The Templars' Last Secret

Narrated by: Robert Ian Mackenzie
Series: Bruno, Chief of Police, Book 10
Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (318 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Bruno, the beloved chief of police in the idyllic French town of St. Denis, is back! This time a mysterious death brings ancient secrets to light, and it's up to our hero - and favorite gourmand - to connect the tangled threads of past and present.

When a woman's body is found at the foot of a cliff near St. Denis, Bruno suspects a connection to the great ruin that stands on the cliff above: the Chateau de Commarque, a long-ago Knights Templar stronghold that, along with the labyrinth of prehistoric caves beneath it, continues to draw the interest of scholars. With the help of Amelie, a young newcomer to the Dordogne, Bruno learns that the dead woman was an archaeologist searching for a religious artifact of incredible importance, the discovery of which could have dramatic repercussions throughout the Middle East - not to mention in St. Denis. And the woman's ties to Islamic terrorists can only heighten the pressure on Bruno to unravel the centuries-old mystery. Meanwhile, an old flame of Bruno's is assigned to work with him on the case, and the two find time, naturellement, to enjoy the supreme pleasures of the wine, food, and beauty of the Dordogne.

©2017 Walker and Watson Ltd. (P)2017 Recorded Books

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Bruno meets terrorists

I love this series but this book was just average, not up to the quality of the previous books. It basically is a book about a terroist attack and if you’ve read one of these terrorist stories you basically read them all. Denfinately read all the other the books in this series, they are great, but skip this one.

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Least favorite book in the series

Felt very rough, unpolished, written by a much less skilled author. Did not enjoy it.

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Dismal

I can't say what I liked less...the story or the narration. The headline says it all.

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Bruno's books are all good.

Just relax and enjoy. Don't over think these books. Sometimes, you need to sit back and enjoy.

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Another great Bruno mystery

I love the setting of these books and the character development is so good that I almost feel they are part of the family now. Martin Walker also deftly develops timely, engaging plots. These are my go-to mysteries!

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Great read

Enjoyed the story. Descriptions put me right in the action. Good recipes too. I will be reading more of this authored works.

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Another well told tale

Unlike some reviewers, I found this story as well written and conceived as all of the others. As always, the life and personalities of the community of St. Denis charm and delight. We meet some new friends and reconnect with some older ones. The historical background continue to educate us, this time going well beyond the usual WWII content to ancient times, connecting in an ingenious way the modern threat of terrorism. Bruno’s love life remains unresolved. My romantic heart wishes for more than just the continuing limbo between him and his ladies, so I’m looking hopefully towards some progression for him in the next in the series.

Congratulations to the narrator for giving life to this wonderful series.

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Excellent story for Templar nerds

Current and fast paced, the mystery itself kept my interest. However, the descriptions of food and wine are worth many bookmarks!

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Perhaps it is time to end this series?

This is probably the last Bruno I will buy. Martin Walker seems to have run out of ideas for this series and is in danger of plagiarizing himself. Certainly the plots are getting dangerously repetitious. Walker seems unwilling to move his character along in his personal relationships. He keeps hinting that Bruno will suddenly wake up and find the obvious wife-to-be (who we met back in book 3 or 4) but it never moves any further. And he keeps bringing in Bruno's exes, both of whom are tedious (especially Pamela). I strongly suspect Walker is quite happy to leave Bruno in romantic limbo forever and grind out these formulaic stories. But he can do it without me. I've had enough

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Once again a great read

I always love his descriptions of French country cuisine and culture. But why, if the main character is French, is the narrator speaking with an English accent? His female character voices are grating. Aside from the English accent issue the narrator does well with male characters.