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Bellringer (St. Cyr & Kohler #13)

3.12 of 5 stars 3.12  ·  rating details  ·  24 ratings  ·  6 reviews
The highly anticipated 13th novel in the long running St. Cyr and Kohler series. A fan favorite for serious mystery readers.

Before the war, the hotels of Vittel hosted the wealthiest members of French society. Now, in the winter of 1943, two of France’s most luxurious resorts have been converted into an internment camp for British and American women who failed to escape t
Paperback, 334 pages
Published June 5th 2012 by (first published January 1st 2012)
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Otto Penzler
Beauty never guarantees safety, and that could not be truer regarding the luxurious Vittel resort town. During the Second World War, France’s wealthiest deserted the resort, and the place was made into an internment camp for British and American women who failed to flee the area after Germany’s invasion. When a prisoner’s stabbed and decaying body is discovered, inspectors Jean-Louis St-Cyr and Hermann Kohler are certain that Vittel is undergoing an even more violent transformation. The once bea ...more
Sally Buchannan
A vintage French resort bombarded by the strife of war becomes a scene for murder and mayhem, and when an innocent woman is found dead there, no one can imagine the conspiracy that lies behind her killing. "Bellringer" is the 13th in Janes's St-Cyr and Kohler series, but it is such a strong story, it could be read in isolation of the other twelve (which are also great). To readers who love murder mysteries set against the backdrop of 20th century military history, you will love reading this book ...more
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I thought that the setting and the plot of this book was very interesting. I had never heard of what had happened in these hotels and was very intrigued. The relationship between the 2 detectives also kept me reading.

My main problem with this book was that it doesn't give you much background of these two men.(I realized later that this book was apart of a long running series, but usually in the first two chapters there will be a little recap of characte
I received this book through the GoodReads Giveaway.

Have you ever had a book that you had to force yourself to finish? This book was like that for me.
I'm pretty bummed because I enjoy period fiction, mysteries, foreign lands and cultures. This book had all of that, but it was put together in such a confusing, cluttered manner that it was not enjoyable to me at all. If I hadn't received this as a giveaway and felt a committment to finish reading it, this would have been an abandoned book early on
Unfortunately, I was pretty disappointed with this novel. The synopsis caught my attention and led me to try it in the first place, but I struggled to get through it. The premise is interesting; a mixture of history and suspense is definitely carried throughout the novel. However, the mystery seemed to drag on too long. I was expecting there to be some sort of a separate side story in addition to the focus on the women in the internment camp. Instead, the story became bogged down in some tedious ...more
I didn't like this novel nearly as much as I've liked others of Janes's books, largely because of the setting of this story. As always I like St. Cyr and Kohler, but an internment camp for British and American women holds little appeal. It's the pettiness of the squabbles and irritations, which is exactly what they would be in such close confinement with the added harassment of the SS commandant. Petulance, immaturity, greed, the constant grind of disparate personalities--Janes does a wonderful ...more
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J. Robert Janes is a mystery author best known for writing historical thrillers. Born in Toronto, he holds degrees in mining and geology, and worked as an engineer, university professor, and textbook author before he began writing fiction. In 1992, Janes published Mayhem, the first in the long-running St-Cyr and Kohler series for which he is best known. These police procedurals set in Nazi-occupie ...more
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