• Bruno's Challenge

  • And Other Stories of the French Countryside
  • By: Martin Walker
  • Narrated by: Robert Ian Mackenzie
  • Length: 8 hrs and 3 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (51 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Martin Walker presents his first collection of Bruno stories featuring all the familiar characters from the novels, the glories of the Périgord, and ample helpings of food and wine.   

After a prisoner breaks parole to see his son on Christmas, Bruno must track him down before he throws away his chance at eventual freedom. When a Senegalese man’s coffee sells superbly at the market, some café owners become incensed by the new competition and take matters into their own hands. As a Swiss tourist and a St. Denis native fall in love over the fruit-and-veggie stall, one of their family members takes drastic steps to break them up. A thriving tour bus business is sabotaged, leading Bruno to take a closer look at a town love triangle. Called in to investigate a case of stolen oysters, our beloved policeman reunites with an old flame to catch the shellfish thieves.   

In story after story, Bruno settles town disputes, mediates family quarrels, and tracks down lawbreakers in his adored village of St. Denis and its environs. Featured meals in the collection include a fatty Christmas goose, a savory nettle soup with crème fraîche, and a fluffy quiche lorraine.

©2022 Martin Walker (P)2022 Recorded Books

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Outtakes and Ephemera

I love the Bruno series, but this compilation is not a book of short stories. There are, perhaps, two pieces that might qualify, and one of those (Bruno and Pere Noel) has already been released as a single on Audible. The rest is made up of outtakes and ephemera, side plots that have been excised by the editor or author, and detailed descriptions of elaborate meals. Yes, the menus do play an important part in the activities of St. Denis, and they're integral to the books. Nevertheless, they don't stand well on their own. So I feel this is just a compilation thrown together to keep fans interested while waiting for Walker's next book.

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As Always A Delight

A nice collection of shorter stories. Perfect for short trips. Vignettes of Bruno's life in the Périgord without the weight of a murder to solve. Bruno's humanity shines through. The great food and community spirit are a pleasure to imagine.