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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (408 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Martin Walker Narrator: Robert Ian MacKenzie Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Bruno, Chief of Police Series Release Date: December 2010 ISBN: 9781461815990
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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, and subpar truffles from China smuggled into outgoing shipments at a nearby market. All of it threatens the Dordogne’s truffle trade, worth millions of dollars each year, and all of it spells trouble for Benoît “Bruno” Courrèges, master chef, devoted oenophile, and 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 because his friend wasn’t just a connoisseur of French delicacies—he was a former high-profile intelligence agent, and someone wanted him dead.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Walker’s bucolic mysteries offer a gentle reminder to slow down and smell the grapes. New York Times Book Review

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Devon Hernandez | 2/9/2014

    " Amazingly delicious French mystery! Martin Walker seems to know the right combination of things to interest readers, and this third installment is no exception. I anxiously await more from Bruno, chief of Police :-) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tracy Pierce | 1/19/2014

    " I've never eaten any truffles, probably couldn't afford to, so this book was interesting since the main subject is truffles. The main character, Bruno chief of Police, finds a friend murdered who is a truffle cultivator and seller. Bruno asks: "Do you see truffles as a motive for murder?" Apparently they are worth a lot of money to French restaurants. Bruno is again looking out for his fellow villagers when the local mill closes and leaves workers jobless just before Christmas. Could this be another motive? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anita | 12/30/2013

    " In the third book in the series, Bruno, the Chief of Police in a rural French village, must solve the murder of his friend Hercule, who not only was a high-ranking military man involved with the Algerians and Vietnamese, but also a fellow hunter of both game and truffles. The title "Black Diamond" refers to the most prized of truffles found and sold in the local market. Irregularities in the truffle market, Asian gang wars, and local and international politics help formulate the plot. Unfortunately, the French history lesson slows the story somewhat, and the plot twist at the end comes out of the blue, like an afterthought to make the story more compelling. I did enjoy the setting of the Perigord region, as always, and the author takes us step-by-step through Bruno's gastronomic adventures, which add to the appeal of the books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shannon | 12/30/2013

    " I do like the Bruno series and this one was interesting - initially has Bruno looking into fraud at a local truffle market. Unfortunately, the story kind jumps around to human trafficking, Asian gang wars and pedophilia which is just too much and when the story is wrapped up hastily all in one fell swoop at the end it's disingenuous and comes across more like an attempt to make it a more spectacular crime. This is really a 3 1/2 stars story but the description of Bruno's creating the hunter's meal is worth 5 stars. Yum. . . "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Judy | 12/22/2013

    " I listened to this book and felt a bit underwhelmed. Generally I like listening to plot-driven books as much, or more, than reading them. In this case the reading seemed to make the book slow.... I can't say if it was the narrator's style or the book or me - but I felt that this book plodded along when I wanted to be swept into the story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cheryl | 11/8/2013

    " I first picked up the Chief of Police, Bruno books because I had visited the Dordogne and wanted to read something set in the region. These mysteries are somewhat "lightweight" but appealing. Like this one, there is usually a connection to WWII resistance fighters. Overall, I enjoyed this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mackay | 11/8/2013

    " Liked this better than the previous book in the same series. Frankly I enjoy it purely for the venue, and while the mystery and puzzle at the center of this book is better than the last, it was also a touch over the top. But I like the milieu, the Dordogne in France. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maureen | 10/26/2013

    " I really enjoyed this one with the background of the murdered victim. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Megan Bendson | 8/9/2013

    " Pretty decent. I read them for all the descriptions of food and eating :) The character of Bruno got a little predictable in this one. It wove in an interesting history of the French in Vietnam in the 50s and 60s. Martin Walker is at his best when writing about food and history. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Correen | 7/6/2013

    " Interesting part of a series, but not as good as some of the others. Bruno the Chief of Police in St. Denis, France, is the too perfect officer and gentleman -- a pleasure to meet in the books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carol | 6/30/2013

    " Not quite as good as the first Bruno book, but still enjoyable and such a pleasant read, based on the bucolic setting of a small French village. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 5/29/2013

    " I love Police Chief Bruno! His connection with the community, his cooking, his eye for the ladies... These books are a lot of fun for murder mystery fans. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 5/28/2013

    " Another great book in this series. Nothing lacking. Good mystery, great characters, good history. Love the setting in Provence too. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Wendy Cosin | 1/3/2013

    " Fun-enough mystery about a police chief in sw France, who is also an excellent cook. I might decide to try truffles. The author is also an international affairs organization director and writer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Caroline Ingvaldsen | 11/17/2012

    " Third in a delightful crime series set in the Dordogne: the food as tempting, the setting as lovely and the characters as quirky as ever. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer | 11/1/2012

    " The third in a wonderful mysteries series that takes place in a small village in France, Black Diamond is as good as the first two books. Developing/deepening relationships, the community possible in a small town and an interesting mystery work together to make this a good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gary | 10/10/2012

    " This is the most wonderful book that I've read in quite some time. If you aren't reading this series of mysteries, you are missing out on a treasure! Vive Bruno! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Joanne Gass | 8/16/2012

    " Good, but not as good as the first two. Too much stuff going on. Love Bruno, though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dot | 7/31/2012

    " This is the third in the Bruno detective series and is just as delightful as the first two. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judi Fisher | 7/20/2012

    " I have enjoyed all the books about Bruno, this one most of all. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynne | 6/14/2012

    " I love the Martin Walker books with Bruno as his main character... the suspense stories from the French countryside are engaging, entertaining and along the way, it's fun to learn about wine, truufles and the French people. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 James | 11/23/2011

    " Easy to read police story set in rural France. Very enjoyable, nice pace, and explores both the rural community and bigger issues. I love France so even better. Good summer reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 10/19/2011

    " The 3rd of the "Bruno, Chief of Police" series. Fascinating information
    on the impact of false Chinese truffles vs. the real "Black Diamonds". "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hulananni | 10/17/2011

    " Fun reading the 'food' resferences. Difficult keeping up with the various character's names. Maybe I'll try another of Walker's... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sally | 9/10/2011

    " Just a fun read! Feel like I am in Saint Denis with all the characters! ? This time Bruno, is after Truffles, for himself and
    a crime being committed. New love life for Bruno, but his old flame keeps coming into the picture. Hope the series
    continues. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Joanne | 9/9/2011

    " Good, but not as good as the first two. Too much stuff going on. Love Bruno, though. "

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About the Author
Author Martin Walker

Martin Walker is the senior director of the Global Business Policy Council in Washington, DC. He is also editor emeritus and writes the syndicated column “Walker’s World” at United Press International. His books include The Cold War: A History, short-listed for the Whitbread Book of the Year Award and for Canada’s Governor General’s Literary Award, and a New York Times Notable Book of the Year in 1993; and Martin Walker’s Russia, which became a BBC Radio series, as well as several novels. He lives in Washington, DC, and the southwest of France.

About the Narrator

Robert Ian Mackenzie became an actor after holding a wide variety of other jobs, including everything from London policeman to water ski instructor in Greece. Since then, his acting career has encompassed straight theater, musicals, opera, films, television, voice-overs, commercials, and recorded books. His audiobook narration has won him seven AudioFile Earphones Awards.