Bruno, Chief of Police

21 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 3,083 ratings

Bruno, Chief of Police 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.

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  • Book 1

    • Bruno, Chief of Police

    • By: Martin Walker
    • Narrated by: Robert Ian MacKenzie
    • Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 767
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 659
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 654

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • High hopes for this series!

    • By Sandra on 09-14-14

    Regular price: $20.26

    • Bruno, Chief Of Police

    • By: Martin Walker
    • Narrated by: Ric Jerrom
    • Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 21
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 17
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 16

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Got to love Bruno

    • By Anne on 02-20-12

    Regular price: $18.33

  • Book 2

    • The Dark Vineyard

    • A Mystery of the French Countryside
    • By: Martin Walker
    • Narrated by: Robert Ian Mackenzie
    • Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 443
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 385
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 385

    A prolific journalist, Martin Walker has crafted a mystery series that deftly blends the stylings of Peter Mayle and Alexander McCall Smith. Chief Bruno Courreges loves life in his small French village. One day his idyll is disturbed when a local research station for genetically modified crops is burned down. An enclave of environmentalists seems to be the most likely culprit, but soon Bruno uncovers evidence that makes the case infinitely more complicated.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Another winner....

    • By Cary on 05-05-11

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    • The Dark Vineyard

    • By: Martin Walker
    • Narrated by: Bill Wallis
    • Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 19
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14

    Just before dawn one late-summer morning, Captain Bruno Courrèges is roused from sleep by the wail of the town siren atop the Mairie, summoning the volunteer firemen of St Denis. Bruno, the only policeman in the small Périgord town, follows the fire engines towards the site of a large barn, now engulfed in flames, the surrounding fields ablaze. Everything points to arson. A Californian wine maker is planning to buy up half the valley to create a huge wine-producing operation.

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  • Book 3

    • Black Diamond

    • A Mystery of the French Countryside
    • By: Martin Walker
    • Narrated by: Robert Ian MacKenzie
    • Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 290
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 264
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 260

    Best-selling author Martin Walker’s previous two novels starring Chief of Police Bruno Courrèges became hits with fans and critics around the globe. In this thrilling third mystery, Bruno has his hands full with trouble in the truffle trade in St. Denis’ marketplace. And when a friend is murdered, things really start heating up.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Engaging action, great characters/sense of place!

    • By Kathi on 04-22-14

    Regular price: $24.49

    • Black Diamond

    • By: Martin Walker
    • Narrated by: Bill Wallis
    • Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7

    France’s Périgord region is the home of the black truffle and at five thousand euros a kilo, the exquisite ‘Black Diamond’ is a treasured local asset. When reports come in that this unique delicacy is being adulterated with a cheaper Chinese version, Captain Bruno Courrèges is asked to investigate the scam. But matters take a much darker turn when a horrific murder occurs, and Bruno has his work cut out to find the connection between present crimes and long-buried ones that are linked to France’s colonial past.

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  • Book 4

    • The Crowded Grave

    • A Mystery of the French Countryside
    • By: Martin Walker
    • Narrated by: Robert Ian Mackenzie
    • Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 284
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 260
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 263

    Martin Walker’s novels starring Chief of Police Bruno Courrèges are a boon to Francophiles and mystery lovers around the world. In The Crowded Grave, Bruno is up to his ears in trouble after a local archaeological dig unearths a corpse with a bullet in its head. Further complicating matters are a meddlesome local magistrate, animal rights activists, and a missing professor - not to mention two lovely ladies vying for Bruno’s affections.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Bruno's world has captured me in its orbit.

    • By Victor G. Savikas on 07-28-16

    Regular price: $23.76

    • The Crowded Grave

    • By: Martin Walker
    • Narrated by: Bill Wallis
    • Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9

    Life in south-west rural France is not the sleepy idyll you might suppose. Local duck and goose farms are being attacked by animal rights protestors attempting to halt the production of foie gras. A senior policeman has been shot by terrorists believed to be the Basque Separatists of ETA. And if that weren’t enough, a group of students have just unearthed a ‘modern’ skeleton during a dig at one of the ancient sites of this famous region and home to prehistoric man - a dig that has brought an influx of foreigners to the Dordogne.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Bill Wallis reading is the 'Icing on this Cake'

    • By Anniebligh on 11-12-14

    Regular price: $20.99

  • Book 5

    • The Devil's Cave

    • Bruno, Chief of Police, Book 5
    • By: Martin Walker
    • Narrated by: Robert Ian Mackenzie
    • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 251
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 229
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 229

    Bestselling author Martin Walker pens stories filled with small-town ambience and charming characters. In The Devil’s Cave, police chief Bruno Courréges is investigating a murder as the tiny French village of St. Denis prepares for Easter. An unknown woman - dead, naked, and bearing the marks of a black magic ritual - is found in a boat floating down the River Vézère. With the townsfolk terrified, clues quickly lead Bruno to the Gouffre de Colombac - the Devil’s Cave.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Series Got Much Better with Book # 5

    • By L. O. Pardue on 03-01-17

    Regular price: $23.76

    • The Devil's Cave

    • Bruno, Chief of Police, Book 5
    • By: Martin Walker
    • Narrated by: Peter Noble
    • Length: 11 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9

    Springtime in St Denis. It's two weeks before Easter, and Satanism has reared its ugly head. A female body has been found on a boat, bearing the ghastly signs of a black magic ritual. The victim is unknown and nobody is coming forward. This is the last thing Bruno needs. The Chief of Police-come-culinary connoisseur has too much on his plate as it is, mediating both a domestic abuse case and a local development proposal that seems just too good to be true. Moreover, he has no one to share these stresses with. His dog, Gigi, is gone, as are his usual roster of ladies.

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  • Book 5.5

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  • Book 6

    • The Resistance Man

    • Bruno, Chief of Police, Book 6
    • By: Martin Walker
    • Narrated by: Robert Ian Mackenzie
    • Length: 10 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 252
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 234
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 232

    Bruno Courrèges - provincial French police chief extraordinaire - is back in another delectable tale of mystery and suspense that unfolds in the gastronomically ravishing Dordogne.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • This series just gets better and better

    • By Amazon Customer on 10-15-16

    Regular price: $23.76

    • The Resistance Man

    • Bruno, Chief of Police, Book 6
    • By: Martin Walker
    • Narrated by: Peter Noble
    • Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 10
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 10
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 9

    Bruno, chief of police, can't get a moment's peace. He's uncovered a cache of old bank notes and is also dealing with a wave of burglaries. The victims include the recently retired head of Britain's Joint Intelligence Committee, which brings old flame Isabelle back to St Denis. The next burglary ends in murder: The victim's bludgeoned body found by his lover - the prime suspect. But Bruno is on another track.

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  • Book 7

    • Death Undercover

    • Bruno, Chief of Police, Book 7
    • By: Martin Walker
    • Narrated by: Peter Noble
    • Length: 11 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 10
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 9

    Bruno, chef de police in the French town of St Denis, is already busy with a case when the body of an undercover French Muslim cop is found in the woods, a man who called Bruno for help only hours before. But Bruno's sometime boss and rival, the Brigadier, doesn't see this investigation as a priority - there are bigger issues at stake. Bruno has other ideas. Meanwhile, a Muslim youth named Sami turns up at a French army base in Afghanistan hoping to get home to St Denis.

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    • The Children Return

    • By: Martin Walker
    • Narrated by: Robert Ian Mackenzie
    • Length: 9 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 220
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 206
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 204

    Bruno, chief of police in the French town of St. Denis, is already busy with a case when the body of an undercover French Muslim cop is found in the woods, a man who had called Bruno for help only hours earlier. But Bruno's sometime boss and rival, the Brigadier, doesn't see this investigation as a priority - there are bigger issues at stake. Bruno has other ideas.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Bruno in a different light

    • By Maine Knitter on 05-27-16

    Regular price: $24.49

  • Book 8

    • The Dying Season

    • Bruno, Chief of Police, Book 8
    • By: Martin Walker
    • Narrated by: Peter Noble
    • Length: 9 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3

    The Dordogne town of St Denis may be picturesque and sleepy, but it has more than its fair share of mysteries, as Bruno,chef de police, knows all too well. But when Bruno is invited to the 90th birthday of a powerful local patriarch - a war hero with high-level political connections in France, Russia and Israel - he encounters a family with more secrets than even he had imagined. When one of the other guests is found dead the next morning and the family try to cover it up...

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • not too heavy, not too light

    • By Anniebligh on 04-11-17

    Regular price: $21.31

    • The Patriarch

    • Bruno, Chief of Police
    • By: Martin Walker
    • Narrated by: Robert Ian Mackenzie
    • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 212
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 197
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 196

    A beloved village, a renowned family, a suspicious death - it's the latest adventure in the Dordogne for police chief Bruno. When Bruno is invited to the lavish birthday celebration of World War II flying ace and national icon Marco "the Patriarch" Desaix, it's the fulfillment of a boyhood dream. But when the party ends in the death of Gilbert, Marco's longtime friend, it's another day on the job for the chef de police. All signs point to a tragic accident, but Bruno isn't so sure.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Big disappointment

    • By Lawrence on 10-31-15

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  • Book 9

    • Fatal Pursuit

    • Bruno, Chief of Police, Book 9
    • By: Martin Walker
    • Narrated by: Peter Noble
    • Length: 9 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5

    The Bugatti Type 57 Atlantic was called the most beautiful car of all time. Only four of them were ever built. A California museum paid $37 million for one; Ralph Lauren bought another; a third was smashed by a train at a level crossing. The fourth disappeared in France during World War II. It was the car used by British racing ace William Grover Williams, twice winner of the French and Monaco Grand Prix, who became an undercover agent in occupied France.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Good Listening

    • By Anniebligh on 03-26-17

    Regular price: $21.31

    • Fatal Pursuit

    • By: Martin Walker
    • Narrated by: Robert Ian Mackenzie
    • Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 260
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 228
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 230

    A pair of murders, a little romance, and rivals in pursuit of a long-lost vintage car of unfathomable value - Bruno, chief of police, is busy in another mystery set in the beautiful Dordogne. At an annual fete in St. Denis, Bruno's biggest worry is surviving in the rally race. The rally and a classic car parade are new to the festivities and draw a spate of outsiders with deep pockets, big-city egos, and, in the case of a young Englishman, an intriguing story. It's the tale of a Bugatti Type 57 Atlantic, lost somewhere in Southern France during World War II.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • So sorry to see this book end

    • By Maine Knitter on 06-24-16

    Regular price: $27.99

  • Book 10

    • The Templars' Last Secret

    • Bruno, Chief of Police 10
    • By: Martin Walker
    • Narrated by: Peter Noble
    • Length: 9 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3

    In this latest mouthwatering mystery starring country policeman Bruno, the body of a woman is found outside a cave beneath the ruined Templar chateau of Commarque in the heart of the Dordogne. She died of a broken neck. An accidental fall, or was she pushed? The victim carries no identification, and her fingerprints are not known to the French police or Interpol. The only clue to the woman's identity is that her dentistry looks American, but Bruno's inquiries at local hotels and gites yield no trace of a missing foreign woman.

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