He has a gun but never wears it; he has the power to arrest but never uses it. But then the murder of an elderly North African who fought in the French army changes everything and galvanizes Bruno's attention: the man was found with a swastika carved into his chest. Bruno soon discovers that even his seemingly perfect corner of la belle France is not exempt from that period's sinister legacy.
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No. The book seemed designed to win fans by using all the things the author thinks the reader would like. For instance it's full of uninteresting food porn.
The reader made every woman sound like an idiot.
Better women's voices
It's fine to listen to but there is nothing special about it.
I adore really well-written fiction, mystery series, and historical fiction, and delight in finding well-narrated translations.
The town and the characters are more important than the mystery, though it's a doozie, illustratiing how WWII's aftermath just keeps on giving.....Great first book in this series, glad there are more!!!
I am an artist and I love to listen to books while I work. Books have always been an important part of my life. Audible Rocks!
Wow. I loved this book. A slow start but it grabs you, and I loved the village and the characters! I wanted to go live there and know these people. Add in a murder mystery with its roots in the history of this region of France, and you have one of my favorite books.
Part of that was because I was so surprised by it.
Wrong title I think!
Give it a try!
I am going out to get a french cookbook!
Wine, food and travel writer, editor, and aspiring novelist.
I'd put it in among the top 25% of the books I've listened to.
Without seeming frenetic, a lot goes on in this story, and even the minor characters are well defined. And Bruno is a rarity among men; he's content with his life, even as he is open to new experiences.
His pacing, as always, is very measured, which makes it easy to visualize each scene.
I wouldn't say my reaction was extreme. But I was very happy to find an affable character to follow through a series of books, and to discover another author whose narrative style fits like a comfortable glove.
If I didn't know who the author was, I'd have sworn this must have been written by Alexander McCall Smith. It's uncanny how similar Walker and McCall Smith are in style, tone, pacing, character development and philosophy.
Within this book some serious subjects are confronted: racism, xenophobia, murder, rape, wartime atrocities, drugs, love, friendship, loyalty, and morality, yet they are considered and discussed without being preachy.
A narrator with a French or neutral accent would have made this audio book spectacular.
The narrator has an upper class British accent. Bruno is a lower class French person. The British accent is completely distracting. The narrator would be great for a James Bond novel but ruins this book.
I loved the story and will read the other novels in the series instead of listening to them.
In the middle of the pack, would be upper middle if Robert Ian MacKenzie hadn't read the character as though Bruno were Carson the butler of Downton Abbey. Martin Walker the author might be an Oxford-educated British ex-pat, but his/my hero Bruno Courreges the chief of police is supposed to be French! Bruno just might have more common sense in his little finger than 99% of the rest of the world put together, but Bruno was an orphan who got his education in the army, not at Harrow or Oxford.
Bruno, of course.
MacKenzie was perfect in his reading of Mark Helprin's Freddie and Fredricka, which unfortunately does NOT work for Bruno, the French village chief of police.
As you probably know by now I had an extreme reaction to MacKenzie's reading of the book. It was phenomenally annoying. The book itself is an excellent variation of the British "cozy" murder mystery, and in the right voice would have been just what I was looking for. I will read the remainder of the series and keep my ear out better uses of MacKenzie's prodigious talent.
Words form the heart, sound forms the soul, intrigue forms the mind.
Yummy, Intriguing, Current
The MC Beaton books, small village, smart cop, with a love life that is unresolved. I like Bruno better though, he is an incredible cook and seems to have a better outlook on life.
Good characterizations and seemed to capture what the author was intending.
Not that I can remember.
The writing is good and keeps you listening, wonderful characters, great descriptions and a look at current problems in France that I knew nothing about.
A little more lively reading would be nice.
This is similar to the other Bruno books I have read or listened to.
While the book is a little slow, it is still a nice listen. A definite listen if you are going to the French countryside for vacation.
Yes, interesting mystery and wonderfully developed local culture and scenery.
Hmmmm, kind of unique.
His multiple voices with French accents were very well done.
No, like good wine, wanted to savor over time.
Way to go Bruno!
Mysteries, classics, non-fiction, time travel, Bounty hunters, grim reapers... anything but vampires, please!
I adore books that transport you to another place and let you eat, sleep, and look around while keeping you entertained with a good story.
It was interesting to learn a little more about French immegration and political history. I had google a few of the mentioned skirmishes to get a feel for the implied import.
Believable. Just haughty enough.
A little egotistical, but then the best French Detectives are, now, aren't they?
Bought the next two. . . He's doing a pretty good job of not being formulaic, but this first is the most enthralling.
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