©2008 Walker and Watson Ltd
A different narrator! The narrator trivialized the character by gratuitously 'chuckling' Bruno's comments.
This was an interesting story, with a sense of place, history, and close community. Bruno is an integral part of the community, and his role as a policeman reflects a deep respect for justice in context.
In this first book (of the series) Martin Walker perhaps overpdraws Bruno's heroic 'good guy' qualities, but the character gains depth in subsequent books.
"Got to love Bruno"
I love the French town setting and the characters of the town.
The way that Bruno manipulates subtly the characters in the best interest if the town.
The plots of his books are gentle and cleaver,not fast moving ,but interesting
The food inclusions and Bruno's fascination for cheeses ,truffles and his prowess in the kitchen makes interesting listening and the taste buds water.
I have listened to three books but not in sequence , wish I had listened in order but still I Enjoyed the book
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 to anymore but may try if different narrator.
"Bruno - one of the best detectives :)"
Clever, entertaining and leaves you constantly wanting to listen. After driving home from work, I sat in my drive way because I so eager to find out what happened! Well worth a listen and Ric Jerrom's voice works really well :)
"Charming and quaint"
Makes you fall in love with France whilst providing insight into life in a small town and old sins which come back to haunt people. The narrator has a soothing voice and brings the characters to life. And there are the great recipes for authentic French farm cooking. Meet Bruno local Chief of police working on racist murder case that is not what it looks like... enjoy.
"Not PC Plod, exactly."
Martin Walker is as good for Dordogne tourism as an outbreak of Black Plague! First of a series set in the village of Saint Denis, with a murder rate exceeding that of Midsomer, and too much history, social inequality and conspiracy, far too many guns and breakfast alcohol.
The audiobook seems to be a US edition; there are unfamiliar expressions like "slacks" - a US type of trousers, which sound very unflattering, and "cell phone" - a mobile, not communication from gaol!
Walker portrays a France just as flawed as that of Balzac, Flaubert and Zola, but with Bruno, a decent man trying to find stability and community after a lonely childhood and traumatic military service.
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