Wednesday, January 22, 2020

14. The White Ghost

The White Ghost. (Billy Boyle #10). James R. Benn. 2015. 352 pages. [Source: Library] [Historical Fiction; Mystery; World War II]

First sentence: I turned away from the hot wind gusting against my face, gave up watching foe incoming aircraft, and went inside. Again.

Premise/plot: Though The White Ghost is the tenth Billy Boyle mystery. Chronologically, it takes place much, much earlier in the series. It is set in August 1943 in the South Pacific. (The past few books have been set in Europe in 1944; Italy, Ireland, England primarily.) Billy Boyle is once again investigating a murder, this time for the Navy. A senator’s son is a suspect, he is the one who found the body on the beach. Boyle has no love for the Kennedy family, but he’s determined to find out the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. If he clears Jack Kennedy, fine, if he doesn’t that’s fine too. But in solving this one murder, others are committed. Can Boyle and Kaz find the murderer as they also struggle to survive?!

My thoughts: I dare anyone to read this novel and not immediately seek out South Pacific. That being said, I definitely enjoyed this one. I thought it was a suspenseful, action packed read. I didn’t guess the murderer right off, which always makes for a better mystery experience.

I would recommend the series for those that love historical mysteries or war stories.

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1 comment:

Marg said...

This sounds like an interesting premise,especially tapping into the Kennedy history.