A pair of murders, a little romance, and rivals in pursuit of a long-lost vintage car of unfathomable value - Bruno, chief of police, is busy in another mystery set in the beautiful Dordogne.
At an annual fete in St. Denis, Bruno's biggest worry is surviving in the rally race. The rally and a classic car parade are new to the festivities and draw a spate of outsiders with deep pockets, big-city egos, and, in the case of a young Englishman, an intriguing story. It's the tale of a Bugatti Type 57 Atlantic, lost somewhere in Southern France during World War II. Among the most beautiful cars ever made, one of only four of its kind, it is worth untold millions and drives its pursuers mad with greed.
As the parade begins, a local scholar turns up dead - and Bruno suspects unnatural causes. To complicate matters, a family squabble over land brings to St. Denis a comely Parisienne who turns Bruno's head. And there's mounting evidence that the events in St. Denis are linked to international crime.
As usual, Bruno's village life offers its challenges - but there is always time for a good bottle and a home-cooked meal.
©2016 Martin Walker (P)2016 Recorded Books
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Bruno is one of my favorite lead characters in a mystery series. He can cook, he loves his community, he understand the real purpose of law enforcement and how to strengthen a community. The series as a whole has created an idyllic understanding of community, while maintaining an understanding of the fallenness of the world. Crime still happens, people are still abused and hated, and there is still a need for police to protect the innocent and bring about redemptive justice. Bruno is not religious in this series. There is no explicit Christian faith. But his view of justice is deeply Christian.
I purchased Fatal Pursuit (the newest book) on the day it came out. I alternately read it on kindle or listened to the audiobook and finished in 2 days. I enjoyed the book, but it felt like a re-tread of previous books. There was a major crime, there was a connection to WWII history, a new woman in the community for Bruno to consider, a new aspect of the very small community that had never been mentioned before (in this case a community amusement park), and yet another connection to international terrorism in his small community. If you have liked previous Bruno books, you will probably like this one. Although the plot was weaker than normal and I was sure there was more to the story when approached the end. The best part of the story is Bruno's helping a low income immigrant teen avoid trouble and get a job. But that is reveals Bruno's character and view of the world. It does not move the story along.
Bruno is a series that you read because you love the community and the characters. You still want a good mystery, but at least for me, what has made the series is the community, the food and the characters. I do not think this was a bad book, I would read it again, but Walker has to move the story along. Bruno needs a stable relationship. He wants to be a husband and father. There series has gone on for too long, if Walker does not make some hard decisions, Bruno will be 20 years into the series and still alone, but I will have stopped reading.
Oh, I love stepping into Bruno's world! For a few days I'm living in St Denis and craving Bruno's cooking. Sure, there's a murder or two but that's the price for this pleasure.
FATAL PURSUIT was well worth waiting for. I have an interest in cars and rallying so this was especially enjoyable. Bruno and his strong, independent women, though! Will he ever find one with whom he can achieve his goal of a family? I like that Isabel keeps making an appearance. They are good together.
Why am I always hungry while reading these books? ;-: Martin Walker is amazing with his descriptions of cooking processes and menus.
While reading this (listening actually), I figured any one of several characters could be the murderer(s). I like that in a book. This latest in the Bruno series is another fabulous addition. I hope we get many more.
The narration by Robert Ian Mackenzie added to the enjoyment of this book. He was wonderful.
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