'Evocative descriptions of the Perigord ... distinctive characters ... intricate mystery. Readers new to this series will feel right at home' Publishers Weekly starred review
Capturing the magic of the Dordogne and its people, the Dordogne Mysteries are worldwide bestsellers. Featuring Bruno, France's favourite policeman, along with gourmet food and wine, local colour, sunshine and murder mystery, no wonder they are so popular.
Bruno Courreges is Chief of Police of the lovely town of St Denis in the Dordogne. His main wish is to keep the local people safe and his town free from crime. But crime has a way of finding its way to him.
For thirty years, Bruno's boss, Chief of Detectives Jalipeau, known as J-J, has been obsessed with his first case. It was never solved and Bruno knows that this failure continues to haunt J-J. A young male body was found in the woods near St Denis and never identified. For all these years, J-J has kept the skull as a reminder. He calls him 'Oscar'.
Visiting the famous pre-history museum in nearby Les Eyzies, Bruno sees some amazingly life-like heads expertly reconstructed from ancient skulls. He suggests performing a similar reconstruction on Oscar as a first step towards at last identifying him. An expert is hired to start the reconstruction and the search for Oscar's killer begins again in earnest.
Francophiles will relish the evocative descriptions of the Perigord region and its cuisine. Distinctive characters complement the intricate mystery. Readers new to this elegant series will feel right at home - Publishers Weekly * Starred review
Martin Walker has caught the magic of the Dordogne ... and along the way imparts some useful knowledge, not just on matters culinary (invaluable) but also on quirks of French life - Shotsmag
Walker is unrivalled at interweaving the professional and private pursuits of a thoroughly likeable cop - Daily Mail
I've read a lot of mysteries in my day and you're up there at the top of my list alongside Michael Connelly, Georges Simenon and, most recently, Anthony Horowitz - Graydon Carter - legendary editor, Vanity Fair
Dollops of the sybaritic good life in rural France are spiced up with a dash of international intrigue in this excellent Bruno, Chief of Police outing - |Irish Independent, Pick of the Week