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Black Diamond: French gastronomy leads to murder in Bruno's third thrilling case (The Dordogne Mysteries Book 3) Kindle Edition
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Martin Walker is the author of several works of nonfiction, fiction novels, and the Bruno, Chief of Police mystery series. He is a senior fellow of the Global Business Policy Council, a private think tank based in Washington, DC. He is also editor in chief emeritus and international affairs columnist at United Press International.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
- ASIN : B004EYT87Y
- Publisher : Quercus (29 July 2010)
- Language : English
- File size : 2073 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 305 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 38,955 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The atmosphere of this book is exactly the same as the previous two books in this series. A comfortable and easy read with a mix of police and private life. Many of the characters continue from the other books. There are plenty of crimes for Bruno to deal with as he enjoys his life in rural France. We have the scam in the supply chain of truffles, racial hate crimes, a murder, some illegal immigrants and arson plus the discovery of a very disturbing crime at the end of the story. But between all this crime solving, Bruno makes time for a little romance.
I enjoyed reading Black Diamond and consider it to be a GOOD 4 star read. I found Martin to be consistent in his writing and feel his name has become a brand readers can trust.
Impressive writing, stand alone story lines, but easily linked and familiarity build up.
Food “production”, home cooking, wine, politics, local and national law, friends, family, colleagues, “right and wrong”, ethics, sport, animals, history, rural, community, city links......thoroughly depicting life.
I really enjoy these books. Thank you, Mr Walker.
The fact thee the crime element involved the truffle industry and (improbably in t Denis) Chinese and Vietnamese gang warfare called for a great deal of exposition. There are necessary digressions to Algeria, toVietnam and Kossovo. Chapters 19 deals with nothing else, and 20 is not much better. As a result life in St Denis is dropped in as semi-detached chunks.
The chapter devoted to the Over 35w v Under 18s rugby match suggests an author who has been there and experienced it from the inside. It is lovingly done but carries the plot forward only marginally.
Black Diamond should not ut off Martin Walker's fans, but they will hope for a return to more familiar territory next time.
Bruno's character is developed further with more of his history, his philosophy and his passion for his lifestyle evoked as the story unfolds. The other "regular" characters are all there and we once again are given some wonderful truly French culinary episodes (I had never thought of adding boudin noir to enrich a good stew).
I won't spoil the ending, but it is really well hidden and although both shocking and surprising, makes actually a very logical and satisfying end to the yarn, when some others in this vein are struggling for an ending by their third offering.
Hopefully we will soon have the fourth - and learn more of Fabbiola and the other people whose character and history the author has hinted at but yet to bring fully into view.
If you enjoy Leon, Camilleri and O'Brien then you really will not be disappointed by any of the Bruno books - and a massive thank you to the Amazon team for recommending this superb series.