Fatal Pursuit

Fatal Pursuit

Bruno, Chief of Police Series, Book 9

eBook - 2016
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A pair of murders, a romance and rivals in pursuit of a long-lost vintage car of unfathomable value&́#x80;”Bruno, chief of police, is busy in another mystery set in the beautiful Dordogne At the annual f♭ʼte in St. Denis, Bruno's biggest worry is surviving as a last-minute replacement navigator in a car rally race. The contest and a classic-car parade are new to the festivities and draw a spate of outsiders with deep pockets, big-city egos and, in the case of a young Englishman, an intriguing story. It's the tale of a Bugatti Type 57C, lost somewhere in France during World War II. Among the most beautiful cars ever made, one of only four of its kind&́#x80;”Ralph Lauren owns one&́#x80;”it is worth millions and drives its pursuers mad with greed. In the midst of the festivities, a local scholar turns up dead and Bruno suspects unnatural causes. After a second death, there is mounting evidence that the events in St. Denis are linked to international crime. To make matters even more complicated, a family squabble over land brings to St. Denis a comely Parisienne who turns Bruno's head. As usual, Bruno's life offers its challenges&́#x80;”but there is always time for a good bottle and a home-cooked meal.From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: 2016
ISBN: 9781101946794
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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sandfordross
Jul 11, 2019

I guess I am a fool for thinking that this series would improve. Same old, same old. The perfect man meets the perfect lady and gets involved in some ludicrous story that always ties back to the bad Germans and heroic French resistance. The rich tourists are always rotten and the locales are all smart, kind and generous. This book could have been written by someone's computer program. Not a patch on Simenon, Vargas etc.

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zipread
Oct 27, 2018

It is always a delight to read another instalment in Martin Walker’s novels set in the warmth of the southwestern France. In addition to the sleuthing efforts of Bruno, the village policeman of Daint Dennis we are treated to local cuisine, local wines, local vineyards, good company, and most of all Balzac. Martin’s sedate novels are enough to lure anyone to this enchanted part of France. Oh yes, in case I forgot to mention, this is a detective mystery, but one so laid back, Bruno the cop doesn’t even carry a gun. Enjoy.

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rodhoover
Nov 05, 2017

Bruno is being uncharacteristically dumb in this one, I thought. I almost gave up on it, and resigned myself to skipping parts of it (like I did with The Caves of Perigord). The new love interest he should have been more wary of, and he should have held back on probing the money laundering murder suspects until Isabelle got to town. He was dumb.

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captbligh
Jun 15, 2017

Excellent. All about France, Bruno, and how he succeeds with things around him. Yea, a bit much, but what a good read.

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kmoyer
Feb 15, 2017

Perfect antidote to snowed-in, end of winter blahs - some dastardly deeds but not overly grim, well paced with plenty of intrigue, fast cars, and set in the beautiful French rural idyll with exquisite cuisine.

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dougslater
Feb 10, 2017

Another in Walkers "Bruno" books and as always for me it was an enjoyable easy read with it's likeable characters and beautiful settings and delicious foods and yes also with a bit of local murder police drama to spice it all up.

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maipenrai
Nov 05, 2016

The ninth book in the Bruno, Chief of Police Investigation series

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miaone
Sep 01, 2016

I've enjoyed the previous Bruno novels, but this one strained my patience. I expected the WWII connection, and the Resistance connection, and I assumed there'd be past loves and a potential new love. The inclusion of food preparation, 90% meaty, is a given, though difficult for this vegetarian to read about. A growing list of Bruno's local friends the ingredient sine qua non, including one or two teens who are teetering on delinquency but are saved (or not) through Bruno's heroic efforts. And since the 2nd or maybe the 3rd in the series, lots about horseback riding and Bruno's and others' horses, plus the dog. All standard and expected. But I didn't anticipate page after boring page about CARS, past and present. BORING!! I plowed through it in hopes that it would prove worth it. It didn't. So, between the planes of The Patriarch and the cars of this one, I fear Walker has lost me. Too bad, but maybe it's too much to expect that a tried and true formula can keep putting out fresh ideas.

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stitchkat
Aug 31, 2016

Oh, my goodness! As if teenagers are the only people who lead lusty lives. This is definitely a lighter entry in the Bruno series, but it is no less a delightful read, if not as thought provoking or dark. What I wouldn't give for a trip to Martin Walker's Dordogne!

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jeffreyochsner
Aug 27, 2016

I love this series, though this book was not as rich as some of the earlier ones. I still enjoy the characters.

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