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Death in the Dordogne

Death in the Dordogne

Millions of readers worldwide are talking about the Dordogne Mysteries. Find out why and discover what dark secrets lurk in the idyllic French town of St Denis in the first book in this acclaimed series.

‘Hugely enjoyable and absolutely gripping. Martin Walker has got off to a flying start’ Antony Beevor

Market day in the ancient town of St Denis in south-west France. EU hygiene inspectors have been swooping on France’s markets, while the locals hide contraband cheese in their houses and call the Brussels bureaucrats ‘Gestapo’. Police Captain Bruno Courreges supports their resistance. Although, here in what was once Vichy France, words like ‘Gestapo’ and ‘resistance’ still carry a profound resonance.

When an old man, head of an immigrant North African family, is found murdered, suspicion falls on the son of the local doctor, found in flagrante playing sex games surrounded by Nazi paraphernalia.

But Bruno isn’t convinced, and suspects this crime may have its roots in that most tortured period of recent French history – the Second World War, a time of terror and betrayal that set brother against brother. Now it’s up to him to find the killer – but will the people of St Denis allow him to go digging through the past in order to do it?

Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Crime & Mystery

On Sale: 2nd April 2009

Price: £4.99

ISBN-13: 9781849166300

Reviews

Hugely enjoyable and absolutely gripping. Martin Walker has got off to a flying start in what promises to be a great series. Bruno will be the Maigret of the Dordogne
Antony Beevor
It's beguiling, evocative and utterly wonderful. It also made me very hungry . . . the Alexander McCall Smith of La France Profonde
Francis Wheen
'The pleasures of life in the Dordogne, some distinctive well-rounded characters and an intriguing mystery are a winning combination in Martin Walker's Bruno, Chief of Police ... Walker's relaxed style and good humour help to bring to life his engaging hero and his delightful home and make one of the most enjoyable books I've read in a long time' Susanna Yager, Sunday Telegraph.
Sunday Telegraph
The selling point of this delightful book is its setting in the legendary France profonde . . . Walker brings to life both a complete community and the chief of police who is its protector, teacher and friend. This book's ingredients are combined as carefully as Bruno's good meals
Literary Review