IN PERSON - Lu Burke Literary Presents: James R. Benn

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Join us for the latest installment of our Lu Burke Lecture Series with Connecticut author James R. Benn.

James R. Benn is the Dilys, Barry, and Sue Federer Historical Mystery-award nominated author of the popular Billy Boyle WWII mystery series and two stand-alone works. His novel The Blind Goddess was long-listed for the 2015 Dublin IMPAC Literary Award. Benn is a graduate of the University of Connecticut and has an MLS degree from Southern Connecticut State University. He worked in the library and information technology fields for over thirty-five years before leaving to write full-time. Benn and his wife Deborah Mandel live in Florida and Connecticut.

The Billy Boyle series, published by Soho Press, has been hailed as “meaty, old-fashioned, and thoroughly enjoyable,” by the Seattle Times. The New York Times called it “spirited wartime storytelling”.

Billy Boyle, an Irish-American cop from Boston, helps his “uncle” Ike Eisenhower in sensitive WWII military investigations in overseas Europe. This fact-based series focuses on true events from the Second World War and uses a fictional mystery to illuminate the deeper truths behind the history we think we know.

The most recent title is "The Red Horse". The 16th novel, "Road of Bones", will be released in September 2021.

For more information about the author, including where to buy a signed copy go to

This program is viewable in the Kingsley Room, the presenter will be zooming in from elsewhere.

Like all Southbury Public Library programs, this event is free to attend and open to anyone regardless of town of residency. Registration is required. This program sponsored by the Library Gift Fund. For more information about this program, please email Rebecca at or call the reference desk at 203-262-0626 ext 130.



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