Death in the Dordogne
Martin Walker, Martin Walker
‘HUGELY ENJOYABLE AND ABSOLUTELY GRIPPING. BRUNO … THE MAIGRET OF THE DORDOGNE’ – Antony Beevor
The first Dordogne Mystery starring Bruno, Chief of Police, France’s favourite cop. EU inspectors are causing havoc in the little town of St Denis and local tempers are running high, but is it really cause for murder?
Market day in the ancient town of St Denis in south-west France. EU hygiene inspectors have been swooping on France’s markets, while the locals hide contraband cheese in their houses and call the Brussels bureaucrats ‘Gestapo’. Local police chief Bruno supports their resistance. Although, here in what was once Vichy France, words like ‘Gestapo’ and ‘resistance’ still carry a profound resonance.
When an old man, head of an immigrant North African family, is found murdered, suspicion falls on the son of the local doctor, found in flagrante playing sex games surrounded by Nazi paraphernalia.
But Bruno isn’t convinced, and suspects this crime may have its roots in that most tortured period of recent French history – the Second World War, a time of terror and betrayal that set brother against brother. Now it’s up to him to find the killer – but will the people of St Denis allow him to go digging through the past in order to do it?
Deftly dark, mesmerizing, and totally engaging * French Embassy * [Death on the Dordogne] may be a gentle book but it does not pull its punches. It is well-written, introducing a charming, likeable main character: a satisfying detective story; and conveying a strong love and understanding of the Dordogne region of France * Eurocrime * The pleasures of life in the Dordogne, some distinctive well-rounded characters and an intriguing mystery are a winning combination . . . one of the most enjoyable books I've read in a long time * Telegraph * Has many of the characteristics of Golden Age novels, above all the apparently remote setting which reveals its involvement in wider events. Martin Walker's Dordogne is worth a visit * Times Literary Supplement * The selling point of this delightful book is its setting in the legendary France profonde . . . Walker brings to life both a complete community and the chief of police who is its protector, teacher and friend. This book's ingredients are combined as carefully as Bruno's good meals * Literary Review * It's beguiling, evocative and utterly wonderful. it also made me very hungry . . . the Alexander McCall Smith of La France Profonde -- Francis Wheen Hugely enjoyable and absolutely gripping. Martin Walker has got off to a flying start in what promises to be a great series. Bruno will be the Maigret of the Dordogne -- Antony Beevor
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