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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Historical fiction with a unique protagonist and at realistic fictitious plot that includes criminal activity and great detective collaboration!!
This is what I live for in listening to a book.
Bruno was a switch for me, as well. I look forward to following him through parts of French history that have occurred during my lifetime and that I was totally uninformed about.After reading a lot of British, Irish, Russian and other novels of this genre, the French is new to me. There are nuances of the culture and the language, even in translation, that I look forward to getting used to.
I never get great marks for my reviews, but I love expressing my thoughts anyway!!! Yay, Bruno!!
Enjoyable characters and story. A little history and French cuisine/wine knowledge mixed in. Made me want to listen to more Bruno stories (and I have enjoyed them also).
Love the French setting and the food. Bruno is adorable. Plot makes important progressive statements.
I highly recommend this book!
Besides how entertaining and evocative of life in southern France, I found Martin Walker's book to be incredibly timely, given the recent turmoil in France (Charlie Hebdo). The historical accounts of French Resistance fighters, and Vichy and gestapo police, were enlightening and handled with a well-balanced objectivity...the author's journalism background does him proud. Furthermore, Bruno is an entertaining protagonist, albeit a little too good to be true, and some scenes make me groan for their obvious "guy's point of view", but, hey-that can be instructive, too. All in all, a terrific listen.
As others have noted, the British narrator is distracting, but I think we are always supposed to bear in mind that this is written from a British
point of view. I will try to get used to him (I see he has read all the books in the series.) because I like Bruno, and I especially like Walker's historical approach so much!
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!!!
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.
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.
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