• To Kill a Troubadour

  • Bruno, Chief of Police, Book 15
  • By: Martin Walker
  • Narrated by: Robert Ian Mackenzie
  • Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (148 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

When a musician’s new song hits a political nerve, he finds himself in the crosshairs of Spanish nationalists’ ire, and it’s up to Bruno to track down an extremist who seems ready to take deadly measures. 

Les Troubadours, a folk music group that Bruno has long supported, go viral with their new number, “Song for Catalonia,” when the Spanish government suddenly bans it. The songwriter, Joel Martin, is a local enthusiast for the old Occitan language of Périgord and the medieval troubadours, and he sympathizes with the Catalan bid for independence. The success of his song provokes outrage among extreme Spanish nationalists. Then a stolen car on a Périgord back road collides with a deer. The driver and passengers disappear but leave behind a distinctive bullet for a state-of-the art sniper's rifle that can kill at two kilometers. And police fear that Joel might be the intended target. 

The French and Spanish governments agree to mount a joint operation to stop assailants, and Bruno is the local man on the spot who mobilizes his hunting club friends to track them down. While Bruno tries to keep the peace, his friend Florence reaches out for help. Her abusive ex-husband is about to be paroled from jail and she fears he will return to reclaim their children. Will they be able to thwart this unwanted visit? Despite the pressures, there is always time for Bruno to savor les plaisirs of the Dordogne around the table with friends.

©2022 Martin Walker (P)2022 Recorded Books

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Another outstanding entry

Martin Walker just keeps getting better at writing these. Great to see all the familiar characters and a few new ones.

All the information about the sniper and the Catalan/Spain difficulties were interesting and in great detail. Worth a read just for that.

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Love Walker's Books and The Narration, but...

The narration is superb, but I thought that the story dragged on too long. I found myself fast forwarding a few times.

However, I will still buy the next book.

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I love Martin Walkers Bruno novels….

But this one seems more disjointed than any of the others - and I’ve read them all. I like learning more about the Perigord and Dordogne culture and cuisine. I like the cast of characters. But it might be time for Bruno to settle down so he can solve the mysteries, cook great food, and be happy.

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A great story until...

I so enjoy these Bruno mysteries -- Bruno himself, a truly decent man, and the food, and the friendships, the animals, just pretty much all of it. And this was another great entry in the series until... the end. Which just ended. Like Walker's printer ran out of paper and every store on earth was out of stock. Or he went on vacation and when he got back couldn't remember what he was writing about. Or it was late on a summer evening and the streetlight came on, so he had to drop everything and run home. Truly weird.

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Bruno’s best

Martin Walker’s ’Bruno’ series has always been an enjoyable listen- especially with Robert Ian Mackenzie’s narration. But this might just be the best in the series!

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Bruno is back

I thought the Bruno books were getting a little lackluster. But this was one of the best I’ve read. It kept me turning the pages from the beginning to the end – or listening rather.I think I finished it in two days.

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Welcome back Bruno

After the first couple of pages, it was good to settle back into the life of Bruno and his friends. One of my favorite series.

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Bruno’s Fifteenth

Bruno is back! And he has several issues to deal with in his idyllic little village. (Maybe not so good idyllic based on this series.) The regular characters from previous books are back and it’s good to be allowed into Bruno’s world of culinary delights and crime solving. The narration by Robert Ian Mackenzie sets the stage perfectly. He is the sound of St Denis and Bruno.

I enjoyed this book, of course, but everything wrapped up too quickly. The ending was a bit disappointing.