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Thursday, September 13th at 7 p.m.

The Essex Library is honored to welcome back James Benn in celebration of the release of his 13th Billy Boyle mystery, Solemn Graves.

In Benn’s latest Billy Boyle WWII mystery, US Army detective Billy Boyle is called to investigate a mysterious murder in a Normandy farmhouse that threatens Allied operations.

July, 1944, a full month after D-Day. Billy, Kaz, and Big Mike are assigned to investigate a murder close to the front lines in Normandy. An American officer has been found dead in a manor house serving as an advance headquarters outside the town of Trévières. Major Jerome was far from his own unit, arrived unexpectedly, and was murdered in the dark of night.

Copies of his books will be available for purchase and signing.

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whiteghostJames R. Benn’s acclaimed WWII Billy Boyle series has a new entry, the tenth in the series, called The White Ghost. Booklist gave the book a starred review and said “Working with recently declassified documents about the Solomon Islands Campaign, Benn spins an absolute corker of a war story.” The Historical Novel Society praises the book saying “Replete with riveting and beautiful descriptions of the customs, rituals, and geography of these beautiful islands, this makes for great historical fiction for readers who crave a good mystery as well as a good war story.” Crime novelist Lee Child declared “Billy Boyle gets better and better. This is a must-read series.” The Essex Library is excited to welcome author James R. Benn for a talk celebrating the release of “The White Ghost on Thursday, September 24, 2015 at 7 p.m. The program is free and open to the public.

Benn, a resident of Hadlyme, CT, worked in the library and information technology field for more than thirty-five years before he started writing full-time. One lesson he says that’s helped him greatly as an author is a quote from Oscar Wilde: “The art of writing is the art of applying the seat of one’s pants to a chair.” Copies of his books will be available for sale and signing.