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Title:The Devil's Cave: A Bruno Courrèges Investigation (Bruno Chief of Police 5)
Authors:Martin Walker
Info:Quercus (2012), Hardcover, 352 pages
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I have read a number of this series (see the list below) and really had them mentally categorized as cosies. But in THE DEVIL'S CAVE the action is grittier and the novel becomes quite a tense thriller.

The action starts off with a naked female body floating down the river in an old boat. It appears that she may have committed suicide, but may also have participated in some Satanic rites. Around the thread of identifying this woman Bruno's normal work continues on. Some developers want to build holiday villas but a number of the residents are opposed, including the assistant bank manager, despite the fact that his bank is participating in the project. Then there is the farmer who has beaten up his wife in a drunken rage, and the young girl who has gone missing.

I do like way Martin Walker has populated the town and surrounds with persistent characters, while at the same time the plot of a new novel introduces some ones and some new issues to keep the mix fresh.

These are police procedurals, but the way things are done in St. Denis is refreshingly different from both British and American ones. Bruno is a well developed and fascinating character too.

If you haven't yet tried this series, you are missing a treat. ( )
  smik | Nov 19, 2015 |
I started out really enjoying this series and like Bruno Courreges, Police Chief in St Denis, France. I loved the mysteries. I loved the people. i loved the food! After this book, I absolutely love this series! This was a great story and exciting right until the end. It's springtime in St. Denis, and the whole town is getting ready to celebrate Easter. Bruno gets a phone call telling him to to come to the river. There is a naked woman laid out in an old punt that is floating down the river and she isn't moving. When Bruno gets help to bring the boat into the shore he discovers more than he bargained for. The woman is naked but she has a pentagram painted on her chest and there are two huge black candles in the punt. Bruno wonders if this is a black mass type of thing. Bruno discovers more shady dealings as he investigates the death. There is a brand new hotel in the region that appears not to have many guests. There is a proposal in front of the town about a big vacation real estate project that appears too good to be true. The more Bruno investigates, the more questions he has. It all explodes in a heart-stopping showdown in a beautiful corridor of caves called the Devil's Cave. Bruno Correges is a wonderful character. He's folksy and smart and his past experience as a soldier, make him a formidable foe to those on the wrong side of the law. ( )
  Romonko | Oct 24, 2015 |
Another investment company has plans for the area around St. Denis. It's OK, Bruno is on the watch. What seems like a gift from Heaven begins to smell a bit of sulfur as one corpse after another are found in suspicious circumstances. Is there evidence of a Black Mass being performed, or is it a gimmicky way to bring in the tourists? Our chief of police is not amused.

I am still loving these stories, even though I'm very tired of the choices Bruno is making in his love life. ( )
  MrsLee | Jul 16, 2015 |
When a young girl’s body is found floating in a boat near St. Denis, it appears to be a suicide in imitation of a satanic ritual. Bruno Courreges, our police chief hero, is on the case, trying to figure out where boat want into the water, who the girl is, and what might have precipitated her death.

Meanwhile, the mayor and council are considering yet another development plan, spearheaded by a shadowy group that dragged a nearby town into a similar plan, much to its regret. But the development could be great for Bruno’s rugby club and might just bring jobs into the area. The principals are attributing the earlier failure to the limits put on it by municipal government.

(SPOILER ALERT). Bruno is still grieving the death of his beloved dog Gigi (see The Crowded Grave), but enjoying his new horse Hector, a birthday gift from his ladyfriend Pamela and the townspeople. When his other lady love Isabelle brings him a new pup, Balzac, Bruno’s not certain he can find a place in his heart for the little guy.

The Devil’s Cave is another fine mystery from Martin Walker: an intriguing story, great characters and a near perfect protagonist in Bruno. ( )
  NewsieQ | Jul 7, 2014 |
Diogenes: In Martin Walkers fünftem Bruno -Roman geht es um Wasser: um glasklare, gemütliche Flüsse im Périgord, auf denen statt Kanufahrern eine schöne nackte (leider tote) Frau mit einem satanistischen Tattoo heruntertreibt. Um undurchsichtige Finanzflüsse. Um ein Labyrinth prähistorischer Grotten und ein internationales Ferienresort an lauschigen Ufern. Es geht um Fischspezialitäten, mit denen Bruno in verwirrenden Frühlingsgefühlen gefangen die Frauen verführt, und um große Fische einer Rüstungslobby, die ihm fast wieder von der Angel springen. Und schließlich um Teufelsweiber, die seit Ludwigs XIV. Mätresse Madame de Montespan die französischen Staats- und Finanzgeschäfte zu lenken versuchen.
  libsum | May 16, 2014 |
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Investigating an apparent occult murder during the Easter season in St. Denis, beloved chief of police Bruno discovers links to a troubling real estate proposal, a suspicious accident, and the sudden reappearance of a controversial elderly countess.

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