July 2, 2022

Benn Launches New Book in His Hometown Library

A new mystery by Connecticut author James R. Benn has garnered wide praise in advance of its official publication date of Sept. 1, earning a starred review in Publisher’s Weekly calling it “stellar”.

Benn will be kicking off the release of RAG AND BONE with a Book Launch Party on Friday, Aug. 27, 7 p.m. at the Lyme Public Library, 482 Hamburg Rd., in Lyme.

There will be a brief presentation and reading, refreshments, and books for sale and signing.

RAG AND BONE: A Billy Boyle WWII Mystery” is the fifth title in a mystery series set within the Allied high command during World War Two.  RAG AND BONE has received superlative early reviews:

In its review, Publishers Weekly says, “Stellar…Benn excels at depicting the impact of war on London–the bricks from bombed buildings piled neatly on the streets, families living in Tube stations, “the odor of the Blitz.” Destruction aside, Billy never forgets that “Even in the midst of war, murder is unacceptable.”  —

Bill Ott of BOOKLIST notes, “Benn shrewdly combines the political cat-and-mouse game with the murder investigation, offering a fascinating glimpse of the wartime intelligence world…his portrayals of the individual lives affectged by the global machinations reflect an almost Graham Greene-like feel for nuance.”

RAG AND BONE takes the series main character, Billy Boyle, to London where he is called on to investigate the murder of a Soviet official.  There is reason to believe the murder is connected to the recent discovery of mass graves in the Katyn Forest, where thousands of Polish officers were executed by the Soviets. The revelations endanger the uneasy alliance between the Soviets and other allied powers, and Billy finds himself in a diplomatic minefield as the investigation suggests his best friend, Kaz, may have been involved.

Demonstrating that the past is never truly gone, earlier this year the president of Poland and many others were killed in a plane crash on their way to a commemoration of the Kaytn Forest Massacre in Russia. The decisions made over seventy years ago are still claiming lives today.

Soho Press publishes the series, and is planning a national author tour in October.

James R. Benn lives in Lyme, Connecticut.

For more information about the books and scheduled events, visit www.jamesrbenn.com