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Bruno, Chief of Police

Bruno, Chief of Police
A Book

by Martin Walker

  • Publisher : Quercus Books
  • Release : 2008
  • Pages : 262
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Captain Bruno Courreges goes by the grand title of Chief of Police, though in truth he's the only municipal policeman on staff in the small town of St Denis in the beautiful Perigord region of south west France. He has a gun but never wears it; he has the power to arrest but never uses it. The law in St Denis and the farms and hamlets of its sprawling commune is not necessarily applied as Paris would like it. Bruno sees his job as protecting St Denis from its enemies, and these include the capital's bureaucrats and their EU counterparts in Brussels. Today is market day in the ancient town. Inspectors from Brussels have been swooping on France's markets, attempting to enforce EU hygiene rules. The locals call the Brussels' bureaucrats 'Gestapo' and Bruno supports their resistance. What's more, here in what was Vichy France, words like 'Gestapo' and 'resistance' still carry a profound resonance. When an old man, head of an immigrant North African family, is found viciously murdered - a swastika carved in his chest - the obvious conclusion is that this ritualistic killing must be racist, and that Le Front National is alive and well in the Dordogne. Suspicion falls on the son of the local doctor, found in flagrante playing sex games surrounded by Nazi paraphernalia. But Bruno isn't convinced, and suspects this unusual crime may have its roots in that most tortured period of recent French history - the Second World War. A time of terror and betrayal that set brother against brother, it casts a very long shadow.

The Coldest Case

The Coldest Case
A Bruno, Chief of Police Novel

by Martin Walker

  • Publisher : Knopf
  • Release : 2021
  • Pages : 336
  • ISBN : 0525656677
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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After attending an exhibit on the facial reconstruction of ancient skulls, Bruno wonders if this technology might provide an invaluable clue to a thirty-year-old cold case. The investigation quickly turns thorny and leads Bruno to a reclusive vintner, Henri Bazaine. The scrutiny on Henri intensifies once Bruno discovers that he was declared dead thirty years ago and has been living under an assumed name ever since. The strange case is further complicated as Parisian bureaucrats get involved, hinting that essential diplomatic relations might be at stake. Print run 30,000.

Fatal Pursuit

Fatal Pursuit
Bruno chases the most beautiful car ever made, one that some would kill for

by Martin Walker

  • Publisher : Hachette UK
  • Release : 2016-06-02
  • Pages : 400
  • ISBN : 1784294608
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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'RICH IN ATMOSPHERE AND PERSONALTIY ... IT'S IMPOSSIBLE TO READ A BRUNO NOVEL WITHOUT GETTING HUNGRY' New York Times Bruno, Chief of Police, star of the internationally bestselling series of Dordogne Mysteries, investigates the real-life disappearance of 'the most beautiful car ever made' in this compelling case for France's favourite cop The Bugatti Type 57 Atlantic was called the most beautiful car of all time. Only four of them were ever built. A California museum paid $37 million for one; Ralph Lauren bought another; a third was smashed by a train at a level crossing. The fourth disappeared in France during World War 2. It was the car used by British racing ace, William Grover Williams, twice winner of the French and Monaco Grand Prix, who became an undercover agent in Occupied France. The latest adventure in the Bruno series of mystery novels starts from this true story. Two young men, both racing drivers with a passion for antique cars, compete to find new clues as to the car's hiding place in the Perigord region of France. When a local researcher turns up dead on Bruno's patch, and French intelligence starts investigating the use of classic car sales to launder money for funding Islamic terrorism, Bruno finds himself once more caught up in a case that reaches far beyond his small town and its people. With the bucolic charm and gourmet cooking that are the hallmarks of this series, Bruno's latest adventure finds him falling in love again as he races to find the murderer and to track down the fate of the most beautiful car ever made.

The Body in the Castle Well

The Body in the Castle Well
Bruno investigates as France's dark past reaches out to claim a new victim

by Martin Walker

  • Publisher : Hachette UK
  • Release : 2019-06-04
  • Pages : 384
  • ISBN : 1786485788
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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'WILL MAKE READERS LONG FOR LAZY DAYS IN RURAL FRANCE' Irish Independent Millions of readers worldwide are discovering the special world of Bruno, Chief of Police, and the Dordogne Mysteries. There's murder in paradise in the twelfth case for France's favourite cop in this addition to a beloved series A missing art student. An international investigation. A secret that will shatter Bruno's charming village of St Denis. A rich American art student is found dead at the bottom of a well in an ancient hilltop castle. The young woman, Claudia, had been working in the archives of an eminent French art historian, a crippled Resistance war hero, at his art-filled chateau. As Claudia's White House connections get the US Embassy and the FBI involved, Bruno traces the people and events that led to her fatal accident - or was it murder? Bruno learns that Claudia had been trying to buy the chateau and art collection of her tutor, even while her researches led her to suspect that some of his attributions may have been forged. This takes Bruno down a trail that leads him from the ruins of Berlin in 1945, to France's colonial war in Algeria. The long arm of French history has reached out to find a new victim, but can Bruno identify the killer - and prove his case?

A Taste for Vengeance

A Taste for Vengeance
A Book

by Martin Walker

  • Publisher : Bruno, Chief of Police Novel
  • Release : 2018-12-26
  • Pages : 499
  • ISBN : 9781432858384
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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A missing woman, a shocking pregnancy, a dash of international intrigue, and a bottle or two of good Bergerac: it's another case for Bruno, Chief of Police. When a British tourist fails to turn up for a luxurious cooking vacation in Bruno's usually idyllic Dordogne village of St. Denis, the worried hostess is quick to call on Bruno for help. Monica Felder is nowhere to be found, and her husband, a retired British major, is unreachable. And not long after Bruno discovers that Monica was traveling with a mysterious Irishman (her lover?), the two turn up dead. The Irishman's background in intelligence and his connection to Monica's husband only raise more questions for Bruno. Was she running away? How much does her husband really know? What's the real story behind a scandal buried in the threesome's military past? Meanwhile, the star of the girls' rugby team, a favorite of Bruno's, is pregnant, putting at risk her chances of being named to the French national squad. Bruno's search for the truth in both cases leads him to places he hadn't intended to go--but, as ever, he and his friends take time to savor the natural delights of the Dordogne. Santé!

The Crowded Grave

The Crowded Grave
Bruno deals with murder and mayhem in rural France

by Martin Walker

  • Publisher : Hachette UK
  • Release : 2011-10-29
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN : 0857389572
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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'BRILLIANT AT CAPTURING THE MURDEROUS CHARMS OF RURAL FRANCE ' Mirror Millions of fans worldwide have discovered the world of Bruno, Chief of Police, and the lovely Perigord town that he looks after. Yet even in the depths of rural France, murder is never far away. Spanish separatists, angry local activists and a mystery corpse: Bruno has his work cut out in this exciting mystery, part of the internationally bestselling series. Life in the Dordogne isn't full of the charming peace that you might imagine. In St Denis a summit in a local château is threatened by Basque separatists, animal rights campaigners are causing havoc and it's about to get worse. A local archaeological team unearths a well-preserved skeleton. Yet it's a lot more recent than they'd hoped - boasting a Swatch on its wrist and a bullet-hole in its skull. Meanwhile, an influx of visitors makes St Denis unusually crowded, and the solution to the murder appears to lie with one of these outsiders. Bruno must think fast and keep his wits about him, especially if the answer lies a little closer to home.

The Devil's Cave

The Devil's Cave
(Bruno, Chief of Police #5)

by Martin Walker

  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Release : 2013-06-25
  • Pages : 352
  • ISBN : 1443409472
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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It is springtime in idyllic St Denis, a time of beauty and calm. But not for Bruno, Chief of Police: a woman’s body has been found on a boat, bearing signs of a black magic ritual. Bruno has much on his plate—a domestic abuse case that needs careful handling and a dodgy local development proposal that seems too good to be true. But a murder case must take precedence, and the roots of this one lie buried deep in the past, leading Bruno to a chateau above a bend in the river to the reclusive old woman who lives there and the secret hidden in the Devil’s Cave.

A Taste for Vengeance

A Taste for Vengeance
Bruno, Chief of Police 11

by Martin Walker

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 2019-03-07
  • Pages : 384
  • ISBN : 9781787476028
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The Coldest Case

The Coldest Case
It's murder in paradise in the latest gripping case for Bruno Chief of Police

by Martin Walker

  • Publisher : Hachette UK
  • Release : 2021-05-27
  • Pages : 368
  • ISBN : 1787477789
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Capturing the magic of the Dordogne and its people, the Dordogne Mysteries are worldwide bestsellers. Featuring Bruno, France's favourite policeman, along with gourmet food and wine, local colour, sunshine and murder mystery, no wonder they are so popular. 'RICH ON LOCAL COLOUR' THE TIMES 'DOLLOPS OF THE GOOD LIFE IN RURAL FRANCE SPICED UP WITH INTERNATIONAL INTRIGUE' IRISH INDEPENDENT 'UNRIVALED AT INTERWEAVING THE PROFESSIONAL AND PRIVATE PURSUITS OF A THOROUGH LIKABLE COP' DAILY MAIL Bruno Courreges is Chief of Police of the lovely town of St Denis in the Dordogne. His main wish is to keep the local people safe and his town free from crime. But crime has a way of finding its way to him. For thirty years, Bruno's boss, Chief of Detectives Jalipeau, known as J-J, has been obsessed with his first case. It was never solved and Bruno knows that this failure continues to haunt J-J. A young male body was found in the woods near St Denis and never identified. For all these years, J-J has kept the skull as a reminder. He calls him 'Oscar'. Visiting the famous pre-history museum in nearby Les Eyzies, Bruno sees some amazingly life-like heads expertly reconstructed from ancient skulls. He suggests performing a similar reconstruction on Oscar as a first step towards at last identifying him. An expert is hired to start the reconstruction and the search for Oscar's killer begins again in earnest.

The Coldest Case

The Coldest Case
The Dordogne Mysteries 14

by Martin Walker

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 2021-05-25
  • Pages : 368
  • ISBN : 9781787477759
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Capturing the magic of the Dordogne and its people, the Dordogne Mysteries are worldwide bestsellers. Featuring Bruno, France's favourite policeman, along with gourmet food and wine, local colour, sunshine and murder mystery, no wonder they are so popular.'RICH ON LOCAL COLOUR' THE TIMES'DOLLOPS OF THE GOOD LIFE IN RURAL FRANCE SPICED UP WITH INTERNATIONAL INTRIGUE' IRISH INDEPENDENT'UNRIVALED AT INTERWEAVING THE PROFESSIONAL AND PRIVATE PURSUITS OF A THOROUGH LIKABLE COP' DAILY MAILBruno Courreges is Chief of Police of the lovely town of St Denis in the Dordogne. His main wish is to keep the local people safe and his town free from crime. But crime has a way of finding its way to him. For thirty years, Bruno's boss, Chief of Detectives Jalipeau, known as J-J, has been obsessed with his first case. It was never solved and Bruno knows that this failure continues to haunt J-J. A young male body was found in the woods near St Denis and never identified. For all these years, J-J has kept the skull as a reminder. He calls him 'Oscar'. Visiting the famous pre-history museum in nearby Les Eyzies, Bruno sees some amazingly life-like heads expertly reconstructed from ancient skulls. He suggests performing a similar reconstruction on Oscar as a first step towards at last identifying him. An expert is hired to start the reconstruction and the search for Oscar's killer begins again in earnest.

The Patriarch

The Patriarch
A Bruno, Chief of Police Novel

by Martin Walker

  • Publisher : Knopf
  • Release : 2015
  • Pages : 336
  • ISBN : 0385354177
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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"Originally published in slightly different form in Great Britain by Quercus Publishing"--Title page verso.

Fatal Pursuit

Fatal Pursuit
A Bruno, Chief of Police Novel

by Martin Walker

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 2017-03-09
  • Pages : 336
  • ISBN : 9781784294625
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The Bugatti Type 57 Atlantic was called the most beautiful car of all time. Only four of them were ever built. A California museum paid $37 million for one; Ralph Lauren bought another; a third was smashed by a train at a level crossing. The fourth disappeared in France during World War 2. It was the car used by British racing ace William Grover Williams, twice winner of the French and Monaco Grand Prix, who became an undercover agent in Occupied France. Two young men, both racing drivers with a passion for antique cars, compete to find new clues as to the car's hiding place in the Perigord region of France where Bruno is the local chief of police. When a local researcher turns up dead on Bruno's patch, and French intelligence starts investigating the use of classic car sales to launder money for funding Islamic terrorism, Bruno finds himself once more caught up in a case that reaches far beyond his small town and its people.

Bruno, Chief of Police

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

by Martin Walker

  • Publisher : HarperCollins Canada
  • Release : 2010-05-11
  • Pages : 272
  • ISBN : 1443401706
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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A Recipe for Success Take a rural commune in the heart of the Dordogne and a one-man police department by the name of Bruno. Add a brutal murder with the hallmarks of a racial crime against immigrant workers from North Africa. Season with clues that point to unsettled feuds from the Nazi legacy of the Second World War. Serve with Gallic charm in all good bookshops as the first book in a brilliant crime fiction series. Set in the street markets, cobbled squares, vineyards and farmland of the Dordogne area of France, Bruno, Chief of Police features Captain Bruno Courrèges, a man as charming and eccentric as he is wise. A formidable investigator, Bruno must rise to the challenge when the head of an Algerian family is murdered and the peace of Bruno’s beloved village of St. Denis is shattered. Racism is the obvious conclusion, and the son of a local doctor who is caught playing sex games surrounded by Nazi paraphernalia is the immediate suspect. But Bruno knows his people well and sees a more complex explanation lurking in the memories and unsettled feuds of the German occupation. This addictively readable novel, filled with the sights and sounds—and politics—of the French countryside, launches a stunning new crime fiction series.

The Dying Season

The Dying Season
A Bruno Courrèges Investigation

by Martin Walker

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 2016-03-03
  • Pages : 342
  • ISBN : 9781784295684
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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A Market Tale

A Market Tale
A Bruno, Chief of Police Story of the French Countryside

by Martin Walker

  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release : 2014-12-02
  • Pages : 32
  • ISBN : 1101873973
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The eighth installment in the delightful, internationally acclaimed series featuring Chief of Police Bruno. Between the seventeenth-century mairie and the stone bridge over the river that winds through town, the village of St. Denis hosts its weekly market, as well-stocked with local gossip as with fresh produce and pâtés. As summer blooms, the newest talk of the town is the rapport between Kati, a Swiss tourist, and Marcel, a popular stall owner whom Kati meets over his choice strawberries. None are happier than police chief Bruno to see Marcel, a young widower, interested in love again, but as his friend’s romance deepens, Bruno senses trouble in the form of Marcel’s meddlesome sister Nadette. Even as Kati begins to put down roots in St. Denis, vending her delicious baking in the market, it seems the overbearing Nadette will stop at nothing to make her feel unwelcome. When her schemes reach the limits of law, Bruno takes it upon himself to set things right. An eBook short. A Vintage Short.

Fatal Pursuit

Fatal Pursuit
Bruno, Chief of Police 09

by Martin Walker

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 2017-03-09
  • Pages : 336
  • ISBN : 9781784294632
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The Bugatti Type 57 Atlantic was called the most beautiful car of all time. Only four of them were ever built. A California museum paid $37 million for one; Ralph Lauren bought another; a third was smashed by a train at a level crossing. The fourth disappeared in France during World War 2. It was the car used by British racing ace William Grover Williams, twice winner of the French and Monaco Grand Prix, who became an undercover agent in Occupied France. Two young men, both racing drivers with a passion for antique cars, compete to find new clues as to the car's hiding place in the Perigord region of France where Bruno is the local chief of police. When a local researcher turns up dead on Bruno's patch, and French intelligence starts investigating the use of classic car sales to launder money for funding Islamic terrorism, Bruno finds himself once more caught up in a case that reaches far beyond his small town and its people.

Bruno, Chief of Police

Bruno, Chief of Police
A Book

by Anonim

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 20??
  • Pages : 129
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The Templars' Last Secret

The Templars' Last Secret
A Book

by Martin Walker

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 2018-03-08
  • Pages : 352
  • ISBN : 9781784294687
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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In this latest mouthwatering mystery starring country policeman, Bruno, the body of a woman is found outside a cave beneath the ruined Templar chateau of Commarque in the heart of the Dordogne. She died of a broken neck. An accidental fall, or was she pushed? The victim carries no identification and her fingerprints are not known to the French Police or Interpol.The only clue to the woman's identity is that her dentistry looks American, but Bruno's inquiries at local hotels and gites yield no trace of a missing foreign woman. The chateau of Commarque, begun in the 11th century, was founded by a Bishop of Sarlat and entrusted to the Knights Templar. In the rocks beneath it are caves. It is one of the few Templar sites in France that has never been associated with the fabled hidden treasure of the Templars - never until now, when a local journalist publishes a sensational story around the unknown woman's death and a centuries-old mystery looks like it might finally be solved...

A Birthday Lunch

A Birthday Lunch
A Book

by Martin Walker

  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release : 2019-03-19
  • Pages : 24
  • ISBN : 1984897640
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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When not solving mysteries in his beloved little town of St. Denis, Bruno, the chief of police, likes to cook and share his meals with local guests and dear friends. For his friend Florence’s birthday, Bruno is preparing a surprise. But, like much else in St. Denis, it’s a communal effort, and one that Bruno pulls off with a little help from the countryside and the town. He finds an ancient hand axe in the ground during his morning run with his dog Balzac—it will make a spectacular gift—picks up newspapers for wrapping by the medical center, and gathers fresh nettles from by his chicken coop and thyme from his garden for soup and garnish. It’ll be the perfect day for Bruno and his guests to celebrate their collective history. A Vintage Shorts original. An ebook short.

The Shooting at Chateau Rock

The Shooting at Chateau Rock
A Mystery of the French Countryside

by Martin Walker

  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release : 2021-04-06
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN : 0525567062
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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"It's summer in the Dordogne. The heirs of a Périgordian sheep farmer learn that they have been disinherited, and their father's estate sold to an insurance company in return for a policy that will place him in a five-star retirement home for the rest of his life. But the farmer never gets his life of luxury--he dies before moving in. Was it a natural death? Was there foul play? Bruno begins the investigation that leads him to several shadowy insurance companies owned by a Russian oligarch with a Cypriot passport. The companies are based in Cyprus, Malta, and Luxembourg, but Bruno finds a weak spot in France: the Russian's France-based notaire and insurance agent. As Bruno is pursuing this lead, the oligarch's daughter turns up in the Périgord, and complications ensue, eventually bringing the action to the château of an aging rock star. But, as ever, Bruno makes time for lunch amid it all"--