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Book Launch Party Photos

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 — No Comments

BOOK LAUNCH PARTY!

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)
Lyme, Connecticut

Book talk, refreshments (Siclian wine and baked goods), book sales & signing!

Added by James R. Benn on August 29, 2008 at 5:46am — 1 Comment

BOOKPAGE & INDIE NEXT

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 — No Comments

BLOOD ALONE Reviews

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.

—Kirkus Reviews



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 — No Comments

Bouchercon 2008

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.

Jim

Added by James R. Benn on March 2, 2008 at 1:45am — No Comments

New York Times article (Connecticut/Region Section) 9/23/07

For Writer, ‘Uncle Ike’ Hits a Nerve





Deborah Mandel















Published: September 23, 2007




















LYME…

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Added by James R. Benn on September 24, 2007 at 2:08am — No Comments

New York Times Book Review 9/9/07

A Brave Heart





























Published: September 9,…
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Added by James R. Benn on September 9, 2007 at 2:03am — No Comments

"Living Historians" to appear at Book Launch Party

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 — No Comments

Publisher's Weekly Review of "The First Wave"

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…

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Added by James R. Benn on July 24, 2007 at 11:33pm — No Comments

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 …

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.
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Added by James R. Benn on July 20, 2007 at 9:01am — No Comments

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