Billy Boyle
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  • 1
    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
    (120)
    Performance
    (70)
    Story
    (71)

    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.

    Best Kept Secret

    I bought this first Billy Boyle book because the concept of a mystery in WWII intrigued me. Never heard of the author or the series. In this case, the..Show More »

    Reviewed on November 23 2010 by Mary (Lakeville, MN, United States)
  • 2
    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
    (80)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (53)

    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.

    Compelling. Recreates the disorder of landing.

    Confusion of landing troops.

    Reviewed on December 24 2012 by Luisa (Seattle, WA USA)
  • 3
    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
    (63)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (44)

    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.

    The best yet

    The mystery is not as well developed in this 3rd BB book, but the literary value is the best of the 3. All 3 are extremely well written. The events ..Show More »

    Reviewed on August 28 2012 by Linda (PITTSBURGH, PA, United States)
  • 4
    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
    (63)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (44)

    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.

    Maybe the Best Billy Boyle Book

    This series consistently delivers entertaining and engaging stories. This one adds an interesting backdrop of the Ireland conflict. For further detail..Show More »

    Reviewed on May 27 2012 by Wolfpacker (Memphis, TN)
  • 5
    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
    (65)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (43)

    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.

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  • 6
    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
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (34)

    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.

    Different Narrator

    The narrator changed. While he may be very good I was confused. The charecters that I knew didn't sound the same. I couldn't follow the story because ..Show More »

    Reviewed on March 12 2012 by E. Start (USA)
  • 7
    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
    (27)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (24)

    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.

    Very enjoyable

    The characterizations, as usual, are top notch. Many of the characters are clergy, so it gives this one a different flavor. The narrator is better ..Show More »

    Reviewed on October 14 2014 by Linda (PITTSBURGH, PA, United States)
  • 8
    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
    (26)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (25)

    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.

    Billy Boyle Army Detective

    Another excellent Billy Boyle book. Too bad the reader did not use the Boston accent of Billy Boyle, a former Boston detective. It was otherwise a fin..Show More »

    Reviewed on May 09 2015 by Queen of Everything (NE Ohio)
  • 9
    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
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (20)
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    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.

    A good installment in the series

    I have listened to all of the Billie Boyle mysteries. If you are a fan, this installment will not disappoint the listener. The characters are develop..Show More »

    Reviewed on February 28 2015 by Gary L. Richardson ()