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A Chateau Under Siege: A Bruno, Chief of Police Novel (Bruno, Chief of Police Series) (edition 2023)

by Martin Walker (Author)

Series: Bruno Courrèges (16)

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Fiction. Mystery. HTML:When an actor in a local play is attacked during a performance, Bruno must learn whether it was an accident, a crime of passion, or an assassination attempt with implications far beyond the small French village.
The town of Sarlat is staging a reenactment of its liberation from the British in the Hundred Years War when the play‚??s French hero, Brice Kerquelin, is stabbed and feared fatally wounded. Is it an unfortunate prop malfunction‚??or something more sinister? The stricken man happens to be number two in the French intelligence service, in line for the top job. Bruno is tasked with the safety of the victim‚??s daughters, Claire and Nadia, as well as their father‚??s old Silicon Valley buddies, ostensibly in town for a reunion. One friend from Taiwan, a tycoon in chip fabrication, soon goes missing, and Bruno suspects there may be a link to the French government‚??s efforts to build a chip industry in Europe‚??something powerful forces in Russia and China are determined to scuttle. Wading through a tangle of rivalries and secrets, Bruno begins to parse fact from fiction‚??while also becoming embroiled in some romantic complications, and, of course, finding time to put together… (more)
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Title:A Chateau Under Siege: A Bruno, Chief of Police Novel (Bruno, Chief of Police Series)
Authors:Martin Walker (Author)
Info:Knopf (2023), 304 pages
Collections:I've read, Read but unowned
Rating:***
Tags:finished 2023, have read

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So, I read most of this while I had the stomach flu, so that might influence me. At first I liked how much information we were learning about the victim...a police officer could just go through the victim's house and gather clues. But then it became too much information, and the case took on all sorts of global issues. Not a bad thing, but not what I had signed up for. Various military and police units, as well as intelligence agencies got involved, and we learned much about the protocol of going between groups. Oh, and we learned the denouments of many of the previous books in the series...so, don't start with this one. Lovely descriptions of the Perigord, and Bruno's circle of friends is fun to read about. Good food descriptions, but kind of comical how Bruno whips up fabulous meals as he waits for military operations to commence. ( )
  Beth3511 | Nov 20, 2023 |
A little fluffier than some of the others in this series. However, the portrait of semi-rural French life is still wonderful, as are the meals. ( )
  TadAD | Nov 9, 2023 |
Surrounded by some of his circle of friends, Bruno witnesses the brutal attack of a local guy playing the hero of a middle ages reenactment. Called in to play an active role in the situation, Bruno discovers that all is not as it seems, and meanwhile is charged with protective a gathering of extremely wealthy international visitors staying at a chateau. ( )
  sleahey | Oct 31, 2023 |
Once again Bruno becomes involved with a matter of national security when a man appears to be stabbed at a re-enactment. The man in question works in intelligence. Using routine police techniques, he realizes something is amiss and the man was likely whisked away, but for what reason and where? Bruno is placed in charge of guarding the high tech visitors who came for a meeting with the man as he, the military force who helped him in a previous installment, and the other French intelligence and security teams sort out where the real threat is. On the personal front, some of Bruno's friends try to intervene on Florence's behalf. Isabel was mostly absent from this installment. ( )
  thornton37814 | Oct 31, 2023 |
Very up to date story with Chinese covering Taiwanese semiconductor plants and Russia's plans to invade Ukraine. ( )
  edwardsgt | Oct 16, 2023 |
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Fiction. Mystery. HTML:When an actor in a local play is attacked during a performance, Bruno must learn whether it was an accident, a crime of passion, or an assassination attempt with implications far beyond the small French village.
The town of Sarlat is staging a reenactment of its liberation from the British in the Hundred Years War when the play‚??s French hero, Brice Kerquelin, is stabbed and feared fatally wounded. Is it an unfortunate prop malfunction‚??or something more sinister? The stricken man happens to be number two in the French intelligence service, in line for the top job. Bruno is tasked with the safety of the victim‚??s daughters, Claire and Nadia, as well as their father‚??s old Silicon Valley buddies, ostensibly in town for a reunion. One friend from Taiwan, a tycoon in chip fabrication, soon goes missing, and Bruno suspects there may be a link to the French government‚??s efforts to build a chip industry in Europe‚??something powerful forces in Russia and China are determined to scuttle. Wading through a tangle of rivalries and secrets, Bruno begins to parse fact from fiction‚??while also becoming embroiled in some romantic complications, and, of course, finding time to put together

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