Mysteries Go to War: World War II

A Brother's Blood

By Michael C. White

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In the final days of World War II, Dieter Kallick, one of 200 German prisoners of war ... escaped into the woods. His body would later be found washed on the shore of Moosehead Lake. Decades later, Wolfgang Kallick arrives in this same rural town, hoping to unravel the mystery.

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A Gathering of Saints

By Christopher Hyde

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"In this historically accurate, pulse-pounding suspense thriller, Hitler's Luftwaffe rains terror upon London, as Scotland Yard pursues a lone psychopath who kills with methodical precision--and is privy to the Allies' most closely guarded secrets."
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A Good Death

By Elizabeth Ironside

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"It' 1944 and Theo Cazalle is returning to the family he left in Bonnemort, an estate deep in the French countryside, when he went off to fight with the Free French. Memories of Bonnemort have sustained him through four years of war, but when at last he comes home, he finds his world in tatters. The house has been abandoned, a family servant has been shot, Theo' wife has been accused of collaborating, and a Nazi officer has been found dead in front of Bonnemort' front gate. To save his sanity, Theo must restore order to Bonnemort, but first he must understand the disorder into which it has fallen. Is his wife a whore? A murderer? Or could there be another alternative?"
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A Presumption of Death

By Jill Paton Walsh and Dorothy L. Sayers

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Lord Peter is abroad on secret business for the Foreign Office, while Harriet Vane, now Lady Peter Wimsey, has taken their children to safety in the country. But war has followed them there---glamorous RAF pilots and even more glamorous land-girls scandalize the villagers, and the blackout makes the nighttime lanes as sinister as the back alleys of London. Daily life reminds them of the war so constantly that, when the village’s first air-raid practice ends with a real body on the ground, it’s almost a shock to hear the doctor declare that it was not enemy action, but plain, old-fashioned murder. Or was it?

At the request of the overstretched local police, Harriet reluctantly agrees to investigate. The mystery that unfolds is every bit as literate, ingenious, and compelling as the best of original Lord Peter Wimsey novels.

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As Night Follows Day

By Pierre Moinot

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France, 1949. The inhabitants of a little village in the Poitou region are outraged by the incomprehensible murder of two of their own men. Moinot paints stirring portraits of the villagers, whose lives become increasingly intertwined as they are confronted with the senseless crime. As Night Follows Day is a marvelous portrait of rural France and a tender reflection on the ineluctable passing of time and the marriage life and death, good and evil.

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Billy Boyle

By James R. Benn

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"What’s a twenty-two-year-old Irish American cop who’s never been out of Massachusetts before doing at Beardsley Hall, an English country house, having lunch with King Haakon of Norway? Billy Boyle himself wonders. Back home in Southie, he’d barely made detective when war was declared. Unwilling to fight—and perhaps die—for England, he was relieved when his mother wangled a job for him on the staff of a general married to her distant cousin. But the general turns out to be Dwight D. Eisenhower, whose headquarters are in London, which is undergoing the Blitz. And Uncle Ike wants Billy to be his personal investigator.

"Billy is dispatched to the seat of the Norwegian government in exile. Operation Jupiter, the impending invasion of Norway, is being planned, but it is feared that there is a German spy amongst the Norwegians."

First of a series.

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Black Cross

By Greg Iles

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January 1944. Two men embark on a murderous mission into the heart of Germany to destroy a devastating new Nazi weapon.
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City of Gold

By Len Deighton

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With 1942 Cairo under siege and at the mercy of General Erwin Rommel, British Captain Albert Cutler enters the city to locate the spy that his government is certain Rommel has placed there.

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Daughters of the House

By Michele Roberts

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Therese and Leonie, cousins growing up in Normandy after World War II, concoct intricate fantasies about the secrecy and lies that linger around their home, unknowingly revealing truths that will haunt their lives.
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December 6

By Martin Cruz Smith

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Set in the crazed, nationalistic Tokyo of late 1941, December 6 explores the coming world war through the other end of history's prism.

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