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The Dark Vineyard: A Case for Bruno, Chief…
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The Dark Vineyard: A Case for Bruno, Chief of Police (Original 2009; 2009. Auflage)

von Martin Walker

Reihen: Bruno Courrèges (2)

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Just before dawn one late-summer morning, Bruno is pulled from sleep by the wail of the town siren atop the Mairie, summoning the volunteer firemen of St Denis. A large barn and the fields surrounding it are ablaze. When Bruno arrives at the scene, the smell of petrol leaves no doubt - it was arson.
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Titel:The Dark Vineyard: A Case for Bruno, Chief of Police
Autoren:Martin Walker
Info:Quercus (2009), Edition: First Edition; 1st printing., Hardcover, 304 pages
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K; Bruno in the Dordogne; wonderful food, good book. publ & read 2010
  18cran | Aug 16, 2021 |
One early morning near the time for grape harvesting, Saint-Denis’s chief of police responds to the town alarm. All emergency personnel are needed to fight a fire in a field outside of town that could spread if not quickly brought under control. The investigation reveals that the field was being used for secret research, and the fire was likely set by one or more arsonists. The national government sends someone from Paris to take charge of the investigation, but Bruno’s local knowledge makes him an integral part of the investigative team. Bruno’s suspicion soon centers on a local resident, but he is reluctant to reveal his thoughts to the outside officials without more evidence. Meanwhile, a large international commercial wine company seems to have an interest in Saint-Denis, and its representative seems to be mixed up with the arson suspects. Then there are some suspicious deaths. Bruno has his work cut out for him.

The breathtaking descriptions of the Vezere valley in France’s Dordogne region satisfy the longings of an armchair traveler. Time seems to stand still as grapes are harvested and pressed to make wine, following the rhythms of millennia. The slowness of time seeps into the plot, which takes a long time to develop. I enjoyed spending time with Bruno and his community, but this book wasn’t a page turner. ( )
  cbl_tn | Apr 17, 2021 |
Bruno Courrèges joins national investigators to discover who attempted to burn fields and a greenhouse experimenting with genetically modified crops. His local knowledge leads him to suspect commune members, but he also learns vineyard growers from other countries want to buy up land in the area. It's not long until he finds himself working with another government entity to investigate a murder. I really love the setting of these mysteries and Bruno's character. He seems very content with the village policeman life and understands the importance of community relations. ( )
  thornton37814 | Apr 10, 2021 |
This is the second book in a most enjoyable series. A quote on the cover by Independent Weekly describes it well: "A beguiling tale set expertly in rural France." The author was born in Scotland, but because he has worked for both The Guardian and United Press International, has lived in England, the U.S. and Russia. He spent summers in rural France for years before buying a home where the series takes place and where he now lives full time.

It appears a fire at the Agricultural Research Station was arson. Why would someone want to burn down a greenhouse and fields where agricultural research is taking place? That's the first mystery. The second is why the young man Bruno (Chief of Police) thinks set the fire, was killed? And then there's a third. An old man, a valued and loved citizen and a mentor of the young man, is found dead as well. What darkness has come to the small town of Saint-Denis?

A good mystery, a little romance, another broken heart and a visit to rural France all rolled into one. And there are 15 more in the series! ( )
  clue | Aug 30, 2020 |
A fire at the Agricultural Research Station that looks like arson. The death of a woman who left her son behind at the local Commune many years before. The son, Max. A man named Fernando Bondino has an interesting proposition for St. Denys. He wants to start a commercial vineyard. Two deaths. Mysteries emerge, and Bruno must solve them while doing his best to protect the people of St. Denis and their way of life. Of course, he succeeds. But the artistry is in how Bruno achieves his goal ( )
  Sandra_Wagner-Wright | Jul 25, 2020 |
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Just before dawn one late-summer morning, Bruno is pulled from sleep by the wail of the town siren atop the Mairie, summoning the volunteer firemen of St Denis. A large barn and the fields surrounding it are ablaze. When Bruno arrives at the scene, the smell of petrol leaves no doubt - it was arson.

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