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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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Abandoned because it leads so aggressively with the dead woman.
  themulhern | Mar 30, 2017 |
Even the fifth case of the Bruno Chef de Police series did not disappoint. In addition to great food, which my mouth waters during the reading, the action was varied and exciting. This time, Bruno had to pursue the dark machinations of an aristocratic family. Money and greed were in the foreground and the villains did not hesitate to approach their goal. They brought the people from Bruno's beautiful village into disrepute and danger and even Bruno had to justify his actions again and again. ( )
  Ameise1 | Mar 1, 2017 |
Martin makes Police Chief Bruno into eligible bachelor anti-cop. He cooks, cleans, is good with kids, not messily divorced, and not torn up with the evil doings he fights. More of a guidance counselor for his town. You learn more cooking practices than police procedures. But Bruno shoots people when he has to. The book starts lazy (body going downriver), but ends in an action page-turner (can't say more). As usual, Bruno fights big evils (Satanism, rich no-goods, and Paris) but acts as big daddy for local wrongdoings. Another easy read in the series. ( )
  kerns222 | Aug 24, 2016 |
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 |
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Bruno Courrèges seldom felt happier about the community her served as chief of police than when standing at the rear of the ancient ston church of St. Denis, listening to rehearsals of the town choir.
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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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