Publication Date: 05/03/2020 ISBN: 9781786485779 Category:

The Body in the Castle Well

Martin Walker

Publisher: Quercus Publishing
Publication Date: 05/03/2020 ISBN: 9781786485779 Category:
Paperback / Softback





A missing art student. An international investigation. A secret that will shatter Bruno’s charming village of St Denis.

A rich American art student is found dead at the bottom of a well in an ancient hilltop castle. The young woman, Claudia, had been working in the archives of an eminent French art historian, a crippled Resistance war hero, at his art-filled chateau.

As Claudia’s White House connections get the US Embassy and the FBI involved, Bruno traces the people and events that led to her fatal accident – or was it murder?

Bruno learns that Claudia had been trying to buy the chateau and art collection of her tutor, even while her researches led her to suspect that some of his attributions may have been forged. This takes Bruno down a trail that leads him from the ruins of Berlin in 1945, to France’s colonial war in Algeria.

The long arm of French history has reached out to find a new victim, but can Bruno identify the killer – and prove his case?


What readers are saying about The Body in the Castle Well

‘I loved the book and strongly recommend it’ 5* Reader Review

‘Interesting plot, satisfying mystery to solve, accompanied by lovely descriptions of the beautiful Perigord region of France’ 5* Reader Review

‘My favourite author’ 5* Reader Review

‘As always, a book about Bruno is a delight’ 5* Reader Review

‘Another gem . . . One of his very best, not just a good and clever story, but particularly rich in French history’ 5* Reader Review

Publisher Review

The lyrical depictions of the beautiful Perigord countryside and the sumptuous descriptions of Bruno's kitchen exploits will make readers long for lazy days in rural France * Irish Independent * The Maigret of the Dordogne * Antony Beevor * A satisfyingly intriguing, wish-you-were-here read * Guardian * Rich in atmosphere and personality * New York Times * The Alexander McCall Smith of la France profonde -- Francis Wheen Walker's relaxed style and good humour help to bring to life his engaging hero and delightful home * Sunday Telegraph * Brilliant at capturing the murderous charms of rural France * Mirror *

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