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Rides on horseback through the French countryside of the Dordogne. Elaborately prepared and explained meals. Wines. And, oh yes, a mystery blended into this heady mix. While most readers think the British have a line on cozies, Walker makes a great case for the French version: a tiny village, landed gentry (in this case, series hero municipal policeman Bruno Courreges), and a round of farm tending, riding, and dinner parties. Courreges' ever-evolving love life provides an added kick. This time out, as in all cozies, the tiny village is beset by crime. First, a hero of the French Resistance dies, clutching banknotes that link him to a daring train robbery. There's also a spate of burglaries, one involving a British spy. And an antiques dealer is murdered. Courreges navigates the spree in his usual unflappable manner. He may remind many readers of the late Robert B. Parker's Spenser, as he devotes his closest attention to the preparation of meals. Much to admire and sigh over in this appetizing mystery.--Fletcher, Connie Copyright 2010 Booklist


Publishers Weekly
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In Walker's endearing sixth novel featuring St. Denis police chief Bruno Courreges (after 2013's The Devil's Cave), Bruno, who prides himself on knowing just about everything transpiring in his picturesque patch of Perigord, is stunned when the latest in a string of burglaries reveals that a retired British spymaster, Jack Crimson, has been residing right under his nose. But Bruno has barely enough time to process this-or the pending return to St. Denis of his former flame, ambitious Police Nationale capitaine Isabelle, to oversee the politically sensitive Crimson probe-because of the brutal murder of a vacationing British antiques dealer. Despite distractions that include the region's always-tantalizing gastronomy, Bruno soon starts to make serious investigative headway, demonstrating convincingly that there's nothing smalltown about his understanding of human nature. Existing fans and newcomers alike will savor Walker's ability to smoothly fold suspense into his Perigordian souffle. Agent: Stephanie Cabot, Felicity Bryan Associates. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


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Bruno has his hands full with a case linked to the French Resistance movement of World War II, plus present-day troubles in the local gay community. The sixth entry in the enjoyable series (after The Devil's Cave) set in France's Dordogne region. [Prepub Alert, 8/19/13.] (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Library Journal
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Bruno has his hands full with a case linked to the French Resistance movement of World War II, plus present-day troubles in the local gay community. The sixth entry in the enjoyable series (after The Devil's Cave) set in France's Dordogne region. [Prepub Alert, 8/19/13.] (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.