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Watches of the Night (Ben Reese #5)

3.84  ·  Rating Details ·  87 Ratings  ·  17 Reviews
A Ben Reese Mystery - Ben Reese, university archivist and part-time investigator, is alarmed when his old friend Kate Lindsay receives a disturbing package. It contains her husbands eyeball, retrieved from the front line and posted arriving twenty years later. Kate needs some answers so decides to visit veteran Ross MacNab, but when MacNab commits suicide hours before she ...more
Hardcover, 245 pages
Published May 1st 2008 by Severn House Publishers
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Jan 31, 2009 Nikki rated it really liked it
Shelves: mysteries, fiction
Why have I not encountered Sally Wright's writing before? I recently got a copy of Watches of the Night, her fifth mystery featuring college archivist and ex-WWII scout Ben Reese, and I'll definitely be seeking out the first four and hoping for more.

The time setting of this book is one that is not often encountered. The "contemporary" section is set in 1961 and 1962, with the flashbacks going back to 1945. Each segment is given a date, which prevents confusion. The geographical settings range fr
Jan 21, 2009 Jon rated it it was ok
I got this one from the library strictly on Nikki's strong recommendation, and while I thought it was OK, I certainly wasn't as thrilled as she was. While she enjoyed the multiple locations, I found them fairly gratuitous. I thought hopping back and forth in time was enough and that the multiplicity of locales added little. I was a little bothered that characters blithely made Xerox copies in 1961, when it was actually cutting-edge technology few people had even heard of. On the other hand, the ...more
Feb 03, 2013 ladydusk rated it really liked it
Own on Kindle.

I started this one shortly after finishing Out of the Ruins. It took me a little longer than other reading as I got distracted by an Elisabeth Elliott book and my friend Mystie's book at the same time.

I also have to admit that I was more tentative because I knew the climax was going to be, if not frightening, difficult reading. I care about these characters at this point and don't want to see them harmed and the villain was very villainous.

Wright let you know early that the danger
Mar 25, 2014 Ed rated it really liked it
#5 in the Ben Reese series. Reese was a much wounded Army scout during WWII and 15 years later is an archivist at a small private college in Ohio. While solving a murder in Scotland, Pursuit and Persuasion (2000), he encounters Kate, an old acquaintance and the widow of a friend killed in the war. While she is visiting him on a jobsite in North Carolina, Out of the Ruins (2003), she receives word that a package with effects of her husband have been delivered to her mother's home. The package ...more
Sep 06, 2008 Kerry rated it it was ok
We read this book for book group, and then actually had the book discussion with the Author! I think Sally Wright does a lot of research for her books, and it is evident in her character development, but the book didn't flow for me. I found myself wanting to just get through it instead of getting lost in it. There were moments where I felt a connection, but then she would lose me again with too much description.
On the positive side, the book was very clean.
Jan 21, 2009 Beth rated it really liked it
I really enjoy the archivist Ben Reese series. In this book, the plot dives back in time to Reese's service as a WWII scout so it's a nice blend of past and present (present as in the 1960s). I know that Wright bases the Reese character on an archivist she knew, but as a current, practicing archivist, it is strange to read about an archivist who seems more like a conservator in a museum, as he deals very little with actual papers and more with objects. But, that's my only gripe!
Dec 20, 2008 Cyndi rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
The main character is likable and believable. I turned the pages because I wanted to see what happened to him. The plot was fine, except for a remarkable number of coincidences. The plot presentation seemed to be aimed at a dense audience (there was repetition of facts...I got it the first time).
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Apr 25, 2011 Edward Trujillo rated it liked it
Shelves: crime
I may read more of this series to get a better feel about the relationship between Ben and Kate Lindsay. The ending left me questioning their relationshi. I thought the ending somewhat contrived and too pat
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Apr 20, 2014 Andy Plonka rated it really liked it
This historical mystery series takes place during WWII and the 1960's (or at least this entry does). It features Ben Reece, an archivist who has memories of events that happened during his tour of duty in Europe which have consequences for him in the 60's
Aug 13, 2014 Monica rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
A very enjoyable read. I could not get into Pride and Predator - may need to read again. I enjoy the archivist part of the stories -- I wish she would go into more story line with that.
Mar 04, 2014 Margie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jan 13, 2009 Suzanne rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Dad, Andrew
Shelves: mysteries
Reading this for Mystery Book Club theme - WWII. I really enjoyed this complex, meaty story. Loved Ben Reese and will definitely check out the four prior books in the series.
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