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The Crowded Grave: Bruno, Chief of Police 4 Paperback – 5 Jul 2012

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Quercus (5 July 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780876742
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780876740
  • Product Dimensions: 11.5 x 2.4 x 17.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
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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.

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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.

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Martin Walker does it again - another beautifully detailed adventure for the kindly and competent Bruno.
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).
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This is the fourth book I have read in this series and I am starting to enjoy them more each time. I love the character of Bruno and his relationships with his community. As a one time visitor to this region, I am interested in the references to the different towns. A great read, though a sad ending.
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Bruno is a totally convincing very human character. The life of that part of Perigord is so warmly described, as a background to a complex, exciting plot.
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as descridbed and on time
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I enjoyed this book, written in an easy style and well written. i would get his books again not having read him before.
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If you haven't read any of Martin Walker's " Bruno" books, and you are a Francophile, get stuck in with the very first and simply wallow in it! All of France is there - the landscape, the architecture, the food (especially the food!), bureaucracy, rugby and tennis, dogs, wine-making, community spirit, little towns, eco - terrorism, police procedure, and, it being France, sex! The chief of police in this small town is so wonderful, that women will want to marry him, and men will want to be him! Each book stands alone, and this latest is very good indeed, but I recommend that you start with the first and keep on going. Bonne chance!
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Here's another very entertaining story in the Chief Bruno series with a good balance of original plot and local color. I'm guessing that most readers of earlier novels are now in it for the latter feature, as Bruno's daily routines around the Perigord village of St. Denis are rendered in appetizing detail (in more ways than one) and his strongly written character is generally without significant flaw or hangup. In "The Crowded Grave", Bruno's concerns range from the problems of archeologists chronicling Neanderthal and Cro-Magnon civilization in the neighborhood to attacks on foie gras goose farmers by PETA activists to the threat of Basque terrorism in the midst of a high level diplomatic summit.

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.
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By Dr R TOP 500 REVIEWER on 15 Oct. 2015
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This is the fourth of Martin Walker’s books featuring St. Denis Chef de Police Benoît ‘Bruno’ Courrèges and the least successful.

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.
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