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Publisher's Summary

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.

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A mystery with facinating folklore and impressioni

The author paints with his words the rugged landscape of Brittany lore. Add murder to art forgery and voila I was hooked to the very end.

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A Murder in Brittany Was Superb!

This was the first in the series of mysteries set in Brittany featuring Commissioner Dupin. It was an excellent who done it with a reader who evoked a true French feeling for the local. Dupin's character was beautifully drawn out and by the end of the novel you can't wait to read the next one. Dupin is frustrated with some of the people that he works with and he has a definite eye for the ladies. I can truly recommend this book.

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A mystery of art and murder solved in Brittany

A light murder mystery was made a very enjoyable listen by affectionate and amusing descriptions of Brittany, its people, pleasures, and landscapes.

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keep this author's books coming

Where does Death in Brittany rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I've given it 5 stars, so, obviously, I rank it highly among the audiobooks I've listened to

What was one of the most memorable moments of Death in Brittany?

It's not a book of "most memorable moments" but rather a book that slowly unfolds and believably moves toward its conclusion.

What does Jean Brassard bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

His accent. His accent. His apparent knowledge of Brittany. His apparent respect for the characters.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

It's not a "moment" kind of book. I was drawn into the book from the first sentence to the last.

Any additional comments?

I hope to be able to listen to many more of this author's books.

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Can we say ECCENTRIC? ;)

From professional reviews I was prepared to love this book and was confirmed in this expectation in the first chapters. But then Commissaire Dupin - he was so fretful and repeating things and his subordinates argue with him - which makes more repeating of what's already been said. One reviewer says the Bretons, the men especially are generally this way - talking around things before winding in to the point. But I still loved the nature descriptions interspersed amid plot workings so I kept on. Also, one reviewer said he/she couldn't stand Dupin's arrogance and quit the book. I saw some arrogance too. But as I kept reading I realized Dupin is actually very thoughtful toward everyone except LaBat - who deserved it. I began to see the HUMOR and that Dupin is just eccentric! and that this sort of fussy, airy mental hopping around eccentricity is, in my view, meant to be COMICAL. Anyway, after keying in to the humor I started really enjoying the book, the characters, the art talk and the humor and his nature descriptions of trees and beach and sea and light -- wonderful. I've gotten the next book. Hope I enjoy it as much.

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Good sleuthing in Brittany!

Brittany, law-enforcement, murder, murder-investigation, relationships, rivalry, situational-humor, family dynamics***** Who murders a 91 year old hotelier? And why? That is the crazy that Dupin has to figure out and locate prosecutable evidence for. He is mostly a loner and has his own way of sifting through everything that comes his way which provides the rest of us with opportunities to solve things while he does. Loved it! I came late to this series, so I can testify that they only keep getting better and better! The other important thing is the beautiful prose which feels like a love song to the beauty of Brittany and her people. Jean Brassard makes the pronunciations of the unfamiliar French sound so easy.

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Nice local descriptions, ok mystery.

the story was ok. not very inspired but a fairly goog plot. the description of the area were fun to listen to so worth it overall.