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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (599 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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In this riveting sequel to Martin Walker’s internationally acclaimed novel Bruno, Chief of Police, some of France’s great pleasures—wine, passion and intrigue—converge in a dark chain of events that threaten the peaceful village of Saint-Denis.

Benoît (Bruno) Courrèges—devoted friend, cuisinier extraordinaire, and the town’s only municipal policeman—rushes to the scene when a research station for genetically modified crops is burned down outside Saint-Denis. Bruno immediately suspects a group of fervent environmentalists who live nearby, but the fire is only the first in a string of mysteries centering on the region’s fertile soil.

Then a bevy of winemakers descends on Saint-Denis, competing for its land and spurring resentment among the villagers. Romances blossom. Hearts are broken. Some of the sensual pleasures of the town—a dinner of a truffle omelette and grilled bécasses, a community grape-crushing—provide an opportunity for both warm friendship and bitter hostilities to form. The town’s rivals—Max, an environmentalist who hopes to make organic wine; Jacqueline, a flirtatious, newly arrived Québécoise; and Fernando, the heir to an American wine fortune—act increasingly erratic. Events grow ever darker, culminating in two suspicious deaths, and Bruno finds that the problems of the present are never far from those of the past.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A gentle reminder to slow down and smell the grapes...[Walker] beguiles the reader.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Captivating...sure to appeal to readers with a palate for mysteries with social nuance and understated charm.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “Walker evokes his French community’s celebrations of wine, food, love, and friendship with obvious affection but without sentimentality. His villagers are no more immune from modern times than the rest of us—they just drink better wine.” 

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Romance, intrigue, and many a fine glass of wine await in Walker’s charming second mystery set in idyllic Saint-Denis, in the southwest of France...Walker serves up wry wit, suspense, and a host of captivating characters, from a comely, manipulative Québécoise to an auburn-haired Brit who captures Bruno’s heart. Oenophiles and armchair travelers alike will enjoy spending time in this lovely, lively part of France.”

    Booklist (starred review)

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Caroline Ingvaldsen | 2/18/2014

    " Enjoyable second entry in series featuring Bruno, the Maigret of the Dordogne: atmosphere, characterization and setting combine for a superlative if rather cozy mystery. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Louise | 2/12/2014

    " French ambiance, wine lore "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Michael Polad | 2/9/2014

    " An excellent mystery steeped in details of life in a small French village. Highly recommended. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Sarah Key | 2/9/2014

    " An okay storyline and easy to read. I didn't care for the main character, and I just felt like I had random character names thrown at me constantly. It was hard to keep up with the characters and know which ones were going to be important keystones to the novel and which ones weren't. "

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