio, which cost upwards of 7,000 Allied lives, Billy's quest seems dwarfed.
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At the behest of his Uncle Ike, aka Dwight David Eisenhower, Billy Boyle (Rag and Bone, 2010, etc.) chases the heinous Red Heart Murderer while the rest of the army chases Germans. Read full book review >

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THE DEVOURING by James R. Benn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"Benn's 12th World War II mystery keeps the action coming, with a nifty whodunit chaser."
A doughboy detective hunting for hidden Nazi gold solves a murder puzzle in the process. Read full book review >

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THE REST IS SILENCE by James R. Benn
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 2, 2014

"Billy's ninth case moves a bit too deliberately and may have too many red herrings, but his whiz-bang first-person narrative keeps the story afloat, and its Greatest Generation plot gives it an appealing sense of nostalgia."
An unidentified corpse on the southwest coast of England throws a wrench into D-Day planning. Can Capt. Billy Boyle identify the victim and crack the case? Read full book review >

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BLOOD ALONE by James R. Benn
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"Another bracing cocktail of period action with a whodunit chaser from the increasingly authoritative Benn."
In war-torn Sicily, a sleuthing soldier risks life and limb to crack a baffling mystery. Read full book review >

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BLUE MADONNA  by James R. Benn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Benn's 11th Billy Boyle mystery has snappy dialogue, satisfying action scenes, and much interesting history about D-Day."
The Normandy invasion serves as backdrop for an army detective's toughest assignment yet: proving he's innocent of a trumped-up charge while rescuing a brave group of Resistance fighters. Read full book review >

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BILLY BOYLE by James R. Benn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"Benn (On Desperate Ground, 2000) crafts a crackling good adventure, with much flavorsome period color, and an acceptable whodunit."
During WWII, a diplomatic mission in Norway turns into a murder probe. Read full book review >

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THE WHITE GHOST by James R. Benn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Billy's 10th case (The Rest Is Silence, 2014, etc.) features a delicious premise, a full-bodied portrait of young JFK, and a beautifully textured look at military life in World War II."
When young Jack Kennedy stands accused of murder, it falls to Billy Boyle to exonerate the future president of the U.S. and find the real killer. Read full book review >

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THE FIRST WAVE by James R. Benn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"Benn's wide-eyed hero retains his appealing earnestness and infectious spirit, and his escapade is refreshingly free of camp."
WWII soldier Billy Boyle turns sleuth again to solve a string of murders in north Africa. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

R-HU by Leslie Scalapino
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"Demanding and strange, at times curiously affecting, more often simply infuriating."
The r-hu, we're told, is a Mongolian stringed instrument. Read full book review >