Friday, April 17, 2015

Book Review Friday: Bruno, Chief of Police

Bruno, Chief of Police
By Martin Walker

Wow!  I feel like I just got back from a long vacation in France.  Martin Walker gives his book Bruno, Chief of Police a real sense of place.  From the description of the small French village of St. Denis to the mouthwatering descriptions of real French cooking this book is a vacation between two hard covers.  Bruno, whose real name is Benoit Courreges, is the only policeman in the commune of St. Denis.  He knows all the villagers personally, teaches their little ones tennis, and works with the police in the other local villages playing a game of cat and mouse with the health inspectors from the European Union who are trying to enforce modern production rules that would shut down half the businesses in the local market square.  And when murder shatters the peace of the little village of St. Denis, Bruno proves that common sense and old fashioned police work can triumph over flash and politics. 

First in a series.  Other titles include:
The Dark Vineyard
Black Diamond
The Crowded Grave
The Devil's Cave
Bruno and the Carol Singers
The Resistance Man
Children of War
They Dying Season

For more mysteries set in France try these authors:
Michelle Wan
Gerald Jay
Fred Vargas
M. L. Longworth

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