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

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Length: 245 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

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"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"

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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: 687 KB
  • Print Length: 245 pages
  • Publication Date: February 27, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007G0IQRQ
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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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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Armchair Interviews on July 1, 2008
Format: Hardcover
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 By Patricia H. Salomon on 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Glynn Young VINE VOICE on February 18, 2010
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pat Browning on 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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