Bestselling author Martin Walker pens stories filled with small-town ambience and charming characters. In The Devil’s Cave, police chief Bruno Courréges is investigating a murder as the tiny French village of St. Denis prepares for Easter. An unknown woman - dead, naked, and bearing the marks of a black magic ritual - is found in a boat floating down the River Vézère. With the townsfolk terrified, clues quickly lead Bruno to the Gouffre de Colombac - the Devil’s Cave.
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I love to read books set in interesting places or historical settings. I especially love mysteries and thrillers.
I was not thrilled with books 3 and 4 in the series, but this story was probably the best so far. I enjoy Bruno for his love of simple pleasures (food, wine, beauty, animals). He is the perfect Chief of Police for a small country town in France. I have learned so much French history and geography as he covers subjects that are not just about the World Wars or Impressionism.
The cases, quirky characters, and place all make for great detective stories with lots of warmth and charm with some danger thrown in now and then. These stories are comparable, but not as good as, the Louise Penny series set in Three Pines, Quebec. To be honest, the cases are not hard to solve, but an occasional twist is thrown in that I am not expecting. I have seen much improvement to the story structure with this fifth book.
I enjoy the narrator as he adds more charm to the stories. I have already loaded Book 6 and am ready to go.
I just love this series. I have my sister listening to it too. She loves it. I cried when Gigi passed 2 books ago. didn't want to spoil that. I will be sad when I come to the end of this series.
This was well written and captivating. There was rather a lot of sordid sexual imagery that I didn't like it because the book has some sex-related themes or I would have enjoyed it a lot more.
In Anchorage AK since 2007. Found audio books in 1996. I remember the huge boxes of cassettes in the mail! Sometimes w/a faulty cassette!
As I finished the fifth installment of Bruno's adventures, I wonder about my desire to keep on going, and yet it is there. I have learned so much about French history, which is appropriate in our present state of world affairs. But I know there is so much I miss out on, having no French language experience. So much French, most of it not translated is frustrating. But the characters, and Bruno, especially, are so real and complex, that you just want to stay with it.
The best comparison I can think of is that the series reminds me of Louise Penny's Three Pines series...which she can't publish fast enough for me. Anyway, this series really makes me want a Bassett Hound!!!!!8
Another fabulous Bruno adventure.
Great series; great book; great food; great characters; great narration. I just want Bruno to finally settle on one woman. :-)
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