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Watches Of The Night (Ben Reese mystery series Book 5) [Kindle Edition]

Sally Wright
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Book Description

Ben Reese, university archivist and ex-WWII Scout, gets swept back after 17 years to unfinished business from war torn Germany when Kate Lindsay, the widow of a Ranger friend of Ben’s, receives a grisly package lost in a dead letter office since 1944. A Scots medic, and keeper of secrets, living still in a mental institution, is silenced before he can tell what he knows of the package and much else.

Hunting his killer takes Ben and Kate from America, to Scotland, to the countryside of Tuscany, where Ben has to stop the murderer from killing again while he confronts his own long time hunger to take revenge for shootings he couldn’t prevent by a U.S. Army Tech Team leader in the last year of the war.

Editorial Reviews


"Sally Wright has it pretty much mastered in her Ben Reese Series... In Pursuit and Persuasion... Wright provides nice variations on the mainstays of the whodunit: a picturesque setting, thick historical background, and an assortment of smart characters" New York Times "Wright not only provides clever leads to challenge the reader, but she has also created a strong and interesting protagonist in Reese" Publishers Weekly on Pride and Predator "Publish And Perish is put together with polish and precision. It echoes such classic writers as Dorothy L. Sayers and Ngaio Marsh" The Washington Times"

About the Author

Sally Wright is an Edgar Alan Poe Award nominated author of six Ben Reese mysteries, as well as Breeding Ground, the first Jo Grant mystery. Sally lives with her husband in rural northwestern Ohio.

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  • File Size: 456 KB
  • Print Length: 245 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007G0IQRQ
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Watches of the Night is the fifth book in Wright's series featuring university archivist Ben Reese. In the earlier books, many references are made to Ben's experiences as a scout during World War II, but readers have never been given Ben's war story. Finally, with Watches of the Night, you learn about Ben's war years.

Kate Lindsay, Ben's longtime friend, receives a most unexpected package in the mail some twenty years after it was mailed. When she opens the package, she discovers the eye of her husband who was killed in World War II. Startled to say the least and somewhat horrified by the eye, she contacts Ben who had served with her husband. Ben agrees to help Kate figure out who sent her the eye and why. While working through this strange mystery, a person who has haunted Ben's dreams becomes all to real again.

Meanwhile, professionally Ben has run into some problems at the university. Ben finds himself crosswise to the university president over a document in his possession and suffers the pain of academic politics. As a tenured archivist, he enjoys a great deal of freedom to travel and do outside work. However, both the head librarian and the president are threatening that freedom.

While Kate attempts to trace who sent her that eye, Ben is enlisted to help her locate the people involved using his skills as an archivist. Helping Kate triggers Ben's memories of the war. Through these memories, you follow Ben as he is moved from camp to camp, as he goes on a scouting mission and witnesses a horrific event during an ambush.

Wright tells Ben's story and unravels the mystery by shifting back and forth between the 1960s and 1945, following first Kate and Ben's investigation and then Ben's memories. The effect is perfect for building suspense.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Sally Wright mystery yet May 9, 2008
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All the Ben Reese mysteries are fun but this is the most satisfying. Good character development, great settings and believable twists and turns to the story. I felt like I knew Ben Reese and was confident his skill would overcome the evil Ted Mitchell. This story would make a good movie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A good, entertaining read February 18, 2010
I really like the mystery novels of Sally Wright. Her detective, Ben Reese, is a university archivist and tenured faculty member, so he gets sabbaticals for travel, study and (surprise) solving mysteries. The stories are set in the early 1960s.

In "Watches of the Night," a patient and doctor with connections to the same hospital in Britain die. One appears a suicide, the other a hiking accident. But the doctor has left behind a letter. And Reese is eventually drawn into it by his friend (and possible love interest) Kate Lindsay, only to find that he's confronting ghosts from his experiences in World War II. At the same time, he's battling political intrigue at the university, with his president aiming to get him fired.

The action moves from England and Scotland to Ohio and Kentucky, and finally to Italy. And it is in Italy that Reese will meet his war ghosts and embrace love.

Wright produces beautifully crafted stories, and "Watches of the Night" is no exception. And the reader doesn't get only a good mystery story. Along the way, you learn things, like when you sit in on an academic lecture about preservation and conservation techniques.

But it is the character of Ben Reese that's the main attraction. Modeled on an actual friend of the author's, her detective is a man of integrity and a quiet faith. This story includes details of his war experiences and serious injuries, as well as his extensive recuperation afterward.

"Watches of the Night" is a good, entertaining read.
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2.0 out of 5 stars I kept struggling to read this because…. April 20, 2014
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she tell a good story BUT you have to guess from sentence to sentence what is intended.
Her grammar is so appalling it's difficult to understand the meaning of many sentences!
This book need editing!
That being said, I believe there is an author waiting to get out and with the use of standard sentence structure and punctuation, she might be a good one!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A gripping tale of fraud, murder and revenge September 19, 2013
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In a wrenching battlefield scene from World War II, Chapter One introduces American photographer Bobby Talbott, Scottish soldier George Gunn, Scottish medic Ross McNab, American soldier Ted Mitchell and an unnamed, mortally wounded American soldier.

Mitchell has a nasty leg wound and the other soldier has a fatal chest wound. Just as Talbott snaps the shutter the soldier with the chest wound brushes his face with his hand. Talbott, who wants the photo for Stars and Stripes, swears softly and walks away rewinding his film. MacNabb hears a British soldier calling for a medic.

As MacNab moves away Mitchell checks the other American for a pulse, doesn't find one and switches dog tags with him. The question is -- why? And did MacNab see him?

The story shifts to Hillsdale, Ohio. It's 1962 and archivist Ben Reese is caught up in a bizarre mystery.

Back in 1944 someone mailed a soldier's personal effects to his widow, Kate Lindsay. The package has been in the dead letter office in St. Paul, Minn. ever since. The address is mostly a blot. The readable words are 'Physical specimen to be opened by widow.' A conscientious postman finally tracks down Kate's parents and delivers the package -- an eye floating in a bottle of preservative.

Kate was a nurse in an American hospital during World War II. Ben Reese was best man when she married Graham Lindsay, a Scottish paratrooper who was killed later at Arnhem. Kate asks Ben to help her find the person who mailed the eye, hoping he can tell her something about Graham's final days.

The question in Ben's mind: "Whoever it was, was obviously nuts. But did he like Graham, and Kate too, and think she'd want a memento? Or did he hate one, or both, and do it just to be nasty?
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Exciiting and inciteful
This is book 5 in a series but it is a good story, even without knowing all the details of people and situations mentioned. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Kindle Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars This book tells us quite a bite about Ben Reese and his war...
This is the third book I've read in this series. All have info in our hero's background in the war. This has more than usual including a bad soldier. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Unknown
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love the series
Published 9 months ago by Aloysia C. Hamalainen
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best of the Series
I've read a couple of the Ben Reese mysteries, and this particular one is one of the best. It moved quickly, had an interesting plot, and had characters that were likeable. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Tab
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the best of the Ben Reese mysteries!
This was my favorite since her first Ben Reese mystery, Publish and Perish, which is also excellent and engaging. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Anne S Fisher
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!
I got a free book, loved, the series and I've bought every other one. Great protagonist, well-researched, so you will learn a lot about history, art, and geography while enjoying a... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Twists with charm
An exciting mystery of the past and present. This story was well written in a style with language that is not over the edge or filled with four letter words.
Published 14 months ago by Deloris
3.0 out of 5 stars Storyline got off track
the storyline jumped around too much. started out about horses and ended up in Italy about murder. I would like to have seen it tied together better.
Published 14 months ago by M. GARLAND
5.0 out of 5 stars Watches of The Night
Some of Sally Wrights book I've read so long ago it's difficult to give a good review. Except to say that I know I really enjoyed and would love to read again some more Ben Reese... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Donna Grace Davis
4.0 out of 5 stars good exciting mystery
Like this book and character development was really good. The descriptions of the different places made me want to visit
Published 19 months ago by Judy Hill
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More About the Author

Wright was born obsessed with books, and started pecking-out florid adventure stories with obvious endings by the time she turned seven. She wrote and performed music in high school and college, earned a degree in oral interpretation of literature at Northwestern University, and then completed graduate work at the University of Washington. She published many biographical articles, including pieces on Malcolm Muggeridge and Nikolai Tolstoy, Leo's grandnephew, before she wrote her Ben Reese books.

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