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The Crowded Grave: Bruno, Chief of Police 4 Paperback – 5 Jul 2012
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'I read this in two evenings, and there's an added bonus; Bruno cooks a couple of dishes and full recipes are supplied' Poitou-Charentes Journal. (Poitou-Charentes Journal)
'This is a grabbing read and wonderful for foodies as readers can enjoy a meander through the back roads of the Dordogne and into Bruno's kitchen for navarin d'agneau made with love and washed down with his '03 Pomerol' Connexion. (Connexion)
'Intriguing well written crime novel that keeps the reader guessing though to the final pages a good read and one of the most enjoyable books I have read in a long time' Female First. (Female First) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Spanish separatists, angry activists and a mystery corpse: Bruno, chief of police has has his work cut out in the fourth in this internationally bestselling series --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.See all Product description
Top Customer Reviews
This time there is an archeological dig (with students), some heavy politics involving Paris and Spain,d
a new magistrate and many old friends. Detailed plotting, well-fleshed-out characters and the
delightful flavour of rural France and the charming people who live away from the big cities.
The food and wine is well worth the detour!
This is the fourth book in the series.
It could be enjoyed as an introduction to the Bruno books, but it is probably better for the new reader
to start with the first book "Death in the Dordogne"
it is probably better to start with
Recommended strongly if you enjoyed the earlier books (we both did).
Skilled writing by author Martin Walker moves the story along in a pleasant ramble, with plenty of time for lots of local food, interaction with animals, and bemused entanglements with current and former girlfriends. The tale comes to kind of an abrupt ending that also brings a major note of sadness to the proceedings. If I was Walker's editor, I might have argued with him on the latter.
A fine read that will please lovers of the series, francophiles in general and anyone who is a fan of the international mystery genre.
St Denis in the Dordogne has been chosen as the location for a secret Franco-Spanish ministerial meeting to discuss cooperation against ETA terrorism. A German archeologist has made a startling discovery at a dig just outside the town but this is complicated by the discovery of much recent skeleton on the same site. To cap it all animal extremists have started a campaign in the region against local producers of fois gras; this is not something that Bruno can countenance for judicial, cultural and gastronomic reasons, ‘He savored the foie gras and its truffles, the creamy, refined richness of the foie and the earthy perfume of the truffle blending warmly together, two opposites that attracted each other and together created something much grander.’
Bruno’s not entirely satisfying relationship with local gîte owner Pamela is threatened by the arrival, as part of the team planning the ministerial meeting, of his ex-lover Isabelle whilst a young magistrate, Annette, newly appointed to the region, manages to ruffle his feathers in a very different manner. Bruno is sensible and honest, an example to the townspeople, old and young. He loves animals too and is, perhaps, just a smidgeon too boring.
The strengths of Walker’s previous books are again to the fore – good characterisation, excellent descriptions of location and locally-produced food and drink. However, for me, the big problem is that the latter has now moved centre-stage with the preparation of meals and their enjoyment getting in the way of the narrative development.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Another excellent story about Bruno, and the inhabitants of St Denis. Interesting twists and turns as usual. A good read.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
I am now hooked on all the Bruno books, so this is a broad spectrum review. I am having to be very disciplined about rationing myself as to how quickly I purchase the next book,... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Caro R
I have managed to read the series of Bruno books in order and they get better.
What I am really waiting for is the Bruno Courreges Cook Book
As always, a good story, told in beautiful pacey narrative. Martin Walker draws me on in his Bruno series. Such good entertainment.Published 13 months ago by Lucase Craig
Martin Walker has delivered another great read. Bruno is a genial and interesting main character, the plot is well constructed and as with all the Bruno books, half the enjoyment... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Alison Head