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Bruno, Chief of Police (2008)

de Martin Walker

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Meet Benoit Courreges, affectionately named Bruno, chief of police in a small village in the South of France where the rituals of the cafe still rule. A former soldier, Bruno has embraced the slow rhythms of country life. But the murder of an elderly North African who fought in the French army galvanizes his attention: the man had a swastika carved into his chest. When a visiting scholar helps untangle the dead man's past, Bruno's suspicions turn toward a motive more complex than hate, back to a tortured period of French history.… (més)
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Since this is the first book in a series, it’s as much about introducing Bruno and the small Dordogne village of St. Denis as it is about solving a murder. Readers might be forgiven for thinking that policeman Benoit “Bruno” Courreges sounds a lot like sheriff Andy Taylor, and that the atmosphere of St. Denis seems a lot like Mayberry. Like Sheriff Taylor, Bruno doesn’t carry a gun. He doesn’t even have a deputy with a gun and a bullet. Bruno spends his time helping the village residents outwit EU inspectors from fining market vendors for selling the locally produced delicacies that don’t meet the EU regulations imposed by Brussels bureaucrats. However, Mayberry’s tranquility was never disturbed by a brutal murder, and Sheriff Taylor was never called upon to investigate his friends and neighbors for such a heinous crime. The idyllic setting, the luscious descriptions of food, and the warm community spirit may appeal to fans of Louise Penny’s Inspector Gamache series and the village of Three Pines. ( )
  cbl_tn | Mar 2, 2021 |
  joyblue | Feb 25, 2021 |
Bruno serves as police chief in a small community in southwestern France. Like Sheriff Andy Taylor of Mayberry fame, he prefers to not carry a weapon unless he's hunting game. The area, known for its food and wine, suits Bruno who appreciates good food and wine. When an elderly man's mutilated corpse turns up, the gendarme want to pin it on a teenager born in France but whose ancestors came from North Africa. Bruno and the mayor work behind the scenes to make sure the wrongfully-charged lad does not become convicted of the crime. They must find answers in the dead man's past. While I enjoyed the descriptions of the village and the food, the story line itself became too embroiled in political maneuvering for me to enjoy it. ( )
  thornton37814 | Feb 2, 2021 |
I liked it and I didn't. Bruno is a laid-back chief of police who spends more time covering up crimes (against EU food laws, mainly) than solving them. When a real-life murder takes place in his territory, in the south of France, in a small village, he does step in.

An elderly man is murdered. There is much suspicion of terrorist groups, and the national police arrive to take charge. Bruno works with the attractive female representative to provide local color, while continuing his unhurried encounters with the villagers and ultimately finding a solution.

I found the odes to the French village tiresome, as some others have. I can appreciate the slow pace, the beautiful surroundings, being part of the village. I am less enamored with the casual slaughter of animals, whether according to EU rules or not. I am weary of simplistic characters.

I don't particularly enjoy stories that are steeped in details of last night's meal to the extent that one could actually make the recipes at home. Further, I found a kind of self-satisfaction, almost smugness, throughout. I did appreciate the complexities of the story, the ultimate solution to the crime. ( )
  slojudy | Sep 8, 2020 |
Bruno is a simple man. He loves his home, his dog, and the people of St. Denis. He’s the town policeman who looks the other way when an EU food regulation should be enforced. But Bruno doesn’t look away from murder. He methodically follows leads until he finds the culprit. The quest, however, does not deflect Bruno from his enjoyment of food and wine, or his commitment to the youth of St. Denis.
Martin Walker is a deft writer. What I really enjoyed is the way he brought the sights and smells of St. Denis to life. Bruno, Chief of Police is more than a detective mystery. It’s also a perfect book for armchair travel. ( )
  Sandra_Wagner-Wright | Jul 25, 2020 |
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Meet Benoit Courreges, affectionately named Bruno, chief of police in a small village in the South of France where the rituals of the cafe still rule. A former soldier, Bruno has embraced the slow rhythms of country life. But the murder of an elderly North African who fought in the French army galvanizes his attention: the man had a swastika carved into his chest. When a visiting scholar helps untangle the dead man's past, Bruno's suspicions turn toward a motive more complex than hate, back to a tortured period of French history.

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