I picked this book because it was different from what I usually find. Still, while life may offer its challenges—often in the form of distractingly comely Parisiennes—there is always time for a good bottle and a home-cooked meal. Martin Walker came to fiction late, and he seems satisfied to use a store-bought Write Your Own Mystery kit: pick a genre procedural a setting rural France a protagonist sensitive loner cop , and away he goes, writing a Engish as bald and clunky as a sophomore essay. Bruno will be the Maigret of the Dordogne. If you can't afford that vacation in the south of France this year, Bruno may be the next best thing.
Denis as it was before as possible. Bruno is chief of the police municipale, and the one and only officer on the local force, in the Périgord town of St Denis where he reports to the Mayor. Bruno Courrege is police captain in St. He is also an orphan who never had a proper home until he arrived in St Denis. A paean to the Dordogne, an exploration of fractious French history, and the debut of the most self-possessed, accomplished, even-tempered, life-savoring Holmesian character ever, Walker's first Bruno novel proves once and for all that heavyweight journalists can write mystery novels. Something dangerous is afoot in St.
He lives in Washington, D. At the time of writing this, I am already reading the third in the series and will continue to read on. The peaceful rutiny of St. He spends his days dealing with minor issues and helping resolve them while looking out for the good of his community. He has empathy and guts, patience and understanding. It also gives a good bit of insight into the issues and challenges for contemporary France.
The crime which disturbs the idyllic commune of St Denis has its origins in France's troubled past and provokes outbreaks of the politically inspired violence that simmers beneath the placid and agreeable surface presented to tourists. I loved it because I knew enough about France that I could follow the journey of the main character. The detective, Bruno, is an appealing character, who has a few demons from the past, but loves his life in St Denis, a small town in the Dordogne. His writing style of bringing serious issues, really dark history and daily experiences to the table, without a neurotic, dark undercurrant, works in his favor, in my book at least. He has a gun but never wears it; he has the power to arrest but never uses it.
Martin Walker has got off to a flying start in what promises to be a great series. What we have here instead is a lovely, lyrical, and eminently enjoyable immersion into the life of a small fictional village in the real Dordogne in south-central France, a region famous for wine and amazing country cuisine. I felt the ending was perfect and realistic considering the events occurred in a small rural town setting. Can this one stand alone Yes. When a local scholar turns up dead, Bruno suspects unnatural causes.
If it works and I think it does we have to thank Walker's decades of reporting the sad political history of Europe 1950-2000. But then the murder of an elderly North African who fought in the French army changes all that. The food is gourmet and the inspector is thoughtful but emotionally damaged. Walker and his Bruno offer an enchanting introduction into this very real world. Like the book itself, life in St Denis is rich and slow-paced; the residents as inter-connected and dependent on each other as they are with the land they share. I enjoyed this light mystery and its charming policeman.
Then there is a new chef of the Gendarme who overvalues his own importance and insight and is bound to make a mess due to a lack of insight. The story and the characters grabbed me from page one and never let go. The first chapter opens on a beautiful day in May, with Bruno Courreges, St. The pace of the books is happily not unlike the pace of the setting. It is the first book of the series. Above all, he is a beloved, but also a seriously underestimated policeman. The first chapter opens on a beautiful day in May, with Bruno Courreges, St.
I figured out the mystery halfway through--never a good thing--and I never really got to know any of the characters as well as I wanted to. Walker's love of the place shines through. The detective, Bruno, is an appealing character, who has a few demons from the past, but loves his life in St Denis, a small town in the Dordogne. Throw in a little tension between Bruno and a young Police Nationale upstart, a mystery that keeps you guessing, the leisurely pace of the area, tennis! Denis is a small village in Perigot in the south of present-day France. Bruno -- as he is affectionately nicknamed -- may be the town's only municipal policeman, but in the hearts and minds of its denizens, he is chief of police. As they learn more about the dead man's past, Bruno's suspicions turn toward a more complex motive. That is until the commune has its fir I'm adding this to my favorite series shelf after reading just the first of seven Bruno, Chief of Police books.