Check out My Photos for a selection of pictures taken at the September 5th Book Launch Party for BLOOD ALONE. Over eighty people attended and were treated to a slide show of Sicily photos, featuring the settings for Blood Alone. Also, my wife Debbie Mandel cooked up a storm and provided homemade Sicilian baked goods to help set the mood. Sicilian wine, Italian beer, good conversations and lots of books sold and signed - it was a great party! Photos courtesy of Mischa Lassow.
Added by James R. Benn on September 13, 2008 at 9:00am —
Anyone in the neighborhood is invited to the Book Launch Party for BLOOD ALONE, the newest Billy Boyle WWII Mystery:
Friday, September 5, 2008, 7:00 p.m.
Lyme Public Library
Route 156 (Hamburg Road)
Book talk, refreshments (Siclian wine and baked goods), book sales & signing!
Added by James R. Benn on August 29, 2008 at 5:46am —
I'm very happy to report that BLOOD ALONE is now the September Mystery of the Month in Bookpage, the book review magazine distributed to over 3,000 libraries and bookstores. Check out a copy! From the review:
"Blood Alone is an intriguing blend of history and fiction, superbly crafted and paced, easily the best period mystery I’ve read in quite some time."
And, BLOOD ALONE is an INDIE NEXT pick for October (Indie Next replaces Book Sense, the independent bookstore website).
Added by James R. Benn on August 19, 2008 at 10:19am —
Early reviews are in for BLOOD ALONE, the third in the Billy Boyle mystery series. See what Kirkus and PW have had to say, along with a great blurb from Joe Finder:
Another bracing cocktail of period action with a whodunit chaser from the increasingly authoritative Benn.
Characterization and atmosphere carry Benn's third WWII mystery, a convincing blend of fact and fiction...a fine job of depicting a dusty, poverty-stricken Sicily, where warm loyalty… Continue
Added by James R. Benn on July 13, 2008 at 12:27am —
I'll be attending my first Bouchercon in Baltimore, October 9 - 12, 2008. I'm very excited to finally make it to this storied gathering of mystery readers, writers, and assorted hangers-on. See you in the bar.
Added by James R. Benn on March 2, 2008 at 1:45am —
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Added by James R. Benn on September 24, 2007 at 2:08am —
Added by James R. Benn on September 9, 2007 at 2:03am —
The Book Launch Party for "The First Wave" will be 9/2/07, Lyme Public Library, Lyme, CT, at 3:00 p.m.
Since the series takes place during WWII, I thought it would be
interesting to find some WWII Reenactors to attend, in combat and dress
uniforms of the period. Turned out it was suprisingly easy to
find them close by (the preferred term is Living Historian, but
reenactor is also used and widely understood). We'll have two or
three fellows from the 26th Infantry… Continue
Added by James R. Benn on August 14, 2007 at 8:44am —
Received a fine review in Publisher's Weekly! Interesting how often reviewers get the details wrong. Diana is not Billy's ex-girlfriend, for instance. I wonder how well they actually read the book. And I'm surprised at the degree to which they contradict each other; the Booklist review commented that the villain was easy to spot. In PW, the reviewer says the suspect was hard to determine! Oh well, it's an art, not a science.
"In Benn’s high-spirited second WWII… Continue
Added by James R. Benn on July 24, 2007 at 11:33pm —
Exciting news coming in this week. THE FIRST WAVE has been
selected as a Book Sense Notable title for September 2007. This
followed a great starred review in Library Journal. Now, I have
my first TV interview lined up, with an ABC affiliate in New Haven,
CT. It's for a Saturday morning show, 7:15 a.m. (and I live
an hour away). It ain't Ophra, but a writer's got to start
somewhere! Will probably be September 1st; I'll confirm here when
I know more. Continue
Added by James R. Benn on July 20, 2007 at 9:01am —