Billy Boyle

13 books in series
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Billy Boyle 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

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  • Book 2

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    • The First Wave

    • A Billy Boyle World War II Mystery
    • By: James R. Benn
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  • Book 3

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    • Blood Alone

    • A Billy Boyle World War II Mystery
    • By: James R. Benn
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  • Book 4

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    • Evil for Evil

    • A Billy Boyle World War II Mystery
    • By: James R. Benn
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  • Book 5

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    • Rag and Bone

    • A Billy Boyle World War II Mystery
    • By: James R. Benn
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  • Book 6

    • A Mortal Terror

    • By: James R. Benn
    • Narrated by: Peter Berkrot
    • Length: 11 hrs and 10 mins
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    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.

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  • 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
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    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.

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  • 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
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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.

    Regular price: £22.39

  • 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
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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.

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  • 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
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    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.

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  • Book 11

    • Blue Madonna

    • By: James R. Benn
    • Narrated by: Peter Berkrot
    • Length: 10 hrs and 39 mins
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    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.

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  • 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
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    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.

    Regular price: £26.29

  • Book 13

    • Solemn Graves

    • By: James R. Benn
    • Narrated by: Peter Berkrot
    • Length: 12 hrs and 24 mins
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    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. 

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