The Crowded Grave

"A mystery of the French countryside"--Cover.

Author: Martin Walker

Publisher: Vintage Books

ISBN: 0307744647

Category: Fiction

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Another delectable serving of mystery and the pleasures of the Dordogne from the newest master of suspense, Martin Walker. It's spring in the idyllic village of St. Denis, and for Chief of Police Bruno Courrèges that means lamb stews, bottles of his beloved Pomerol, morning walks with his hound, Gigi--and a new string of regional crimes and international capers. When a local archaeological team looking for Cro-Magnon and Neanderthal remains turns up a corpse with a watch on its wrist and a bullet in its head, it's up to Bruno to solve the case. But the task will not be easy, not with a meddlesome new magistrate eager to make a strong impression, an ongoing series of attacks by animal rights activists on local foie gras producers, and a nearby summit between France and Spain approaching--not to mention two beautiful, brilliant women vying for Bruno's affections. Complicating events even further, the professor in charge of the dig is soon reported missing, leading Bruno to suspect that the past and the present are bound up in dangerous ways. As summer approaches, the wine growing cooler and the fruit sweeter, Bruno's investigations take him indelibly deeper into contemporary Europe's dark history of terrorist and counterterrorist tactics--and toward a dramatic finale. As savory as foie gras, as piquant as vin de noix, and as richly complex as the region's truffles, The Crowded Grave is a feast for mystery lovers and Francophiles alike. Bonus material! Martin Walker is often asked by his readers for vacation recommendations in the area where his best-selling series is set. In "A Perfect Weekend in Perigord," Walker shares his itinerary for an ideal vacation in this picturesque region. This edition also includes an excert from Martin Walker's The Devil's Cave.
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The Crowded Grave

A new case for St Denis' incomparable Chief of Police, Captain Bruno Courreges, in the third instalment of this engaging series set in rural France.

Author: Martin Walker

Publisher: Quercus Publishing Plc

ISBN: 1780876742

Category: Fiction

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Bruno's day has not started well. A summit to be held in a local château is threatened by Basque separatists, and animal rights campaigners are causing havoc. Up to his ears with ETA and PETA, he's not even had time for lunch. 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. With an influx of visitors making Saint Denis almost as crowded as the excavation's grave, the key appears to lie with one of these outsiders. Bruno must think fast and keep his wits about him. Especially as the answer may lie a little closer to home.
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Crowded Grave

When a local archaeological dig looking for early human remains near the town of St-Denis turns up a distinctly contemporary corpse, Bruno has a new case to solve.

Author: Martin Walker

Publisher: HarperWeekend

ISBN: 144340943X

Category: Fiction

Page: 416

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When a local archaeological dig looking for early human remains near the town of St-Denis turns up a distinctly contemporary corpse, Bruno has a new case to solve. The stakes are raised by an escalating series of attacks on local foie gras producers, an upcoming summit between the French and Spanish governments, and two women vying for Bruno’s affections.
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The Crowded Grave

Bruno deals with murder and mayhem in rural France Martin Walker. Acknowledgements THE CROWDED GRAVE An Investigation by Bruno, Chief of Police.

Author: Martin Walker

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9780857389572

Category: Fiction

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'Brilliant at capturing the murderous charms of rural France' Mirror Spanish separatists, angry activists and a mystery corpse: Bruno, chief of police has has his work cut out in this exciting mystery, part of the 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. 'The Maigret of the Dordogne' Antony Beevor
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Crowded Grave

The Crowded Grave is a sense-stirring portrait of the culture, camaraderie and culinary customs of French country life, accompanied by a satisfying and intoxicating mystery.

Author: Martin Walker

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 9781443409445

Category: Fiction

Page: 416

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Bruno’s day has not started well: an international summit to be held in a local chateau is being threatened by Basque separatists, and animal-rights campaigners have declared a war on the beloved local delicacy, foie gras, in the form of an attack on a local duck farm. Horst Vogelstern, a famed researcher working in the archaeological treasure house that is the Vézère Valley, has made a find that promises to change our understanding of humankind’s evolution, but complications ensue when another body is unearthed at the site—one that sports a gunshot wound to the head and is definitely not ancient. Bruno senses a link between the activist groups and the unidentified body, but his investigation is hindered by further attacks on local farms and the interference of local bureaucrats. When Horst disappears under mysterious circumstances, the scope of the case widens, and tension in the town of St-Denis reaches an all-time high. The Crowded Grave is a sense-stirring portrait of the culture, camaraderie and culinary customs of French country life, accompanied by a satisfying and intoxicating mystery.
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The Crowded Grave

Life in south France is not the sleepy idyll you might suppose.

Author: Martin Walker

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ISBN: 1407493469

Category: Courrèges, Bruno (Fictitious character)

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Life in south-west rural France is not the sleepy idyll you might suppose. A senior policeman has been shot by terrorists believed to be the Basque Separatists of ETA. And a group of students have just unearthed a 'modern' skeleton during a dig at one of the ancient sites of this famous region and home to pre-historic man - a dig that has brought an influx of foreigners to the Dordogne. It is up to Chief of Police Bruno Courrèges to get to the bottom of these seemingly unrelated events.
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The Crowded Grave

Welcoming the return of spring in his idyllic French village, inimitable chief of police Bruno Courrèges investigates a local murder at an archaeological digsite that is complicated by an animal rights clash, an international summit and ...

Author: Martin Walker

Publisher: Alfred a Knopf Incorporated

ISBN: 0307700194

Category: Fiction

Page: 313

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Welcoming the return of spring in his idyllic French village, inimitable chief of police Bruno Courrèges investigates a local murder at an archaeological digsite that is complicated by an animal rights clash, an international summit and the affections of two beautiful women. 20,000 first printing.
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The Most Intimate Revelations about the Crowded Grave

In this book, we have hand-picked the most sophisticated, unanticipated, absorbing (if not at times crackpot!), original and musing book reviews of "The Crowded Grave: A Mystery of the French Countryside.

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In this book, we have hand-picked the most sophisticated, unanticipated, absorbing (if not at times crackpot!), original and musing book reviews of "The Crowded Grave: A Mystery of the French Countryside." Don't say we didn't warn you: these reviews are known to shock with their unconventionality or intimacy. Some may be startled by their biting sincerity; others may be spellbound by their unbridled flights of fantasy. Don't buy this book if: 1. You don't have nerves of steel. 2. You expect to get pregnant in the next five minutes. 3. You've heard it all.
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Bruno Chief Of Police

The Bruno novels have been widely praised for balancing a charming evocation of small-town life in La France Profonde with expert plotting and a seamless incorporation of social and political tensions in modern-day France, as well as for ...

Author: Martin Walker

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 9781443425568

Category: Fiction

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This special ebook bundle includes all four books in the Bruno, Chief of Police, series: Bruno, Chief of Police, The Dark Vineyard, Black Diamond, and The Crowded Grave. Martin Walker’s mystery series set in the idyllic South of France combines suspenseful plotting, Gallic charm, the region’s delectable gastronomy, and a hero to root for. The Bruno novels have been widely praised for balancing a charming evocation of small-town life in La France Profonde with expert plotting and a seamless incorporation of social and political tensions in modern-day France, as well as for venturing into some of the darker corners of the nation’s history. They are international bestsellers and have delighted readers all over the world. Praise for Bruno "A perfect little gem of a whodunit." —Winnipeg Free Press "Martin Walker's bucolic mysteries offer a gentle reminder to slow down and smell the grapes." —The New York Times Book Review "Gallic charm suffuses Walker's third mystery of the French countryside. . . . A savory delight." —Publishers Weekly (starred review)
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A Taste for Vengeance

When a British tourist fails to turn up for a luxurious cooking vacation in the idyllic village in the south of France that Bruno Courrèges calls home, the chief of police is quickly on the case.

Author: Martin Walker

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 9780525519973

Category: Fiction

Page: 352

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When a British tourist fails to turn up for a luxurious cooking vacation in the idyllic village in the south of France that Bruno Courrèges calls home, the chief of police is quickly on the case. Monika Felder is nowhere to be found, and her husband, a retired British general, is unreachable. Not long after Bruno discovers that Monika was traveling with a mysterious Irishman with a background in intelligence, the two turn up dead. Was she running away? How much does her husband really know? Meanwhile, the star of the girls’ rugby team is pregnant, jeopardizing her chances of being named to the French national squad. Bruno’s search for the truth in both cases leads him in some unexpected directions—but as ever, he and his friends find time along the way to savor the culinary delights of the region.
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The Chocolate War

Early on summer mornings, police chief Bruno enjoys wandering the stalls of the weekly market in the village of St. Denis as they are being loaded with wares—ducks, oysters, wooden toys, used books, exotic teas and now, even miniskirts ...

Author: Martin Walker

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 9780525564539

Category: Fiction

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Early on summer mornings, police chief Bruno enjoys wandering the stalls of the weekly market in the village of St. Denis as they are being loaded with wares—ducks, oysters, wooden toys, used books, exotic teas and now, even miniskirts and cellphone cases. St. Denis is changing. But when Bruno’s old friend Léopold from Senegal and his young nephew Cali start selling African coffee and chocolate more cheaply than Bruno’s old friend Fauquet at his café across the square—Fauquet starts to lose his clientele and a competition erupts between the vendors. As a local taxpayer, Fauquet seeks protection against unfair competition while Leopold and Cali seek the right to do business fairly and protection from the anti-immigrant café-owners in nearby towns. As the rivalry escalates, it’s up to Bruno to find a way for the neighbors of St. Denis to make peace. A Vintage Shorts original. An ebook short.
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The Dark Vineyard

In this riveting sequel to Martin Walker’s internationally acclaimed novel Bruno, Chief of Police, some of France’s great pleasures—wine, passion and intrigue—converge in a dark chain of events that threaten the peaceful village of ...

Author: Martin Walker

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 9780307593818

Category: Fiction

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In this riveting sequel to Martin Walker’s internationally acclaimed novel Bruno, Chief of Police, some of France’s great pleasures—wine, passion and intrigue—converge in a dark chain of events that threaten the peaceful village of Saint-Denis. Benoît (Bruno) Courrèges—devoted friend, cuisinier extraordinaire and the town’s only municipal policeman—rushes to the scene when a research station for genetically modified crops is burned down outside Saint-Denis. Bruno immediately suspects a group of fervent environmentalists who live nearby, but the fire is only the first in a string of mysteries centering on the region’s fertile soil. Then a bevy of winemakers descends on Saint-Denis, competing for its land and spurring resentment among the villagers. Romances blossom. Hearts are broken. Some of the sensual pleasures of the town—a dinner of a truffle omelette and grilled bécasses, a community grape-crushing—provide an opportunity for both warm friendship and bitter hostilities to form. The town’s rivals—Max, an environmentalist who hopes to make organic wine; Jacqueline, a flirtatious, newly arrived Québécoise; and Fernando, the heir to an American wine fortune—act increasingly erratically. Events grow ever darker, culminating in two suspicious deaths, and Bruno finds that the problems of the present are never far from those of the past. A splendid mystery—and a delectable serving of the pleasures of France.
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The Resistance Man

The seventh installment in the delightful, internationally acclaimed series featuring Chief of Police Bruno.

Author: Martin Walker

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 9780385349550

Category: Fiction

Page: 336

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The seventh installment in the delightful, internationally acclaimed series featuring Chief of Police Bruno. It's summer in St. Denis for chief of police Bruno Courrèges, and that means a new season of cases. This time there are three weighing on his mind. First, there’s the evidence that a veteran of the French Resistance is connected to a notorious train robbery; then, the burglary of a former British spymaster's estate; and, finally, the murder of an antiques dealer whose lover is conveniently on the lam. As Bruno investigates, it becomes clear that they are connected--however, figuring out how will take every skill he possesses. Add in juggling the complex affections of two powerful women, maneuvering village politics, and managing his irrepressible puppy, Balzac, and Bruno has his hands full once again.
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A Birthday Lunch

When not solving mysteries in his beloved little town of St. Denis, Bruno, the chief of police, likes to cook and share his meals with local guests and dear friends.

Author: Martin Walker

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 9781984897640

Category: Fiction

Page: 24

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When not solving mysteries in his beloved little town of St. Denis, Bruno, the chief of police, likes to cook and share his meals with local guests and dear friends. For his friend Florence’s birthday, Bruno is preparing a surprise. But, like much else in St. Denis, it’s a communal effort, and one that Bruno pulls off with a little help from the countryside and the town. He finds an ancient hand axe in the ground during his morning run with his dog Balzac—it will make a spectacular gift—picks up newspapers for wrapping by the medical center, and gathers fresh nettles from by his chicken coop and thyme from his garden for soup and garnish. It’ll be the perfect day for Bruno and his guests to celebrate their collective history. A Vintage Shorts original. An ebook short.
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A Market Tale

The eighth installment in the delightful, internationally acclaimed series featuring Chief of Police Bruno.

Author: Martin Walker

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 9781101873977

Category: Fiction

Page: 32

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The eighth installment in the delightful, internationally acclaimed series featuring Chief of Police Bruno. Between the seventeenth-century mairie and the stone bridge over the river that winds through town, the village of St. Denis hosts its weekly market, as well-stocked with local gossip as with fresh produce and pâtés. As summer blooms, the newest talk of the town is the rapport between Kati, a Swiss tourist, and Marcel, a popular stall owner whom Kati meets over his choice strawberries. None are happier than police chief Bruno to see Marcel, a young widower, interested in love again, but as his friend’s romance deepens, Bruno senses trouble in the form of Marcel’s meddlesome sister Nadette. Even as Kati begins to put down roots in St. Denis, vending her delicious baking in the market, it seems the overbearing Nadette will stop at nothing to make her feel unwelcome. When her schemes reach the limits of law, Bruno takes it upon himself to set things right. An eBook short. A Vintage Short.
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Oystercatcher

A Vintage Shorts Original Called upon to assist in an investigation of oyster thieves at the Bay of Arcachon by the Commissaire Pleven of the Bordeaux police, beloved chief of police Bruno relishes an opportunity to momentarily reunite with ...

Author: Martin Walker

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 9780593311400

Category: Fiction

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A Vintage Shorts Original Called upon to assist in an investigation of oyster thieves at the Bay of Arcachon by the Commissaire Pleven of the Bordeaux police, beloved chief of police Bruno relishes an opportunity to momentarily reunite with the beautiful and ambitious Isabelle. Bruno is only a rural policeman, and he’s there for support and, if he’s being frank, skeptical of the whole mission. But when he and Isabelle witness strange activity out in the bay one evening--Bruno gets thrust into the center of action he had never bargained for. An ebook short.
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Black Diamond

Filled with an abundance of food and wine (including, bien sûr, many, many truffles) and a soupçon of romance, Black Diamond is a deliciously entertaining concoction that delivers all the complexity and delights of the Dordogne itself.

Author: Martin Walker

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 9780307701459

Category: Fiction

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The third installment in thed elightful, internationally acclaimed series featuring Chief of Police Bruno. Something dangerous is afoot in St. Denis. In the space of a few weeks, the normally sleepy village sees attacks on Vietnamese vendors, arson at a local Asian restaurant, subpar truffles from China smuggled into outgoing shipments at a nearby market—all of it threatening the Dordogne’s truffle trade, worth millions of dollars each year, and all of it spelling trouble for Benoît “Bruno” Courrèges, master chef, devoted oenophile, and, most important, beloved chief of police. When one of his hunting partners, a noted truffle expert, is murdered, Bruno’s investigation into the murky events unfolding around St. Denis becomes infinitely more complicated. His friend wasn’t just a connoisseur of French delicacies, he was a former high-profile intelligence agent—and someone wanted him dead. As the strange crimes continue, Bruno’s detective work takes him from sunlit markets to dim cafés, from luxurious feasts to tense negotiations—from all of the paradisial pleasures of the region to its shadowy underworld—and reunites him with a lost love, an ambitious policewoman also assigned to the case. Filled with an abundance of food and wine (including, bien sûr, many, many truffles) and a soupçon of romance, Black Diamond is a deliciously entertaining concoction that delivers all the complexity and delights of the Dordogne itself.
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The Patriarch

Not to mention the Patriarch himself—did his postwar Soviet ties intersect too closely with Gilbert’s career in Cold War intelligence?

Author: Martin Walker

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 9780385354189

Category: Fiction

Page: 336

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The tenth installment in the delightful, internationally acclaimed series featuring Chief of Police Bruno. Bruno Courrèges is thrilled when he receives an invitation to the lavish birthday celebration of his childhood hero, World War II flying ace Marco “the Patriarch” Desaix. But when the party ends in the death of one of Marco’s longtime friends, Gilbert, it turns into another day on the job for St. Denis's chief of police. All signs point to a tragic accident, but Bruno isn’t so sure, for there is more to the Desaix family's lives and loyalties than meets the eye. There’s Victor, the Patriarch’s son and Gilbert's sometimes rival, and Victor’s seductive wife, Madeleine, whose roving eye intrigues Bruno even more than her fierce political ambitions. Not to mention the Patriarch himself—did his postwar Soviet ties intersect too closely with Gilbert’s career in Cold War intelligence? As Bruno’s entanglement with the Desaix family becomes more complicated, his inquiries into Gilbert’s life will become a deadly threat to his own.
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The Devil s Cave

The sixth installment in the delightful, internationally acclaimed series featuring Chief of Police Bruno.

Author: Martin Walker

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 9780385349536

Category: Fiction

Page: 336

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The sixth installment in the delightful, internationally acclaimed series featuring Chief of Police Bruno. It's spring in St. Denis. The village choir is preparing for its Easter concert, the wildflowers are blooming, and among the lazy whorls of the river a dead woman is found floating in a boat. This means another case for Bruno, the town’s cherished chief of police. With the discovery of sinister markings and black candles near the body, it seems to Bruno that the occult might be involved. And as questions mount—most notably about a troubling real estate proposal in the region and the sudden reappearance of an elderly countess—Bruno and his colleagues are drawn ever closer to a climactic showdown in the Gouffre de Colombac: the place locals call the Devil’s Cave.
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