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Mayhem - 1st St-Cyr and Kohler Mystery,
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This review is from: Mayhem (The St-Cyr and Kohler Mysteries) (Kindle Edition)
I have long been a fan of this series, so am delighted that not only have they been released on kindle, but that there is a new book announced after a long wait. Jean-Louis St-Cyr is a detective in occupied Paris, discovering burning files when the Gestapo roll in. Despite this, he is allowed to continue his work and is now partnered with German detective Hermann Kohler. They are partners, but not equals, as Kohler has control of St-Cyr's weapon and, which probably rankles more, his car.
These books take the interesting premise of who investigated crimes during wartime and when the body of a young boy is found in a forest, the two are sent to solve the murder. St-Cyr thinks it is a crime of passion, but there are complications - the discovery of a handbag containing diamonds and the interest from Berlin about what seems "a nothing little murder". What complicates matters even more are the missing negative of a crime scene photograph showing the two detectives together, when the Resistance is looking for evidence of complicity with the enemy. As the two detectives track the crime from a nightclub, to a chateau, to an abbey and there is involvement from the SS, the Gestapo and the army, it is seems this crime may lead the detectives directly to the Russian front, in Kohler's case, or forced labour in that of St-Cyr.
There are several books in this series, the next being Carousel: A St-Cyr and Kohler Mystery. Each novel leads on to the next and they are best read in order, in my opinion. These are not easy reads - they are often quite complicated and hard to unravel. If you like the author's style, then you will find yourself immersed in his world, but if you do not then you might find the novels simply confusing and long winded. As these are on kindle, I would suggest taking advantage of the ability to download a sample and try reading a few pages before buying the book. Hopefully, you will like these novels as much as I do, as they are something quite unique and I am delighted to find them available again after being out of print for too long.