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message 1: by Tom (new)

Tom (tommyro) | 34 comments Can anyone recommend murder mysteries, either series or stand-alones, that take place during WW2?


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David Freas (quillracer) | 2349 comments Look into Kathryn Miller Haines 's 4 book series about an actress in NYC and on a USO tour in the Pacific during WWII:
The War Against Miss Winter
The Winter Of Her Discontent
Winter In June
When Winter Returns


message 3: by Nell (last edited Dec 05, 2018 06:18AM) (new)

Nell Susan Elia MacNeal's Maggie Hope series. First one is Mr. Churchill's Secretary
Mr. Churchill's Secretary (Maggie Hope Mystery, #1) by Susan Elia MacNeal

Jacqueline Winspear's, Maise Dobbs series is set between the wars but progresses through the series.
Maisie Dobbs (Maisie Dobbs, #1) by Jacqueline Winspear

Rhys Bowen has two stand-alones - In Farleigh Field and The Tuscan Child

In Farleigh Field by Rhys Bowen The Tuscan Child by Rhys Bowen


message 4: by David (new)

David Freas (quillracer) | 2349 comments Also, although it's never specified, I always felt Raymond Chandler's Phillip Marlowe (and Dashiell Hammett's) stories took place either shortly before or right after WWII


message 5: by David (new)

David Freas (quillracer) | 2349 comments I remember, too, reading a book about a plot to assassinate Eisenhower during the war but the title escapes me at the moment. I'll see if I can track it down.


message 6: by Faith (new)

Faith | 325 comments I like the series written by James R. Benn.


message 7: by David (new)

David Lutkins Tom wrote: "Can anyone recommend murder mysteries, either series or stand-alones, that take place during WW2?"

Len Deighton wrote an interesting alternate history murder mystery that takes place during WW2: SS-GB.

I like your dog, BTW.


message 8: by Jacqueline (last edited Dec 05, 2018 08:11AM) (new)

Jacqueline (brightonreader) | 24 comments Philip Kerr's Bernie Gunther mysteries take place during the Second World War, in Germany. They're terrific, and must be read in order. The first three are collected in "Berlin Noir." These novels are so good that you'll probably end up binge-reading them.


message 9: by David (new)

David Freas (quillracer) | 2349 comments Lorenzo Carcaterra - Street Boys
Mark Frost - The Second Objective (this is the one I mentioned earlier but it is more thriller than mystery)
W. E. B. Griffin 'Men At War' Series (about the OSS – more thriller than mystery)
Alistair MacLean - The Guns Of Navarone, Where Eagles Dare, and Force 10 From Navarone (again more thriller than mystery but great stories.
M. Ruth Myers - No Game For A Dame, Tough Cookie, Don’t Dare A Dame, and Shamus In A Skirt. Set in late 30s - early 40s Dayton, OH, but WWII figures in coming books in the series.

Hope this helps.


message 10: by J.R. (new)

J.R. | 79 comments Stephen Kelly's Inspector Lamb series, set in England and billed as WW2 mysteries. Hushed in Death, published in November by Pegasus, is the most recent.


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