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3.74 out of 53.74 out of 53.74 out of 53.74 out of 53.74 out of 5 3.74 (23 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: January 2013 ISBN: 9781449867102
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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 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 Louise | 2/12/2014

    " French ambiance, wine lore "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 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 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Arthur Mitchell | 2/8/2014

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Correen | 2/5/2014

    " 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. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carey Combe | 2/1/2014

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 1/20/2014

    " 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! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maureen | 1/20/2014

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meg | 1/1/2014

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 12/30/2013

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kevin | 12/28/2013

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue | 11/27/2013

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Megan Bendson | 3/27/2013

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kim | 3/14/2013

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 1/31/2013

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 James | 1/24/2013

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 11/19/2012

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jan | 6/26/2012

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deale Hutton | 6/22/2012

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patrick | 5/8/2012

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Clare | 5/24/2011

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sharon | 4/18/2011

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

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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.