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James R. Benn

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  • Blue Madonna | James R. Benn

    Blue Madonna

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By James R. Benn
    • Narrated By Peter Berkrot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17)
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    (16)
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    (16)

    It's late May 1944. Captain Billy Boyle is court-martialed on spurious charges of black-market dealings. Stripped of his officer's rank, reduced to private, and sentenced to three months' hard labor, Boyle is given an opportunity: He can avoid his punishment if he goes behind enemy lines to rescue a high-value Allied soldier.

    David says: "So good."
  • The Rest Is Silence: A Billy Boyle World War II Mystery, Book 9 | James R. Benn

    The Rest Is Silence: A Billy Boyle World War II Mystery, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By James R. Benn
    • Narrated By Peter Berkrot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (43)
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    (36)
    Story
    (36)

    When an unidentified corpse washes ashore at Slapton Sandson England's southern coast, US army captain Billy Boyle and his partner, Lieutenant Piotr "Kaz" Kazimierz, are assigned to investigate. The Devonshirebeach is the home to Operation Tiger, the top-secret rehearsal for theapproaching D-day invasion of Normandy, and the area is restricted; no one seems to know where the corpse could have come from.

    Gary L. Richardson says: "A good installment in the series"
  • Billy Boyle: A World War II Mystery | James R. Benn

    Billy Boyle: A World War II Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By James R. Benn
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    (102)
    Story
    (101)

    What's a 22-year-old Irish American cop who's never been out of Massachusetts before doing at Beardsley Hall, an English country house, having lunch with King Haakon of Norway? Billy Boyle himself wonders. Back home in Southie, hed barely made detective when war was declared. Unwilling to fight and perhaps die for England, he was relieved when his mother wangled a job for him on the staff of a general married to her distant cousin.

    Mary says: "Best Kept Secret"
  • Blood Alone: A Billy Boyle World War II Mystery | James R. Benn

    Blood Alone: A Billy Boyle World War II Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By James R. Benn
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (73)
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    (56)
    Story
    (55)

    Billy Boyle awakens in a field hospital in Sicily with amnesia. In his pocket is a yellow silk handkerchief embroidered with the initial L. Gradually he remembers: he has been sent ashore in advance of the troops with this token from Lucky Luciano to contact the head of the Sicilian Mafia. But he must also thwart a murderous band of counterfeiters of Army scrip led by Vito Genovese.

    Linda says: "The best yet"
  • Death's Door: A Billy Boyle World War II Mystery, Book 7 | James R. Benn

    Death's Door: A Billy Boyle World War II Mystery, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By James R. Benn
    • Narrated By Peter Berkrot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (40)
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    (36)
    Story
    (36)

    Lieutenant Billy Boyle could have used a rest after his last case, but when his girlfriend, Diana Seaton, a British spy, goes missing in the Vatican, where she was working undercover, he insists on being assigned to a murder investigation there so he can try to help her.

    Linda says: "Very enjoyable"
  • The First Wave: A Billy Boyle World War II Mystery | James R. Benn

    The First Wave: A Billy Boyle World War II Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By James R. Benn
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (101)
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    (74)
    Story
    (74)

    Billy's task is to help arrange the surrender of the Vichy French forces in Algeria. But dissension among the regular army, the militia, and DeGaulle's Free French allows blackmarketeers in league with the enemy to divert medical supplies to the Casbah, leading to multiple murders. Billy must find the killers while trying to rescue the girl he loves - a British spy.

    Wolfpacker says: "Another Good Billy Boyle"
  • A Mortal Terror | James R. Benn

    A Mortal Terror

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By James R. Benn
    • Narrated By Peter Berkrot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (52)
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    (45)
    Story
    (47)

    Two officers from the American troops stationed in Caserta, Italy, not far from Naples, have been found murdered. The MOs are completely different, and it seems like the officers had no connection to each other, but one frightening fact links the murders: each body was discovered with a single playing card: the Lieutenant, the 10 of hearts; the Captain, the jack of hearts. The message seems to be clear: If the murderer isn't apprehended, the higher ranks will be next.

    E. Start says: "Different Narrator"
  • Rag and Bone: A Billy Boyle World War II Mystery | James R. Benn

    Rag and Bone: A Billy Boyle World War II Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By James R. Benn
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (76)
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    (55)
    Story
    (53)

    Billy is sent to London in the midst of a Luftwaffe bombing offensive to investigate the murder of a Soviet official. There's reason to believe that the crime could be connected to the recent discovery of mass graves in the Katyn Forest, where thousands of Polish officers were executed. Is a killer is out there, targeting Soviet officials in revenge for the Katyn Massacre? If so,the diplomatic stakes couldn't be higher as the uneasy relationship between the Soviets and the other allied powers hangs in the balance.

  • The White Ghost: A Billy Boyle World War II Mystery | James R. Benn

    The White Ghost: A Billy Boyle World War II Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By James R. Benn
    • Narrated By Peter Berkrot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (34)
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    (31)
    Story
    (30)

    It's 1943: Amid the bitter, violent Solomon Islands campaign, Billy is assigned the murder investigation of a native coastwatcher whom future president Jack Kennedy discovered on a nearby island with his head bashed in. As the body count climbs, Billy must figure out whether Jack is a cold-blooded killer, even as war rages around him.

    Ronald says: "Another Great Billy Boyle Mystery"
  • Evil for Evil: A Billy Boyle World War II Mystery | James R. Benn

    Evil for Evil: A Billy Boyle World War II Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By James R. Benn
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (76)
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    (57)
    Story
    (57)

    Fifty BARs (Browning automatic rifles) have been stolen from a U.S. army base in Northern Ireland. His uncle Ike Eisenhower sends Billy to recover the weapons which might be used in a German-sponsored IRA uprising. Bodies begin to accumulate as Billy finds unexpected challenges to his Boston-Irish upbringing and IRA sympathies. There are rogues on both sides, he learns.

    Wolfpacker says: "Maybe the Best Billy Boyle Book"
  • A Blind Goddess: A Billy Boyle World War II Mystery, Book 8 | James R. Benn

    A Blind Goddess: A Billy Boyle World War II Mystery, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By James R. Benn
    • Narrated By Peter Berkrot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (36)
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    (33)
    Story
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    March, 1944: US Army Lieutenant Billy Boyle, back in England after a dangerous mission in Italy, is due for a little R&R, and also a promotion. But the now-Captain Boyle doesn't get to kick back and enjoy his leisure time because two upsetting cases fall into his lap at once.

    Queen of Everything says: "Billy Boyle Army Detective"
  • On Desperate Ground: A Novel | James R. Benn

    On Desperate Ground: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By James R. Benn
    • Narrated By Barry Press
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    The thrilling story of men and women caught up in the death throes of Nazi Germany, struggling to maintain those things precious to them - life, an end to killing, and even sanity itself. Colonel Johann Faust has lost everyone he ever loved and feels he is going inexorably insane. He hears the haunting voice of his dead fiancée and the demons that roar through his mind as he perfects a plan to save Nazi Germany from defeat and insure a greater and deadlier new world war.

    Christy says: "captured the time"
  • Souvenir: A Novel | James R. Benn

    Souvenir: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By James R. Benn
    • Narrated By Peter Berkrot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (5)
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    Secrets trail an American soldier from his Depression upbringing to the cold winter battles in the Ardennes Forest in the last months of World War II, and through the postwar decades, as he struggles to keep his family from being torn apart while keeping the truth buried close to his heart. Clay Brock, proprietor of Jake's Tavern, has endured terrible losses throughout his life. In 1964, he is working to build a life for his wife and son, only to see everything he's worked for threatened by forces beyond his control.

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