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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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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 |
Martin Walker's 'Bruno Courrèges, Chief of Police' books should come with a warning label saying: "May provoke cravings for foie gras, fresh croissants and good wine."

This is the 5th of the Bruno series of books and was just released in the UK as of early August 2012. I've become such a Bruno fan in the space of the past 2 months that I ordered this one online since it will likely be a year before the North American edition is released.

The main plot involves the finding of a dead body found floating down the river in a punt showing indications of the aftermath of a satanic ritual. Meanwhile Bruno is anonymously alerted to a case of domestic abuse and his patron, the Mayor of St. Denis, is involved with a development scheme to build a high-end holiday village in the outskirts of the community. Many others of the St. Denis and Perigord cast are back including a new romantic temptation for Bruno and even a possible love interest for the Baron.

I enjoyed this one quite as much as the others although the ending was quite shocking and distressing in some ways (no, not as distressing as the end to No. 4, if you know what I mean). ( )
  alanteder | Aug 12, 2012 |
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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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