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Publisher's Summary

When an old man is found viciously murdered, a swastika carved in his chest, the obvious conclusion is that this killing must be racist. Suspicion falls on the son of the local doctor, found in flagrant playing sex games surrounded by Nazi paraphernalia.
©2008 Walker and Watson Ltd

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  • Anne
  • Banjup, Australia
  • 02-20-12

Got to love Bruno

What made the experience of listening to Bruno, Chief Of Police the most enjoyable?

I love the French town setting and the characters of the town.<br/>The way that Bruno manipulates subtly the characters in the best interest if the town.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

The plots of his books are gentle and cleaver,not fast moving ,but interesting<br/>The food inclusions and Bruno's fascination for cheeses ,truffles and his prowess in the kitchen makes interesting listening and the taste buds water.<br/> <br/>

Any additional comments?

I have listened to three books but not in sequence , wish I had listened in order but still I Enjoyed the book

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  • Impy
  • 03-31-15

Mediocre

Bit disappointed in this as I really enjoyed Devils Cave. The story was not so gripping and the narrator did not hold me. Am not sure if I will listen to anymore but may try if different narrator.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • abigail
  • 04-07-13

Bruno - one of the best detectives :)

Clever, entertaining and leaves you constantly wanting to listen. After driving home from work, I sat in my drive way because I so eager to find out what happened! Well worth a listen and Ric Jerrom's voice works really well :)

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • B. Hurlston-Schoeps
  • 12-23-12

Charming and quaint

Makes you fall in love with France whilst providing insight into life in a small town and old sins which come back to haunt people. The narrator has a soothing voice and brings the characters to life. And there are the great recipes for authentic French farm cooking. Meet Bruno local Chief of police working on racist murder case that is not what it looks like... enjoy.

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  • Carol Kent
  • 09-08-17

Dull!

I can't decide if it was the narration or the story that I found tedious. I stuck with this book until the bitter end because this author is new to me and I didn't want to sell him short.
Although Bruno has some endearing traits, I just couldn't take to him. My favourite character was the Mayor.
Too much filler in descriptions of everything!
I feel as if I have wasted a credit here. I won't continue with this series.

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  • Stella
  • 08-10-17

Ok .... ish!

A rather feeble tale, well told and very well narrated. Bit tame although mildly diverting. You could never call it 'gripping' !!

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  • Mary Carnegie
  • 09-15-16

Not PC Plod, exactly.

Martin Walker is as good for Dordogne tourism as an outbreak of Black Plague! First of a series set in the village of Saint Denis, with a murder rate exceeding that of Midsomer, and too much history, social inequality and conspiracy, far too many guns and breakfast alcohol.
The audiobook seems to be a US edition; there are unfamiliar expressions like "slacks" - a US type of trousers, which sound very unflattering, and "cell phone" - a mobile, not communication from gaol!
Walker portrays a France just as flawed as that of Balzac, Flaubert and Zola, but with Bruno, a decent man trying to find stability and community after a lonely childhood and traumatic military service.

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  • Elizabeth Gutteridge
  • 11-28-16

Badly let down by narration.

What would have made Bruno, Chief Of Police better?

A different narrator! The narrator trivialized the character by gratuitously 'chuckling' Bruno's comments.

What did you like best about this story?

This was an interesting story, with a sense of place, history, and close community. Bruno is an integral part of the community, and his role as a policeman reflects a deep respect for justice in context. <br/>In this first book (of the series) Martin Walker perhaps overpdraws Bruno's heroic 'good guy' qualities, but the character gains depth in subsequent books.