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The seventh novel in Martin Walker's irresistible mystery series set in the South of France and starring Bruno, chief of police.

Bruno, chief of 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 had called Bruno for help only hours earlier. 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. One of Bruno's old army comrades helps to smuggle Sami back to France, but the FBI aren't far behind. Then an American woman appears in St. Denis with a warrant for Sami's extradition. Bruno must unravel these multiple mysteries amid pressure from his bosses and find his own way to protect his town and its people.

©2015 Walker and Watson, Ltd. (P)2015 Recorded Books

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Bruno in a different light

I hate to finish these books because I enjoy "living" in Bruno's world. This was no exception. (Although there was some confusion about different titles.)

Although not the interesting, local mystery we're used to having Bruno solve, this tale of terrorism and WWII history was wonderful. Bruno doesn't carry a gun in his normal line of duty but we see that change in a big way here. All the characters were there - some just in reference if not in person - and we learn more about them. This was a real page-turner and I couldn't put it down. The narration was quite good, as usual.

What is it with Bruno and his women??? :-)

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Better and Better

One of the best series I've ever become immersed in. Entertaining, authentic French history, great characters, great suspense, realistic outcomes, great narration (you guys that don't like Ian McKenzie are not on this boat ,I think).
I've learned that bad wine is a travesty!!! The sequels slide easily together. I am searching for a Bruno in my own life!!!!

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For when you're not ready to leave St Denis yet.

For someone who is not familiar with this series, this is not the book to start with. A lot of established characters enter without introduction. But the loyal reader will be happy with this next escape to St. Denis, with the all the personalities, landscape, history, and food that we love to imagine enjoying. I like that Bruno and many of his friends are people I can genuinely respect and empathize with. I savor every meal Martin Walker describes and I genuinely enjoy all the beautiful mundane details of everyday French life he includes. It's like living there. I find myself enjoying the daily rhythm of Bruno's life vicariously, and I can't get enough.

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Bruno at his best

I wait in anticipation for new Bruno novels - this one was full of twists and turns. I don't have a favorite because all of them are GOOD.

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The BEST of Bruno!

With Robert Ian MacKenzie’s fabulous interpretation of the myriad voices that Martin Walker has instilled in each of the individual stories in the “Bruno” series, both new and old, familiar characters come to life as though they are on screen. The action scenes, which I wouldn’t WANT to view on the screen, are intense and very believable.
Bruno is a typical hero of the intense military type battles the stories are all laced with international intrigue, but we all read Bruno because of the small town French attitude of this wise and lonely officer. As one of the best cooks in Sant Denise the recipes are authentic and unique. I hope Walker keeps on with Bruno, but without MacKenzie’s fabulous French it wouldn’t be the same.

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Well-crafted, timely plot, and very atmospheric

Well-crafted, timely plot, and loved the French village setting. I will read this author again.

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Love the Bruno series

Well written book with an interesting plot. Another great performance by Robert Ian McKenzie. The description of St Denis is wonderful and I love the characters.

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Gripping and moving

Loved this book. Reliving the kids experience of WWII was so moving and having the school kids present their vision of the memorial was such a clever touch. Sami's story is also well handled, although made aomewhat simplistic to fit into the medium. All in all, well told and I have re- listened at least three times at this point.

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The Children Return

A little too much politics and agendas for my taste. The story line concerning Jewish children and the war could have been a story line to itself ....... in my opinion. Still a good book but not the best.

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I just finished the last of the Bruno series. I have never before felt sad that a series was over...I did with this one. Unlike many detective / police novels I have read or listened to, the Bruno series dropped the typical attempt to keep one on the edge of his or her seat. Instead the author built a whole town and cast of characters each one playing some part (always differing and evolving) in an interesting but not spine-tingling mystery. I got to know each of the characters as complete beings, each with their own interesting and realistic back-story. I loved the well developed sense of place, the tangential day to day lives portrayed, and the detail the author put into Bruno's intriguing cooking. I could almost see and taste that part of Southern France that I never tire of visiting.