Bruno, Chief of Police
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  • 1
    Bruno, Chief Of Police | Martin Walker

    Bruno, Chief Of Police

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Martin Walker
    • Narrated By Ric Jerrom
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    When an old man is found viciously murdered, a swastika carved in his chest, the obvious conclusion is that this killing must be racist. Suspicion falls on the son of the local doctor, found in flagrant playing sex games surrounded by Nazi paraphernalia.

    Mediocre

    Bit disappointed in this as I really enjoyed Devils Cave. The story was not so gripping and the narrator did not hold me. Am not sure if I will listen..Show More »

    Reviewed on 31 March 2015 by Impy ()
  • 2
    The Dark Vineyard | Martin Walker

    The Dark Vineyard

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Martin Walker
    • Narrated By Bill Wallis
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    Just before dawn one late-summer morning, Captain Bruno Courrèges is roused from sleep by the wail of the town siren atop the Mairie, summoning the volunteer firemen of St Denis. Bruno, the only policeman in the small Périgord town, follows the fire engines towards the site of a large barn, now engulfed in flames, the surrounding fields ablaze. Everything points to arson. A Californian wine maker is planning to buy up half the valley to create a huge wine-producing operation.

    An unfortunate mismatch

    Martin Walker's books adapt well to audio, but in this case the print version is far superior.

    Reviewed on 11 December 2013 by Kl Love (Wassenaar Netherlands)
  • 3
    Black Diamond | Martin Walker

    Black Diamond

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Martin Walker
    • Narrated By Bill Wallis
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    France's Périgord region is the home of the black truffle and at five thousand euros a kilo, the exquisite 'Black Diamond' is a treasured local asset. When reports come in that this unique delicacy is being adulterated with a cheaper Chinese version, Captain Bruno Courrèges is asked to investigate the scam. But matters take a much darker turn when a horrific murder occurs, and Bruno has his work cut out to find the connection between present crimes and long-buried ones that are linked to France's colonial past.

    Good suspense story

    It's probably impossible to write an authentic or convincing story about someone else's country - I've lived in England half my life, but couldn't cla..Show More »

    Reviewed on 17 September 2016 by Mary Carnegie (UK)
  • 4
    The Crowded Grave | Martin Walker

    The Crowded Grave

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Martin Walker
    • Narrated By Bill Wallis
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    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.

    Enjoyable read

    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..Show More »

    Reviewed on 14 April 2013 by G. Barber (Hampshire, England)
  • 5
    The Devil's Cave: Bruno, Chief of Police, Book 5 | Martin Walker

    The Devil's Cave: Bruno, Chief of Police, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Martin Walker
    • Narrated By Peter Noble
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    Springtime in St Denis. It's two weeks before Easter, and Satanism has reared its ugly head. A female body has been found on a boat, bearing the ghastly signs of a black magic ritual. The victim is unknown and nobody is coming forward. This is the last thing Bruno needs. The Chief of Police-come-culinary connoisseur has too much on his plate as it is, mediating both a domestic abuse case and a local development proposal that seems just too good to be true. Moreover, he has no one to share these stresses with. His dog, Gigi, is gone, as are his usual roster of ladies.

    Disappointing

    Poor narration - why do some Fench character have French accents and not others, for example? An odd choice. Most narrators would use an English accen..Show More »

    Reviewed on 12 November 2016 by C. Shenton ()
  • 6
    The Resistance Man: Bruno, Chief of Police, Book 6 | Martin Walker

    The Resistance Man: Bruno, Chief of Police, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Martin Walker
    • Narrated By Peter Noble
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    Bruno, chief of police, can't get a moment's peace. He's uncovered a cache of old bank notes and is also dealing with a wave of burglaries. The victims include the recently retired head of Britain's Joint Intelligence Committee, which brings old flame Isabelle back to St Denis. The next burglary ends in murder: The victim's bludgeoned body found by his lover - the prime suspect. But Bruno is on another track.

    Nightmare France

    Vichy France deported Jews with even more enthusiasm than Nazi expectations, and Walker depicts the attitude to LGBT people as equally obnoxious! Even..Show More »

    Reviewed on 15 September 2016 by Mary Carnegie (UK)
  • 7
    Children of War: Bruno, Chief of Police, Book 7 | Martin Walker

    Children of War: Bruno, Chief of Police, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Martin Walker
    • Narrated By Peter Noble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Bruno, chef de police in the French town of St Denis, is already busy with a case when the body of an undercover French Muslim cop is found in the woods, a man who called Bruno for help only hours before. But Bruno's sometime boss and rival, the Brigadier, doesn't see this investigation as a priority - there are bigger issues at stake. Bruno has other ideas. Meanwhile, a Muslim youth named Sami turns up at a French army base in Afghanistan hoping to get home to St Denis.

    Poor old France (and Bruno)

    Fast moving thriller without the nastiness of the book before (institutional homophobia).
    Bruno finds himself at the centre of international intri..Show More »

    Reviewed on 17 September 2016 by Mary Carnegie (UK)
  • 8
    The Dying Season: Bruno, Chief of Police, Book 8 | Martin Walker

    The Dying Season: Bruno, Chief of Police, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Martin Walker
    • Narrated By Peter Noble
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    The Dordogne town of St Denis may be picturesque and sleepy, but it has more than its fair share of mysteries, as Bruno,chef de police, knows all too well. But when Bruno is invited to the 90th birthday of a powerful local patriarch - a war hero with high-level political connections in France, Russia and Israel - he encounters a family with more secrets than even he had imagined. When one of the other guests is found dead the next morning and the family try to cover it up...

    Back on form

    The narration was perfect and enhanced the sense of place which is the predominant feature of the Bruno books. The plot was carefully constructed and ..Show More »

    Reviewed on 11 November 2015 by Debbers ()
  • 9
    Fatal Pursuit: Bruno, Chief of Police, Book 9 | Martin Walker

    Fatal Pursuit: Bruno, Chief of Police, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Martin Walker
    • Narrated By Peter Noble
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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 II. 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.

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