The Crowded Grave
escape to the beautiful south of France with this charming mystery
By Martin Walker
Spanish separatists, angry activists and a mystery corpse: Bruno, chief of police has has his work cut out in the fourth in this internationally bestselling series
Spanish separatists, angry activists and a mystery corpse: Bruno, chief of police has has his work cut out in the fourth in this internationally bestselling series.
Life in the South of France isn't full of the charming peace that you might imagine. In St Denis a summit in a local château is threatened by Basque separatists, animal rights campaigners are causing havoc and it's about to get worse.
A local archaeological team unearths a well-preserved skeleton. Yet it's a lot more recent than they'd hoped - boasting a Swatch on its wrist and a bullet-hole in its skull.
Meanwhile, an influx of visitors makes Saint Denis unusually crowded, and the key to the body appears to lie with one of these outsiders. Bruno must think fast and keep his wits about him in order to work out how these events are connected. Especially if the answer lies a little closer to home.
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14 Mar 2013
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Walker is brilliant at capturing the murderous charms of rural France ... the setting is undeniably delicious — Mirror
A satisfyingly intriguing, wish-you-were-there read — Guardian
Enchanting country mysteries [that] embody the sublime physical beauty and intractable political problems of the Dordogne — New York Times
Walker hits the sweet spot of balancing humor and drama, and his food descriptions will leave readers fantasizing about dining in the Perigord — Publishers Weekly
It's difficult not to be charmed by journalist Walker's series — Kirkus Reviews