Billy Boyle

13 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 967 ratings

Billy Boyle 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.
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  • Book 1

    • Billy Boyle

    • A World War II Mystery
    • By: James R. Benn
    • Narrated by: Marc Vietor
    • Length: 11 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 194
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 144
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 143

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Best Kept Secret

    • By Mary on 11-23-10

    Regular price: $24.95

  • Book 2

    • The First Wave

    • A Billy Boyle World War II Mystery
    • By: James R. Benn
    • Narrated by: Marc Vietor
    • Length: 11 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 122
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 93
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 93

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Another Good Billy Boyle

    • By Wolfpacker on 05-27-12

    Regular price: $24.95

  • Book 3

    • Blood Alone

    • A Billy Boyle World War II Mystery
    • By: James R. Benn
    • Narrated by: Marc Vietor
    • Length: 12 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 96
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 78
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 77

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The best yet

    • By Linda on 08-28-12

    Regular price: $24.95

  • Book 4

    • Evil for Evil

    • A Billy Boyle World War II Mystery
    • By: James R. Benn
    • Narrated by: Marc Vietor
    • Length: 13 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 95
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 75
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 75

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Maybe the Best Billy Boyle Book

    • By Wolfpacker on 05-27-12

    Regular price: $24.95

  • Book 5

    • Rag and Bone

    • A Billy Boyle World War II Mystery
    • By: James R. Benn
    • Narrated by: Marc Vietor
    • Length: 12 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 94
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 71
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 69

    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.

    Regular price: $21.95

  • Book 6

    • A Mortal Terror

    • By: James R. Benn
    • Narrated by: Peter Berkrot
    • Length: 11 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 67
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 60
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 62

    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.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Different Narrator

    • By planetelaine on 03-12-12

    Regular price: $20.97

  • Book 7

    • Death's Door

    • A Billy Boyle World War II Mystery, Book 7
    • By: James R. Benn
    • Narrated by: Peter Berkrot
    • Length: 11 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 53
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 49
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 50

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Very enjoyable

    • By Linda on 10-14-14

    Regular price: $27.97

  • Book 8

    • A Blind Goddess

    • A Billy Boyle World War II Mystery, Book 8
    • By: James R. Benn
    • Narrated by: Peter Berkrot
    • Length: 10 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 49
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 45
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 46

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Billy Boyle Army Detective

    • By Queen of Everything on 05-09-15

    Regular price: $23.07

  • Book 9

    • The Rest Is Silence

    • A Billy Boyle World War II Mystery, Book 9
    • By: James R. Benn
    • Narrated by: Peter Berkrot
    • Length: 11 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 57
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 51
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 51

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A good installment in the series

    • By Gary L. Richardson on 02-28-15

    Regular price: $24.47

  • Book 10

    • The White Ghost

    • A Billy Boyle World War II Mystery
    • By: James R. Benn
    • Narrated by: Peter Berkrot
    • Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 49
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 46
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 45

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Another Great Billy Boyle Mystery

    • By Ronald on 11-19-15

    Regular price: $27.99

  • Book 11

    • Blue Madonna

    • By: James R. Benn
    • Narrated by: Peter Berkrot
    • Length: 10 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 43
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 40
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 40

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • So good.

    • By David on 09-21-16

    Regular price: $27.99

  • Book 12

    • The Devouring

    • A Billy Boyle World War II Mystery
    • By: James R. Benn
    • Narrated by: Peter Berkrot
    • Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 28
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 27
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 26

    A murder in wartime Switzerland reveals Swiss complicity with the Nazis and profiteering during World War II. Billy and Kaz are sent to neutral Switzerland to investigate the murder of a Swiss banking official with ties to the Office of Strategic Services (OSS). Swiss banks are openly laundering gold "harvested" from concentration camps, and those that are profiting will do everything they can to protect their wealth and hide their dark secrets.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Historic Fiction at its finest

    • By ScottG on 10-29-17

    Regular price: $27.99

  • Book 13

    • Solemn Graves

    • By: James R. Benn
    • Narrated by: Peter Berkrot
    • Length: 12 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 20
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 18
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 17

    July, 1944, a full month after D-Day. Billy, Kaz, and Big Mike are assigned to investigate a double murder close to the front lines in Normandy. An American officer and a member of the French Resistance were found dead in a manor house outside the town of Trevieres. The investigation is shrouded in secrecy, due to the highly confidential nature of the American unit headquartered at the Manoir de Castilly; the 23rd Headquarters Special Troops. 

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great Installment

    • By Gary L. Richardson on 10-09-18

    Regular price: $27.99