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The Devil's Cave: A Bruno Courrèges Investigation (Bruno Chief of Police 5) [Hardcover]

Martin Walker
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2 Aug 2012 Bruno Chief of Police 5

Springtime in St Denis. It's two weeks before Easter, and Satanism has reared its ugly head. A female body has been found on a boat, bearing the ghastly signs of a black magic ritual. The victim is unknown and nobody is coming forward.

This is the last thing Bruno needs. The Chief of Police-come-culinary connoisseur has too much on his plate as it is, mediating both a domestic abuse case and a local development proposal that seems just too good to be true. Moreover, he has no one to share these stresses with. His dog, Gigi, is gone, as are his usual roster of ladies. He's never felt so alone.

But Bruno soon finds himself back at his best; which is just as well if he's to solve the mystery that's threatening to scar his town's reputation.


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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Quercus (2 Aug 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780870671
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780870670
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 16 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 420,614 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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'The irresistible Bruno ... leaping up mountains and plunging into caves as he prevents various ingenious crimes and plots from upsetting the traditional way of life in St Denis' Literary Review.

'Superb in its relentless sense of truth catching up with falsehood' We Love This Book.

'I wanted to put it down, if only to make it last a little bit longer, but resistance was futile' French Village Diaries.

'Perfect reading for a hot summer's day as you easily slip into the slower pace of country life - and then feel the pangs of hunger as Bruno gets going in the kitchen' Connexion.

'Walker is one of the few non-French writers writing about L'Hexagone's characters in English from a French perspective. Here he does it so well you feel as if you are reading an indigenous author's translated work' France Magazine.

'The setting in all the books is so vividly drawn that anyone who has visited the area on a caving holiday will feel instantly at home' Descent Magazine.

'an excellent addition to a series that is maturing as richly as the wines and cheeses that grace its pages' Reviewing the Evidence.

'An entertaining read - and not just for the Francophiles' Manchester Evening News.

'A gripping read ... descriptions of the French countryside and food make you wish you were in Saint Denis, despite its crime rate' Destination France.

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Springtime in St Denis. It's two weeks before Easter, and Satanism has reared its ugly head. A female body has been found on a boat, bearing the ghastly signs of a black magic ritual. The victim is unknown and nobody is coming forward. This is the last thing Bruno needs. The Chief of Police has too much on his plate as it is, mediating both a domestic abuse case and a local development proposal that seems just too good to be true. Moreover, he has no one to share these stresses with. His dog, Gigi, is gone, as are his usual roster of ladies: Isabelle's in Paris; Pamela's in Scotland and Fabiola - despite still being in St Denis - is outright ignoring him. But, as they say, nothing lasts forever. And, with Balzac the basset hound and two new ladies added to the equation, Bruno soon finds himself back at his best; which is precisely where he'll need to be if he's to solve the mystery that's threatening to scar his town's reputation.


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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mystery, food and France - perfect. 14 Aug 2012
Format:Hardcover
This is the fifth book in the Bruno, Chief of Police series, by Martin Walker. It has been many, many years since I read a crime book (I think Sherlock Holmes when I was a teenager) but as this is set in sleepy southwest France the publishers thought I might enjoy it. They weren't wrong and the old saying of `never judge a book by it's cover' certainly comes true here as I would have been sure to walk past the dark ominous looking front cover. I have certainly been missing out on a great series here as I really enjoyed it. Martin has a very readable writing style and his descriptions of French life are spot on.

Bruno Courrèges, Chief of Police in a small Dordogne town, is a bit of a ladies man (well he is French), but I can see the attraction. Any man who makes, uses and always has in his freezer, a supply of homemade stock is my kind of man. Added to this he has a veggie garden, ducks, chickens, a pantry full of home bottled produce and is able to whip up a tasty meal and I was all for packing my bags until I remembered he was only a character in a book!

When a female body is found on a boat, bearing the ghastly signs of a black magic ritual Bruno springs into action. The victim is unknown and nobody is coming forward. This is the last thing Bruno needs. As the story progressed, the plot twisted and turned and the mysteries deepened, jobs around the house and the family got ignored and I know my heart rate had risen by the end of the book. I wanted to put it down, if only to make it last a little bit longer, but resistance was futile. I gave up in the end and let Bruno lead me to my sun lounger! I will definitely be reading the others in the series.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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Well, maybe that's an overstatement, but in this latest installment of the Chief Bruno Courreges series, the admirable cop of the village of St. Denis attains an even brighter aura as protector of the region and all around great guy as he faces a new threat from satanists, charlatans and wanton women. As always, the storyline is creative and intriguing; but it's the characters populating the book and the locale that give the work real flavor and interest . The stars in all of this are Chief Bruno, local law enforcer, civic organizer, confidant to the powers-that-be, public counselor and psychologist, yenta, gourmet cook, oenologist, jock, horseman and perennial heart throb AND the villages and countryside of the Perigord region of Southwest France.

Without going into great plot detail, "The Devil's Cave" is largely focuses on the death of a beautiful woman found nude and floating down St. Denis' river in a punt attended by signs of a satanist orgy. The woman's local roots are discovered as Bruno leads an investigation into her death and connections to a prominent family with important ties to the national government are uncovered. There is a slam-bang close to this novel that takes place in an underground cave complex that the region is famous for. Along the way to the finish, there is plenty of time for Bruno to produce great meals, engage in vintage wine name-dropping, romance and bonding with a new dog.

It is Chief Bruno's personal life that makes this book--and its predecessors--such addictive reading (my opinion). And the ample time spent in "The Devil's Cave" on the man/dog relationship will probably make regular fans of the series raving fanatics. It's pretty irresistible.

This is a fine read albeit with a few moments of excess--over-the-top on the satanist stuff and maybe a little overwriting in the action-centered finale--but overall, very satisfying and getting us all lined up, salivating for the next Bruno book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Super cop 12 Feb 2013
By ebony
Format:Hardcover
I enjoyed the book it was a page turner, would recommend it to other people the only reason I don't give it five stars is when he was trying to identify the woman's body someone told them who it was but they never explained how they knew, unless i missed it. The other bit was the end of the book where the cop was approaching being James Bond.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Return to form 18 Oct 2012
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
A great return to form by Martin Walker. The Crowded Grave - the previous Bruno instalment - was not one of his best. However, The Devil's Cave is excellent in plot, characterisation, and settings. Here's to many more instalments!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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The Devil's Cave: A Bruno Courrèges Investigation (Bruno Chief of Police 5)Martin Walker was the most experienced foreign correspondent of his generation. He served as the Guardian's star foreign reporter in Moscow getting to grips with the last years of communism. He then switched to Washington where he discovered Bill Clinton and introduced the Arkansas Rhodes Scholar to British readers as the man who would bring the moribund Democratic Party back to life. His last posting was as the paper's European editor where he got front page scoops from Brussels before the Guardian relegated European news to its current minor status without ever a single page devoted to the common continent. All the while Walker was writing elegant essays and book on geo-political books and biographies. Today he is s star turn at high level business pow-wows where he offers visions of trends of the modern world that CEOs need to understand as they position their firms to survive and flourish. But he cannot stop writing and has drawn on his summer base in the Perigord Noir, close to the caves of Lascaux in the Dordogne to produce a series of novels which open windows into how today's France lives, eats, makes love, and deal with Brits. Translated into 15 languages with over a million sales, Walker is a thinking person's latterday Peter Mayne save that you get a tightly plotted crime novel in addition to a vade mecum of Dordogneshire. The latest, fifth book in the series is The Devil's Cave. It stars, a small town's chief of police (the only cop in fact), Bruno Courreges, an ex-hero who saved women in the Bosnian war, guiding us effortlessly through the way modern France works. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good book
Again a very good book. I always enjoy these novels by Martin Walker about his French Chief of Police the lovely Bruno. Along with his friends and villagers of St. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mrs. Helen Butler
5.0 out of 5 stars Great writer on France
Martin Walker is a great writer, he creates interesting characters that warm your heart. Bruno himself is a very attractive central character and his decisions are always... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Marianna
5.0 out of 5 stars hooked on Bruno
Same genre as Brunetti , Zen and Montalbano. It doesn't disappoint. I have now read all of Martin Walkers books and didn't want them to come to an end. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Another Bruno Courreges tale in the Perigord
Martin Walker has created a great character in Chief of Police, Bruno Courreges. Set in the beautiful Perigord region of France, these novels are full of the authentic flavour of... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great history, geography and politics, a compelling read
As always in this series: well drawn characters, vivid local community, convincing depiction of the geography, culture and atmosphere of the Perigord region of France, an exciting... Read more
Published 5 months ago by John Pursaill
5.0 out of 5 stars Discovered a new author
Terrific stories, nice and yet quite meaty. Wonderful descriptions of rural France. If you like Brunetti or Montalbano you'll love these.

Brilliant.
Published 9 months ago by JM
4.0 out of 5 stars excellent quiet reading
Lead character quietly funny/serious .Hope to read more shortlyThe descriptions of the various townsfolk are really good. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Dennis Howarth
5.0 out of 5 stars Thrills and Spills in the Dordogne
Once more Walker has produced a very readable yarn which thoroughly entertains. Ok, this sort of thing don't happen en Dordogne and if there are many more killings around St Denis... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Bronstein
5.0 out of 5 stars Bruno rides again
I am a Bruno fan, and adore all the Martin Walker books. Keep 'em coming! Can I have the recipe for co fit d'oignions please?
Published 10 months ago by French Fran
5.0 out of 5 stars Bruno
The stories are very detailed and I had not realised how corrupt Italy actually is, as the writer explains a great deal about how the country functions. Very good series of books
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