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Publisher's Summary

Bruno is a former soldier who has embraced the pleasures and slow rhythms of country life - living in his restored shepherd's cottage; patronizing the weekly market; sparring with, and basically ignoring, the European Union bureaucrats from Brussels.

He has a gun but never wears it; he has the power to arrest but never uses it. But then the murder of an elderly North African who fought in the French army changes everything and galvanizes Bruno's attention: the man was found with a swastika carved into his chest. Bruno soon discovers that even his seemingly perfect corner of la belle France is not exempt from that period's sinister legacy.

©2008 Walker and Watson Ltd. (P)2009 Recorded Books, LLC

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What a Wonderful New Find

I never heard of this series before I saw the first book on sale, but it sounded interesting so I took a chance and I'm so glad I did. I loved everything about this book– the setting, characters, pacing, protagonist, etc. – with just one exception. It could've had a more exciting climax and, at the end, a bit more resolution. Otherwise, it was darn near perfect. I will be recommending this widely, and I'll certainly continue reading with the next book in the series. It's a delight.

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  • 08-09-16

VIVE LA FRANCE

Decent story, good food descriptions, interesting characters. Bruno, a very kindly, moral character. Overly detailed descriptions of women's clothing. I learned some new facts about France in WWII. Smart ending.

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Very enjoyably read/listen.

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Enjoyable characters and story. A little history and French cuisine/wine knowledge mixed in. Made me want to listen to more Bruno stories (and I have enjoyed them also).

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Don't read on an empty stomach!

Love the French setting and the food. Bruno is adorable. Plot makes important progressive statements.
I highly recommend this book!

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Not bad but not at all good

Would you try another book from Martin Walker and/or Robert Ian MacKenzie?

No. The book seemed designed to win fans by using all the things the author thinks the reader would like. For instance it's full of uninteresting food porn.
The reader made every woman sound like an idiot.

How could the performance have been better?

Better women's voices

Any additional comments?

It's fine to listen to but there is nothing special about it.

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Needs a French narrator!

What would have made Bruno, Chief of Police better?

A narrator with a French or neutral accent would have made this audio book spectacular.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Bruno

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narrator has an upper class British accent. Bruno is a lower class French person. The British accent is completely distracting. The narrator would be great for a James Bond novel but ruins this book.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

I loved the story and will read the other novels in the series instead of listening to them.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Bruno, his French village, + a mystery! Oh La La!

The town and the characters are more important than the mystery, though it's a doozie, illustratiing how WWII's aftermath just keeps on giving.....Great first book in this series, glad there are more!!!

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A great narrator with the wrong book...

Where does Bruno, Chief of Police rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

In the middle of the pack, would be upper middle if Robert Ian MacKenzie hadn't read the character as though Bruno were Carson the butler of Downton Abbey. Martin Walker the author might be an Oxford-educated British ex-pat, but his/my hero Bruno Courreges the chief of police is supposed to be French! Bruno just might have more common sense in his little finger than 99% of the rest of the world put together, but Bruno was an orphan who got his education in the army, not at Harrow or Oxford.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Bruno, of course.

Would you be willing to try another one of Robert Ian MacKenzie’s performances?

MacKenzie was perfect in his reading of Mark Helprin's Freddie and Fredricka, which unfortunately does NOT work for Bruno, the French village chief of police.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

As you probably know by now I had an extreme reaction to MacKenzie's reading of the book. It was phenomenally annoying. The book itself is an excellent variation of the British "cozy" murder mystery, and in the right voice would have been just what I was looking for. I will read the remainder of the series and keep my ear out better uses of MacKenzie's prodigious talent.

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A weekend in Provence.

What did you love best about Bruno, Chief of Police?

I adore books that transport you to another place and let you eat, sleep, and look around while keeping you entertained with a good story.

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

It was interesting to learn a little more about French immegration and political history. I had google a few of the mentioned skirmishes to get a feel for the implied import.

What about Robert Ian MacKenzie’s performance did you like?

Believable. Just haughty enough.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

A little egotistical, but then the best French Detectives are, now, aren't they?

Any additional comments?

Bought the next two. . . He's doing a pretty good job of not being formulaic, but this first is the most enthralling.

2 of 5 people found this review helpful

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A very good listen.

If you could sum up Bruno, Chief of Police in three words, what would they be?

Yummy, Intriguing, Current

What other book might you compare Bruno, Chief of Police to and why?

The MC Beaton books, small village, smart cop, with a love life that is unresolved. I like Bruno better though, he is an incredible cook and seems to have a better outlook on life.

What about Robert Ian MacKenzie???s performance did you like?

Good characterizations and seemed to capture what the author was intending.

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

Not that I can remember.

Any additional comments?

The writing is good and keeps you listening, wonderful characters, great descriptions and a look at current problems in France that I knew nothing about.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful