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Watches Of The Night (Ben Reese mystery series Book 5) by [Wright, Sally]
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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 LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007G0IQRQ
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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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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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Ben Reese is at it again in his latest suspenseful adventure. This time crime novelist Sally Wright takes readers on a sweeping historical journey from 1945 to 1962 over two continents. It is a vast undertaking and in the hands of a lesser write could have been a disaster. I am pleased to note strongly, this is an outstanding novel.

First are the characters. From the intriguing Ben Reese and his fellow army scouts to Raimondo Ricciardi, the Italian Vatican scholar, Wright sketches strong precise lines placing her characters in logical elegant settings that enhance the story and the context. Then comes the setting. Moving from the horrors of the second world war to the relative peace of a small Midwestern university in such a way that firm connections and motivations stir similar emotions is quite a feat and Wright accomplishes this more than once in the novel. The result is a novel well rooted in places where the action fits tightly.

The plot is first rate and if the author occasionally strays into meditative ruminations, those asides tend to only momentarily slow the pace.

The story has its roots in incidents on the Western Front in 1945. Germany is crumbling and the Allies are desperate to acquire as much technology from the German scientific community as possible. Frequent forays behind German lines to collect data and experimental results occur almost constantly. In spite of the considerable dangers, Army scouts lead technical teams into the field. Ben Reese is one such scout. He discovers the possibility that the technical leader of one such team is working more assiduously for his personal gain than for the broader mission. Has he become a murderer?
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