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The Body in the Castle Well

de Martin Walker

Sèrie: Bruno Courrèges (12)

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An aging art scholar and a visiting student, haunting echoes of France's colonialist past, and a delicious navarin of lamb--Bruno is back, and his latest case leads him from the Renaissance to the French Resistance and beyond by way of a corpse at the bottom of a well. When Claudia, a young American, turns up dead in the courtyard of an ancient castle in Bruno's jurisdiction, her death is assumed to be an accident related to opioid use. But her doctor persuades Bruno that things may not be so simple. Thus begins an investigation that leads Bruno to Monsieur de Bourdeille, the scholar with whom the girl had been studying, and then through that man's past. He is a renowned art historian who became extraordinarily wealthy through the sale of paintings that may have been falsely attributed--or so Claudia suggested shortly before her death. In his younger days, Bourdeille had aided the Resistance and been arrested by a Vichy policeman whose own life story also becomes inexorably entangled with the case. Also in the mix is a young falconer who works at the Château des Milandes, the former home of fabled jazz singer Josephine Baker. In the end, of course, Bruno will tie all the loose threads together and see that justice is served--along with a generous helping of his signature Périgordian cuisine.… (més)
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Bruno ist neu Mitglied einer Wein- und Trüffelgilde, eine große Ehre. Doch lange kann er die pâtés und Monbazillacs nicht verkosten, denn er wird an einen Unfallort gerufen. Auf dem Anwesen des ältesten Gildenmitglieds ist eine Studentin, die in dessen Gemäldesammlung recherchierte, nach einem nächtlichen Rendezvous zu Tode gestürzt. Oder war es in Wahrheit Mord? Eine Spur führt Bruno zum Schloss einer berühmten Tänzerin und Résistance-Heldin: Josephine Baker.
  Fredo68 | Jun 29, 2020 |
Steady as a rock, dependable - both Bruno and Martin Walker. Fans of this series will know exactly what to expect, and Walker delivers as ever: a dead body and a mystery to solve, coffee to be drunk, croissants to be shared with Balzac the basset hound (who is stealthily becoming the star of the show), and of course extravagant meals to prepare. And then the mystery gets solved. And always, always, the beautiful French countryside. Comfortable like a fluffy pair of slippers in winter, this is perfect escapism. ( )
  Alan.M | Sep 28, 2019 |
What was more important - the ingredients for the dinner party or the murder?! A very mediocre three stars. ( )
  kimkimkim | Aug 15, 2019 |
Bruno, Music Promoter on the Case
Review of the Audible Audio edition (2019) narrated by Robert Ian MacKenzie

The most interesting element of this latest Bruno Courrèges mystery was actually the local interest subplot which is a regular feature alongside the actual criminal cases in this French based series. This time it was about the American French dancer / singer / actress Josephine Baker and her tie-in to the Perigord region, especially with her Chateau des Milandes.

Bruno is acting as a concert promoter for his friend Amelie, a politician / magistrate who joined the series back in "The Templars' Last Secret", who is an amateur singer in her spare time. She is coming back to the Perigord to sing a series of Josephine Baker tribute concerts. This provides the occasion for Martin Walker to add a whole lot of trivia about Baker to the novel, most of which was previously unknown to me.

The actual mystery case involves the death of a young woman art researcher under mysterious circumstances which might have been an accident. Of course, Bruno is on the case and solves it in between the regular courses of snacks, meals, horse riding and dog play which we have all grown to love in this cozy series.

I listened to the audiobook edition this time as a change of pace, and perhaps the descriptions of the meals go by without as much sensual pleasure when you are hearing about them rather than reading the printed word. An episode describing ancestral family trees towards the end was also somewhat hard to follow on audio, but it was enough to know that Bruno had his necessary clues.

The narration by Robert Ian MacKenzie was well done. ( )
  alanteder | Jul 10, 2019 |
Every fan of Martin Walker's Bruno Chief of Police mysteries knows how enjoyable they are. It's one of the best series for a true sense of place that I've ever read. When I put down a Bruno mystery, I find myself thinking with a French accent. Walker does this by infusing each book with the life, the breath, the soul of the Périgord region of France.

In essence, you have a strong mystery, populated with wonderful characters, that oozes France. If you're on a strict diet, stay away from these books; the descriptions of the food and its preparation are sublime. If you like learning things, this is a series for you. In The Body in the Castle Well, you're going to read about falconry, the French institution of confréries, a bit about Algiers, and World War II heroine, Josephine Baker.

I think the thing I enjoyed learning the most was about the "pupilles de la République":

"The pupilles were orphans of men and women in the police and military who had been killed in the line of duty. Their care, health, and education became the responsibility of the state. More recently, the status had been extended to the children of those killed by acts of terrorism."

Vive la France!

The Body in the Castle Well is another enjoyable outing of my favorite French policeman. What? You have yet to read one of Martin Walker's Bruno Chief of Police mysteries? Quelle horreur! You must do something about this tout de suite! Oops. I still seem to be under Bruno's influence... ( )
  cathyskye | Jun 30, 2019 |
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An aging art scholar and a visiting student, haunting echoes of France's colonialist past, and a delicious navarin of lamb--Bruno is back, and his latest case leads him from the Renaissance to the French Resistance and beyond by way of a corpse at the bottom of a well. When Claudia, a young American, turns up dead in the courtyard of an ancient castle in Bruno's jurisdiction, her death is assumed to be an accident related to opioid use. But her doctor persuades Bruno that things may not be so simple. Thus begins an investigation that leads Bruno to Monsieur de Bourdeille, the scholar with whom the girl had been studying, and then through that man's past. He is a renowned art historian who became extraordinarily wealthy through the sale of paintings that may have been falsely attributed--or so Claudia suggested shortly before her death. In his younger days, Bourdeille had aided the Resistance and been arrested by a Vichy policeman whose own life story also becomes inexorably entangled with the case. Also in the mix is a young falconer who works at the Château des Milandes, the former home of fabled jazz singer Josephine Baker. In the end, of course, Bruno will tie all the loose threads together and see that justice is served--along with a generous helping of his signature Périgordian cuisine.

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