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  • Published: 10 September 2024
  • ISBN: 9781641295994
  • Imprint: Soho Press
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 384
  • RRP: $39.99

Proud Sorrows




In the eighteenth installment in this fan-favorite WWII mystery series, US Army Captain Billy Boyle investigates a murder in a charming English village, where personal vendettas tangle with wartime espionage.

In the eighteenth installment in this fan-favorite WWII mystery series, US Army Captain Billy Boyle investigates a murder in a charming English village, where personal vendettas tangle with wartime espionage.

Norfolk, England, November 1944: After a series of dangerous missions in the South of France, US Army Captain Billy Boyle is finally on leave, and is settling into a peaceful rest at the country estate of Sir Richard Seaton, the father of Billy’s British lover, Diana. Seaton Manor is a comfortable haven, and Billy is eager to spend a few precious days in Diana’s company pretending the war is far away.

Unfortunately, Billy’s leave is cut short when a crashed German bomber resurfaces off the coast with the corpse of a British officer in the pilot seat. The nearby village of Slewford hosts a top-secret military intelligence operation, home to high-ranking German POWs, and so the crash is a matter of national security. Billy is assigned by the commander of the POW facility to investigate. After the plane is discovered, a local villager is murdered—and suddenly what had appeared to be a failed enemy military operation takes on an even more sinister aspect. All Billy’s ex-Boston cop instincts are put to the test as he interviews the grieving, angry, and conniving citizens of this idyllic English country village in search of the truth.

  • Published: 10 September 2024
  • ISBN: 9781641295994
  • Imprint: Soho Press
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 384
  • RRP: $39.99

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Praise for Proud Sorrows

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

Praise for the Billy Boyle World War II mysteries

“Spirited wartime storytelling.” 
The New York Times Book Review