Black Diamond

Black Diamond

Book - 2010
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The third installment in Martin Walker's delightful, 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 Beno#65533;t "Bruno" Courr#65533;ges, 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 caf#65533;s, 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 s#65533;r, many, many truffles) and a soup#65533;on of romance, Black Diamond is a deliciously entertaining concoction that delivers all the complexity and delights of the Dordogne itself.
Publisher: Toronto : HarperCollins, ©2010
ISBN: 9780307700148
Branch Call Number: WALKER
Characteristics: 297 p. : map
Alternative Title: Bruno : Black diamond


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Apr 24, 2017

The series keeps getting better.

Apr 16, 2017

Another winner about Bruno, chief of police. Although each of these books is very well written and extremely interesting, I have a comment - each of Mr. Walker's books that i have read has its roots in the past - the Algerian war or WWII. I am in awe of Mr. Walker's research abilities and really appreciate learning about history of which I was ignorant, I wonder if any of his books have their basis in the present. This is NOT a complaint, merely an observation. Anyway, I really enjoyed this entry into the Bruno Courreges series - Bruno is an exceptional person and a great policeman who has terrific skills and an intuitive investigative style that leads to solutions of his town's mysteries. He seems to be beloved and respected by all his contemporaries. I would sure love to live in his town and be one of his friends. I will be VERY sad when I have read all the books in this series.

Oct 06, 2014

Wonderful story of life in rural France with a history lesson thrown in. Bruno has a murder to solve but he still doesn't shirk his small town duties, and the man can cook.

Aug 25, 2014

*** 1/2 During the early pages of Black Diamond, readers unfamiliar with Martin Walker's French policeman, Bruno Courreges, would be forgiven for thinking that they had stumbled into a set of Peter Mayle charactrs. The genial police inspector loves to cook hearty dishes laced with the truffles he's found in the woods. There is the mad English woman whom he is dating. Walker's characters seem at first to be familiar types, and his evocation of rural France comforting. As the only policeman in St Denis, Courreges is responsible for everything from crowd control to charity collections. So investigating rumors about a truffle scam in the local market while trying to find out who has attacked a Vietnamese family's stall is more or less business as usual. This bucolic town lulls the reader into a sense of security. Because of this it all the more shocking when one of Courreges's friendds is found brutally murdered. In discovering why his friend has been killed in such a cruel way, Courreges has to piece together unsavoury facts from France's colonial past, and call on his contacts in the Secret Service. As he realises that there was more to his friend than he ever thought possible, so it dawns on the reader that Courreges is no bumbling plod but a keen investigator. **** I really enjoyed this mystery and am looking forward to reading more books in this series. I did not realize that this is #3 in the series, so I want to go back to the beginning. Very enjoyable, especially if you are a Francophile.

Jan 26, 2013

This series by Martin Walker is excellent. The characters are interesting, the plots are clever, and the descriptions of small town France are wonderful!

Mar 26, 2012

An excellent, easy read. Character development and plot are good but it is the French countryside and snippets of culture that tantalize the reader.

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