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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage (3 Aug. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099470225
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099470229
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.3 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 452,480 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The atmosphere is as earthy as the truffles from which Banon makes a living, though Magnan cuts the richness with humour" (Guardian)

"Magnan's stylish narrative is enlivened by touches of sometimes grim humour" (Sunday Telegraph)

"Entertaining and intriguing. A canny exercise in black humour and suspense" (Time Out)

"Highly entertaining" (Good Book Guide)

"'Witty and melancholy by turns, if the plot of this eccentric tale of greed and witchcraft doesn't have your mouth watering, the loving descriptions of French food will" (Daily Telegraph)

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'Crime fiction for those with a soul and a dark sense of humour' - Independent on Sunday

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth J. Rees on 19 Sept. 2005
Format: Hardcover
This is an excellent,fast moving, whodunit from the master of Provencal fiction. Perhaps not as enjoyable as ' The Murdered House', but nontheless, intriguing and gripping right to the end. This book will have done more to raise interest in the area of Banon, than anything the French Tourist Office could have dreamed of. The sights smells,customs and people of the Haute-Provence all come alive on every page. If you haven't yet visited Banon, read this book. You will !
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. Glossop on 4 Jan. 2008
Format: Paperback
This is an enjoyable summer read. The translation is almost perfect( in some places the French does not translate well). The story does not start very well or seem to have prmise but it draws you in with increasing complexity. The characters are witty and you really believe you are getting an insight into a very small village in rural France.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Reptile on 11 Mar. 2007
Format: Paperback
A fast-moving thriller with many quirks and unexpected twists, at least partly because of the French setting, which is graphically rendered. It might be easier to get to know the detective if one read the earlier books in which he was introduced first. The action would have been more gripping if the characters had had more depth.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A.K.Farrar on 24 July 2008
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Crime Fiction tends to rely on the glutton rather than the epicure - the criminals always seem to want insatiably - wealth, power, wo/men; the detectives want more and more, almost with a ferociousness, the next clue; and the readers stuff themselves to bursting with the newest publication. Tabloid details are piled high on the table and quickly consumed.

Death in the Truffle Wood is, unashamedly, Crime Fiction.

It does, however, nod in the direction of better cooking in that it titillates the appetite - usually with a dark humour. And there are a couple of good descriptions of the sort of food that gives the French the moral high ground over the English when it comes to `measuring' cuisines.

Commissaire Laviolette, is the detective Poirot might have been if Agatha Crusty had been a French intellectual instead of English `madam': He likes good food, he smokes roll-ups with the class only the intelligent seem to manage, he chases women whilst he's chasing murderers and he is, according to his bosses, none-descript - he's given the case of the disappearing hippies because no one will notice him.

He, like his author, Pierre Magnan, is Provencal - The Province - the one that gives its inhabitants the necessary passport to condescend to town dwellers everywhere, and puts the urbane in urban.

Laviolette understands the countryside and country people in a way streetwise Phillip Marlowes in their brick and tarmac jungles will never grasp. There is almost an organic telepathy, an osmosis of thought and feeling flowing between the detective and the community. Clues are a concentration of flavours and scents rather than solid facts ...
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