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Publisher's Summary

When an old man is found viciously murdered, a swastika carved in his chest, the obvious conclusion is that this killing must be racist. Suspicion falls on the son of the local doctor, found in flagrant playing sex games surrounded by Nazi paraphernalia.
©2008 Walker and Watson Ltd (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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Badly let down by narration.

What would have made Bruno, Chief Of Police better?

A different narrator! The narrator trivialized the character by gratuitously 'chuckling' Bruno's comments.

What did you like best about this story?

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.

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Welcome to French cuisine, with extra spice!

Wish I could hop on a plane and be in Bruno's St Denis. The deep scars left by Vichy and Nazi occupation, does not have the power to extinguish human decency and compassion. Love the Mayor's character, wily fox! And the Parisian apparatchik brilliantly drawn! Anyone understand why Pamela is known as "mad Englishwoman?"

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Accents are soooo important!

I love all the Bruno books - so light, so fun - and when my man and I headed off on a long road trip recently, well, I thought they'd be the perfect books for us to listen too together. This was definitely not the case! The experience was completely spoiled by the narrators accent/s. Why oh why are all these delightful French characters given English accents? It's very off putting! Also, because of the cultural differences, what sounds perfectly reasonable coming out of Bruno's mouth if you picture him French makes him sound like a totally lecherous pretentious git when he has an English accent! I found myself really disliking him!

Whilst I realise the author is English and his experience in France and his knowledge of the war etc are integral to the book (as are the English characters), the narration just doesn't work for me at all.

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  • Anne
  • 20-02-2012

Got to love Bruno

What made the experience of listening to Bruno, Chief Of Police the most enjoyable?

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.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

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.

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I have listened to three books but not in sequence , wish I had listened in order but still I Enjoyed the book

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  • J. A. Mark Emmerson
  • 20-06-2020

Excellent

The southern French countryside filled with true to life customs and personalities. As a Bermudian transplanted to this area it is a delight to say "but yes, that is Madam so and so or Monsieur such and such"; that there are no 'inventions' to the characters and the wonderful way of life and the description of the countryside.
The 'who done it' plot is excellent and delves into the sad and recent history of France during the Second World War with knowledge and understanding.
No hesitation ...... on to the next book. A different reader but still good.

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