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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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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 |
A thoroughly enjoyable cozy set in the south of France. Think Agatha Christie x A Year in Provence, with some Foyle's War tossed in. The MC is a personable Sergeant who knows everyone in St. Denis and, despite some painful backstory, is a fundamentally trusting, generous man. The mystery has a dark edge, more intricate than most cozies, and thoroughly believable. And the food in this book! They're always dining on French baguettes and pate and flavorful cheese and truffles. I had to snack as I read. Will definitely read more in this series. ( )
  KarenOdden | Jun 21, 2020 |
Bruno Courreges is the only policeman in the fictional French village of St. Denis, population 2900. Raised as an orphan and a former soldier, Bruno loves being part of village life. When an elderly North African man is murdered and his body shows signs of political reprisal, everything changes. Bruno is no longer in control when police from the outside are brought in because of potential political ramifications. The outsiders recognize that Bruno's knowledge of the citizens of the area may be useful so he is able to continue investigating, eventually learning the perfect place for him isn't so perfect after all.

I liked everything about this first book in a series with the exception of a thrown in romance that didn't feel part of the story. I look forward to reading the 12 remaining books in the series! ( )
  clue | Jun 9, 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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