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The Dark Vineyard (2009)

by Martin Walker(Favorite Author)
3.81 of 5 Votes: 3
1847249159 (ISBN13: 9781847249159)
Bruno, Chief of Police
review 1: THE DARK VINEYARD is the second mystery book in the French Countryside series by Martin Walker. Bruno, the chief of police, reminds me a little of Louise Penny’s Armand Gamache. Bruno is a younger version, laid back, interested and loyal to his village and those who live there, wants the truth. This is not the typical cozy and it isn't hard boiled. I'd love to visit St. Denis .. the wine, the food, the animals, the quirky characters. THE DARK VINEYARD starts with a suspicious fire at an agricultural research station and later two suspicious deaths. The past haunts the present for everyone. The drama of day to day life in St. Denis takes center stage.
review 2: This is now my new favorite series, set in my favorite area in France, the Dordogne valley. I have
... moren't read the previous one yet, so I have that to look forward to as well as two later in the series. Bruno, the chief of police maintains order in a manner most benign and constructive. His sagacity leavens the book to a higher level than the standard "roman policier". The books are a love letter to the region and I found myself not caring that I could predict the villain and patiently waited until the motive came to light by imagining I was savoring all the wine and food that the characters enjoy during the course of the novel. less
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Loved this. As one friend said, I'd love Bruno to cook an omelet for me.
Very nice book. Very readable. Looking forward to the next Bruno book.
Learned a lot about wine making in France.
Another excellent Bruno mystery.
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