Detective and mystery stories

The Final Solution: A Story of Detection

By Michael Chabon

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"In deep retirement in the English country-side, an eighty-nine-year-old man, vaguely recollected by locals as a once-famous detective, is more concerned with his beekeeping than with his fellow man. Into his life wanders Linus Steinman, nine years old and mute, who has escaped from Nazi Germany with his sole companion: an African gray parrot. What is the meaning of the mysterious strings of German numbers the bird spews out--a top-secret SS code? The keys to a series of Swiss bank accounts perhaps? Or something more sinister? Is the solution to this last case -- the real explanation of the mysterious boy and his parrot--beyond even the reach of the once-famed sleuth?"

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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."

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Stiff News

By Catherine Aird

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Strange deaths occur in a British home for retired military officers and their wives. As he investigates, inspector C.D. Sloan discovers that all the victims were connected to a World War II battle.
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Two O'Clock, Eastern Wartime

By John Dunning

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"...a riveting new thriller that takes us back to the summer of 1942, when radio was in its prime, when daylight saving time gave way to "wartime," when stations like WHAR on the New Jersey coast struggled to create programming that entertained and inspired a nation in its dark hour.

"Into this intense community of radio artists and technicians in Regina Beach, New Jersey, come Jack Dulaney and Holly Carnahan. They are determined to find Holly's missing father, whose last desperate word came from this noisy seaside town."

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Stonekiller

By J. Robert Janes

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In Nazi-occupied France, a French detective and an investigator for the German Gestapo take up the case of the murder of a woman whose archaeological discoveries supposedly confirm the Nazis' Aryan pretensions.

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Some Deaths Before Dying

By Peter Dickinson

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"Rachel is old, paralyzed, barely able to speak, and dying. She has a strong mind and vivid memories though, and is determined to hold on to both until the end, so that she can die fully aware, fully herself. Suddenly she learns that a precious possession, one with a dangerous history, has gone from the place where she thought she had hidden it. Her whole past starts to unravel!"
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Reunion

By Michael Oren

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In Belgium’s Ardennes Forest, the site of a brutal, last-ditch assault by the Nazis in December 1944, the surviving members of the 133rd Infantry Battalion reunite for one last chance to relive their youth, bury some old ghosts, and try to find answers to the mystery that has haunted the men for fifty years.
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Out of the Blackout

By Robert Barnard

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An unidentified boy with little memory of the past is taken in during the height of World War II by a couple who know nothing about him except his strange cries at night.

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Murder in the Chateau

By Elliott Roosevelt

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In 1941, First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt undertakes a dangerous covert mission into Nazi-occupied France to prove the United States' opposition to Hitler by assisting a French/German resistance group plotting to assassinate Hitler.

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