Comes the War, the second in the Eddie Harkins series which began with Blame the Dead published last year follows Harkins, a Military Police officer who’s tasked with solving murder mysteries against the backdrop of World War II. To get you ready for Comes the War, Ed Ruggero’s latest, here’s a list of more thrilling books set in WWII.
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The Milkweed Triptych by Ian Tregillis
This thrilling series by Ian Tregillis explores an alternative WWII where the Nazis have supermen and the British have demons. Book one, Bitter Seeds, follows Raybould Marsh, a British secret agent, as he tries to rally support against the Germans. Book two, The Coldest War, explores the nuclear conflict following this version of WWII, and book three, Necessary Evil, has Marsh travelling back to WWII to save humanity from aliens who are watching the war.
A Midwinter’s Tale by Andrew M. Greeley is the first in the Family Saga series following the O’Malley family, an Irish American family. Charles “Chucky” Cronin O’Malley is stationed in Germany after the end of WWII where he meets and falls in love with Trudi, all while the two try to avoid smugglers, black marketeers, border patrols, and even the US Army.
This ALA award-winning YA novel by Andrew Fukuda explores the effects of WWII’s impact on Japanese Americans, specifically Alex Maki who fosters an unlikely friendship in his pen pal from France, Charlie Lévy. As the war looms, they hold onto the hope found in each other’s letters.
Even though this is the ninth installment in the Irish Country series, the author, Patrick Taylor, takes us back to before the events of the first book, An Irish Country Doctor, to explore Doctor O’Reilly’s life as a medic during WWII, while also cycling back to two decades later where life seems to be on repeat with an outbreak of German measles, the odd tropical disease, and secrets threatening his new life.
And of course, before you can truly enjoy Comes the War by Ed Ruggero, you should read the first in the series, Blame the Dead, detailing Eddie Harkins first brush with investigating a murder mystery at the US Army’s 11th Field Hospital. While book two takes place in England, book one is set in America, where the former Philadelphia beat cop is from, though both are imbued with intrigue and suspicion intrinsic only to World War II politics.
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