Bruno, Chief of PoliceBook - 2009
Meet Beno#65533;t Courr#65533;ges, 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.
"Enjoyable.... Martin Walker plots with the same finesse with which Bruno can whip up a truffle omelette, and both have a clear appreciation for a life tied to the land." -- The Christian Science Monitor
"A nice literary pairing with the slow-food movement.... [It is] lovely...to linger at the table." -- Entertainment Weekly
"A wonderfully crafted novel as satisfying as a French pastry but with none of the guilt or calories." -- Tuscon Citizen's Journal
From Library Staff
JCLGreggW Jul 16, 2014
Not quite a cozy, not quite a noir, not quite a police procedural - it's all of these and more. Set in a fiercely independent yet patriotic rural France, St. Denis' lone policeman, Bruno, keeps the peace. He teaches tennis to children, makes his own wine, and has to deal with the town's first mur... Read More »
JCLJanineM Dec 27, 2013
The setting, in the Dordogne region of France, is a delight; Bruno, every daughter's mother's dream. A cozy with flair that also provides some socio-political insight into modern France. And, laugh-out-loud funny in spots.