The Dark Vineyard : Bruno, Chief of Police

  • by Martin Walker
  • Narrated by Robert Ian Mackenzie
  • Series: Bruno, Chief of Police
  • 10 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A prolific journalist, Martin Walker has crafted a mystery series that deftly blends the stylings of Peter Mayle and Alexander McCall Smith. Chief Bruno Courreges loves life in his small French village. One day his idyll is disturbed when a local research station for genetically modified crops is burned down. An enclave of environmentalists seems to be the most likely culprit, but soon Bruno uncovers evidence that makes the case infinitely more complicated.

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Three Pines ... but in France.

I discovered this series because of another Audible reviewer. (Thanks, Kathi!) It's certainly not a hardcore police procedural. Rather it has the feel of Louise Penny's Chief Inspector Gamache/Three Pines series. The characters are quirky. The town is small. While it's not quite on the same level as Penny's Three Pines series, it's very, very good - provided you're not expecting the grit and depth of Jo Nesbø or Adrian McKinty.

Food and wine play a big part in things. For some, it might be a distraction but I actually like hearing about making wine and what's on the menu for the evening. I like the French history that's thrown in and details about life in the countryside. It's all been interesting.
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- B.J. "I hear voices. But maybe that's because there's always an Audible book in my ear."

Another winner....

Loved "Bruno" and couldn't wait for this follow-up. Does not disappoint. Highly believable plot line and engaging characters you care about. Mackenzie's delivery is beautifully paced and very well suited to the overall mood of the work. In short, top notch!
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- Cary "Road Warrior"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-05-2011
  • Publisher: Recorded Books