Adult Book Lists: World War I: Fiction and Mystery

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Fiction


John Boyne / FIC BOYNE
The Absolutist
After the war Tristan Sadler travels to Norwich to visit the sister of his friend, Will Bancroft, who was shot as a traitor, and to return a packet of his letters to her. Tristan recalls the horrors of his ime spent fighting in World War I and the intensity of his friendship with Will Bancroft, with whom he had a brief affair.

Gabriel Chevallier / FIC CHEVALLI
Fear: a Novel of World War I
Jean Dartemont enters World War I in 1915. After enduring the horrors of the trenches and the deadly leagues of no-man's-land stretching beyond them, Jean is wounded and hospitalized. Away from the front, he confronts the relentless blindness of the authorities and much of the general public to the hideous realities of modern, mechanized combat. Jean decides he must resist. How? By telling the simple truth.

Elizabeth Speller / FIC SPELLER
The First of July
This novel follows the lives of four very different men, Frank, Benedict, Jean-Batiste, and Harry, as their fates converge on the most terrible and destructive day of World War I, the first day of the Battle of the Somme, July 1, 1914.

Jojo Moyes / FIC MOYES
The Girl You Left Behind
Unwillingly rendered an object of obsession by the Kommandant occupying her small French town, Sophie risks everything to reunite with her husband, trading a portrait he painted of her for his freedom. A century later, Sophie's family is fighting to have the portrait returned to them by Liv Halston, the woman who had received it as a gift from her husband just before he died.

Cynthia Harrod-Eagles / FIC HARRODEA
Goodbye, Piccadilly: War at Home, 1914
In 1914, Britain faces a new kind of war. For Edward and Beatrice Hunter, their children, servants and neighbors, life will never be the same again. The once-tranquil village of Northcote reels under an influx of khaki volunteers, wounded soldiers and Belgian refugees. The war is becoming more dangerous and everyone must find a way to adapt to this rapidly changing world.

Pierre Lemaître / FIC LEMAITRE
The Great Swindle
The year is 1918 and the war on the Western Front is all but over. An ambitious officer, Lieutenant Henry D'Aulnay -Pradelle, sends two soldiers over the top of the trench and then surreptitiously shoots them in the back to incite his men to attack the German lines. He then tries to kill Albert Maillard, another soldier, who discovered what he had done. Albert is rescued by a fellow soldier, Edouard Péricourt, who is injured in the attempt. In gratitude for Edouard's rescue, Albert becomes the injured man's companion and caregiver. Finding that the postwar gratitude for the soldiers' service is nothing more than lip -service to an empty idea, the two men scramble to survive, ultimately devising a scam to take money for never-to-be-built war memorials from small towns.

David Downing / FIC DOWNING
Jack McColl Series
This series begins in 1913, as tensions are escalating between England and Germany, and concludes in 1917. Jack McColl is a Scottish luxury-car salesman, who travels around the world on business. His travels allow him to undertake the dangerous work of spying for the British navy, first as a volunteer and then as an official spy.
Jack of Spies (large print and ebook)
One Man's Flag (large print and ebook)
Lenin's Roller Coaster (ebook)

Simon Tolkien / FIC TOLKIEN
No Man's Land
Inspired by the real-life experiences of his grandfather, J. R. R. Tolkien, during World War I, Simon Tolkien delivers a perfectly rendered novel rife with class tension, period detail, and stirring action, ranging from the sharply divided society of northern England to the trenches of the Somme. Adam and his father move north to the mining town of Scarsdale after the death of his mother. Adam's life is difficult, but things look better when he becomes engaged and wins a scholarship to Oxford. Then the outbreak of war threatens to tear everything apart.

Robert Olen Butler / FIC BUTLER
The Star of Istanbul
Christopher Marlowe ("Kit") Cobb, an American war correspondent reporting on World War I, has been tasked to follow a man named Brauer, a German intellectual and possible covert SS agent, into perilous waters aboard the ship Lusitania, as the man is believed to hold information vital to the war effort. Aboard the Lusitania on its fateful voyage, Cobb becomes smitten with famed actress Selene Bourgani, who for some reason appears to be working with German Intelligence.

Helen Simonson / FIC SIMONSON
The Summer Before the War
Arriving in the village of Rye, England, in 1914, Beatrice Nash, a young woman of good family, becomes the first female teacher of Latin at the local school and falls in love with her sponsor's nephew. As the war begins, a group of Belgian refuges arrives and the young men in the village start to leave for the front.
(large print, audiobook, and ebook)

Robert Goddard / FIC GODDARD
Wide World Trilogy
This series begins during the Paris peace talks in 1919, as diplomats from around the world meet to establish terms for peace immediately following the war. Max, a veteran of the Royal Flying Corps, is drawn into the world of international espionage after his father, one of the delegates, is killed.
The Ways of the World
The Corners of the Globe

Science Fiction


Mary Robinette Kowal / FIC KOWAL
Ghost Talkers
Ginger Stuyvesant, an American heiress living in London during World War I, is a medium for the Spirit Corps, a special Spiritualist force. Ginger and her fellow mediums contribute a great deal to the war efforts, so long as they pass the information through appropriate channels. Ginger discovers the presence of a traitor but without the presence of her fiancé, Captain Benjamin Harford, to validate her findings, the top brass thinks she's just imagining things.

Ben Elton / SF ELTON
Time on Time Again
It's the 1st of June 1914 and Hugh Stanton, ex-soldier and celebrated adventurer, is quite literally the loneliest man on earth. No one he has ever known or loved has been born yet. Perhaps now they never will be. Stanton knows that a great and terrible war is coming, a collective suicidal madness that will destroy European civilization and bring misery to millions in the century to come. He knows this because, for him, that century is already history. Somehow he must change that history.

Harry Turtledove / SF TURTLEDO
Walk in Hell
This is an alternate-history novel about World War I in which the United States and the Confederate States are on opposite sides, the latter having won independ-ence during the Civil War. Complicating the Confeder-ate war effort is a socialist revolution by blacks.

Mystery


Charles Todd / MYS TODD
Bess Crawford Series
Bess Crawford is a battlefield nurse in this series that begins in on a hospital ship in 1914, at the height of the war.
A Duty to the Dead (ebook)
An Impartial Witness(large print, audiobook, and ebook)
A Bitter Truth (large print and ebook)
An Unmarked Grave (large print and ebook)
A Question of Honor (large print and ebook)
An Unwilling Accomplice (large print, audiobook, and ebook)
A Pattern of Lies (large print and ebook)
The Shattered Tree (large print)

Anne Perry / MYS PERRY
Reavley Series
This series features four siblings in the Reavley family in Cambridge, England. It begins in 1914 with the death of their parents under suspicious circumstances related to the military intelligence service. These mysteries combine the quiet life of the English countryside with the involvement of the main characters in the war, and the horrors they experience as it continues.
No Graves As Yet (large print)
Shoulder the Sky
Angels in the Gloom (large print)
At Some Disputed Barricade (large print)
We Shall Not Sleep (large print and audiobook)

Jacqueline Winspear / MYS WINSPEAR
Maise Dobbs Series
Maisie Dobbs was a student at Cambridge until she went overseas to become a nurse during the Great War. After the war she trained as a detective and opened her own agency, but her cases keep leading her back to the war.
Maisie Dobbs (large print and ebook)
Birds of a Feather (ebook)
Pardonable Lies (audiobook and ebook)
Messenger of Truth (audiobook and ebook)
An Incomplete Revenge (large print and audiobook)
Among the Mad (audiobook)
The Mapping of Love and Death (large print)
A Lesson in Secrets (large print and ebook)
Elegy for Eddie
Leaving Everything Most Loved (ebook)
A Dangerous Place (large print and audiobook)
Journey to Munich (large print, audiobook, and ebook)
In This Grave Hour (large print, audiobook, and ebook)