Commissaire Georges Dupin, a Parisian-born caffeine junkie recently relocated from the glamour of Paris to the remote (if picturesque) Breton coast, is not happy when he is dragged from his morning croissant and coffee to the scene of a curious murder. The local village of Pont-Aven - a sleepy community by the sea where everyone knows one other and nothing much seems to happen - is in shock. The legendary 91-year-old hotelier Pierre-Louis Pennec, owner of the Central Hotel, has been found dead.
A picture-perfect seaside village that played host to Gauguin in the 19th century, Pont-Aven is at the height of its tourist season and is immediately thrown into an uproar. Dupin and his team identify five principal suspects, including a rising political star, a longtime friend of the victim, and a wealthy art historian. An obstinate detective whose unconventional methods include good food, good wine, and taking in plenty of sea air, Dupin finds his case further complicated when ongoing incidents compound the mystery. As he delves further into the lives of the victim and the suspects, he uncovers a web of secrecy and silence that belies the village's quaint image.
A delectable mystery, Death in Brittany transports listeners to the French coast, where you can practically smell the sea air and taste the perfectly cooked steak-frites.
©2015 Jean-Luc Bannalec (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
I've given it 5 stars, so, obviously, I rank it highly among the audiobooks I've listened to
It's not a book of "most memorable moments" but rather a book that slowly unfolds and believably moves toward its conclusion.
His accent. His accent. His apparent knowledge of Brittany. His apparent respect for the characters.
It's not a "moment" kind of book. I was drawn into the book from the first sentence to the last.
I hope to be able to listen to many more of this author's books.
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