I’m a fan of period mysteries. From stories set in ancient times to futuristic crime dramas. James R. Benn’s Billy Boyle was no disappointment for me.
Following the story of Lt. William Boyle, an Irish cop from the south of Boston, this novel takes you straight into the action at Beardsley Hall in England at the beginning of America’s involvement on the European front of World War II. Billy Boyle is a young man who has no experience of anything outside of Boston, Mass. He finds himself transplanted into the U.S. Army Headquarters under the command of General Eisenhower, who just happens to be his uncle.
Flipping through this fast passed novel will take you deep into the inner workings of the planned liberation of Norway from the Nazis. Along the way you’ll meet the King of Norway, a Baron, a spy, a murderer, a knighted soldier and his two passionate daughters who will take your breath away. Follow the rumors of stolen gold, misplaced love affairs and a Nazi spy in the midst of the Norwegian government in exile as you learn what is means to be a young Irish-American cop who has no clue what he is doing working for Ike or trusted with the details of a top-secret plan.
Will Lt. Boyle follow his orders like a good soldier or will he let his heart and instincts lead him? You’ll have to read the book to find out.
This story did not disappoint. From an editor’s POV, I was impressed with the attention to continuity, spelling and grammar. From a reader’s POV, I was riveted. James R. Benn is one author I am looking forward to reading more from.
Originally published in 2006 in hardback, released in 2011 to Kindle. I read the Kindle format and you can find it and hardback and paperback editions at Amazon.