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Sep 05, 2023 | ISBN 9781641294157

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Praise for Proud Sorrows

“Benn’s Billy Boyle series has enchanted readers for many years and Proud Sorrows is an excellent addition. Benn is a master of suspense; his work builds to the end and never loosens its grip upon the reader. Even if this is your first Billy Boyle Mystery you will find Proud Sorrows a satisfying read!”
—Charles Todd, author of the Inspector Rutledge mysteries and the Bess Crawford mysteries

“A thrilling and ingenious plot . . . [Proud Sorrows] is in many ways Benn’s most beautifully conceptualized and realized book”
The Day

“An exhilarating and often emotional adventure.”
—Beth Kanell, Stories That Matter

“The dialogue, settings, and the many characters all feel authentic. Tension builds to a rousing conclusion in Boyle’s Poirot-like quest to find the killer or killers and the motives . . . An interesting page-turner about little-known aspects of WWII.”
Historical Novels Review

“The mystery is first-rate, the dialogue is period correct and the series as a whole is the best set of wartime novels since those of the legendary Nevil Shute.”
BookPage, Starred Review

“Masterful . . . Benn combines the best elements of traditional small-town mysteries and WWII thrillers, developing a firm sense of place and never letting the suspense flag. This long-running series shows no signs of fatigue.”
Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

“This long-running series grows in breadth and depth with every installment.”
Kirkus Reviews

Praise for the Billy Boyle Mysteries

“Full of action, humor and heart.”
—Louise Penny

“This book has got it all—an instant classic.”
—Lee Child

“Billy Boyle has been to some awesome places in James R. Benn’s adventurous World War II series . . . As historical detective series go, this one is extremely well tended by an author who clearly dotes on his hero. As do we.”
The New York Times

“Consistently entertaining.”
WWII Magazine
“Fans of historical mysteries and World War II buffs will savor Evil for Evil . . . Rich in its exploration of Irish history and politics, this is also a character study of brash young man trying to balance personal, family, and political loyalties while staying true to himself.”
The Boston Globe
“James Benn has written a gripping and entertaining mystery (think early Ken Follett), but also—and perhaps just as importantly—he realistically and sensitively explores the rarely discussed race relations and power struggles in the U.S. Armed Forces in World War II Britain. A thrilling read.”
—Susan Elia MacNeal, author of His Majesty’s Hope and the Maggie Hope mystery series
“What a great read, full of action, humor and heart . . . Equal parts spy thriller, war story and murder mystery, with a dollop of romance that’s never sweet, this is just a terrific book. More please!”
—Louise Penny

“A harrowing adventure that delivers on suspense and, quite movingly, on emotional registers too.”
—Megan Abbott
“It is a pleasure marching off to war with the spirited Billy Boyle. He is a charmer, richly imagined and vividly rendered, and he tells a finely suspenseful yarn.”
—Dan Fesperman, author of Winter Work

“A triple dose of excitement with a murder mystery within a spy thriller within a World War Two adventure story. . . . A ‘rattling good read.’”
—Rhys Bowen

“The painstaking research is evident, the story crackles with life, and the overlay of fictional characters onto very real historical events is seamless.”
“Pervasive racism in the U.S. Army during WWII frames Benn’s excellent eighth Billy Boyle whodunit . . . The superior plot and thoughtful presentation of institutional racism directed against American soldiers about to risk their lives for their country make this one of Benn’s best.” 
Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

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