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The Body in the Castle Well

Narrated by: Robert Ian Mackenzie
Series: Bruno, Chief of Police, Book 12
Length: 10 hrs and 51 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (127 ratings)

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An aging art scholar and a visiting student, haunting echoes of France's colonialist past, and a delicious navarin of lamb - Bruno is back, and his latest case leads him from the Renaissance to the French Resistance and beyond by way of a corpse at the bottom of a well. 

When Claudia, a young American, turns up dead in the courtyard of an ancient castle in Bruno's jurisdiction, her death is assumed to be an accident related to opioid use. But her doctor persuades Bruno that things may not be so simple. Thus begins an investigation that leads Bruno to Monsieur de Bourdeille, the scholar with whom the girl had been studying, and then through that man's past. He is a renowned art historian who became extraordinarily wealthy through the sale of paintings that may have been falsely attributed - or so Claudia suggested shortly before her death. 

In his younger days, Bourdeille had aided the Resistance and been arrested by a Vichy policeman whose own life story also becomes inexorably entangled with the case. Also in the mix is a young falconer who works at the Chateau des Milandes, the former home of fabled jazz singer Josephine Baker. In the end, of course, Bruno will tie all the loose threads together and see that justice is served - along with a generous helping of his signature Perigordian cuisine.

©2019 Martin Walker (P)2019 Recorded Books

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Another excellent Bruno book!

I highly recommend the book and the series. Reading the books in order is the way to go. I had minor two issues with this book. The Pamela/Isabelle storyline is old. Bruno needs a new woman in his life. Also, Pamela always sounds like an old lady to me, not like a young woman who would be involved with Bruno.

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Better and better!

The Bruno series continues to get better and better!

All of the ingredients we expect, plus an emotional punch.

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Another winner!

Once again, Mr Walker presents an outstanding Bruno story . We are introduced to some very complex and interesting new characters, and enjoy our old friends as well. The tension of the murder investigation is perfectly balanced with dinners, conversations, and wonderful side bars into the French life we've grown to love in these amazing stories.

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Reading vs. Listening

I enjoy each new Bruno mystery and this was my first Audible vs. text book. The narrator made many pronoun agreement errors that interrupted my enjoyment of the story as I was continually correcting the narrator (he didn't listen!). The American accents sounded Irish causing some additional confusion. I felt the story lines with Pamela and Isabelle are now tired. Time for Bruno to find a different woman. Always enjoy the food preparations and descriptions of small town French life. I will probably look forward to the next book in the series but hope the character's life evolves more.

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Love the series but....

The story was drawn out I had figured out who was guilty well into the story. I still love this series but like one of the other reviewer said a little food cooking goes a long way. Also if Bruno is as bright as we think he is he needs to figure out which woman he wants to be with him get on with it. love the descriptions of that area of the country love the descriptions of food just the details about how it's fixed is over the top.