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Hardcover / ISBN-13: 9781787477681

Price: £18.99

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Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Crime & Mystery

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Millions of readers worldwide are talking about the Dordogne Mysteries. Discover why and join them with this gripping new read!


Following the funeral of a local farmer, Bruno gets a phone call from his son. He tells Bruno that before his father’s sudden death, he had signed over his property to an insurance company in return for a subscription to a luxury retirement home. Bruno discovers that both the retirement home and the insurance company are scams with links to a Russian oligarch whose dealings are already being tracked by the French police.

Meanwhile an aging British rock star is selling his home, Chateau Rock. The star’s son returns for the summer with his Russian girlfriend. As Bruno pursues his inquiries into the farmer’s death and the stolen inheritance, he learns that the oligarch is none other than the girlfriend’s father. Bruno’s talents are tested to the limit as he untangles a Gordian Knot of criminality that reaches as far as the Kremlin.

But luckily Bruno still has time to cook delicious meals for his friends and enjoy the life of his beloved Dordogne. What’s more, love is in the air. His pedigree basset, Balzac, is old enough to breed. Bruno heads for the kennels where a suitable beauty, Diane de Poitiers, is ready and waiting for Balzac’s attentions…


The Maigret of the Dordogne
Antony Beevor
Rich in atmosphere and personality
New York Times
The Alexander McCall Smith of la France profonde
Francis Wheen
Brilliant at capturing the murderous charms of rural France ... the setting is undeniably delicious
A satisfyingly intriguing, wish-you-were-here read
I've read a lot of mysteries in my day and you're up there at the top of my list alongside Michael Connelly, Georges Simenon and, most recently, Anthony Horowitz
Graydon Carter
Francophiles will relish the evocative descriptions of the Perigord region and its cuisine. Distinctive characters complement the intricate mystery. Readers new to this elegant series will feel right at home
Publishers Weekly * Starred review
Rich in local colour, once again showing Walker's encyclopaedic knowledge of French food'
Sunday Times
Dollops of the sybaritic good life in rural France are spiced up with a dash of international intrigue in this excellent Bruno, Chief of Police outing
Irish Independent, Pick of the Week
Martin Walker has caught the magic of the Dordogne ... and along the way imparts some useful knowledge, not just on matters culinary (invaluable) but also on quirks of French life
Consistently excellent ... I really want to know Bruno, to eat at his dinner table with his charming and entertaining guests ... I really want to be Bruno
BookPage * Starred review
A book to get lost in
Women's Weekly
A mixture of cooking, local history and detective work makes for an interesting read. Vivid details of the region are outstanding and would make you wish you were in France
Woman's Way
The real pleasure of this Dordogne mystery is reading about the daily life and myriad friends and colleagues of Bruno
Choice magazine
A seductive and engaging read
NB Magazine
Walker is unrivalled at interweaving the professional and private pursuits of a thoroughly likeable cop
Daily Mail