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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (323 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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Another delectable serving of mystery and the pleasures of the Dordogne from the newest master of suspense, Martin Walker

It’s spring in the idyllic village of St. Denis, and for Chief of Police Bruno Courrèges that means lamb stews, bottles of his beloved Pomerol, morning walks with his hound, Gigi—and a new string of regional crimes and international capers. When a local archaeological team looking for Cro-Magnon and Neanderthal remains turns up a corpse with a watch on its wrist and a bullet in its head, it’s up to Bruno to solve the case. But the task will not be easy, not with a meddlesome new magistrate eager to make a strong impression, an ongoing series of attacks by animal rights activists on local foie gras producers, and a nearby summit between France and Spain approaching—not to mention two beautiful, brilliant women vying for Bruno’s affections.

Complicating events even further, the professor in charge of the dig is soon reported missing, leading Bruno to suspect that the past and the present are bound up in dangerous ways. As summer approaches, the wine growing cooler and the fruit sweeter, Bruno’s investigations take him indelibly deeper into contemporary Europe’s dark history of terrorist and counterterrorist tactics—and toward a dramatic finale.

As savory as foie gras, as piquant as vin de noix, and as richly complex as the region’s truffles, The Crowded Grave is a feast for mystery lovers and Francophiles alike.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Walker hits the sweet spot of balancing humor and drama, and his food descriptions will leave readers fantasizing about dining in the Périgord.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “A lighthearted celebration of the Périgord region of France…A pleasure for Francophiles, oenophiles, and the palate.”


  • “Another delicious romp through a French menu garnished with politics.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • Winner of anAudioFile Earphones Award

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Ann | 2/18/2014

    " I thoroughly enjoyed this story until the last 30 or so pages. Don't want to spoil it for someone who does want to read this story, but imo the ending needs to be redone. Walker ought not to have killed off the character he did. I was just beginning to like the series. Now I don't want to read any others, nor would I want to see the movie. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Kenneth Fredette | 2/9/2014

    " This book was good. My wife would hate it because of the ending. 4 books to come to this ending. His next book should take care of that. I won't spoil the book with what happened but it's a good read. A glass of wine and a book. What could be better. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Kay | 2/8/2014

    " I should probably give this more than three stars, but to me it pales in comparison with the first two Bruno outings. I love the setting and the characters, but I'm afraid that a mystery fan who hadn't read the previous books might have a hard time getting engaged with this one. The complex plot takes a long time to develop. That said, I definitely find this author worth reading, and I look forward to more adventures in the Dordogne. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Gary | 2/3/2014

    " This is my favorite series of books since Inspector Morse died. In this story, Bruno's love life gets more complicated, and the ending had me in tears. "

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