Bruno, Chief of Police

Bruno Chief of Police The first installment in a wonderful new series that follows the exploits of Beno t Courr ges a policeman in a small French village where the rituals of the caf still rule Bruno as he is affectionate

  • Title: Bruno, Chief of Police
  • Author: MartinWalker
  • ISBN: 9780307270177
  • Page: 249
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The first installment in a wonderful new series that follows the exploits of Beno t Courr ges, a policeman in a small French village where the rituals of the caf still rule Bruno as he is affectionately nicknamed may be the town s only municipal policeman, but in the hearts and minds of its denizens, he is chief of police.Bruno is a former soldier who has embraced the plThe first installment in a wonderful new series that follows the exploits of Beno t Courr ges, a policeman in a small French village where the rituals of the caf still rule Bruno as he is affectionately nicknamed may be the town s only municipal policeman, but in the hearts and minds of its denizens, he is chief of police.Bruno is a former soldier who has embraced the pleasures and slow rhythms of country life living in his restored shepherd s cottage patronizing the weekly market sparring with, and basically ignoring, the European Union bureaucrats from Brussels He has a gun but never wears it he has the power to arrest but never uses it But then the murder of an elderly North African who fought in the French army changes everything and galvanizes Bruno s attention the man was found with a swastika carved into his chest.Because of the case s potential political ramifications, a young policewoman is sent from Paris to aid Bruno with his investigation The two immediately suspect militants from the anti immigrant National Front, but when a visiting scholar helps to untangle the dead man s past, Bruno s suspicions turn toward a complex motive His investigation draws him into one of the darkest chapters of French history World War II, a time of terror and betrayal that set brother against brother Bruno soon discovers that even his seemingly perfect corner of la belle France is not exempt from that period s sinister legacy.Bruno, Chief of Police is deftly dark, mesmerizing, and totally engaging.

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    1. Bruno (real name Benoît Courrèges), chief of police, is a complex man, with an agreeable personality, has a sense of humor, a fierce loyalty to his village- St Denis, with 3000 inhabitants-and a keen nose for detail. He has empathy and guts, patience and understanding. Above all, he is a beloved, but also a seriously underestimated policeman. The rugby team is much more than a sports team; Bruno's loyalty demands that the village market is protected against the E.U. hygiene inspectors; childre [...]

    2. Rating: 3.75* of fiveI really enjoy BRUNO, CHIEF OF POLICE, review at my blog, because a veteran gets a job, loves his town, cherishes his way of life, educates the local kids, and solves a crimed remains a good guy throughout.The antithesis of noir, so be warned/encouraged!

    3. Posted toThe Literary LawyerA Wonderful Surprise - 5 Stars When I was looking for a book to read, I picked a number and randomly chose this one. I have no idea how it came to my attention or how it ended up on my list. Judging by the cover and description alone, this is not one I would normally pick up. If you simply look at these two things you will expect to read a cozy mystery but that is simply not the case. While the setting is quaint and the characters colorful, this is not a simple light [...]

    4. This book had three things going for it. One was the setting. The reader gets a very good feel for the small village of St. Denis, and by extension can probably better appreciate the tempo and undercurrents in any small village, no matter where located in the world. Another was the history from the WW II era, interconnected with immigration issues, which of course are very relevant today. And, finally, it had a good plot and plot twists along the way.I saw two problems with the book. One was the [...]

    5. When I first heard about this novel it sounded somewhat similar to Hamish Macbeth whose policing job took place in a world he loves, he knows the people and their limitations, is a bachelor and too many women want him but he is just not ready to settle for whatever reason.The difference being that Bruno is grounded in the French countryside around the city of Saint Denis. Both hero's make their surroundings sound like well worth a visit.A war hero is found being murdered in a hideous way and bef [...]

    6. I'm adding this to my favorite series shelf after reading just the first of seven Bruno, Chief of Police books. Bruno is a young veteran of the Bosnian conflict who has chosen police work in the bucolic commune of St. Denis in the Dordognes region of France, hoping for a stress-free existence. His ordinary duties include property disputes, neighbors tattling on each other, managing the rugby team and parades, whether commemorations or protest demonstrations. That is until the commune has its fir [...]

    7. This quick and delightful read probably merits only 4 or 4.5 stars because Bruno and his world are almost too perfect. Andy Griffith and Mayberry came to mind more than once. But nothing from Aunt Bea's kitchen could rival the gastronomic pleasures enjoyed by the lucky residents of St. Denis, a tiny hamlet tucked into the Perigord region of southwest France. The descriptions of the food and the landscape were irresistible to this Francophile. Though the mystery itself was somewhat simple, it was [...]

    8. Bruno is the likable Chief of Police--and only policeman--in the fictional village of St Denis in the French Dordogne. Bruno has great people skills, knows everyone in the community, and is treated like a surrogate son by the mayor. He builds trust by volunteering to teach tennis and rugby to the children, and he knows their characters well by the time they reach their teenage years.The calm atmosphere in the village is broken when an old Algerian immigrant (who has family in the village) is fou [...]

    9. I found the first in the Bruno, Chief of Police series an enjoyable read, full of local colour. It's probably 3 1/2 stars for me. The detective, Bruno, is an appealing character, who has a few demons from the past, but loves his life in St Denis, a small town in the Dordogne. He enjoys cooking delicious meals, as well as sampling the local wines. He is also happy to cover up minor offences committed by members of the local community, and to tell more than a few white lies to visiting police from [...]

    10. I enjoyed this cozy mystery novel very much. The book setting in a quaint village in one of the most beautiful regions of France (Dordogne) brought back treasured memories of my visits there. Contrary to many other novels set in France, in this one the events take place in modern times. I liked the author’s inclusion of current issues such as the strict rules about food production and its sale due to the EU regulations and the challenges to integration between locals and Muslim immigrants in t [...]

    11. OK, here's the review.If your style is a hell-for-leather, no holds barred, fast-and-furious mystery full of thrills, clues, multiple dead bodies, and action on every page, this is not your book. At all. Go read the pulp fiction writers.What we have here instead is a lovely, lyrical, and eminently enjoyable immersion into the life of a small fictional village in the real Dordogne in south-central France, a region famous for wine and amazing country cuisine. We meet the villagers, fully fleshed, [...]

    12. A real enjoyable who-dunnit in St. Denis, France. Wonderful descriptions of the Dordogne Valley and their meals and wines make for a satisfying read alone, but the mystery was good too. Really like the character Bruno, the chief of police and look forward to reading the next book in his series!

    13. 'Bruno, Chief of Police' by Martin Walker is the first of (at the time of writing) nine novels about Bruno Courrèges, and the first I have read.Bruno is chief of the police municipale, and the one and only officer on the local force, in the Périgord town of St Denis where he reports to the Mayor. Whilst no literary masterpiece, I really enjoyed the evocation of life in the Périgord region of the Dordogne - a place I've visited twice and loved. Bruno is an engaging fellow and, as is par for th [...]

    14. I wanted to like this book more than I did. I enjoyed the locale of the book. I enjoyed the time period in which it was set. However, I felt the story dragged terribly. It lacked suspense and seemed to get bogged down in the details of small-town life. Plus, the main character seemed more caught up in what woman he might decide to date rather than in the urgency of solving the crime. I doubt I'll read any more books in this series.

    15. Benoit Courreges - Chief of Police of St. Denis, France - is known as Bruno to everyone in the tight little community. Bruno loves the town and tries to ensure that the local traditions are not disturbed by pesky regulations from the European Union. Bruno turns a blind eye (and even helps the scofflaws), for example, when health inspectors who would ban some homemade goods from the weekly market are held up due to slashed tires or potatoes in their exhaust pipes. Though St. Denis has a mixed pop [...]

    16. I have to confess that I was slowly seduced by this book, which made me want to run away to France, buy an isolated cottage, make my own sausages and grow carrots.Bruno is an ex-soldier working as a policeman in the French town of St Denis. Up until now his main problems have been Planning violations, keeping the rugby team in order and co-ordinating the townspeople's defences against the bureaucratic nonsense of the EU food inspectors. However, he has a real crime on his hands when an elderly a [...]

    17. Very disappointing for me after all the good reviews. Lots of clunky exposition: "The Elysée Palace was the official home, as well as the personal office, of the president of France." Translate that to American, "The White House was the official home, as well as the personal office, of the president of the United States." Ponderous and unnecessary and meriting a huge eye roll. This was compounded by dialogue that was stilted and flatly unreal and used for even more clunky exposition. Add in a l [...]

    18. The story of a charming policeman, in a charming French town, populated with lots of charming people solving a thoroughly nasty crime. The whole book seems to have been written with one eye to replicating the success of Peter mayle. This pandering does overshadow some of the more promising elements. Maybe these come to the fore later in the series. In the meantime your left with a book that is pleasant enough but no big shakes.

    19. A gourmet chef, good with children, keeps a clean house (which he mostly rebuilt himself) and a sharp eyed detective in a small town in South Western France - what could there be not to like about Bruno?A delightful, dare I say light hearted mystery that taught me much about life in small town France - HIGHLY recommended!

    20. If Peter Mayle had woven a murder mystery into his hymns to Provence, they might have looked something like this.

    21. Three and 1/2 stars. This is a thoroughly enjoyable book, introducing a local policeman in a very small French town in the Dordogne Valley. The mystery is satisfying, the romance is charming, and the very best part (what drew me to the book) is the food! The details of meals and beverages, including the locally made wine, will make your stomach rumble with hunger! Ideal for someone about to visit the area--as I am!

    22. Take rural France and mix with wine, cheese, drugs, and Nazis plain and neo. Result? Martin Walker’s Bruno, Chief of Police.St. Denis is a small village in Perigot in the south of present-day France. The first chapter opens on a beautiful day in May, with Bruno Courreges, St. Denis’s chief of police, surveying his village from upon high with no little satisfaction, but also with no illusions. St. Denis has its problems, including feuding World War II vets and interfering EU inspectors, but B [...]

    23. Comfortably satisfies every anglo-held cliche regarding rural France. Indeed it could very well have been written by someone that had never been to the country in response to the recent and well-publicised unrest from (largely) racial minorities in Paris' suburbs. How would immigration and the resultant tension affect the rural utopia imagined in France's countryside? The answer in this case, is with murder. Like the book itself, life in St Denis is rich and slow-paced; the residents as inter-co [...]

    24. 2.5 --- I don't warm up to very many cozies- I really liked the idea of the story line- but this book just didn't move me. I was a bit disappointed for it had so many good reviews. I do suggest, if you enjoy cozy type books- do pick this book up- the potential is there - but it just didn't 'do it' for me.

    25. Po delší době konečně knížka, kterou jsem si opravdu užila. Je to sice detektivka, ale ten motiv vraždy je vlastně pomalu okrajová záležitost. Autor je Angličan a tak se mu očima z vnějšku podařilo docela dobře vystihnout maloměstskou (není míněno nijak pejorativně) Francii, kterou tak miluju. Jídlo a víno je vždy až na prvním místě :-) Na druhou stranu pouze Angličan může věnovat celou jednu kapitolu obhajobě anglické kuchyně - to opravdu pobavilo. Ale jeli [...]

    26. An enjoyable read. The mystery is both timely and historical, but the joys of this book are also why I read it: the portrait of small-town life in a part of France I adore, the Dordogne. Bruno is the city policeman of the (fictional-but-real) town of Saint Denis, and he views his job as protecting his people's way of life as much as enforcing the laws of the Fifth Republic. Despite his low rank on the pecking order of police and other forces investigating the vicious murder of an old man (he ran [...]

    27. If this book hadn't been recommended to me I certainly wouldn't have picked it up. Yes the title is uninspiring but please don't be put off. This is the first in a series featuring Bruno Courreges who is chief of police of St Denis, a small town in the Perigord region of France. The characters are believable and (important to me), likeable. The book is full of wonderful descriptions of the area and the food will have you drooling. More importantly, the plot is excellent and I thought the solutio [...]

    28. A bit slow to get started but then raced along with lots of twists and false leads. The characters are full of depth and I personally love the interspersing of food and drink descriptions. This is an interesting murder mystery with much historical information about the interactions of the French, Germans and Algerians toward the end of the Second World War. Memories of atrocities are long and perpetrators may not always escape retribution.

    29. Initially I was quite taken with the character of Bruno - very unique and interesting. But after a while, he got kind of irritating. I mean, the man rebuilt an old farmhouse virtually by himself, makes gourmet meals out of a few simple ingredients (all of which he grew himself in his garden or hunted/killed), makes his own sausages, bottles his own wine, raises chickens, is a wonderful tennis and rugby player (even taking time to teach the village children), while nearly every female character s [...]

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