“Bruno, Chief of Police” by Martin Walker

 Agnes’ Pick:
 (Vintage, May 2010)

Brave, handsome and he cooks…! Meet Bruno, Chief of Police.

This detective story set in rural France has all the usual prerequisites nasty murder, hero with his own demons, truffles, barbeques, and interesting residents with their own secrets.

This was an enjoyable read. The delve into French politics, both local and national and the historical details of the French in wartime and in Algiers were new to me and interesting.

Walker paints a lovely picture of rural France (and grapes, the wine, the pate…). If you enjoyed A Year in Provence by Peter Mayle, then this series might be for you.

Less melancholic than the Scandinavian writers of the genre, not so whimsical as M.C. Beaton’s Hamish MacBeth, readers of both might enjoy a sojourn to “La belle France”. (Did I mention the food?)

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