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Bruno, Chief of Police (Bruno, Chief of Police Series #1)

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  • Posted March 18, 2009

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    The second Porigord thriller is a super investigative cozy

    In rustic Perigord, France, Police Officer Benoit "Bruno" Courreges is very popular amidst the villagers mostly for his lifestyle; he lives like they do in a shepherd's cottage and shopping at the local market. As a cop he has arresting authority, but never uses it as his presence leads to guilt and everyone behaving. He assumes his most significant job is to protect the local merchants and farms from the European Union pests.

    However, a homicide of an elderly French WWII veteran from Algeria upsets the former soldier turned village cop. The murder is bad enough, but the swastika carved on the victim's chest angers Bruno. As he investigates a horde of homicide detectives and crime experts from Paris try to take over the case from him, but he refuses to allow them to lead. Initially members of the violent anti-immigrant National Front are the prime suspects, but soon with a help of a scholar, Bruno begins to look back to WWII for the culprit.

    The second Porigord thriller (see THE CAVES OF PORIGORD) is a super investigative cozy that brings to life a small rustic village. The villagers including Bruno are priceless as their eccentricity and their outlook towards the EU as unwelcome intruders forcing the local heroes to be "smugglers" enhance the clever whodunit. Martin Walker cleverly links five decade old transgressions to a modern day homicide as fans will say oui oui to BRUNO CHIEF OF POLICE.

    Harriet Klausner

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 3, 2011

    liked every tiny detail

    all the details of a small village cop with his own chickens and very serious plot will enchant u and u will miss Bruno.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 23, 2009

    Easy Read Blending Mystery With a little History

    I enjoyed this book. It is good to see that various groups are dealing with racism and it is not just a problem in the America South. I was a little disappointed with the ending but enjoyed reading about the meals the characters shared. I really liked Bruno as he seems to be a real man and not a one dimensional character.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 24, 2014

    Very good reading

    Enjoyed the writing. Bruno is an interesting character. It reminds me of Hamish in the M.C. Beaton books. The setting are fun to read about and the characters nicely drawn

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 20, 2012

    Charming

    Not a barn-burner, but charming enough to merit reading others in the Bruno series.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 24, 2012

    Great mystery series set in the south of France

    This was my first read of one of Martin Walker's "Bruno" books. (And this is the first in the series. The book is about an ex-soldier who has settled in the Perigord region of the south of France and has been chief of police for the past ten years. Bruno carries no gun and is an able diplomat who prefers persuation and common sense to rigid rule enforcement. In addition, he is a gourmand

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2014

    One if the better french regional mystery series

    Especially for those who liked simeon and you might like to visit unlike the latest norse that deters

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  • Posted February 2, 2012

    great book!

    This series is a wonderful look at France after WWI and the truffle industry; the characters are beautifully written and the book makes you want to go and meet these people; would definitely recommend for a book club too!

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  • Posted November 2, 2011

    I'm hooked!

    Enjoyable light reading.

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