counter create hit Black Diamond - Download Free eBook
Ads Banner
Hot Best Seller

Black Diamond

Availability: Ready to download

France's Perigord region is the home of the exquisite black truffle, and at 5000 Euros a kilo, it's a treasured local asset. When reports come in that this unique delicacy is being adulterated with a cheaper Chinese version, Chief of Police, Captain Bruno Courreges is asked to investigate the scam.


Compare
Ads Banner

France's Perigord region is the home of the exquisite black truffle, and at 5000 Euros a kilo, it's a treasured local asset. When reports come in that this unique delicacy is being adulterated with a cheaper Chinese version, Chief of Police, Captain Bruno Courreges is asked to investigate the scam.

30 review for Black Diamond

  1. 5 out of 5

    Margitte

    Martin Walker's Bruno, Chief of Police series is an acquired taste. Once the addiction manifest itself it is difficult to escape. Truffles. How to propagate them, find them, eat them, and most of all, with the help of our police chief, how to cook them. Selling them is a story on its own. This black diamond of the Dordogne region is more valuable than gold; regularly more treasured than truth, and often more glorified than love. For forty thousand years now the people of the valley depend on its Martin Walker's Bruno, Chief of Police series is an acquired taste. Once the addiction manifest itself it is difficult to escape. Truffles. How to propagate them, find them, eat them, and most of all, with the help of our police chief, how to cook them. Selling them is a story on its own. This black diamond of the Dordogne region is more valuable than gold; regularly more treasured than truth, and often more glorified than love. For forty thousand years now the people of the valley depend on its monitary value to keep the community healthy and prosperous. But sometimes, just sometimes, things can go seriously, as well as dangerously, wrong when incomers aim to replace the black diamonds with substandard alternatives, such as the Chinese truffle. The invasion of the markets are executed with arson, murder, attacks on market stalls, intimidation, politics and determination. The lucrative crime world demands ancient and modern control in which no prisoners are taken and resistance are not tolerated. So much so, that the national police department have to facilitate truces between the warring factions who control prostitution, illegal immigration, money laundering and tax evasion. Corruption and fraud are added as the subtle foie gras in the truffes cendrillon In the midst of a local election campaign the little town of Saint-Denis is turned upside down when a beloved war hero is murdered, the Chinese attack the Vietnamese in town, and all available police resources must be called in to handle the situation, while school children almost drown in cow dung and Saint Nicholas, also known as Father Christmas, must still be on time for the annual children's Christmas party. It is the time of the year when rain and mud determines the outcome in a rugby match between the old and the young monsieurs in town. It is not the only way in which pain is dished out. With Benoît "Bruno" Courrèges present, anything can happen to anyone in his effort to protect his beloved town. Love triangles prosper as a subtle afterthought, since the seriousness of the situation in town demands attention 48 hours in a day! The book centers around the French colonial history in all its brutality. The mystery is layered with relationship-, political-, and international trade issues, and cocooned in the warm embrace of the town's ancient cultures and eccentric characters who become close friends with the reader. Once again a great read.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Richard Derus

    Rating: 4.5* of five The Publisher Says: The third installment in Martin Walker's delightful, internationally acclaimed series featuring Chief of Police Bruno. Something dangerous is afoot in St. Denis. In the space of a few weeks, the normally sleepy village sees attacks on Vietnamese vendors, arson at a local Asian restaurant, subpar truffles from China smuggled into outgoing shipments at a nearby market—all of it threatening the Dordogne’s truffle trade, worth millions of dollars each year, and Rating: 4.5* of five The Publisher Says: The third installment in Martin Walker's delightful, internationally acclaimed series featuring Chief of Police Bruno. Something dangerous is afoot in St. Denis. In the space of a few weeks, the normally sleepy village sees attacks on Vietnamese vendors, arson at a local Asian restaurant, subpar truffles from China smuggled into outgoing shipments at a nearby market—all of it threatening the Dordogne’s truffle trade, worth millions of dollars each year, and all of it spelling trouble for Benoît “Bruno” Courrèges, master chef, devoted oenophile, and, most important, beloved chief of police. When one of his hunting partners, a noted truffle expert, is murdered, Bruno’s investigation into the murky events unfolding around St. Denis becomes infinitely more complicated. His friend wasn’t just a connoisseur of French delicacies, he was a former high-profile intelligence agent—and someone wanted him dead. As the strange crimes continue, Bruno’s detective work takes him from sunlit markets to dim cafés, from luxurious feasts to tense negotiations—from all of the paradisial pleasures of the region to its shadowy underworld—and reunites him with a lost love, an ambitious policewoman also assigned to the case. Filled with an abundance of food and wine (including, bien sûr, many, many truffles) and a soupçon of romance, Black Diamond is a deliciously entertaining concoction that delivers all the complexity and delights of the Dordogne itself. My Review: I'd like to be clear about one thing up front: No one pays me to write my reviews, and I got no free copy of this book to review it. Save your nastygrams. What I did get from this third outing in the Bruno, Chief of Police, series was a serious jones for truffes cendrillons (or cendrées, as I knew the dish), the coal-baked tarts filled with truffled foie gras that are outstandingly rich and almost incredibly expensive. They're also the only way I actually *like* truffles. *pause for near-lethal drooling* So. Anyway. Truffles are obscenely expensive fungi, and the Périgord (where fictional St-Denis is located) is one of Earth's best places to find the highest quality variety of them. Naturally, this being a Bruno story, the initial push into crime and dishonesty comes from shenanigans at the truffle market. Naturally, this being a Bruno story, the malfeasance and wrong-doing stretch farther and wider than that. Naturally, this being a Bruno story, there is loving and glorious detail lavished upon the preparation and eating of meals. A very great deal less attention is paid to Bruno's rugby-playing, fire-fighting physique in action amoureuse. I'm down with that. Sex I can get anywhere. A series of mysteries where Pomerol *drool* is fleetingly mentioned and Dom Pérignon is casually served at a public function (!!!), where the meals are...so listen, I don't need to belabor this, it's effin' para-bloody-dise that Walker's describing. A hot rugby-playing 40-year-old cop who can cook and knows his wines. Yes please. By the end of this entry in the series, it's clear that our lad is as always the bestest Boy Scout in all France and he's got not a single problem with doing the Right Thing even if it's political suicide, even when it costs him dearly and personally, and then refusing to dodge, bob, and weave when shady souls want him to trim his sails expediently. For this very reason, Bruno ends this installment with a vastly better material life, and a very greatly enlarged circle of influence. Hobnobbing with royalty, even minor royalty, grants a man access to things previously not available. Very useful in a sleuth's development; and as done by Walker in this book, perfectly logical and in fact sort of inevitable. I'll cut to the chase: For a series-mystery fan, this procedural-cum-cozy-via-thriller series is catnip and should not be resisted. For a foodie, it's madness to pass up. For one who fancies gentlemen of a certain interesting age, it's damn near mandatory reading. (My Gentleman Caller has a serious book-crush on Bruno, for example. I'm not jealous it says here because so do I.) And if wine interests you, for heavens' sake go NOW and buy them all! This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Bill

    There is something about this series that I love. I picked up the first book, Bruno, Chief Of Police, because I was firstly attracted to the cover. And then when I read the synopsis, I had to give it a try. I wasn't disappointed, quickly falling in love with Bruno's life, his village and friends. I've since read the second book, The Dark Vineyard, which was even better, further developing Bruno's character and letting us know more about his friends and his village. I finished this third book There is something about this series that I love. I picked up the first book, Bruno, Chief Of Police, because I was firstly attracted to the cover. And then when I read the synopsis, I had to give it a try. I wasn't disappointed, quickly falling in love with Bruno's life, his village and friends. I've since read the second book, The Dark Vineyard, which was even better, further developing Bruno's character and letting us know more about his friends and his village. I finished this third book this morning; I had to find out how it would end. I have to give this a five-star rating. I find that Martin Walker writes the story in such a way that I find myself drawn into the life of the community of St Denis in the district of Perigord. I find myself caring for Bruno, worrying about his future, his personal life and the lives of his close friends; the Baron, Pamela (the English resident), the lovely Fabiola (the doctor) and all of the others. This story is filled with action, from illegal truffle activities, illegal Asian immigrants, gang wars and political intrigue. But even with all that, there is time to delve into the community that Bruno patrols and into Bruno's life. He loves his community and will do anything to protect it. The people are colourful and different from my own experiences and Walker describes them gently and lovingly. And the food... ah, the food, my mouth waters as i watch Bruno prepare his repasts. At any rate, it's an excellent series and I'm happy to discover that there are at least three follow-on books for me to find and see what will happen next? Will Bruno settle down with Pamela? Or someone else? :) Enjoy!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Suzy

    Bruno, Chief of Police, series continues to engage and delight. The Black Diamond of the title refers to the rare and precious truffles of the region, a long-standing engine of the area's economy. As in previous Bruno books, Walker brings in issues both ancient and contemporary. In this one there's sullying of the truffles being packaged and sold locally with cheap Chinese counterfeits. There's illegal Chinese immigration, turf wars between Chinese gangs and the established Vietnamese immigrants Bruno, Chief of Police, series continues to engage and delight. The Black Diamond of the title refers to the rare and precious truffles of the region, a long-standing engine of the area's economy. As in previous Bruno books, Walker brings in issues both ancient and contemporary. In this one there's sullying of the truffles being packaged and sold locally with cheap Chinese counterfeits. There's illegal Chinese immigration, turf wars between Chinese gangs and the established Vietnamese immigrants of a generation ago, corruption in the local truffle market of a neighboring town, unemployment in St. Denis with the closing of the sawmill, political partisanship heightened by the looming mayoral election and echos of France's troubles in Vietnam and Algeria. Phew! All these are brought to light as Bruno works to solve the murder of Hercule, his hunting partner and truffle hunting mentor. Hercule was involved in both Vietnam and Algeria in days of yore as a barbouze, a secret agent or spook. His death gets the immediate attention of the Police Nationale and other higher ups in Paris and the game is on! Walker deftly draws the reader in to the community of St Denis and environs and to Bruno's circle of friends. It's so easy to become invested in his and everyone else's success, feeling as if these people are your new best friends. I was talking with a friend who is reading the series at the same time and we were speculating about whether he will get more involved with Pamela or get back with Isabelle who he seems to love, but does not want her lifestyle. I didn't mention Florence to her because she's only on book 2. :) As if these people are our friends! And we continue to want to be invited to all the dinners which are described in delicious detail. So much detail in this book that I feel I could cook the venison stew that Bruno made for the memorial dinner to his friend, Hercule. Can't wait for my next brief vacation to the Dordognes in The Crowded Grave

  5. 5 out of 5

    Lynn

    Bruno is a different type of chief of police. He does not use a gun but he was in Bosnia and has gun skills. He uses his people skills to keep the peace in his domain. He volunteers as a coach and dresses up as Santa. He is well liked by the people in his district. He is observant and knows human nature. He is good at deducting crimes. Besides all that, he can cook. The description of his meals and his wine choices makes one wish they would be invited to dinner. This book was about the finding Bruno is a different type of chief of police. He does not use a gun but he was in Bosnia and has gun skills. He uses his people skills to keep the peace in his domain. He volunteers as a coach and dresses up as Santa. He is well liked by the people in his district. He is observant and knows human nature. He is good at deducting crimes. Besides all that, he can cook. The description of his meals and his wine choices makes one wish they would be invited to dinner. This book was about the finding and selling of truffles, wars between the Vietnamese and the Chinese and illegal immigrants. He also loses a friend to a violent murder. Bruno does catch the eye of the ladies. After reading the first 3 books, I am starting to enjoy and like the secondary characters too. Another important star of the book is the location. The books take place in a small village in south France. Bruno is completely happy there with his house in the country, the scenery and the people that he does not want to leave the area with a promotion. It is a good series

  6. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    This series grows on you, and so do the characters. This time Martin Walker has chosen two different themes woven together: the Perigord truffle business and illegal Chinese immigration. I liked this one better than the first three, and I'm off to begin #4.

  7. 5 out of 5

    LJ

    First Sentence: There weren’t many times that Bruno Courréges disliked his job, but today was one of them. Truffles are big business in France. When it is suspected that someone is replacing high-quality truffles with cheaper Chinese truffles, Bruno is asked to do an informal investigation. With a heinous murder and attacks on Vietnamese merchants, things become serious, and dangerous, very quickly. Any impression of this being light, cozy series is completely dispelled by this book. It is, in First Sentence: There weren’t many times that Bruno Courréges disliked his job, but today was one of them. Truffles are big business in France. When it is suspected that someone is replacing high-quality truffles with cheaper Chinese truffles, Bruno is asked to do an informal investigation. With a heinous murder and attacks on Vietnamese merchants, things become serious, and dangerous, very quickly. Any impression of this being light, cozy series is completely dispelled by this book. It is, in fact, a strong, complex, compelling police procedural with a protagonist who has become one of my favorites. Although Bruno is the focal character, it is his relationships with friends and associates that add layers and texture. Bruno is his town’s only policeman. This makes him an integral part of the community while helping maintain its structure. He is intelligent, analytical and a by-the book policeman without being rigid. He has a history, doesn’t shy from violence, dresses as Pare Noel and teaches rugby and tennis to the kids. In other words, he is well rounded, interesting and realistic. Walker, with a deft hand, starts with bucolic descriptions which set the scene and provide sense of place. Throughout there are mouth-watering descriptions of food and its part in a tradition which touches the heart. The use of French expressions lends veracity while their translation prevents readers from feeling excluded. The plot builds and weaves in a way that kept me going. It started off seemingly simple, yet escalated quickly as does the motive behind the crimes. Again, anything but a cozy; yet an interesting look into the politics and issues of France; one of the reasons I am attracted to books set outside the US. As always, I recommend starting the series at the beginning and not being put off by either the title or cover of the first book, “Bruno, Chief of Police.” Walker is a very good writer; Bruno a very good policeman in a series that improves with each entry. BLACK DIAMOND (Pol Proc-Bruno Courréges-France-Cont) – VG Walker, Martin – 3rd in series Quercus, ©2010, UK Hardcover – ISBN: 9780857380494

  8. 5 out of 5

    Gerald Sinstadt

    In his first two novels featuring Bruno Courreges, Martin Walker created an affectionate portrait of a small community in rural France. They were also essentially crime stories, the two elements neatly interwoven. In Black Diamond the balance is woefully out of kilter. 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. In his first two novels featuring Bruno Courreges, Martin Walker created an affectionate portrait of a small community in rural France. They were also essentially crime stories, the two elements neatly interwoven. In Black Diamond the balance is woefully out of kilter. 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 put off Martin Walker's fans, but they will hope for a return to more familiar territory next time.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Chuck Slack

    I am really enjoying this series. I like the characters, the locale, the love of food and friendship. This is a great series for a vacation which, for me, is high praise as vacation books are the most important. Really looking forward to continuing on with Bruno and his adventures.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Ria

    A highly enjoyable mystery set in modern day France. Bruno a local cop from St. Denis has a new case to solve, he has been informed the famous local Perigord truffles are being laced with cheaper Chinese variants. Bruno suspects a war between the Viet Chinese Triad but the truth is more sinister. Murder, underage brothels and human trafficking are intermixed with the truffle problem so Bruno has his work cut out for him. If I read mysteries I am usually not so keen on modern style whodunnits but A highly enjoyable mystery set in modern day France. Bruno a local cop from St. Denis has a new case to solve, he has been informed the famous local Perigord truffles are being laced with cheaper Chinese variants. Bruno suspects a war between the Viet Chinese Triad but the truth is more sinister. Murder, underage brothels and human trafficking are intermixed with the truffle problem so Bruno has his work cut out for him. If I read mysteries I am usually not so keen on modern style whodunnits but this one was inventive and had a lot of elements to keep the reader guessing. A highly enjoyable read.

  11. 4 out of 5

    gaudeo

    Another installment of the Bruno series, which are mysteries but which sparkle with detailed descriptions of meals and their preparation. Foodies, get acquainted with Bruno!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Dorothy

    A trip to the rural countryside of southwestern France seemed like a good option for a few summer days' read. Martin Walker's "Bruno, Chief of Police" series has been dependably entertaining, so I picked up the next book in the series and immersed myself in the culture and concerns of the little town of Saint-Denis where men are manly, women are womanly, and children are mostly offstage except when their presence is required for dramatic effect. The life of Saint-Denis revolves around wine, A trip to the rural countryside of southwestern France seemed like a good option for a few summer days' read. Martin Walker's "Bruno, Chief of Police" series has been dependably entertaining, so I picked up the next book in the series and immersed myself in the culture and concerns of the little town of Saint-Denis where men are manly, women are womanly, and children are mostly offstage except when their presence is required for dramatic effect. The life of Saint-Denis revolves around wine, cooking, rugby, affairs of the heart, cheese, and truffles. Oh, and politics. Politics seems at the heart of most activities in the community. We soon learn in Black Diamond that all is not wine and truffles in the lives of the citizens of the town. Tensions have arisen over immigrants coming into the area, some of whom have entered illegally, aided by human smugglers. As the story develops, we learn that the Chinese are at the center of the smuggling operation and they are clashing with local Vietnamese residents, most of whom came to France (or their parents did) after the French pulled out of Vietnam in the 1950s. Vietnamese businesses are being attacked by Asian assailants, who, it turns out, are Chinese, emissaries of the despised and feared Chinese triads. But why? Why has this antipathy developed? Well, it all has to do with truffles. The creme de la creme, so to speak, of the truffle world is the "black diamond" which grows only in the French countryside, but the Chinese have found a way to smuggle some of their own truffles into the country and substitute them for the black diamonds. It's all a part of a gigantic fraud and money laundering scheme which threatens the good name of the French truffle market and the economy which it helps to support. Meanwhile, there is a secondary plot line having to do with the supposedly environmentalist prodigal son of a local industrialist returning home and deciding to run for mayor against his father and against the current mayor, Bruno Courreges' friend and mentor. Moreover, Bruno's current girlfriend, Pamela, is strongly attracted to the environmentalist. Ah, it is a tangled web! It becomes even more tangled when a local hero of the French wars in Vietnam and Algeria and one of Bruno's hunting companions (another Manly Man) is brutally murdered and it appears that his murder is somehow related to the firebombing of Vietnamese businesses. Bruno must work with the national police to try to solve the crimes. It's interesting that in each book of this series that I have so far read the central crime is related back to the victim's wartime experience or somehow connected to France's wars. I wonder if these wars continue to be omnipresent in the minds of French citizens in the twenty-first century. But then we know that the past is never dead; it isn't even past.

  13. 5 out of 5

    BJ

    Love this series. Bruno is chief of police in small-town France. He loves hunting, fishing and gourmet cooking and his hunting dog, Gigi, and he's pretty darn good at crime-solving too! This series engaged me from the first chapter of the first book. Can't wait to read the next installment, lucky for me there are quite a few more before I get current! NOTE: Part of MMD 2017 Reading Challenge #2, Reading for Growth - #8 three books by the same author. Read the first three of this series.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Sandi

    A nicely done audio. The plot revolved around the truffle market in rural France and, while the plot was fairly obvious and Bruno is a bit too good to be true, I enjoyed the characters and the small village atmosphere. The narration was performed by the always good Robert Ian MacKenzie.

  15. 5 out of 5

    John Lee

    Its quite a while since I read the previous book in the series and I found that this meant having to try to remember the ancilliary cast of regulars. Of course, not knowing them from previous books meant that nobody was above suspicion - perhaps this is a good thing. This story was as enjoyable as I remember the others and there was also the addition of a couple of recipes together with material about the nature and the trade in truffles. I know very little of French history over the last 75 years Its quite a while since I read the previous book in the series and I found that this meant having to try to remember the ancilliary cast of regulars. Of course, not knowing them from previous books meant that nobody was above suspicion - perhaps this is a good thing. This story was as enjoyable as I remember the others and there was also the addition of a couple of recipes together with material about the nature and the trade in truffles. I know very little of French history over the last 75 years and so some of the references to it that were of relevance to the story were eye-openers. What can I say about our hero Bruno. Before I started reading this series I didnt know that there was any difference between the ranks of the french police and their English counterpart. I suppose that the nearest to Bruno that we had in the UK was the village Bobby whose swift dispensing of justice with a clout around the ears for misbehaving youngsrters before hauling the offenders home to their parents set many of us on the right path. ( or so I am told !!). Sadly he has disappeared in a mass of do-gooders and political correctness.I wish his french cousins more luck. A bientot Bruno - I will see you again soon.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Alison

    As a friend said, don't read this book while you're hungry! One day, Martin Walker will produce a cook book with all the recipes that Bruno, Chief of Police, and his friends have cooked up, enhanced friendships, and shared stories over. Black Diamond, while a mystery book, is also educational in an interesting manner as we learn about the truffle industry, hunting truffles, and a bit more about the French involvement in Vietnam and Algerian wars. An interesting combination of topics where Bruno, As a friend said, don't read this book while you're hungry! One day, Martin Walker will produce a cook book with all the recipes that Bruno, Chief of Police, and his friends have cooked up, enhanced friendships, and shared stories over. Black Diamond, while a mystery book, is also educational in an interesting manner as we learn about the truffle industry, hunting truffles, and a bit more about the French involvement in Vietnam and Algerian wars. An interesting combination of topics where Bruno, the chief of police in a small town in France becomes the central investigator when Asian friends and their businesses are attacked, his hunting buddy is murdered, and the local vendors' market is involved in fraud and money laundering. Throw in an upcoming election for mayor and the book will hold your interest!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Michael Brown

    One feature of many mysteries is that all friends of the main character, whether they are police, detectives or just snoopy busybodies, have a very good chance of getting killed. So far we have had Muslim terrorist who have targeted people known to Bruno: revenge oriented people who have killed friends of Bruno: and now Chinese/ Vietnamese groups who are targeting each other and put more of Bruno's associates in danger. This series is centered in rural France and is promoted as local issues vs One feature of many mysteries is that all friends of the main character, whether they are police, detectives or just snoopy busybodies, have a very good chance of getting killed. So far we have had Muslim terrorist who have targeted people known to Bruno: revenge oriented people who have killed friends of Bruno: and now Chinese/ Vietnamese groups who are targeting each other and put more of Bruno's associates in danger. This series is centered in rural France and is promoted as local issues vs worldly concerns. And so far we have mainly world events being played out in rural France. Still a good read as we like most of the main characters and the antagonists are not cartoon bad people.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Stephan Benzkofer

    Black Diamond, the third of the Bruno, Chief of Police series rebounds smartly from what I saw as a sophomore slump in The Dark Vineyard. An added bonus for me was that there's only one extended cooking scene, which I could enjoy in its scarcity. The author has gathered a great cast of characters and a beguiling setting, and I look forward to many more hours enjoying it all. I'm pleased to see that the series is comprised, thus far, of 12 full novels, a companion novel, and two shorts!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Roy Hunt

    I read this book because I'm interested in French life and culture. I liked the balance of work and play displayed by the characters in the book and Bruno's complex relationship with the various women in his life. The acknowledgement of funerals and the respect given them was almost identical to Irish traditions as was much of the views expressed on central government. The importance of truffles to the French food chain and friction with the Asia community amongst themselves carried Bruno along I read this book because I'm interested in French life and culture. I liked the balance of work and play displayed by the characters in the book and Bruno's complex relationship with the various women in his life. The acknowledgement of funerals and the respect given them was almost identical to Irish traditions as was much of the views expressed on central government. The importance of truffles to the French food chain and friction with the Asia community amongst themselves carried Bruno along on a lively story line. I will read more of these, time permitting. I liked 'Black Diamond'.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Betsy

    An interesting story about truffle theft, illegal immigration, and child exploitation. Bruno is in the center of the investigation of course. There are some lighter moments when Bruno portrays Pere Noel, and there is plenty of eating as usual, but the story takes takes a darker turn when one of the stalwarts of St. Denis is killed. Bruno's lovelife is also in a muddle as he can't seem to decide between Pamela and Isabelle. It would seem the 'Hamish Macbeth Syndrome' has spread to Perigord. This An interesting story about truffle theft, illegal immigration, and child exploitation. Bruno is in the center of the investigation of course. There are some lighter moments when Bruno portrays Pere Noel, and there is plenty of eating as usual, but the story takes takes a darker turn when one of the stalwarts of St. Denis is killed. Bruno's lovelife is also in a muddle as he can't seem to decide between Pamela and Isabelle. It would seem the 'Hamish Macbeth Syndrome' has spread to Perigord. This is the third book in the series.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    One of the best books I have read in years. The author threads multiple plot lines together, weaving a gripping mystery. The subject matter was intriguing. The scenic descriptions and action sequences kept my full attention. Personal relationships were developed in a sincere way. I felt very satisfied at the books conclusion, as the resolution ran right up to the end, leaving me wanting more. Fortunately, Bruno #4 (The Crowded Grave) is sitting right next to me, ready to dive in.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Leslie

    3.5* I really like this series so far - the mysteries are decent but the main attraction is the way Bruno is a part of the community in this small village in a rural area of France. Thus, when the possibility arises in this 3rd entry in the series that the mayor who hired him & with whom he works closely may be defeated in the upcoming election, Bruno (& the reader also) is naturally concerned about what that might mean for his future. And it doesn't help that the candidate likely to oust 3.5* I really like this series so far - the mysteries are decent but the main attraction is the way Bruno is a part of the community in this small village in a rural area of France. Thus, when the possibility arises in this 3rd entry in the series that the mayor who hired him & with whom he works closely may be defeated in the upcoming election, Bruno (& the reader also) is naturally concerned about what that might mean for his future. And it doesn't help that the candidate likely to oust the mayor seems to be making moves on Bruno's current girlfriend/lover...

  23. 4 out of 5

    Heidi Burkhart

    I really enjoyed this mystery! I had just returned from France when I picked it up, so a story about the truffle trade being infiltrated with inferior Chinese truffles was very interesting. Good characters, and a nice pace to the book. If you like mysteries I think you would love this one.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Juliana

    Another fantastic read I need another Bruno book Another fantastic read I need another Bruno book 😔

  25. 4 out of 5

    Sunny

    I love Bruno, the French detective who hunts for truffles with his dog Gigi, prepares amazing meals for his closest friends, and plays a mean game of rugby, all while solving the murders that disrupt the tiny town of St. Denis!

  26. 4 out of 5

    John Kidman

    Great as always. Always about contemporary issues interwoven with the joys of place, food and wine.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Serena Schreiber

    Small town detective gets caught in something bigger and the twist is it’s set in the French countryside. Lots of good food and wine, memorable characters, a love interest and a thoroughly enjoyable, heroic main character. Someone passed along this book to me. I would definitely go back for books 1-2.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Lynne Mcmahon

    Interesting food, mystery plot, dynamics with the hunting group.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Harry Lane

    Another winner in the Bruno series. There are two threads to the story, and the black diamond refers to a grade of truffle. The crime here is in the adulteration of the product, which Bruno resolves with his usual methodical work. There is another whole game afoot, in which Bruno is more of a peripheral player.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Kirsten Cutler

    Really enjoy this series. Bruno is a well developed, appealing character. He is a policeman in a small French town who knows and cares about the community he serves. He resolves problems diplomatically whenever possible. Each book in the series raises an important issue to consider as the plot unfolds. Vegans beware though because he cooks and eats meat, in fact food and wine descriptions are an integral part of the narrative.

Add a review

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Loading...
We use cookies to give you the best online experience. By using our website you agree to our use of cookies in accordance with our cookie policy.