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Publisher's Summary

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.
©2008 Walker and Watson Ltd (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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loved it and the character Bruno and the insights into rural French and the history

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  • Anne
  • 20-02-12

Got to love Bruno

What made the experience of listening to Bruno, Chief Of Police the most enjoyable?

I love the French town setting and the characters of the town.
The way that Bruno manipulates subtly the characters in the best interest if the town.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

The plots of his books are gentle and cleaver,not fast moving ,but interesting
The food inclusions and Bruno's fascination for cheeses ,truffles and his prowess in the kitchen makes interesting listening and the taste buds water.

Any additional comments?

I have listened to three books but not in sequence , wish I had listened in order but still I Enjoyed the book

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  • J. A. Mark Emmerson
  • 20-06-20

Excellent

The southern French countryside filled with true to life customs and personalities. As a Bermudian transplanted to this area it is a delight to say "but yes, that is Madam so and so or Monsieur such and such"; that there are no 'inventions' to the characters and the wonderful way of life and the description of the countryside.
The 'who done it' plot is excellent and delves into the sad and recent history of France during the Second World War with knowledge and understanding.
No hesitation ...... on to the next book. A different reader but still good.

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  • Buys too much on Amazon!
  • 27-01-21

Not my cup of tea

I was looking for a cozy murder mystery and this series came highly recommended so I enthusiastically paid up for an Audible credit to listen.
However it wasn't really what I wanted for a book. Don't get me wrong, I love visiting France and French food and drink but it felt laboured with all the time spent spelling out all the details of these. Also it felt chauvinistic and old fashioned the way Bruno described every woman he came across and the way that his romance and set scenes were shoehorned in. Made me cringe.
I appreciate its difficult to voice these audio books with different voices for each character but many of the older men syrangely turned more northern British than French - something I found distracting.
And the actual murder investigation had very little content.
I won't be ploughing on with the rest of the series.

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  • tommy
  • 24-01-18

Bad Accents

Could of done without the regional English accents for French characters.

Hard to mentally escape when it reminds you of being down the local Tesco.

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  • Impy
  • 31-03-15

Mediocre

Bit disappointed in this as I really enjoyed Devils Cave. The story was not so gripping and the narrator did not hold me. Am not sure if I will listen to anymore but may try if different narrator.

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  • abigail
  • 07-04-13

Bruno - one of the best detectives :)

Clever, entertaining and leaves you constantly wanting to listen. After driving home from work, I sat in my drive way because I so eager to find out what happened! Well worth a listen and Ric Jerrom's voice works really well :)

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  • B. Hurlston-Schoeps
  • 23-12-12

Charming and quaint

Makes you fall in love with France whilst providing insight into life in a small town and old sins which come back to haunt people. The narrator has a soothing voice and brings the characters to life. And there are the great recipes for authentic French farm cooking. Meet Bruno local Chief of police working on racist murder case that is not what it looks like... enjoy.

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  • Carol Kerr
  • 08-09-17

Dull!

I can't decide if it was the narration or the story that I found tedious. I stuck with this book until the bitter end because this author is new to me and I didn't want to sell him short.
Although Bruno has some endearing traits, I just couldn't take to him. My favourite character was the Mayor.
Too much filler in descriptions of everything!
I feel as if I have wasted a credit here. I won't continue with this series.

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  • Stella
  • 10-08-17

Ok .... ish!

A rather feeble tale, well told and very well narrated. Bit tame although mildly diverting. You could never call it 'gripping' !!

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  • Mark Lucas
  • 23-06-21

Beautiful!

What a delightful story and beautiful narration. Lovely description of the little French village life, and smells, and sounds and tastes. Good gentle pace and fascinating plot.

Note- I have seen some negative reviews and I think that they must be for a different book.

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  • Curious Alice
  • 13-04-21

Exceptional book, top quality narrating

A very interesting book about a small town, and a murder of an Algerian War Hero. Great book, keeps you interested and entertained all the way.

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  • Agnes
  • 26-08-18

Just tell me a story

It is a pity that an otherwise enjoyable book was spoiled for me by the author's constant repeating of his"little englander" opinions - anti-EEC, anti-German and the constant use throughout the book of the term "english", when the more accurate "british" should have been used. The ending also left a lot to be desired by arguing that the murder being investigated was in fact justified as the perpetrator was young.

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  • Elizabeth Gutteridge
  • 28-11-16

Badly let down by narration.

What would have made Bruno, Chief Of Police better?

A different narrator! The narrator trivialized the character by gratuitously 'chuckling' Bruno's comments.

What did you like best about this story?

This was an interesting story, with a sense of place, history, and close community. Bruno is an integral part of the community, and his role as a policeman reflects a deep respect for justice in context.
In this first book (of the series) Martin Walker perhaps overpdraws Bruno's heroic 'good guy' qualities, but the character gains depth in subsequent books.

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  • Anne
  • 30-07-21

Twee

More a story about life in provincial France than a ripping mystery. A too good to be real main character living the idyllic dream is interrupted by the brutal murder of an old immigrant resident. We learn the daily routines and quaint customs, detailed descriptions of many meals and matching wines - quite tedious. It’s easy to forget the actual crime…..

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  • Efrosini
  • 17-02-21

Welcome to French cuisine, with extra spice!

Wish I could hop on a plane and be in Bruno's St Denis. The deep scars left by Vichy and Nazi occupation, does not have the power to extinguish human decency and compassion. Love the Mayor's character, wily fox! And the Parisian apparatchik brilliantly drawn! Anyone understand why Pamela is known as "mad Englishwoman?"

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  • Tracy
  • 20-11-18

Accents are soooo important!

I love all the Bruno books - so light, so fun - and when my man and I headed off on a long road trip recently, well, I thought they'd be the perfect books for us to listen too together. This was definitely not the case! The experience was completely spoiled by the narrators accent/s. Why oh why are all these delightful French characters given English accents? It's very off putting! Also, because of the cultural differences, what sounds perfectly reasonable coming out of Bruno's mouth if you picture him French makes him sound like a totally lecherous pretentious git when he has an English accent! I found myself really disliking him!

Whilst I realise the author is English and his experience in France and his knowledge of the war etc are integral to the book (as are the English characters), the narration just doesn't work for me at all.