Life in south-west rural France is not the sleepy idyll you might suppose. Local duck and goose farms are being attacked by animal rights protestors attempting to halt the production of foie gras. A senior policeman has been shot by terrorists believed to be the Basque Separatists of ETA.
And if that weren't enough, a group of students have just unearthed a 'modern' skeleton during a dig at one of the ancient sites of this famous region and home to prehistoric man - a dig that has brought an influx of foreigners to the Dordogne. It is up to Chief of Police Bruno Courrèges to get to the bottom of these seemingly unrelated events.
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Another good story in the Inspector Bruno series set in the Dordogne region of France with lots of Gallic charm and atmosphere. Very ably read by Bill Wallis
Never narrated by Bill Wallis
That I could not bear to continue listening after the first couple of chapters!
Ridiculous pronunciations of French place names (e.g. Peri-goo-uh) and ridiculous accents ('local yokel' for Bruno and cockney for JJ)
old and grey and love tec and some not too phantastical fantasy
Being ill in bed I have been listening to these stories more or less back to back. They have all been good dectective stories in a fairly classical manner with a bit of a thriller thrown in by the connection to the shadier side of the French convoluted police system. Plenty of romance and cooking ! Is there a cook book and wine guide to go with this?
Overall I would say - if u like a easy listen with quite engaging characters try this series.
I have a slight issues with the narration in that the voice sounds a bit older but u get used to it.
Bruno is village bobby (lowest echelon of complex French police) in an idyllic rural district in Périgord. He has had a difficult life, as abandoned orphan and then soldier in some very unpleasant French wars and UN actions. Glad to say he doesn't make great capital of this - "poor little me" - but he would prefer to live a good life in his tiny community, under the patronage of the wily Maire. He'd like a wife and family, but his women so far include the ambitious semi-spy Isabelle, and the hearty horsey cold-hearted Englishwoman Pamela, who uses him like a whore. (She has family in Scotland, too, so she's probably got a dark past in the Clearances! No chance for you, Bruno, you're a plaything!)
Conspiracy and secrets of decades enshroud this quiet part of la France profonde. There's a Welsh student who turns out to be English, even though he's good at rugby! Nothing's as it seems, and violence breaks the peaceful existence of Saint Denis, as surprising as if ISIS attacked Stornaway.
Surely in a future book, Bruno will find a suitable woman to share his life; he can cook, coach rugby and tennis, avoid village feuds - forget that red faced English harridan, with her colonial aspirations towards France and Scotland for a start; what about Fabiola the doctor?
"Bill Wallis reading is the 'Icing on this Cake'"
The Narrator Bill Wallis makes this an enjoyable listen. Having heard other narrators read Mr Walker's Brubo books I have to think that if Bill is not reading I would rather the hard copy and read myself.
Like many others I love the other faces of Bruno, his wine and cheese and odd description of a dish. his garden, his love affairs (without too much detail) and his yearning to be a Dad..
These are charming stories and Bruno is very much his own man who loves his villiage and the people in it.
The stories are better without the superman aspects, like jumping out of burning buildings, however I can live with that, as Bruno is such a likeable cop.
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