Death's Door by James R. Benn
(Billy Boyle World War II Mystery)

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In this seventh installment of James R. Benn’s hit WWII-era mystery series, Lieutenant Billy Boyle goes undercover in the Vatican.
Lieutenant Billy Boyle could have used a rest after his last case, but when his girlfriend, Diana Seaton, a British spy, goes missing in the Vatican, where she was working undercover, he insists on being assigned to a murder investigation there so he can try to help her.
An American monsignor is found murdered at the foot of Death's Door, one of the five entrances to Saint Peter's Basilica. Wild Bill Donovan, head of the OSS, wants the killing investigated. The fact that the Vatican is neutral territory in German-occupied Rome is only one of the obstacles Billy must overcome. First is a harrowing journey, smuggled into Rome while avoiding the Gestapo and Allied bombs. Then he must navigate Vatican politics and personalities—some are pro-Allied, others pro-Nazi, and the rest steadfastly neutral—to learn the truth about the murdered monsignor. But that's not his only concern; just a short walk from the Vatican border is the infamous Regina Coeli prison, where Diana is being held. Can he dare a rescue, or will a failed attempt alert the Germans to his mission and risk an open violation of Vatican neutrality?

About James R. Benn

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James R. Benn is the author of the Billy Boyle WWII detective mystery series: Billy Boyle, The First Wave, Blood Alone, Evil for Evil, Rag & Bone, and A Mortal Terror. He is a librarian and lives in Hadlyme, Connecticut.
Published September 4, 2012 by Soho Crime. 358 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, War, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Still, Billy knows that if a pawn plods straight ahead long enough to reach the last rank, “it can be anything it wants.” The gobs of back story have the unfortunate effect of nudging charming Billy off center stage.

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A special mission takes Lt. Billy Boyle to German-occupied Rome disguised as an Irish priest in Benn’s intriguing seventh WWII mystery (after 2011’s A Mortal Terror). Billy must find out who stabbed F

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Review: It is early 1944, and Billy Boyle, a lieutenant serving in the US Army during World War II, is sent together with his friend Piotr Augustus "Kaz" Kazimierz, a lieutenant with the Polish Army in exile, to Rome to investigate a murder in the Vatican in Death's Door, the seventh mystery in t...

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