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Author: Martin Walker Narrator: Robert Ian McKenzie, Robert Ian Mackenzie Publisher: Recorded Books, Inc. Audio Length: Series:The Bruno, Chief of Police Series Release Date: April 2011 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781449867102

Publisher Description

A prolific journalist, Martin Walker has crafted a mystery series that deftly blends the stylings of Peter Mayle and Alexander McCall Smith. Chief Bruno Courreges loves life in his small French village. One day his idyll is disturbed when a local research station for genetically modified crops is burned down. An enclave of environmentalists seems to be the most likely culprit, but soon Bruno uncovers evidence that makes the case infinitely more complicated.

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  • “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)

Customer Reviews

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

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

    - Caroline, 2/18/2014
  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " French ambiance, wine lore "

    - Louise, 2/12/2014
  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

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

    - Michael, 2/9/2014
  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " 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. "

    - Sarah, 2/9/2014
  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Another charming installment in the Bruno, Chief of Police Series. Onto number three! "

    - Arthur, 2/8/2014
  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " The pleasures of life in the Dordogne, Walker provides a glimpse of a gentle, traditional, idealized French countryside. This novel has two murders, arson, industrial espionage, violence, etc., but all is settled with hard work but a minimum of fuss. It is a sweet escape. "

    - Correen, 2/5/2014
  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " I don't think I will try another one... "

    - Carey, 2/1/2014
  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " This is the second in the Bruno, chief of police, series and it just keeps getting better! Can't wait to read the next book! "

    - Julie, 1/20/2014
  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " I'm loving this series as I continue to read it. "

    - Maureen, 1/20/2014
  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " In France, small town, local characters, lotsa wine and descriptions of scenery, with a plot that kept me guessing. "

    - Meg, 1/1/2014
  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " A murder mystery set in French wine country was entertaining and renewed my desire to visit France! I really liked the long-suffering small town cop with the heart of gold who plods along tracking the killer. quite delightfult. "

    - Heather, 12/30/2013
  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " I love this series. Am always disappointed when I finish. I wish there were more! "

    - Kevin, 12/28/2013
  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " I love this series, the man, the scenery, food, wine. Want to go there and met Bruno! "

    - Sue, 11/27/2013
  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Fun, light reading. You'll want to cook after reading it. "

    - Megan, 3/27/2013
  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Enjoying....a little masculine 'trite' but the details are really rich. "

    - Kim, 3/14/2013
  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Love this book too. Read all 4 of these Martin Walker books right after each other. Couldn't put them down and would read another if there was one. Good stories and great characters. "

    - Lisa, 1/31/2013
  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " 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. "

    - James, 1/24/2013
  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Solid crime novel with interesting setting. Enjoyed it. "

    - Chris, 11/19/2012
  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " the food and wine of the Perigord interrupted from time to time by suspicious deaths and a family feud. Unusually the detective hero seems quite well balanced and rarely introspective. A good holiday read with a strong sense of place. "

    - Jan, 6/26/2012
  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Another great read from Martin Walker. On to the next one.... "

    - Deale, 6/22/2012
  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Another very enjoyable escape in this series. These books combine a sweet depiction of small-town France with contemporary themes that anchor stories in reality. "

    - Patrick, 5/8/2012
  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Good local colour - less good story I felt. "

    - Clare, 5/24/2011
  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Compares nicely to Donna Leon's Brunetti in Italy. This all takes place in France. "

    - Sharon, 4/18/2011

About the Author

Martin Walker is the author of several works of nonfiction, fiction novels, and the Bruno, Chief of Police mystery series. He is a senior fellow of the Global Business Policy Council, a private think tank based in Washington, DC. He is also editor in chief emeritus and international affairs columnist at United Press International.

About the Narrators

George Guidall, winner of more than eighty AudioFile Earphones Awards, has won three of the prestigious Audie Award for Excellence in Audiobook Narration. In 2014 the Audio Publishers Association presented him with the Special Achievement Award for lifetime achievement/ During his thirty-year recording career he has recorded over 1,700 audiobooks, won multiple awards, been a mentor to many narrators, and shown by example the potential of fine storytelling. His forty-year acting career includes starring roles on Broadway, an Obie Award for best performance off Broadway, and frequent television appearances.

Robert Ian Mackenzie, Earphones Award–winning narrator, 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.