Billy Boyle : Billy Boyle

  • by James R. Benn
  • Narrated by Marc Vietor
  • Series: Billy Boyle
  • 11 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.


What the Critics Say

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


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Customer Reviews

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"boys own " adventure with wider appeal

I'm not a usual consumer of the "boys own" genre, but I've listened to several in this series and will probably keep downloading, especially when on sale. The mysteries are pretty obvious and the writing pedestrian (with a eye for film options judging from the teleplay "action sequences"), but the dialogue sections are snappier and there is always something to learn about WWII - lesser known operations, medical advances, roles of women, etc. No striking amount of character development or well-portrayed emotional angst - but is that what we look for in an easy listen?

The voice of the protagonist is agreeable - working class Boston guy of his day, BUT the voice of the narrator is all wrong. These are easy listens without gratuitous sex or violence. I found each of the four I've listened slow starters but with stories that caught me after a couple of hours. The closest comparison I can think of is Barbara Cleverly's Joe Sandilands series (WWI and 'tween the wars).
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- connie "Narrative makes the world go round."

Best Kept Secret

I bought this first Billy Boyle book because the concept of a mystery in WWII intrigued me. Never heard of the author or the series. In this case, the gamble has paid off. My husband and I are enjoying it immensely. The author has both a good sense of humor and a sensitivity to the "common soldier" that is a winning combination. The mystery is good and most important, the characters are very likeable. Marc Vietor does a fine job narrating.... but we're in Minnesota... we think everyone has an accent but us. We will definitely be listening to the whole series.
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- Mary

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-27-2010
  • Publisher: Audible Studios