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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:
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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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  • 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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. . . "

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