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Bruno and the Carol Singers (Bruno, Chief of Police #5.5)

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Martin Walker has created a delightful, internationally acclaimed series of mysteries featuring Bruno, chief of police of the small French village of St. Denis.
“A gentle reminder to slow down and smell the grapes” says The New York Times Book Review.
In this exclusive eBook, St. Denis is experiencing its coldest winter in years—bringing the promise of snow and shared ch
ebook, 27 pages
Published December 18th 2012 by Vintage (first published January 1st 2012)
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First Sentence: The last market day before Christmas in the small French town of St. Denis was unusually cold.

St. Denis police chief Bruno Courréges is multi-tasking, as usual. He’s organizing carolers, playing Father Christmas and preparing for a Christmas feast. In spite of the freezing weather, all is going well…until money raised for charity goes missing.

Lately, it hasn’t been easy finding a good Christmas story that is both enjoyable yet not too saccharine. Walker has done the trick.

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Anne Hawn Smith
This was just a short story, so I can't really say what the series is like. I did like what I read.
Dec 02, 2013 Jane rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I started this book and was ploughing through nicely waiting for some excitement but I felt let down, even with the ending. Bruno is a good citizen of St Denis and does his best to keep crime down to a minimum. If petty crimes are all he gets in his town then he is doing pretty well. I know this is a Christmas story and it should be happy and positive but when you read a crime book you expect a satisfactory outcome. But I wanted to know where does it go from here? What happens to the prisoner? S ...more
Jan 08, 2016 Jonathan rated it liked it
Basically a short sweet story, ends a bit abruptly and too easily for this reader, but it seems to have been intended as an inexpensive gift for devotees of his series. For the story alone I would give a 3.

But wait, there's more!
The online only format makes sense as the "volume" includes a rather substantial travel guide to the Dordogne which should not be overlooked if one is considering going there for real, and not just enjoying the sights and cuisine of the Perigord vicariously through th
Mar 06, 2013 Nancy added it
In this exclusive eBook, St. Denis is experiencing its coldest winter in years—bringing the promise of snow and shared chocolats chauds in the village’s cafés—and Bruno is occupied with his Christmastime duties. From organizing carolers to playing Father Christmas for the local schoolchildren, Bruno has his hands full . . . at least until some funds raised for charity go missing. Then it’s up to Bruno to save the day (and perhaps manage a Christmas miracle) in this charming holiday installment o ...more
This is a light fun seasonal short story as a bonus to the Bruno, Chief of Police series of crime novels.
This one is light on the crime side and leans more towards capturing the Christmas spirit in Bruno's town of St. Denis. It comes with the recipe for Christmas goose a la Bruno, the preparation of which is incorporated into the story :D
Available only in eBook editions, the Kindle version comes with the 1st chapter of the very first novel Bruno, Chief Of Police which makes for a nice refresher
Jul 25, 2013 HBalikov rated it liked it
The French are different from any other people. And I say vive la différence. Martin Walker has found a geographical spot that suits him very well. The Périgord is a region of France where life moves as a more leisurely pace. That is certainly so in St. Denis where Bruno is the sole force of law and order in a small village.

This is a slight story more suitable for those who have read a previous "Bruno tale" or two. For me, it was an evening's read on a hot July night when thinking about snow and
Dec 10, 2012 Emma rated it really liked it
Would you like a very quick cute warm mystery to help you get into the Christmas mood, and if I specify that Bruno and the Carol Singers is set in France, would you resist any longer? Well, you have no excuse to resist, as this is a very neat story. No big plot, no big splashes of blood, just a cozy mystery that highlights what Christmas is.

This is the first time I read anything by Martin Walker. I like his main character, Bruno the gentle village cop, definitely NOT the usual French cop you mee
Lelia Taylor
Dec 12, 2012 Lelia Taylor rated it liked it
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In this appealing short story, Christmas has come to St. Denis and Bruno is right in the middle of the festivities when he gets a call about a paroled convict who has disappeared from the town where he was living while he completed the last months of his sentence. His ex-wife and son now live in St. Denis, hence the call to Bruno. Is this man bent on harming his family or will Bruno be able to pull off a Christmas miracle?

Fans of Bruno will feel right at home with this French municipal policeman
Mar 07, 2013 Shannon rated it it was ok
This is a $1.99 ebook only. It's a nice litte story but I find these short story ebooks far too expensive for what you get. At least with the ones Michael Connelly put out there were a few short stories there. This one focuses on a new resident who's ex-husband leaves supervised parole or jail to see his son at Christmas. Not enough time to build up and really give a hoot whether he does or not and what Bruno does about it.
Dec 06, 2014 Jane rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Someone wanting comforting, cosy, easy Christmassy short story.
Short, cheap and quite comfy!

Sweet, but uninteresting; a bit like a women's mag story (I hope that doesn't sound sexist), which have an established role in many people's lives.

I live in Brittany and don't see local life through such rose-coloured spectacles. The bit about the Probation Officer's role seems extremely unlikely.

Not trying to put it down - a Christmasy, cosy story, but just not for me.
Dec 21, 2015 Susan rated it liked it
A cold winter and the village of St. Denis is celebrating a very French Christmas with Chief of Police Bruno is playing Father Christmas. But his friend the “mad Englishwoman,” Pamela misses carol singers, so Bruno organizes a Yule choir and uses the opportunity to raise some funds for the Red Cross. A pleasant short story that would have been even better with a little fuller development.
Kirsten *Make Margaret Atwood Fiction Again!"
Part of my Christmas 2013 reading. A nice little e-book and park of the Bruno series, which I really enjoy.

Christmas in the French countryside. A little mystery (just a little larceny and no bloodshed) and wonderful characters.

Very light, not much character development. But wonderful for reading while listening to Bach's Christmas Cantatas.
Dec 11, 2012 Kathy rated it really liked it
The Bruno Chief of Police series by Martin Walker is an excellent one set in the Perigord region of France. Bruno and the Carol Singers is a short ebook that releases on December 18th just in time for Christmas. While it is a short story it portrays France in Perigord at Christmastime in a realistic manner. The story is quaint and heartwarming. A lovely Christmas read.
Tom Kauley
Dec 28, 2014 Tom Kauley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great sense of place

A fun read with interesting characters and a wonderful sense of place. The author generously gives us a special gift by providing all the information to plan a lovely visit to the area. Thank you.
Rebecca McNutt
Jan 30, 2016 Rebecca McNutt rated it really liked it
This is the first time I've read one of the between-novel stories in the Bruno, Chief of Police series, and I really liked it. Set in rural France as usual, this book is short but very well-written.
More a short short story, it was over before it got started. Insp Bruno is wise and solves a problem in the best possible way.
Oct 27, 2014 Jacqueline rated it really liked it
Very, very short though there's a great travel guide for the area at the end. It's nice to spend even a short time in St Denis with Bruno.
Dec 19, 2012 Donna rated it really liked it
The is an Inspector Bruno Christmas short story. A delightful Christmas story about second chances and parenthood and forgiveness. It's an ebook on Amazon.
Vicki Seldon
Dec 31, 2015 Vicki Seldon rated it it was amazing
A simple and very sweet story set in rural France. It has food and wine, Carol singers, village characters and an act of mercy at Christmas time. Cozy in the best sense.
Susan Springer
May 19, 2015 Susan Springer rated it liked it
Bruno is literally and figuratively Père Noel in this short story
about an imprisoned father who will do almost anything to see his young son at Christmas. We love you Bruno!
Paul Simmonds
Jan 11, 2016 Paul Simmonds rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good as always

Just love Bruno. Always an interesting story with lot's of additional facts about life in France and yummy food and drinks

May 21, 2016 Mainer207 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle
A cute little look into Christmas in St. Denis. More food and wine and a tiny mystery. Ends abruptly but it is a short story. I love Bruno.
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Martin Walker is the U.S. bureau chief for The Guardian (London), a regular commentator for CNN, and a columnist for newspapers in the United States, Europe, and Moscow. A published novelist and poet, he lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife, the novelist Julia Watson, and their two daughters.

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