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Bruno and le Père Noel: A Christmas Short Story [Kindle Edition]

Martin Walker
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

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Product Description

It's the last market day before Christmas and Bruno, Chief of Police is preparing for a traditional gastronomic feast. But, never off duty for long, Bruno is called to action when he receives information that a prisoner on parole has gone missing, last seen heading for St Denis, where his ex-wife and son live. The goose, the oysters, his English girlfriend's Christmas pudding and Bruno's famous mulled wine will just have to wait…

And if Martin Walker's 'Bruno' novels have inspired you to visit this beautiful part of France yourself, keep reading for the author's own guide to 'A Perfect Week in Perigord'.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1528 KB
  • Print Length: 51 pages
  • Publisher: Quercus (1 Dec 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009S8HMKQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,208 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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Martin Walker and his family have had a home in the Perigord region of France since the 1990s. We were drawn by the food and wine and engrossing history of the place and have become ever more connected to this gastronomic heartland of the country by friends and neighbours, dog and chickens, garden and countryside.

And among the friends is our local village policeman (and Martin's tennis partner) who inspired the series of mystery novels based around Bruno, chief of police.

After 25 years as a foreign correspondent for Britain's The Guardian newspaper, and then another stint in think-tanks in Washington DC and as editor-in-chief of United Press International, the sweet life of the Perigord is a delight.

Still a senior scholar of the Woodrow Wilson International Centre and a senior fellow of the Global Business Policy Council, both in Washington DC, Martin stays connected to the world of global economics and policy. And from giant American wine concerns to Chinese businessmen, from Basque terrorists to animal rights activists, from New York hedge funds to the global arms trade, this wider world keeps intruding into the tiny corner of paradise in Perigord that Bruno is sworn to protect.


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Very short and predictable 30 Aug 2013
By Brian
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I am a great fan of the Bruno books and tat maybe why I was disappointed with this short story as it was just that, very short even for a kindle freebie. The characters were mostly there but very fleeting and the outcome was very predictable.
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4.0 out of 5 stars WETS THE APPETITE FOR BRUNO! 23 Aug 2013
By Lesley
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A great read, but over too soon. Makes one want to reach for another Bruno featured book by Martin. They are both delightful and informative. This is a seasonal read and great for an evening over the Christmas period for reading out loud to a tired and replete audience.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A delightful short story and a surprising bonus 14 Aug 2013
By Quercus
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As an introduction to Martin Walker’s novels set in the Dordogne and his fictional protagonist Bruno, former soldier, Chef de Police, gourmet cook, wine aficionado, philanderer, string-puller and perhaps the most kind-hearted flic in France, you could do no better than start with this short story.

As in his full-length novels, Walker introduces aspects of the region which are unlikely to be known to the casual visitor. In this Christmas tale it is the, possibly relatively recent, tradition of Père Noël’s companion Père Fouettard (the Whipper) who chastises naughty children whilst Père Noël rewards the children who have been good.

Perhaps of even more interest than the delightful story itself is the appended guide to the region “A perfect week in Perigord”. Walker offers advice on when to visit, how to travel, where to stay or dine, what to see, do, eat or drink and whom to observe. He omits only the “why” of the English interrogative pronouns because, having read more of Bruno’s adventures, you will be able, with no hesitation whatsoever, to answer that question for yourself.

Both the short story and the guide are thoroughly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars charming tale 29 Jun 2014
By Jane
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If you've enjoyed any of the Bruno Courreges books, you'll like this short story. A moral tale, perfect for Xmas
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great festive read 17 Jun 2014
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A really good festive read at a great price, ideal for my kindle, easy to buy and delivered instantly to my kindle, what's not to like!
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3.0 out of 5 stars HAPPY CHRISTMAS! 13 Jun 2014
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As I know the Bruno stories, I knew the characters and places in this simple little story. Hope others enjoy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Martin Walker 13 Jun 2014
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I love this author and his Bruno Coureges books are simply the best - have read them all and have his latest one on order now - yippee
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4.0 out of 5 stars A lovely Christmas story 10 Jun 2014
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As in all his Bruno's books,Martin Walker brings the Dordogne to life with his descriptions of food and drinks, and Bruno is his usual big hearted policeman, which I really enjoy reading about. But this time, reading this a week after coming back from 3 weeks in Bergerac and Périgueux (where I was born and spent all my childhood) , I especially enjoyed the tourist guide at the end of the story, reading about some of the places I have just visited. Worth buying, even if you are not a fan of Bruno, chief of Police.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Quick read
A pleasant little Christmas story where we meet some old and some new characters. Just right for the season of the year.
Published 2 months ago by jillery
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Bruno short story
Not only is this a wonderful Bruno short story, complete with usual characters and brief form of recipes, but after the end of the story there is a bonus of a guide to the region... Read more
Published 2 months ago by N. Hudson
5.0 out of 5 stars A very good short read
Great story, captures Christmas spirit and keeps the Bruno theme going. Perfect bedtime read. From a Francophile living just 20kms south of where this is set
Published 3 months ago by Andrew Kennedy
3.0 out of 5 stars Bruno and le Pere Noel
Yeee...ssss, amusing, but not up to Martin Walker's usual standard. Still his fans will enjoy it, perhaps not the lovers of homicides that Bruno so cleverly solves, but good to... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Jane Doe
4.0 out of 5 stars A bit short
A delightful story for free. Would have loved it to be longer but probably only equated to about a standard chapter. Worth down loading if you like Bruno. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Mary B
5.0 out of 5 stars Bruno
Looked for foreign detectives after loving Montalbano. Bruno loves his part of France and seems to work things out to benefit of all. Read more
Published 6 months ago by C. F. Dubery
2.0 out of 5 stars A very short story
I knew this was a short story, and as such it was very nice, but I did not expect half the pages to be a guide to the dordogne.
Published 7 months ago by Migs Jacques
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining sentimentality.
I top rate this yarn because it was free; I do approve of the format whereby the story is free but the author slips in a shed load of advertising at the end. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Bronstein
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