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The Dark Vineyard: A Mystery of the French Countryside | [Martin Walker]

The Dark Vineyard: A Mystery of the French Countryside

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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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.

©2009 Walker and Watson, Ltd. (P)2011 Recorded Books, LLC

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    Cary Napa, California, United States 05-05-11
    Cary Napa, California, United States 05-05-11 Member Since 2006

    Road Warrior

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    "Another winner...."

    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!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Settle 09-04-13 Member Since 2005
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    "Just barely a murder mystery"

    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!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    B.J. Minneapolis, MN, United States 06-07-14
    B.J. Minneapolis, MN, United States 06-07-14 Member Since 2007

    I hear voices. But maybe that's because there's always an Audible book in my ear.

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    "Three Pines ... but in France."

    I discovered this series because of another Audible reviewer. (Thanks, Kathi!) It's certainly not a hardcore police procedural. Rather it has the feel of Louise Penny's Chief Inspector Gamache/Three Pines series. The characters are quirky. The town is small. While it's not quite on the same level as Penny's Three Pines series, it's very, very good - provided you're not expecting the grit and depth of Jo Nesbø or Adrian McKinty.

    Food and wine play a big part in things. For some, it might be a distraction but I actually like hearing about making wine and what's on the menu for the evening. I like the French history that's thrown in and details about life in the countryside. It's all been interesting.

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    Thierry 08-24-13
    Thierry 08-24-13
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    "Needs different narrator"
    Would you try another book from Martin Walker and/or Robert Ian Mackenzie?

    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.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Robert Ian Mackenzie?

    Somebody with a French accent.


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