• Billy Boyle

  • A World War II Mystery
  • By: James R. Benn
  • Narrated by: Marc Vietor
  • Length: 11 hrs and 53 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (301 ratings)

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Billy Boyle

By: James R. Benn
Narrated by: Marc Vietor
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Publisher's summary

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, he'd 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. But the general turns out to be Dwight D. Eisenhower, whose headquarters are in London, which is undergoing the Blitz. And Uncle Ike wants Billy to be his personal investigator.

Billy is dispatched to the seat of the Norwegian government in exile. Operation Jupiter, the impending invasion of Norway, is being planned, but it is feared that there is a German spy amongst the Norwegians. Billy doubts his own abilities, with good reason. A theft and two murders test his investigative powers, but Billy proves to be a better detective than he or anyone else expected.

©2006 James R. Benn (P)2009 Audible, Inc.

Critic reviews

"Benn crafts a crackling good adventure, with much flavorsome period color." (Kirkus Reviews)

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Very good thriller

I don't understand the concern over an accent. The story was great. I understood every word and, to be honest, having been to Boston several times over the years, understanding what was said was not always a given.

To the story, the characters were real, I could see them. The situation was grave. My father had been a member of a B-17 crew based in England and he often praised them for their courage. I wasn't all that familiar with Norway's part in the war but I am now curious and will dig a little deeper. One book leads to another.