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The Devil's Cave (Bruno, Chief of Police) Hardcover – Deckle Edge, July 9, 2013
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This is the fifth in the series starring Benoît “Bruno“ Courrèges, chief of police in a tiny village in the Dordogne region of France. The French countryside, with its glorious food and wine, provides stark contrast to the dark deeds of the crimes Bruno investigates. For example, when Bruno and his aide go fishing, hoping to discover the source of a victim’s body, they take along limes to flavor the trout they catch and fillet on the river bank. This mystery has a very dark basis: a naked woman is seen in a boat floating down the river. The woman has been murdered, with a symbol traced in black on her belly. Black candles and the severed head of a cockerel are found in the boat. Bruno investigates the possible black-magic connection, unearthing rituals that go back to a black mass enacted by a desperate mistress of Louis XIV. There are contemporary tie-ins as well to a real-estate scheme in the area. An enchanting new entry in this solid series. --Connie Fletcher
“A sumptuous French mystery filled with wine, cheese, and a lush Dordogne countryside.”
—The Christian Science Monitor
“An enchanting new entry in this solid series.”
“Charming…Bruno, an affable gourmet and dogged investigator, is a winning lead, and Walker perfectly balances developments in his private life with the homicide inquiry.”
“The Devil’s Cave brings to life a pastoral setting where the gourmet menu is as spicy as the sex, and where readers can share in the timeless beauty of the French countryside, laced with a little murder.”
“If you’re looking for an affordable way to have an adventure in the French countryside this summer, try Martin Walker’s latest novel, The Devil’s Cave…This leisurely whodunit strikes a captivating balance between suspense and delight.”
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In this story, the little village of St Denis is again tempted by a major property development, but all is not on the up and up. A satisfying mystery entwines with the civil matters that face small communities - how to thrive economically without losing the character that makes it so charming. There are some dark themes: the tale is kicked off by the discovery of a naked dead woman. Suggestions of a 'Black Mass' with themes of power-seeking, obsession, exploitation and destructive families underpin the plot.
It moves at a good canter - keeping you interested, but also let's you get some sleep. :)
Martin Walker's brilliantly imagined and wonderfully well written "Bruno" series, in chronological order as of July, 2014: "Bruno, Chief of Police," "The Dark Vineyard," "Black Diamond," "The Crowded grave," "The Devil's Cave," "Resistance Man" and "Children of War."
Sidenote: If you go to Walker's Bruno web site, you can watch a half-hour book tour chat by the author at Washington's Politics and Prose bookstore, where he tells anecdotes and behind-the-stories stories about the series, himself, the cop who inspired the character of Bruno and some of the real life people and history and incidents that would find their way into these books.
Bruno continues to delight and charm, rough enough to interest and polished enough to entice. He still rides his horse Hector, tools around the countryside rubbing elbows with the local farmers and can cook a mean omelet by leaving a truffle which he dug up himself in the egg carton to infuse flavor into the eggs.
While Bruno and the villagers are the heart of every Walker story, he never shorts on the mystery which always includes a bit of adventure and excitement, this time deep in a cave.
If you are a mystery fan and have not tried the Bruno Chief of Police series I encourage you to give them a try.
are thoroughly enjoyable and the author's writing leaves you feeling like you're in St. Denis. The characters are strong and there's always
current issues threaded into the storyline. Bruno is first a policeman but he's also a good cook and his choice of cheeses, wines, breads and main
dishes make your mouth water.
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Perigord alive, I quickly ordered this new addition to the Bruno saga and wasn’t disappointed.Read more