It is always a delight to read another instalment in Martin Walker’s novels set in the warmth of the southwestern France. In addition to the sleuthing efforts of Bruno, the village policeman of Daint Dennis we are treated to local cuisine, local wines, local vineyards, good company, and most of all Balzac. Martin’s sedate novels are enough to lure anyone to this enchanted part of France. Oh yes, in case I forgot to mention, this is a detective mystery, but one so laid back, Bruno the cop doesn’t even carry a gun. Enjoy.
Bruno is being uncharacteristically dumb in this one, I thought. I almost gave up on it, and resigned myself to skipping parts of it (like I did with The Caves of Perigord). The new love interest he should have been more wary of, and he should have held back on probing the money laundering murder suspects until Isabelle got to town. He was dumb.
Excellent. All about France, Bruno, and how he succeeds with things around him. Yea, a bit much, but what a good read.
Perfect antidote to snowed-in, end of winter blahs - some dastardly deeds but not overly grim, well paced with plenty of intrigue, fast cars, and set in the beautiful French rural idyll with exquisite cuisine.
Another in Walkers "Bruno" books and as always for me it was an enjoyable easy read with it's likeable characters and beautiful settings and delicious foods and yes also with a bit of local murder police drama to spice it all up.
The ninth book in the Bruno, Chief of Police Investigation series
I've enjoyed the previous Bruno novels, but this one strained my patience. I expected the WWII connection, and the Resistance connection, and I assumed there'd be past loves and a potential new love. The inclusion of food preparation, 90% meaty, is a given, though difficult for this vegetarian to read about. A growing list of Bruno's local friends the ingredient sine qua non, including one or two teens who are teetering on delinquency but are saved (or not) through Bruno's heroic efforts. And since the 2nd or maybe the 3rd in the series, lots about horseback riding and Bruno's and others' horses, plus the dog. All standard and expected. But I didn't anticipate page after boring page about CARS, past and present. BORING!! I plowed through it in hopes that it would prove worth it. It didn't. So, between the planes of The Patriarch and the cars of this one, I fear Walker has lost me. Too bad, but maybe it's too much to expect that a tried and true formula can keep putting out fresh ideas.
Oh, my goodness! As if teenagers are the only people who lead lusty lives. This is definitely a lighter entry in the Bruno series, but it is no less a delightful read, if not as thought provoking or dark. What I wouldn't give for a trip to Martin Walker's Dordogne!
I love this series, though this book was not as rich as some of the earlier ones. I still enjoy the characters.
I have really enjoyed the previous books on Chief Bruno. But, I'm returning this volume unfinished. Really too simplistic, and I'm tired of his cases of "teen-age" lust and his cook book episodes. Easy to see things coming, and very little mystery left. Sorry, I know there are people out there that enjoy this series. I did too at one time.
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