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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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The Devil's Cave by Martin Walker

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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 |
Solider Bruno-Krimi. Trotz Höhlen-Finale nicht richtig spannende bis zum Schluss. Zu viele Figuren verwirren teilweise, man kennt sich zwischen den ganzen Gilles und Jules, Beatrice und Eugenie nicht mehr ganz aus. Bruno ist ganz der alte, mit den bekannten Ticks und Liebesproblemen, soweit nichts Neues im Périgord, auch esstechnisch das Übliche. Aber als Unterhaltung ganz brauchbar. ( )
  pepe68 | Feb 18, 2014 |
An excellent addition to the Bruno series. Fast paced ending with the usual cast of characters. Once again the joy of visiting the Dordogne and enjoying Bruno's cooking. Visiting St Denis is comfort food. ( )
  librarian1204 | Jul 19, 2013 |
First Line: Bruno Courrèges seldom felt happier about the community he served as Chief of Police than when standing at the rear of the ancient stone church of St. Denis, listening to rehearsals of the town choir.

When a dead woman is found in a boat floating down the river, it disrupts Easter preparations in St. Denis, a small village in southwestern France. With strange markings on the body and black candles in the boat with her, Chief of Police Bruno Courrèges knows he's just been put in charge of an investigation which has some very sinister overtones. With whispers about the occult beginning to circulate in the village, Bruno soon finds out that there's more going on than that. There's a questionable real estate deal in the works, a second violent death that someone took great care to make look accidental, and the presence of an elderly countess considered to be a hero of the Resistance. As his list grows, Bruno will find out that many of them lead directly to the Gouffre de Colombac-- the place locals call the Devil's Cave.

When I read one of the blurbs on the back of my UK edition of this book, I had to laugh. A reviewer referred to Walker's Bruno, Chief of Police series as "gastroporn"-- and it is. Food plays a very important role in each and every book, and it is described in such loving detail that just reading about it is a feast for the senses. These books are also feasts for anyone who wants to learn about life in a French village. Bruno is my type of police officer. He's experienced war, he's experienced life in big cities, and life in tiny St. Denis suits him right down to the ground. He's where he wants to be, and most of his excellent policing is carried out swiftly and well simply because he's made the effort to be a part of the community and to know all its people. The only thing Bruno is missing is a wife and family, and his love life is just as complicated in The Devil's Cave as it has been in the other books in the series.

This investigation had me learning a bit more about the occult; however, once again it is the area's strong ties to World War II and local Resistance activities that provide the mystery its backbone. Some secrets take many, many years to uncover, as they do here in The Devil's Cave with some very nerve-wracking events occurring underground.

Although I greatly enjoyed this book, it just didn't have the richness of the others in the series. A few too many secrets were easily deduced, and there wasn't as much of the humor and charm that I've grown to love. Do I recommend the book? Yes, I do-- in fact, I recommend the entire series. Of all the mystery series I read that are set in France, this one by far is my favorite. ( )
  cathyskye | Jul 14, 2013 |
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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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