I chose this mystery to read aloud with my guy, whose father served during WWII in the European theater. Although Billy, son of a cop, and former cop himself, is from Boston, I could tell my Brooklyn born guy was interested.
Sent to England by his uncle Ike, (this is fiction), to suss out a spy, Billy finds himself with a couple of murder victims in tow. Billy’s dialogue is snappy and filled with Americanisms which raise a few eyebrows and multiple questions, especially from the Polish aristocratic captain assigned to work with him. Because the idioms are explained, this book and the others in the series are a potentially fun learning tool for the advanced ESL student.
This is definitely a character driven mystery with a side focus on language.