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A missing woman, a shocking pregnancy, a dash of international intrigue, and a bottle or two of good Bergerac: It's another case for Bruno, Chief of Police.

When a British tourist fails to turn up for a luxurious cooking vacation in Bruno's usually idyllic Dordogne village of St. Denis, the worried hostess is quick to call on Bruno for help. Monica Felder is nowhere to be found, and her husband, a retired British major, is unreachable. And not long after Bruno discovers that Monica was traveling with a mysterious Irishman (her lover?), the two turn up dead. The Irishman's background in intelligence and his connection to Monica's husband only raise more questions for Bruno. Was she running away? How much does her husband really know? What's the real story behind a scandal buried in the threesome's military past? 

Meanwhile, the star of the girls' rugby team, a favorite of Bruno's, is pregnant, putting at risk her chances of being named to the French national squad. Bruno's search for the truth in both cases leads him to places he hadn't intended to go - but, as ever, he and his friends take time to savor the natural delights of the Dordogne. Sante!

©2018 Walker and Watson, Ltd. (P)2018 Recorded Books

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Best of the best

I've loved the whole Bruno series, which blends French atmosphere, food and European history with romance and the excitement of solving a crime. In this latest, Martin Walker brings old friends together again, who are made all the more familiar by Robert Ian MacKenzie's impeccable performance, and the pace never lags. Bookpage made this book a Top Pick in their June issue, and I hope more readers will give the Bruno, Chief of Police series a try.

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  • Patricia
  • FAIRWAY, KS, United States
  • 07-15-18

Bruno at his best!

Martin Walker can still create a suspenseful mystery while he continues to give us delicious recipes.

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Way to much cooking going on

This may be a good book, but couldn't get past the tedious descriptions of cooking duck liver. Narrator is fine, but all he seems to be doing is reading recipes.

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  • Cary
  • Napa, California, United States
  • 07-11-18

Return to form...

"I've read all the Bruno books and, while they're all very good, unsurprisingly some are better than others. This one get's full marks. Interesting believable characters with a compelling and believable story line that kept me enthralled thru to the end. The one constant in the series, is the exceptional narrator, Robert Ian MacKenzie. His modulated, evenly paced delivery is exemplary. More of this series, s.v.p.

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Was it a cookbook or thriller?

Not even close to quality of L Penny books..if this was the plan. As food was dominate, this book was bland in all ways.

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  • Alexis
  • S.F. Bay Area, United States
  • 06-18-18

Bruno Just Gets Better and Better!

I love this series and really enjoy the narration, too. Bruno and his little French town get me every time! It’s too bad we get only one of these per year!

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