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Bucolic French Countryside with “Bruno, Chief of Police”

Nestled within the pages of Martin Walker’s literary creation, “Bruno, Chief of Police” also called The Dordogne Mysteries is a captivating journey that transports readers to the idyllic French countryside of Dordogne. The novel not only weaves a compelling mystery but also paints a vivid portrait of a charming village in the countryside of Southwest France and its charismatic protagonist, Bruno Courrèges.

Meet Bruno Courrèges:

Bruno, a former soldier turned village police chief, is at the heart of this enchanting tale. As readers delve into the narrative, they discover a character with a deep love for his community, a passion for local cuisine, and a keen sense of justice. Bruno’s unique blend of wit, intelligence, and compassion makes him an endearing figure who stands out in the world of crime fiction.

The Allure of Saint-Denis:

Set in the fictional village of Saint-Denis in the Périgord region (also called the Dordogne region) the novel beautifully captures the essence of French rural life. From bustling markets filled with fresh produce to the fragrant kitchens where Bruno concocts delicious meals, Walker’s descriptive prose brings the village to life. The carefully crafted setting adds a layer of authenticity to the narrative, making readers feel like they’ve stepped into a quaint French hamlet.

Following the Clues:

While the charm of the French countryside forms the backdrop, “Bruno, Chief of Police” is, at its core, a mystery novel. A murder in Saint-Denis sets the stage for Bruno to use his investigative skills to unravel a complex web of secrets. The plot is both engaging and thought-provoking, keeping readers on the edge of their seats as they follow Bruno’s pursuit of justice.

With a new book every year since 2008, this series of mysteries will have you hooked. Martin Walker’s latest book “A Grave in the Woods” is set to come out on August 20th, 2024.

Get a copy of “Bruno Chief of Police” here on Amazon.

Bringing the Flavors of Périgord to Your Table:

One of the delightful aspects of the book is Bruno’s passion for cooking. As the chief of police, he not only solves crimes but also whips up delectable dishes using local ingredients. The inclusion of Bruno’s culinary adventures adds a unique and mouthwatering dimension to the narrative, appealing to both mystery and food enthusiasts.

Fans of Martin Walker’s bestselling novel series will be delighted by the recent release of “Bruno’s Cookbook: Recipes and Traditions from a French Country Kitchen”. (published November 2023) This new book offers an inside look at the culinary traditions and customs of Périgord, the region of France where Walker’s stories are set. Bruno’s Cookbook includes both classic regional dishes and personal recipes from Walker and his wife Julia Watson, who share their passion for Périgordian cuisine. Along with the recipes, the book also contains charming anecdotes and historical background of the novel’s setting.

Get a copy of the Bruno’s Cookbook here on Amazon.

“Bruno, Chief of Police” offers readers a literary escape to the picturesque region of Dordogne, where mysteries unfold against the backdrop of cobblestone streets and charming bistros. Martin Walker’s storytelling skill and his creation of Bruno Courrèges make this internationally acclaimed novel a must-read for those who appreciate a perfect blend of mystery, culture, and gastronomy.

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