Bruno Chief of Police

Bruno  Chief of Police
Author: Martin Walker
Publsiher: Alfred a Knopf Incorporated
Total Pages: 273
Release: 2009
ISBN 10: 0307270173
ISBN 13: 9780307270177
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Bruno Chief of Police Book Review:

Walker pens the first in a wonderful new series that follows the exploits of Benoit Courreges, affectionately nicknamed Bruno, the chief of police in a small French village in the South of France where the rituals of the caf still rule.

Fatal Pursuit

Fatal Pursuit
Author: Martin Walker
Publsiher: Vintage
Total Pages: 320
Release: 2016-06-21
ISBN 10: 1101946792
ISBN 13: 9781101946794
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Fatal Pursuit Book Review:

The eleventh installment in the delightful, internationally acclaimed series featuring Chief of Police Bruno. A pair of murders, a romance, and rivals in pursuit of a long-lost vintage car make for another mystery for Bruno, chief of police. It’s the start of summer, and Bruno’s found himself the last-minute replacement navigator in a car rally race. The event has attracted a spate of outsiders with deep pockets, big egos and, in the case of one young Englishman, an intriguing story about a lost Bugatti Type 57C. Having disappeared somewhere in France during World War II, and worth millions of dollars, it’s among the most beautiful cars ever made, driving its pursuers mad with greed. When a local scholar turns up dead, Bruno suspects unnatural causes. Still, while life may offer its challenges—often in the form of distractingly comely Parisiennes—there is always time for a good bottle and a home-cooked meal.

The Shooting at Chateau Rock

The Shooting at Chateau Rock
Author: Martin Walker
Publsiher: Vintage
Total Pages: 320
Release: 2020-05-26
ISBN 10: 0525656669
ISBN 13: 9780525656661
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Shooting at Chateau Rock Book Review:

It’s summer in the Dordogne and the heirs of a modest sheep farmer learn that they have been disinherited. Their father’s estate has been sold to an insurance company in return for a policy that will place him in a five-star retirement home for the rest of his life. But the farmer dies before he can move in. Was it a natural death? Or was there foul play? Chief of Police Bruno Courrèges is soon on the case, embarking on an investigation that will lead him to several shadowy insurance companies owned by a Russian oligarch with a Cypriot passport. The arrival of the oligarch’s daughter in the Périgord only further complicates one of Bruno’s toughest cases yet. It will take all of his resolve and quick thinking to untangle the truth in a mystery that will reach its deadly denouement at the château of an aging rock star. But in true Bruno fashion, at least lunchtime is never in danger.

The Templars Last Secret

The Templars  Last Secret
Author: Martin Walker
Publsiher: Vintage
Total Pages: 336
Release: 2017-06-13
ISBN 10: 1101946814
ISBN 13: 9781101946817
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Templars Last Secret Book Review:

When a woman’s body is found at the foot of a cliff near the idyllic French town of St. Denis, chief of police Bruno Courrèges suspects a connection to the great ruin that stands above: a long-ago Knights Templar stronghold. With the help of Amélie, a young newcomer to the Dordogne, Bruno learns that the dead woman was an archaeologist searching for a religious artifact of incredible importance. And her ties to Islamic terrorists—not to mention the return of an old flame of Bruno’s, who is assigned to work with him on the case—only heightens the pressure to unravel the centuries-old mystery. As Bruno works to connect the tangled threads of past and present, he nonetheless finds time, naturellement, to enjoy the wine, food, and beauty of the Périgord region.

Black Diamond

Black Diamond
Author: Martin Walker
Publsiher: Vintage
Total Pages: 320
Release: 2011-08-30
ISBN 10: 030770145X
ISBN 13: 9780307701459
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Black Diamond Book Review:

The third installment in thed elightful, internationally acclaimed series featuring Chief of Police Bruno. Something dangerous is afoot in St. Denis. In the space of a few weeks, the normally sleepy village sees attacks on Vietnamese vendors, arson at a local Asian restaurant, subpar truffles from China smuggled into outgoing shipments at a nearby market—all of it threatening the Dordogne’s truffle trade, worth millions of dollars each year, and all of it spelling trouble for Benoît “Bruno” Courrèges, master chef, devoted oenophile, and, most important, beloved chief of police. When one of his hunting partners, a noted truffle expert, is murdered, Bruno’s investigation into the murky events unfolding around St. Denis becomes infinitely more complicated. His friend wasn’t just a connoisseur of French delicacies, he was a former high-profile intelligence agent—and someone wanted him dead. As the strange crimes continue, Bruno’s detective work takes him from sunlit markets to dim cafés, from luxurious feasts to tense negotiations—from all of the paradisial pleasures of the region to its shadowy underworld—and reunites him with a lost love, an ambitious policewoman also assigned to the case. Filled with an abundance of food and wine (including, bien sûr, many, many truffles) and a soupçon of romance, Black Diamond is a deliciously entertaining concoction that delivers all the complexity and delights of the Dordogne itself.

The Body in the Castle Well

The Body in the Castle Well
Author: Martin Walker
Publsiher: Vintage
Total Pages: 352
Release: 2020-04-16
ISBN 10: 0525435727
ISBN 13: 9780525435723
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Body in the Castle Well Book Review:

When Claudia, a young American, turns up dead in the courtyard of an ancient castle in Bruno's jurisdiction, her death is assumed to be an accident related to opioid use. But her doctor persuades Bruno that things may not be so simple. Thus begins an investigation that leads Bruno to Monsieur de Bourdeille, the scholar with whom the girl had been studying, and then through that man's past. He is a renowned art historian who became extraordinarily wealthy through the sale of paintings that may have been falsely attributed--or so Claudia suggested shortly before her death. In his younger days, Bourdeille had aided the Resistance and been arrested by a Vichy policeman whose own life story also becomes inexorably entangled with the case. Also in the mix is a young falconer who works at the Château des Milandes, the former home of fabled jazz singer Josephine Baker. In the end, of course, Bruno will tie all the loose threads together and see that justice is served--along with a generous helping of his signature Périgordian cuisine.

The Dordogne Mysteries Bruno Chief of Police the early cases

The Dordogne Mysteries  Bruno  Chief of Police  the early cases
Author: Martin Walker
Publsiher: Hachette UK
Total Pages: 400
Release: 2017-11-16
ISBN 10: 1787472930
ISBN 13: 9781787472938
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Dordogne Mysteries Bruno Chief of Police the early cases Book Review:

The first three cases for Bruno, Chief of Police of St Denis in the Dordogne. The perfect escapist read for a winter's night. 'The Maigret of the Dordogne' - Antony Beevor DEATH IN THE DORDOGNE Bruno investigates the death of a local North African patriarch, in a case whose solution may lie in that most fraught part of recent French history: the Second World War. St Denis was part of Vichy France, with a strong Resistance movement. Will the people of St Denis allow Bruno to dig up their past in order to find the killer? THE DARK VINEYARD A Californian wine producer is planning to set up a wine-making business in the St Denis valley. The locals aren't happy, and when a violent death occurs at the vineyard, Bruno will have to draw on all his local knowledge to reach the truth. BLACK DIAMOND The black truffles of the Dordogne are world-famous and extremely valuable. But their price is being driven down by cheaper, adulterated truffles from China, and it seems Chinese organised crime is behind the fraud. A vicious murder in St Denis points Bruno in the direction of the scam. Will he be able to sniff out the culprit, and find the killer? 'A satisfyingly intriguing, wish-you-were-here read' Guardian

A Market Tale

A Market Tale
Author: Martin Walker
Publsiher: Vintage
Total Pages: 32
Release: 2014-12-02
ISBN 10: 1101873973
ISBN 13: 9781101873977
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Market Tale Book Review:

The eighth installment in the delightful, internationally acclaimed series featuring Chief of Police Bruno. Between the seventeenth-century mairie and the stone bridge over the river that winds through town, the village of St. Denis hosts its weekly market, as well-stocked with local gossip as with fresh produce and pâtés. As summer blooms, the newest talk of the town is the rapport between Kati, a Swiss tourist, and Marcel, a popular stall owner whom Kati meets over his choice strawberries. None are happier than police chief Bruno to see Marcel, a young widower, interested in love again, but as his friend’s romance deepens, Bruno senses trouble in the form of Marcel’s meddlesome sister Nadette. Even as Kati begins to put down roots in St. Denis, vending her delicious baking in the market, it seems the overbearing Nadette will stop at nothing to make her feel unwelcome. When her schemes reach the limits of law, Bruno takes it upon himself to set things right. An eBook short. A Vintage Short.

Crowded Grave

Crowded Grave
Author: Martin Walker
Publsiher: Harper Collins
Total Pages: 416
Release: 2012-07-03
ISBN 10: 1443409448
ISBN 13: 9781443409445
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Crowded Grave Book Review:

Bruno’s day has not started well: an international summit to be held in a local chateau is being threatened by Basque separatists, and animal-rights campaigners have declared a war on the beloved local delicacy, foie gras, in the form of an attack on a local duck farm. Horst Vogelstern, a famed researcher working in the archaeological treasure house that is the Vézère Valley, has made a find that promises to change our understanding of humankind’s evolution, but complications ensue when another body is unearthed at the site—one that sports a gunshot wound to the head and is definitely not ancient. Bruno senses a link between the activist groups and the unidentified body, but his investigation is hindered by further attacks on local farms and the interference of local bureaucrats. When Horst disappears under mysterious circumstances, the scope of the case widens, and tension in the town of St-Denis reaches an all-time high. The Crowded Grave is a sense-stirring portrait of the culture, camaraderie and culinary customs of French country life, accompanied by a satisfying and intoxicating mystery.

The Resistance Man

The Resistance Man
Author: Martin Walker
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 392
Release: 2014
ISBN 10: 9781471254192
ISBN 13: 1471254194
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Resistance Man Book Review:

'Walker is brilliant at capturing the murderous charms of rural France, with the aid of his charming St Denis chief of police Bruno' DAILY MIRROR Bruno, chef de police, can't get a moment's peace. He's uncovered a cache of old bank notes and is also dealing with a wave of burglaries. The victims include the recently retired head of Britain's Joint Intelligence Committee, which brings old flame Isabelle back to St Denis. The next burglary ends in murder: the victim's bludgeoned body found by his lover - the prime suspect... Martin Walker is a prize-winning journalist and the author of several acclaimed works of non-fiction, as well as the Bruno Courrèges mystery series.

The Chocolate War

The Chocolate War
Author: Martin Walker
Publsiher: Vintage
Total Pages: 18
Release: 2018-05-15
ISBN 10: 0525564535
ISBN 13: 9780525564539
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Chocolate War Book Review:

Early on summer mornings, police chief Bruno enjoys wandering the stalls of the weekly market in the village of St. Denis as they are being loaded with wares—ducks, oysters, wooden toys, used books, exotic teas and now, even miniskirts and cellphone cases. St. Denis is changing. But when Bruno’s old friend Léopold from Senegal and his young nephew Cali start selling African coffee and chocolate more cheaply than Bruno’s old friend Fauquet at his café across the square—Fauquet starts to lose his clientele and a competition erupts between the vendors. As a local taxpayer, Fauquet seeks protection against unfair competition while Leopold and Cali seek the right to do business fairly and protection from the anti-immigrant café-owners in nearby towns. As the rivalry escalates, it’s up to Bruno to find a way for the neighbors of St. Denis to make peace. A Vintage Shorts original. An ebook short.

The Resistance Man

The Resistance Man
Author: Martin Walker
Publsiher: Hachette UK
Total Pages: 352
Release: 2013-06-06
ISBN 10: 1780870736
ISBN 13: 9781780870731
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Resistance Man Book Review:

In south-west France, WW2 casts the longest shadow when some rare bank notes are discovered, notes that may have links to the legendary Neuvic train robbery in 1944 in the sixth internationally-bestselling case for Bruno, chief of police In St Denis, Bruno, chef de police, can't get a moment's rest. Some rare bank notes have come to light that may have links to the legendary Neuvic train robbery in 1944. The investigation is fraught with issues. Bruno is also dealing with a wave of local burglaries, which have brought his old flame, Isabelle - and their complicated history - back to the town. Worse is to come. Tasked with piecing together these past crimes, Bruno now finds he has the more pressing matter of a body on his hands. He must now trace the links between past and present to restore peace in St Denis.

Bruno Chief Of Police

Bruno  Chief Of Police
Author: Martin Walker
Publsiher: Harper Collins
Total Pages: 1404
Release: 2013-04-23
ISBN 10: 1443425567
ISBN 13: 9781443425568
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Bruno Chief Of Police Book Review:

This special ebook bundle includes all four books in the Bruno, Chief of Police, series: Bruno, Chief of Police, The Dark Vineyard, Black Diamond, and The Crowded Grave. Martin Walker’s mystery series set in the idyllic South of France combines suspenseful plotting, Gallic charm, the region’s delectable gastronomy, and a hero to root for. The Bruno novels have been widely praised for balancing a charming evocation of small-town life in La France Profonde with expert plotting and a seamless incorporation of social and political tensions in modern-day France, as well as for venturing into some of the darker corners of the nation’s history. They are international bestsellers and have delighted readers all over the world. Praise for Bruno "A perfect little gem of a whodunit." —Winnipeg Free Press "Martin Walker's bucolic mysteries offer a gentle reminder to slow down and smell the grapes." —The New York Times Book Review "Gallic charm suffuses Walker's third mystery of the French countryside. . . . A savory delight." —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Oystercatcher

Oystercatcher
Author: Martin Walker
Publsiher: Vintage
Total Pages: 24
Release: 2020-04-28
ISBN 10: 059331140X
ISBN 13: 9780593311400
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Oystercatcher Book Review:

A Vintage Shorts Original Called upon to assist in an investigation of oyster thieves at the Bay of Arcachon by the Commissaire Pleven of the Bordeaux police, beloved chief of police Bruno relishes an opportunity to momentarily reunite with the beautiful and ambitious Isabelle. Bruno is only a rural policeman, and he’s there for support and, if he’s being frank, skeptical of the whole mission. But when he and Isabelle witness strange activity out in the bay one evening--Bruno gets thrust into the center of action he had never bargained for. An ebook short.

The Dark Vineyard

The Dark Vineyard
Author: Martin Walker
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 309
Release: 2009
ISBN 10: 9781847249166
ISBN 13: 1847249167
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Dark Vineyard Book Review:

Just before dawn one late-summer morning, Bruno is pulled from sleep by the wail of the town siren atop the Mairie, summoning the volunteer firemen of St Denis. A large barn and the fields surrounding it are ablaze. When Bruno arrives at the scene, the smell of petrol leaves no doubt - it was arson. Soon after, a wine mogul from California visits the town, with plans to buy up half the valley to create an industrial-scale wine-producing operation. Such a business would bring a healthy injection of dollars to St Denis, plus the creation of at least fifty jobs. Bruno's boss, the Mayor, supports the scheme but Bruno is less convinced. He's not against progress, but he fears his little town will never be the same once the Californians have a foothold. Then a second, similar outrage follows the crop burning. It appears that someone is determined to stop the scheme and is prepared to go to any lengths - including murder - to do so. Bruno must use all his skills, tact and local knowledge to negotiate a minefield in order to reach the truth.

A Birthday Lunch

A Birthday Lunch
Author: Martin Walker
Publsiher: Vintage
Total Pages: 24
Release: 2019-03-19
ISBN 10: 1984897640
ISBN 13: 9781984897640
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Birthday Lunch Book Review:

When not solving mysteries in his beloved little town of St. Denis, Bruno, the chief of police, likes to cook and share his meals with local guests and dear friends. For his friend Florence’s birthday, Bruno is preparing a surprise. But, like much else in St. Denis, it’s a communal effort, and one that Bruno pulls off with a little help from the countryside and the town. He finds an ancient hand axe in the ground during his morning run with his dog Balzac—it will make a spectacular gift—picks up newspapers for wrapping by the medical center, and gathers fresh nettles from by his chicken coop and thyme from his garden for soup and garnish. It’ll be the perfect day for Bruno and his guests to celebrate their collective history. A Vintage Shorts original. An ebook short.

The Children Return

The Children Return
Author: Martin Walker
Publsiher: HarperCollins
Total Pages: 336
Release: 2015-04-28
ISBN 10: 1443441074
ISBN 13: 9781443441070
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Children Return Book Review:

The seventh novel in Martin Walker’s irresistible mystery series set in the South of France and starring Bruno, Chief of Police Bruno, chief of police in the French town of St. Denis, is already busy with a case when the body of an undercover French Muslim cop is found in the woods, a man who called Bruno for help only hours earlier. But Bruno's sometime boss and rival, the Brigadier, doesn't see this investigation as a priority—there are bigger issues at stake. Bruno has other ideas. Meanwhile, a Muslim youth named Sami turns up at a French army base in Afghanistan hoping to get home to St. Denis. One of Bruno's old army comrades helps to smuggle Sami back to France, but the FBI aren't far behind. Then an American woman appears in St. Denis with a warrant for Sami's extradition. Bruno must unravel these multiple mysteries, amidst pressure from his bosses, and find his own way to protect his town and its people. PRAISE FOR MARTIN WALKER AND THE BRUNO, CHIEF OF POLICE, SERIES: “Martin Walker’s bucolic mysteries offer a gentle reminder to slow down and smell the grapes.” —THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW “Walker is brilliant at capturing the murderous charms of rural France.” —DAILY MIRROR “Walker hits the sweet spot of balancing humor and drama, and his food descriptions will leave readers fantasizing about dining in the Perigord.” —PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

A Taste for Vengeance

A Taste for Vengeance
Author: Martin Walker
Publsiher: Vintage
Total Pages: 352
Release: 2018-06-12
ISBN 10: 0525519971
ISBN 13: 9780525519973
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Taste for Vengeance Book Review:

When a British tourist fails to turn up for a luxurious cooking vacation in the idyllic village in the south of France that Bruno Courrèges calls home, the chief of police is quickly on the case. Monika Felder is nowhere to be found, and her husband, a retired British general, is unreachable. Not long after Bruno discovers that Monika was traveling with a mysterious Irishman with a background in intelligence, the two turn up dead. Was she running away? How much does her husband really know? Meanwhile, the star of the girls’ rugby team is pregnant, jeopardizing her chances of being named to the French national squad. Bruno’s search for the truth in both cases leads him in some unexpected directions—but as ever, he and his friends find time along the way to savor the culinary delights of the region.

The Patriarch

The Patriarch
Author: Martin Walker
Publsiher: Knopf
Total Pages: 321
Release: 2015
ISBN 10: 0385354177
ISBN 13: 9780385354172
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Patriarch Book Review:

"Originally published in slightly different form in Great Britain by Quercus Publishing"--Title page verso.

Bruno and the Carol Singers

Bruno and the Carol Singers
Author: Martin Walker
Publsiher: Vintage
Total Pages: 27
Release: 2012-12-18
ISBN 10: 0385350317
ISBN 13: 9780385350310
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Bruno and the Carol Singers Book Review:

The fifth installment in the delightful, internationally acclaimed series featuring Chief of Police Bruno. 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 of Walker’s best-selling series.