Bruno, Chief of Police

Bruno, Chief of Police

eBook - 2009
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AMeet Benoit Courreges, aka Bruno, a policeman in a small village in the South of France. He's a former soldier who has embraced the pleasures and slow rhythms of country life. He has a gun but never wears it; he has the power to arrest but never uses it. But then the murder of an elderly North African who fought in the French army changes all that. Now Bruno must balance his beloved routines--living in his restored shepherd's cottage, shopping at the local market, drinking wine, strolling the countryside--with a politically delicate investigation. He's paired with a young policewoman from Paris and the two suspect anti-immigrant militants. As they learn more about the dead man's past, Bruno's suspicions turn toward a more complex motive. This edition includes an excerpt from Martin Walker's The Devil's Cave. Bonus material!Martin Walker is often asked by his readers for vacation recommendations in the area where his best-selling series is set. In "A Perfect Weekend in Perigord, "Walker shares his itinerary for an ideal vacation in this picturesque region.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2009.
ISBN: 9780307271464
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc


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Feb 28, 2021

Reminded me of Peter Mayles' "A Year in Provence", with a dash of mystery thrown in. After reading it, I wasn't surprised to find out that Martin Walker is a middle or upper middle class Englishman. If you like Mayles' book, you'll probably like "Bruno, Chief of Police".

Oct 13, 2020

I quite enjoyed my introduction to Bruno. Throughout the book I was hoping Bruno would drop by my place and offer to guide me around and to share his culinary experiences. I like the character of Bruno and enjoyed learning of his relationships with people within his community. It's a reminder of what police work would have been before computers when police operators mixed with locals on a regular basis. An easy read, a likeable main character, a generosity of spirit resolve issues for the better which doesn't always mean doing things by the book. I look forward to further Bruno books. It certainly helps that the setting seem idyllic when hearing of what for sale on market day.

WCL_Kiirstin Aug 08, 2020

A strong start to a series that will be enjoyed by fans of Louise Penny and Donna Leon - steeped in place and culture and as much about those as about the mystery, and recommended for readers who want their cozy mystery with a bit of meat. Bruno's a lovely character to spend time with. The mystery was a twisty turn-y one, and wrapped up mostly satisfactorily at the end. Some extremely clunky exposition of Bruno's backstory really grated on this reader, but I enjoyed the book enough that I'm looking forward to reading the next.

May 08, 2020

First in a series. Bruno is a good and wise police chief. Plot twists keep you reading. Not so much a who done it as a why done it ; with recipes and food critiques thrown in for secondary interest.

Nov 16, 2019

I recently discovered MARTIN WALKER and his series of books featuring Benoit (aka Bruno) Courreges, chief of police of St. Denis in the Perigord region of southwestern France. Book 1 is titled BRUNO, CHIEF OF POLICE that I have read. My biggest regret is that I did not read this book in 2011 when my wife and I visited the region. Even so, I do remember some of the places mentioned in this book.

Bruno is police chief of the small, rural town of St. Denis. He is a military veteran of the war in the Balkans. There he met the love of his life, only to lose her in a massacre during which he was wounded. He returns to St. Denis and becomes police chief. All of this took place before the story begins but is told via flashbacks.

The story begins in the late spring when an elderly Muslim North African WWII war hero is found murdered and tortured in his cabin. His son and grandson are friends of Bruno and the family is popular in St. Denis. A Nazi Swastika is carved on the victim’s chest. Why that was done is centermost to Bruno’s investigation. The hate crime aspect brings in the national police and much bad publicity. It also introduces a female inspector, to whom Bruno is attracted, perhaps changing his life. A drug crime is a secondary storyline involving teen lovers from the area. How Bruno and the national police solve the crimes are interesting stories.

If you are a fan of police procedurals, if you love to read about interesting places, if you are food lover, then read this book. Personally, I cannot wait to read the next in this multibook series.

Oct 24, 2019

This was my book club's selection, not my usual genre. But, I was pleasantly surprised and finished the book! I thought it would be a light mystery, but it turned out to be a very modern story with historical references that I found very interesting. Looking forward to reading more in the series.

Sep 11, 2019

Series recommended by Alice

Jan 22, 2019

The first of a series about life and crime in a small town in southwestern France spiced with good food, wine and crime. Some of the historical connection with Algeria is a good touch.

Very worth while to read this background on our beloved character, Bruno, chief of police in small town France. Can't add any more than what other fans have written below.

Nov 08, 2018

Having been in this area this year, Martin has absolutely nailed it! Can't wait to get hold of the next book in the series. Louise Penny, watch out!

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