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Publisher's Summary

Bruno, Chief of Police, investigates when a body is found floating in the river showing marks of Satanism. France's favourite cop must track down a murderer while quelling his town's superstitious fears in this mystery, part of an internationally best-selling series.

It is springtime France's Périgord, a time of beauty and calm. But not for Bruno, chief of police of the small town of St Denis. A woman's body has been found on a boat, bearing signs of a black magic ritual.

Bruno has too much on his plate as it is - mediating a domestic abuse case that needs careful handling and a dodgy local development proposal that seems just too good to be true.

But a murder case must take precedent and the roots of this one lie buried deep in the past - linked to a chateau above a bend in the river, to the reclusive old woman who lives there and to the secret hidden in the Devil's Cave.

©2012 Martin Walker (P)2013 WF Howes Ltd

Critic Reviews

"An entertaining read - and not just for the Francophiles." (Manchester Evening News)

"Walker's finest yet...a first-rate mystery." (Entertainment Weekly

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  • Anonymous User
  • 16-09-21

good story, pity about the narration

The book is good, I enjoy the series, but was moved to write a review because I found the narration so irritating, that I nearly stopped after an hour and returned the book. I did listen to the end, but had to stop every once in a while, because I could not stand the (really bad) French accent the narrator saw fit to give some of the characters. I listened to the previous three books with three different narrators, or I would not have reached book four.
It is a pity particularly because the narrator is quite good when he speaks normal English -- which is the reason I gave him two stars -- but why on earth does he find it necessary to use an accent that sounds like a really appalling parody? it is silly, it is inappropriate, and it is very very irritating.

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  • Menolly
  • 15-02-20

Bruno really is the best

I love Bruno, he is a wonderful person who cares about people, animals and food, so what isn’t to like. He is also a fine investigator who doesn’t allow himself to be deterred from hunting for his quarry. The only small issue is his lack of a truly committed woman in his life.
I recommend this series to those who like mysteries of a rural nature, country people, village markets, lovely local or home made food and village sentiments.
I’ve given 5 stars because I really enjoyed the plot of this one and the whole mystery.

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  • Mary Carnegie
  • 14-09-16

Good story, tense and complex

Don't like the narrator, who uses comic French accents for many characters, usually those from less affluent society, but Bruno escapes this Clouseau treatment. It would be better to choose an appropriate UK accent, which wouldn't seem so patronising. Bill Wallis did a good job, as always, but he's no longer available, and much missed.
Saint Denis is again the window dressing for vice and evil; the arcane organisation of French law enforcement and policing cause the usual problems, and as the title implies, there's a mix of sacrilege and blasphemy. (I do question the liturgy of the exorcism Mass - in Holy Week, to complicate proper form even more - but I've never been to an exorcism, just lots of Masses.)
Still, I enjoyed it, and can accept, if not appreciate, the performer.

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  • The Curator
  • 12-01-20

Better than expected

Not nearly as twee as I feared it would be. Decent plot and characters but fairly easy going.

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  • BBette
  • 12-11-16

Disappointing

Poor narration - why do some Fench character have French accents and not others, for example? An odd choice. Most narrators would use an English accent for all the French characters, differentiated by class and regional dialects. The late Bill Wallis was much better at this. And the plots of Walker's book become more and more unlikely as time wears on. This is not Scarpetta territory.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 17-01-21

Excellent story

Another action packed story about Bruno & St Dennis. So much detail, you feel that you are in the French village.

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  • sue mawdsley
  • 11-08-22

Better narration

Fun plot, great setting and endearing characters. At last a narrator whose nearer the age of Bruno. Thank you.

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  • Snoopygirl
  • 13-05-22

Another good Bruno book.

I am so enjoying this series. Well worth time. My husband and I are listening to this as our bedtime book but unfortunately it is so good it is a book that keeps us awake so we are listening far into the night rather than send us asleep!!

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  • Frankie
  • 23-01-22

One of Bruno’s best!

A really complicated and gripping plot, featuring his increasingly colourful and endearing set of characters. Beautifully orchestrated as usual by Martin Walker.

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  • Mr. Sjb H
  • 10-09-21

Another good Bruno story but poor narration

The story is good and keeps the Bruno story going but it is let down by the narration

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  • Anonymous User
  • 18-05-21

excellent my wife and I enjoyed the story very muc

excellent my wife and I enjoyed the story very much . a specialty on Holliday and or longer road trips in the car.