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Black Diamond (Bruno, Chief of Police Series #3)

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  • Posted February 12, 2012

    Enjoy this series

    I have enjoyed reading all three books of Martin Walker's series. The characters are funny and interesting, descriptions of living in the French village and the mysteries that abound are fun to read. I enjoy Donna Leon's Italian mysteries and M C Beaton's Scottish charcters and have added Martin Walker to the list.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 21, 2011

    Bruno Better Than Ever!

    As good as Martin Walker's first two "Bruno" books were, this is even better! Character development, plotting and smooth writing all are improving with age, just like the area's famous wines. Walker's affection for the rural French life is never more apparent than here. His writing style is deceptively calm and unrushed but underneath that placid exterior are a lot of tense events. But St. Denis' Police Chief (and sole member of the department} Bruno is more that up to handling the varying crises including murder, espionage, criminal gang warfare, racial immigration tensions and a lot more. Oh, by th way, if you ever wondered about the history of truffles and how that important industry operates, that's in here, too. A great read!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 4, 2011

    Intriguing Mistery with surprising plot lines

    A bucolic French village turns into an international crime scene involving political protests, foreign gangs, immigrant smuggling, and the underground truffle trade. Local police chief becomes becomes a dogged detective, solving multiple crimes all the while protecting the local citizens. A good read with memorable characters. You'll want to read his other books.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 11, 2011

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    a delightful whodunit

    In quiet quaint St. Denis, France, Police Chief Bruno Courrèges and his companion Gigi the basset hound enjoy searching for truffles. Sometimes Bruno's investigative teacher Hercule the retired intelligence agent join the pair.

    However, lately the Perigord village has seen a rise in violent crimes related to the multimillion dollar truffle trade. Attacks on Vietnamese vendors and arson at an Asian restaurant shake the tranquility. Additionally rumors fly that substandard Chinese truffles were flooding the market place. Finally, someone brutally murders Hercule. Bruno investigates with leads taking him to the deadly convergence of Vietnamese French and Chinese immigrants.

    The third Bruno French police procedural (see Bruno, Chief of Police and The Dark Vineyard) is a delightful whodunit in which readers will smell the aroma of the food in what in some ways is a cozy as the chief investigates the crime wave. Bruno is superb as he tastes and drinks his way through a wide variety of starred restaurants related to the case. Entertaining Martin Walker toasts the Perigord region (see The Caves of Perigord) with this fine timely whodunit as Bruno learns the trouble with truffles is not trifling.

    Harriet Klausner

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2013

    Mixed review

    Positives: Comfy feeling of Bruno mysteries, information about truffle hunting and the truffle trade, to some extent (see negatives) information about the history of the Vietnamese within France.

    Negatives: Bruno being the lead figure in police operations outside his home town a stretch, politics of the Vietnamese in France gets overly complex, Bruno's relationship with one character is dropped without a word said at the end of the book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2013

    Great mystery and cultural experience

    Fun to read - learned a lot about the French truffle trade, too!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2013

    Highly recommended. All of Martin Walker's Police Series are great reading.

    Martin Walker does a superb job of writing detective stories set in France. It is refreshing to read a detective story that has a great storyline and a mystery reader tries to solve.

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  • Posted November 19, 2012

    Fun read!

    I started with the first Bruno book and have just started the 4th, Black Diamond being the 3rd. These are wonderfully entertaining books with unique characters, an interesting French environment and some pretty interesting topics.
    I find them well written and nicely paced.

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  • Posted August 24, 2012

    Another great story from the south of France

    This book, Walker's third in the "Bruno" series, is another winner! He continues making the reader feel a part of the small village in the south of France where he has been police chief for the past ten years.

    A former soldier who grew up in an orphanage, Bruno is deeply rooted in the village he calls home and the citizens to whom he is professionally and compassionately committed.

    Walker continues Bruno's story without being repetitive or formulaic, often the bane of the best mystery series writers. For those who are new to the Bruno stories, start at the beginning of the series first, reading the first and second books, and quickly proceed to this one. It's another well-told mystery story, as well as a continuing armchair tour of the food and wines of the area. Walker, a renowned scholar with other kinds of writing to his credit, also weaves in a wealth of French history from World War II>

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2012

    Unexpected view of southern France

    Inspector Bruno is one of my favorites - in part because of the setting, in part because of Martin Walker's writing style. Gang wars in France were not what I expected, but good story development. Highly recommended for a "good read".

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