Bruno, Chief of Police

by Martin Walker | Mystery & Thrillers |
ISBN: 1554682649 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingAceofHeartswing of Mississauga, Ontario Canada on 10/1/2008
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Journal Entry 1 by wingAceofHeartswing from Mississauga, Ontario Canada on Wednesday, October 01, 2008
From the Publisher


Bruno, Chief of Police:
A Recipe for Success
• Take a rural commune in the heart of the Dordogne and a one-man police department by the name of Bruno.
• Add a brutal murder with the hallmarks of a racial crime against immigrant workers from North Africa.
• Season with clues that point to unsettled feuds from the Nazi legacy of World War II.
• Serve with Gallic charm in all good bookshops as the first book in a brilliant crime fiction series.

Set in the street markets, cobbled squares, vineyards and farmland of the Dordogne area of France, Bruno, Chief of Police features Captain Bruno Courrèges, a man as charming and eccentric as he is wise. A formidable investigator, Bruno must rise to the challenge when the head of an Algerian family is murdered and the peace of Bruno’s beloved village of St. Denis is shattered. Racism is the obvious conclusion, and the son of a local doctor who is caught playing sex games surrounded by Nazi paraphernalia is the immediate suspect. But Bruno knows his people well and sees a more complex explanation lurking in the memories and unsettled feuds of the German occupation.
This addictively readable novel, filled with the sights and sounds—and politics—of the French countryside, launches a stunning new crime fiction series.

Please note: There is a splotch on the cover due to an accident with some nail polish remover

Journal Entry 2 by wingAceofHeartswing from Mississauga, Ontario Canada on Tuesday, October 07, 2008
This is such a delightful book!! Bruno is the Chief of Police in a French market town. His usual police activities include thwarting the food inspectors trying to implement the EU regulations and marshalling for the patriotic parades in the village square. When the head of a Algerian family is brutally murdered, Bruno must deal with the National Police, the gendarmes and a very political judge magistrate.

Racism is the obvious motive. Bruno doesn't believe this for a minute. When the village doctor's son is caught in a compromising position with some Nazis and a lot of various illegal drugs, he is thought to be the prime suspect. Bruno, however, just can not let go of a few loose ends. Bruno is eccentric, charming and good at his job.

This book is full of Gallic charm with a great mystery and even the nice twist at the end. The reader is pulled into the quaint village life and learns a lot about the Vichy government during WWII and the resulting terror and feuds. Some of the Promo material describes this book as a marriage of The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency and A Year in Provence. This is such an apt description. I loved this book and will look forward to the next in the series

Journal Entry 3 by wingAceofHeartswing from Mississauga, Ontario Canada on Sunday, November 16, 2008
mailed today to Candy-is-Dandy who won it in a YBS swap

Journal Entry 4 by wingcandy-is-dandywing at Braintree, Essex United Kingdom on Tuesday, February 15, 2011
It was about time I had a sort out of several boxes of books and 'embarrassment'!! I found this unjournalled and un'zoho'ed. Apologies, Ace, but now we both know where it is.

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