Wednesday, December 18, 2019

World at War: A Mortal Terror

A Mortal Terror (Billy Boyle #6) James R. Benn. 2011. 345 pages. [Source: Library]

First sentence: Kim Philby owed me one.

Premise/plot: Billy Boyle stars in his sixth book in this historical mystery series. This one begins with a happy reunion between Billy and Diana Seaton. The reunion will be brief—the war is far from over. But their time together ends abruptly (almost as abruptly as the novel itself) when Billy is ordered to investigate a series of murders in Italy. The crimes continue...danger builds. This one has a huge body count...and not just because of the Nazis. Can Billy (and Kaz) solve the mystery in time?

My thoughts: Why does this one end so abruptly?!?! It’s like a slap in the face with its non-ending. That being set aside, it was a fabulously compelling read for mystery lovers. I put off reading this one—my mom warned me—until the next book in the series was ready to go.

Maybe he had been a good man once, before the shooting started. Before the hard choices. That’s how evil made its way in this world. Not with a devil’s face, as the nuns taught us. It slithered between the cracks, caught decent people off guard, dragged them along until they were in too far. Then it made them into something they never thought they could ever be. (165)

© 2019 Becky Laney of Becky's Book Reviews

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