Reader Review: Bruno lives in an idyllic French village and his one goal in life is to keep it that way. Unfortunately there are problems with the French right wing, bureaucrats and a murder. This is really an good debut for a mystery series with good characters, fine dining a little romance and a good detective story to top it off.
Meet BenoÎt CourrÈges, aka Bruno, a policeman in a small village in the South of France. He’s a former soldier who has embraced the pleasures and slow rhythms of country life. He has a gun but never wears it; he has the power to arrest but never uses it. But then the murder of an elderly North African who fought in the French army changes all that. Now Bruno must balance his beloved routines—living in his restored shepherd’s cottage, shopping at the local market, drinking wine, strolling the countryside—with a politically delicate investigation. He’s paired with a young policewoman from Paris and the two suspect anti-immigrant militants. As they learn more about the dead man’s past, Bruno’s suspicions turn toward a more complex motive.
This edition includes an excerpt from Martin Walker's The Devil's Cave.
Bonus material! Martin Walker is often asked by his readers for vacation recommendations in the area where his best-selling series is set. In "A Perfect Weekend in Perigord," Walker shares his itinerary for an ideal vacation in this picturesque region.
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|Title of eBook: Bruno, Chief of Police||Series: Bruno, , #1|
|Release Date: 03-24-2009|
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Bruno, Chief of Police
On a bright May morning, so early that the last of the mist was still lingering low over a bend in the Vézère River, a white van drew to a halt on the ridge that overlooked the small French town. A man climbed out, strode to the edge of the road and stretched mightily as he admired the familiar view of St. Denis. The town emerged from the lush green of the trees and meadows like a tumbled heap of treasure; the golden stone of the buildings, the ruby red tiles of the rooftops and the silver curve of the river running through it. The houses clustered down the slope and around the main square of the Hôtel de Ville where the council chamber, its Mairie, and the office of the town’s own policeman perched above the thick stone columns that framed the covered market. The grime of three centuries only lately scrubbed away, its honey-colored stone glowed richly in the morning sun.
On the far side of the square stood the venerable church, its thick walls and squat tower a reminder of the ages past when churches, too, were part of the town’s defenses, guarding the river crossing and the approach to the great stone bridge. A great “N” carved into the rock above the central of the three arches asserted that the bridge had been rebuilt on the orders of Napoleon himself. This did not greatly impress the town’s inhabitants, who knew that the upstart emperor had but restored a bridge their ancestors had first built five centuries earlier. And now it had been established that the first bridge over their river dated from Roman times. Across the river stretched the new part of town, the Crédit Agricole bank and its parking lot, the supermarket and the rugby stadium discreetly ...
Title: Bruno, Chief of Police September 8, 2011 Bruno lives in an idyllic French village and his one goal in life is to keep it that way. Unfortunately there are problems with the French right wing, bureaucrats and a murder.
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Good small town mystery, French town.
This is really an good debut for a mystery series with good characters, fine dining a little romance and a good detective story to top it off.
September 8, 2011
Bruno lives in an idyllic French village and his one goal in life is to keep it that way. Unfortunately there are problems with the French right wing, bureaucrats and a murder.
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