The Crowded Grave by Martin Walker
A Mystery of the French Countryside (Borzoi Books)

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Another delectable serving of mystery and the pleasures of the Dordogne from the newest master of suspense, Martin Walker.

It’s spring in the idyllic village of St. Denis, and for Chief of Police Bruno Courrèges that means lamb stews, bottles of his beloved Pomerol, morning walks with his hound, Gigi—and a new string of regional crimes and international capers. When a local archaeological team looking for Cro-Magnon and Neanderthal remains turns up a corpse with a watch on its wrist and a bullet in its head, it’s up to Bruno to solve the case. But the task will not be easy, not with a meddlesome new magistrate eager to make a strong impression, an ongoing series of attacks by animal rights activists on local foie gras producers, and a nearby summit between France and Spain approaching—not to mention two beautiful, brilliant women vying for Bruno’s affections.

Complicating events even further, the professor in charge of the dig is soon reported missing, leading Bruno to suspect that the past and the present are bound up in dangerous ways. As summer approaches, the wine growing cooler and the fruit sweeter, Bruno's investigations take him indelibly deeper into contemporary Europe’s dark history of terrorist and counterterrorist tactics—and toward a dramatic finale.

As savory as foie gras, as piquant as vin de noix, and as richly complex as the region’s truffles, The Crowded Grave is a feast for mystery lovers and Francophiles alike.

Bonus material! Martin Walker is often asked by his readers for vacation recommendations in the area where his best-selling series is set. In "A Perfect Weekend in Perigord," Walker shares his itinerary for an ideal vacation in this picturesque region.

This edition also includes an excert from Martin Walker's The Devil's Cave.
 

About Martin Walker

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MARTIN WALKER is senior director of the Global Business Policy Council, a private think tank for CEOs of major corporations, based in Washington, D.C. He is also editor in chief emeritus and an international affairs columnist at United Press International. His three previous novels in the Bruno series are Bruno, Chief of Police; The Dark Vineyard; and Black Diamond. He lives in Washington, D.C., and the Dordogne.
 
Published July 10, 2012 by Vintage. 338 pages
Genres: Travel, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Science & Math, Crime. Fiction

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A terrorist is introduced to Dordogne foie gras.

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The discovery at an archeological dig of a corpse dating back only to the 1980s, with a gunshot wound to the head, is but the first of several problems facing St. Denis police chief Bruno Courrèges in Walker’s appealing fourth mystery set in France’s Perigord region (after 2011’s Black Dia...

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Reviewing the Evidence

Afterwards, Bruno learns that a French/Spanish summit is to be held in the local chateau and his employer, the mayor, has agreed to a request for Bruno's assistance from the Brigadier, a shadowy figure in French Intelligence, who invariably complicates Bruno's life whenever their paths cross.

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City Book Review

This book is the fourth in the Bruno, Chief of Police series set in Saint-Denis — a fictional village in the Dordogne, a region in the southwest of France famous for its food and wine.

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Mysterious Reviews

It's hard to argue too much style — the French countryside and its residents are brought to life in beautifully crafted detail — but one might quibble a bit about too much substance: there is a lot going on the small town of St. Denis, so much so that it seems at times as if the subplots are stum...

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Bookmarks Magazine

As summer approaches, the wine growing cooler and the fruit sweeter, Bruno's investigations take him indelibly deeper into contemporary Europe’s dark history of terrorist and counterterrorist tactics—and toward a dramatic finale.

As savory as foie gras, as piquant as vin de noix, a...

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Shots

In the crime writing world he’s known for his series featuring Bruno, chief of the local police in a small French town in the Périgord region, known for its gourmet food and cooking – as is Bruno himself.

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Jackson District Library

Everything Walker loves about French country life is in his books, which were informed and inspired by the 2005 riots and the subsequent societal troubles that cross European Union lines.

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