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Bruno, Chief of Police, investigates when a body is found floating in the river showing marks of Satanism. France’s favourite cop must track down a murderer while quelling his town’s superstitious fears in this page-turning mystery, part of an internationally bestselling series.

It is springtime France’s Périgord, a time of beauty and calm. But not for Bruno, chief of police of the small town of St Denis. A woman’s body has been found on a boat, bearing signs of a black magic ritual.

Bruno has too much on his plate as it is – mediating a domestic abuse case that needs careful handling and a dodgy local development proposal that seems just too good to be true.

But a murder case must take precedent and the roots of this one lie buried deep in the past – linked to a chateau above a bend in the river, to the reclusive old woman who lives there, and to the secret hidden in the Devil’s Cave.


'If you're looking for some engaging entertainment as a beach read or for a wet afternoon then you're unlikely to go far wrong' Bookbag.
'The irresistible Bruno ... leaping up mountains and plunging into caves as he prevents various ingenious crimes and plots from upsetting the traditional way of life in St Denis' Literary Review.
Literary Review
'Makes for pleasant holiday reading with its panoramic picture of life in all those Dordogne towns and hamlets' Shotsblog.
'A page turning thriller ... well crafted and enjoyable' Denis McShane, Tribune.