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A Market Tale: A Bruno, Chief of Police Story of the French Countryside… (edition 2014)

by Martin Walker (Author)

Series: Bruno Courrèges (6.5)

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A charming tale from the P & eacute;rigord heartland, featuring the internationally beloved Bruno, chief of police. A Vintage eBook Original Short. Between the seventeenth-century mairie and the stone bridge over the river that winds through town, the village of St. Denis hosts its weekly market, as well-stocked with local gossip as with fresh produce and p & acirc;t & eacute;s. As summer blooms, the newest talk of the town is the rapport between Kati, a Swiss tourist, and Marcel, a popular stall owner whom Kati meets over his choice strawberries. None are happier than police chief Bruno to see Marcel, a young widower, interested in love again, but as his friend's romance deepens, Bruno senses trouble in the form of Marcel's meddlesome sister Nadette. Even as Kati begins to put down roots in St. Denis, vending her delicious baking in the market, it seems the overbearing Nadette will stop at nothing to make her feel unwelcome. When her schemes reach the limits of law, Bruno takes it upon himself to set things right.… (more)
Member:jamespurcell
Title:A Market Tale: A Bruno, Chief of Police Story of the French Countryside (Kindle Single) (Bruno, Chief of Police Series Book 8)
Authors:Martin Walker (Author)
Info:Vintage (2014), 36 pages
Collections:Your library
Rating:****
Tags:Fiction, Mystery, Bruno Courreges, France SW, WLS, RBU, Wish List

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A Market Tale: A Bruno, Chief of Police Story of the French Countryside (Kindle Single) (Bruno, Chief of Police Series Book 6.5) by Martin Walker

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Bruno sorts it out, again. Saving a recipe in the bargain. ( )
  jamespurcell | Aug 5, 2022 |
This gentle story set in St. Denis features the market in the town square, a disabled widower, and a Swiss newcomer. As the widower and the Swiss woman fall in love, his sister’s jealousy threatens their relationship. Town policeman Bruno finds a creative solution to bring them to harmony.

I’ve said before that Bruno reminds me in a way of Mayberry sheriff Andy Taylor. Like Andy, Bruno is more interested in enforcing the spirit of the law than the letter of the law. This story highlights the Mayberry aspect of the series. As an added bonus, there are no terrorists in this story, no pets are killed, and no girlfriends are wounded or maimed. ( )
  cbl_tn | Feb 23, 2022 |
There's no mystery involved in this tale, but we see Bruno acting wisely to confront a sister jealous of his brother's new girlfriend. Readers who love the region and the descriptions of food will enjoy this short tale. ( )
  thornton37814 | Jan 30, 2022 |
Too short! :-) And Pamela is there… but it is a sweet short story that packs all of the charm of the region into a compelling tale. ( )
  krazy4katz | Jan 17, 2022 |
This is a nice and typical Bruno short story. It’s a good sample for the early Bruno novels since it represents everything that’s good about the series:

Bruno is so wonderfully likeable, friendly and empathic.
The market obviously plays as an important role as in many of the novels.
There’s a small conflict but Bruno congenially solves it.

I felt right at home with this short story.

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A charming tale from the P & eacute;rigord heartland, featuring the internationally beloved Bruno, chief of police. A Vintage eBook Original Short. Between the seventeenth-century mairie and the stone bridge over the river that winds through town, the village of St. Denis hosts its weekly market, as well-stocked with local gossip as with fresh produce and p & acirc;t & eacute;s. As summer blooms, the newest talk of the town is the rapport between Kati, a Swiss tourist, and Marcel, a popular stall owner whom Kati meets over his choice strawberries. None are happier than police chief Bruno to see Marcel, a young widower, interested in love again, but as his friend's romance deepens, Bruno senses trouble in the form of Marcel's meddlesome sister Nadette. Even as Kati begins to put down roots in St. Denis, vending her delicious baking in the market, it seems the overbearing Nadette will stop at nothing to make her feel unwelcome. When her schemes reach the limits of law, Bruno takes it upon himself to set things right.

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