• The Coldest Case

  • Bruno, Chief of Police, Book 14
  • By: Martin Walker
  • Narrated by: Robert Ian Mackenzie
  • Length: 10 hrs and 19 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (279 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

An anonymous skull, an unsolved murder, sinister rumors from the Cold War era of espionage - Bruno's investigation into a long-standing cold case finds him caught between an enigmatic winegrower and a menacing communist organization from the past.

After attending an exhibit on the facial reconstruction of ancient skulls, Bruno wonders if this technology might provide an invaluable clue to a 30-year-old cold case. But learning the identity of the murder victim is only the beginning. The investigation quickly turns thorny and leads Bruno to a reclusive vintner, Henri Bazaine, whose education at a vocational school in a formerly communist region has raised some eyebrows. An inquiry into the defunct school turns up shadowy reports of possible connections and funding from the Stasi, the repressive police agency of the former East Germany. The scrutiny on Henri intensifies once Bruno discovers that he was declared dead 30 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. And to make matters even worse, the Dordogne is suffering from an intense summer drought that is sparking fires across the region. But as always, Bruno will keep a cool head through it all - and, bien sûr, takes time to enjoy a sumptuous Périgordian meal! 

©2021 Martin Walker (P)2021 Recorded Books

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Delightful addition to Bruno series

Serious procedural emphasis with cooking! Less emphasis on violence than prior books with more emphasis on police procedures, French political history, and historical relations between intelligence services of U.S., France, and eastern block powers. Makes you wonder if the author got story elements from historical or at least rumored events.

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Stella as usual

Wish I didn’t have to wait another year for the next one. Thanks Mr Walker

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A slice of Life

This was a very enjoyable listen. I read that some people criticized the book because there were many side storylines. I really thought that these “side stories” were wonderful. They gave a much more complete picture of Bruno’s busy life and made him even more endearing. Many of us manage our lives by balancing work, family, friends and the complexity of keeping up with it all. And Bruno’s storylines made this installment truly a lovely read.

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Awful

Deeply disappointed that I spent a credit on this. The narrator has one tone and one speed. The content is as dry as cardboard. Completely lifeless, pun intended

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Disappointing

I’ve read this entire series and have really enjoy them even overlooking the tendency of the author to fall into the trap so aptly described by women authors in the “Describe Yourself Like a Male Author Would” twitter exchange (worth a google). This one was on my wish list for months! But it was so disappointing. The forays into politics and history seemed forced, overly detailed and added little to the story. I don’t mind politics/history in books but it fell flat here and simply made an enjoyable mystery into an absolute slog. May go back and read the early books and stop pursuing the series going forward.

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Splendid

This latest installment of Bruno is as delicious and exciting as those that have gone before. I only wish I didn’t have to wait a year for the next installment. I’m addicted to Bruno and his friends (and to the food).

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Not Walker’s Best

Sorry u cannot have A Scot read a book totally set in France. Story line great if I wanted to know about forest fires but this was a was suppose to be a mystery that had very little mystery in it.

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Ah Bruno, we enjoy you!

One always learns things from a Bruno mystery, especially about how recent history looks from a French viewpoint. The mystery is interesting, but there are many pauses for lifestyle interludes. Not to be too focused on the bad guys!

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Did not feel finished!

This story felt too unfinished! Didn't resolve father going to Las Vegas,
didn't show outcome of Alecia long legs.

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A Duo that doesn’t disappoint

Walker has given us another entertaining, well-written mystery, but this time built around a cold case. Mixed in is a glimpse into French country life, political history, modern science, food, wine and friendship. Additionally, I thoroughly enjoy the way Mackenzie brings Bruno and his friends to life. My only regret here is having no self-discipline listening all the way through in one day!

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