Bruno  Chief of Police Book
Score: 3.5
From 46 Ratings

Bruno Chief of Police


  • Author : Martin Walker
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release Date : 2009-03-24
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN 10 : 9780307271464

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Bruno Chief of Police Excerpt :

The first installment in the delightful, internationally acclaimed series featuring Chief of Police Bruno. 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. "Enjoyable.... Martin Walker plots with the same finesse with which Bruno can whip up a truffle omelette, and both have a clear appreciation for a life tied to the land." —The Christian Science Monitor "A nice literary pairing with the slow-food movement.... [It is] lovely...to linger at the table." —Entertainment Weekly "A wonderfully crafted novel as satisfying as a French pastry but with none of the guilt or calories." —Tuscon Citizen's Journal

The Coldest Case Book
Score: 4.5
From 2 Ratings

The Coldest Case


  • Author : Martin Walker
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release Date : 2022-07-12
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 337
  • ISBN 10 : 9780525567073

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The Coldest Case Excerpt :

An anonymous skull, an unsolved murder, sinister rumors from the Cold War era of espionage—Bruno's investigation into a long-standing cold case finds him caught between an enigmatic winegrower and a menacing Communist organization from the past. After attending an exhibit on the facial reconstruction of ancient skulls, Bruno wonders if this technology might provide an invaluable clue to a thirty-year-old cold case. But learning the identity of the murder victim is only the beginning. The investigation quickly turns thorny and leads Bruno to a reclusive vintner, Henri Bazaine, whose education at a vocational school in a formerly Communist region has raised some eyebrows. An inquiry into the defunct school turns up shadowy reports of possible connections and funding from the Stasi, the repressive police agency of the former East Germany. The scrutiny on Henri intensifies once Bruno discovers that he was declared dead thirty years ago and has been living under an assumed name ever since. The strange case is further complicated as Parisian bureaucrats get involved, hinting that essential diplomatic relations might be at stake. And to make matters even worse, the Dordogne is suffering from an intense summer drought that is sparking fires across the region. But as always, Bruno will keep a cool head through it all--and, bien sûr, takes time to enjoy a sumptuous Périgordian meal!

Fatal Pursuit Book
Score: 4
From 69 Ratings

Fatal Pursuit


  • Author : Martin Walker
  • Publisher : Knopf
  • Release Date : 2016
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 321
  • ISBN 10 : 9781101946787

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Fatal Pursuit Excerpt :

"Originally published in hardcover in Great Britain as The dying season by Quercus Publishing PLC, London, in 2015."

The Dying Season Book

The Dying Season


  • Author : Martin Walker
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2015-06-30
  • Genre: Courrèges, Bruno (Fictitious character)
  • Pages : 327
  • ISBN 10 : 1848664060

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The Dying Season Excerpt :

The Dordogne town of St Denis may be picturesque and sleepy, but it has more than its fair share of mysteries, as Bruno, chef de police, knows all too well. But when Bruno is invited to the 90th birthday of a powerful local patriarch - a war hero with high-level political connections in France, Russia and Israel - he encounters a family with more secrets than even he had imagined. When one of the other guests is found dead the next morning and the family try to cover it up, Bruno knows it's his duty to prevent the victim from becoming just another skeleton in their closet. Even if his digging reveals things Bruno himself would rather keep buried.

To Kill a Troubadour Book
Score: 4.5
From 3 Ratings

To Kill a Troubadour


  • Author : Martin Walker
  • Publisher : Knopf
  • Release Date : 2022-08-09
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 321
  • ISBN 10 : 9780593319796

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To Kill a Troubadour Excerpt :

When a musician’s new song hits a political nerve, he finds himself in the crosshairs of Spanish nationalists’ ire, and it’s up to Bruno to track down the extremists who seem ready to take deadly measures, in another delightful installment of the internationally acclaimed series featuring Bruno, Chief of Police. “As usual, Walker concocts a satisfying dish featuring an intriguing lead character who moves through enviable settings and enjoys wonderful meals while tracking down criminals.”—Booklist Les Troubadours, a folk music group that Bruno has long supported, go viral with their new number, “Song for Catalonia,” when the Spanish government suddenly bans the song. The songwriter, Joel Martin, is a local enthusiast for the old Occitan language of Périgord and the medieval troubadours, and he sympathizes with the Catalan bid for independence. The success of his song provokes outrage among extreme Spanish nationalists. Then, in a stolen car found on a Périgord back road, police discover a distinctive bullet for a state-of-the-art sniper's rifle that can kill at three kilometers, and they fear that Joel might be the intended target. The French and Spanish governments agree to mount a joint operation to stop the assailants, and Bruno is the local man on the spot who mobilizes his resources to track them down. While Bruno tries to keep the peace, his friend Florence reaches out for help. Her abusive ex-husband is about to be paroled from prison and she fears he will return to reclaim their children. Will Bruno and Florence be able to prevent this unwanted visit? Despite the pressures, there is always time for Bruno to savor les plaisirs of the Dordogne around the table with friends.

The Dark Vineyard Book
Score: 4
From 1 Ratings

The Dark Vineyard


  • Author : Martin Walker
  • Publisher : Alfred a Knopf Incorporated
  • Release Date : 2010-07-27
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 313
  • ISBN 10 : 9780307270184

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The Dark Vineyard Excerpt :

A sequel to Bruno, Chief of Police finds heartbroken gourmand law enforcer Bruno investigating an arson fire that targeted a GMO crop-research station and navigating a violent competition between rivals for a fertile Saint-Denis property.

Bruno  Chief Of Police Book

Bruno Chief Of Police


  • Author : Martin Walker
  • Publisher : HarperCollins Canada
  • Release Date : 2010-05-11
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN 10 : 9781443401708

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Bruno Chief Of Police Excerpt :

A Recipe for Success Take a rural commune in the heart of the Dordogne and a one-man police department by the name of Bruno. Add a brutal murder with the hallmarks of a racial crime against immigrant workers from North Africa. Season with clues that point to unsettled feuds from the Nazi legacy of the Second World War. Serve with Gallic charm in all good bookshops as the first book in a brilliant crime fiction series. Set in the street markets, cobbled squares, vineyards and farmland of the Dordogne area of France, Bruno, Chief of Police features Captain Bruno Courrèges, a man as charming and eccentric as he is wise. A formidable investigator, Bruno must rise to the challenge when the head of an Algerian family is murdered and the peace of Bruno’s beloved village of St. Denis is shattered. Racism is the obvious conclusion, and the son of a local doctor who is caught playing sex games surrounded by Nazi paraphernalia is the immediate suspect. But Bruno knows his people well and sees a more complex explanation lurking in the memories and unsettled feuds of the German occupation. This addictively readable novel, filled with the sights and sounds—and politics—of the French countryside, launches a stunning new crime fiction series.

The Children Return Book
Score: 4
From 16 Ratings

The Children Return


  • Author : Martin Walker
  • Publisher : HarperCollins
  • Release Date : 2015-04-28
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 336
  • ISBN 10 : 9781443441070

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The Children Return Excerpt :

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

The Resistance Man Book

The Resistance Man


  • Author : Martin Walker
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release Date : 2014-02-25
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 336
  • ISBN 10 : 9780385349550

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The Resistance Man Excerpt :

Another delightful installment in the internationally acclaimed series featuring Chief of Police Bruno. It's summer in St. Denis for chief of police Bruno Courrèges, and that means a new season of cases. This time there are three weighing on his mind. First, there’s the evidence that a veteran of the French Resistance is connected to a notorious train robbery; then, the burglary of a former British spymaster's estate; and, finally, the murder of an antiques dealer whose lover is conveniently on the lam. As Bruno investigates, it becomes clear that they are connected--however, figuring out how will take every skill he possesses. Add in juggling the complex affections of two powerful women, maneuvering village politics, and managing his irrepressible puppy, Balzac, and Bruno has his hands full once again.

Black Diamond Book
Score: 3.5
From 21 Ratings

Black Diamond


  • Author : Martin Walker
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release Date : 2011-08-30
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN 10 : 9780307701459

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Black Diamond Excerpt :

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 Templars  Last Secret Book
Score: 3.5
From 10 Ratings

The Templars Last Secret


  • Author : Martin Walker
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release Date : 2018-05-01
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 338
  • ISBN 10 : 9781101970768

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The Templars Last Secret Excerpt :

In this installment in the delightful, internationally acclaimed series Chief of Police 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. 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.

A Taste for Vengeance Book
Score: 4
From 9 Ratings

A Taste for Vengeance


  • Author : Martin Walker
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release Date : 2019-06-25
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 354
  • ISBN 10 : 9780525435716

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A Taste for Vengeance Excerpt :

Another delightful installment in the internationally acclaimed series featuring Chief of Police Bruno: 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 Shooting at Chateau Rock Book
Score: 4
From 7 Ratings

The Shooting at Chateau Rock


  • Author : Martin Walker
  • Publisher : Knopf
  • Release Date : 2020-05-26
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 321
  • ISBN 10 : 9780525656654

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The Shooting at Chateau Rock Excerpt :

This installment in the delightful, internationally acclaimed series featuring Chief of Police Bruno will take all of Bruno's resolve and quick thinking to untangle 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. 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.

Crowded Grave Book

Crowded Grave


  • Author : Martin Walker
  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Release Date : 2012-07-03
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 416
  • ISBN 10 : 9781443409445

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Crowded Grave Excerpt :

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 Chocolate War Book
Score: 4
From 2 Ratings

The Chocolate War


  • Author : Martin Walker
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release Date : 2018-05-15
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 18
  • ISBN 10 : 9780525564539

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The Chocolate War Excerpt :

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.