A prolific journalist, Martin Walker has crafted a mystery series that deftly blends the stylings of Peter Mayle and Alexander McCall Smith. Chief Bruno Courreges loves life in his small French village. One day his idyll is disturbed when a local research station for genetically modified crops is burned down. An enclave of environmentalists seems to be the most likely culprit, but soon Bruno uncovers evidence that makes the case infinitely more complicated.
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Loved "Bruno" and couldn't wait for this follow-up. Does not disappoint. Highly believable plot line and engaging characters you care about. Mackenzie's delivery is beautifully paced and very well suited to the overall mood of the work. In short, top notch!
I have a strong preference for the SPOKEN, as opposed to the written word. Although a poor reader may detract from a book, a truly capable reader adds immeasurably to the enjoyment of a good book.
This book is more about food and wine than murder and mayhem. Nonetheless, I enjoyed it thoroughly. It's refreshing to find a hero that's "gooder than good." And it's enjoyable to get to know the various characters in the village. A bit of love story, a bit of politics, quite a bit of food and wine, all wrapped around a mysterious fire and (maybe) a murder. Fun stuff!
This is a great series that takes place in a small French village. Why in the world do they have the most British man in the universe narrating it? This book cries out for a narrator with a French accent or at least a neutral accent. The narrator is very good but should not be narrating this particular series. It is so annoying I intend to read the rest of the series instead of listening to it.
Somebody with a French accent.
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