Millions of readers worldwide are talking about the Dordogne Mysteries. Find out why and discover what dark secrets lurk in the idyllic French town of St Denis in the first book in this acclaimed series.
'Hugely enjoyable and absolutely gripping. Martin Walker has got off to a flying start' Antony Beevor
Market day in the ancient town of St Denis in south-west France. EU hygiene inspectors have been swooping on France's markets, while the locals hide contraband cheese in their houses and call the Brussels bureaucrats 'Gestapo'. Police Captain Bruno Courreges supports their resistance. Although, here in what was once Vichy France, words like 'Gestapo' and 'resistance' still carry a profound resonance.
When an old man, head of an immigrant North African family, is found murdered, suspicion falls on the son of the local doctor, found in flagrante playing sex games surrounded by Nazi paraphernalia.
But Bruno isn't convinced, and suspects this crime may have its roots in that most tortured period of recent French history - the Second World War, a time of terror and betrayal that set brother against brother. Now it's up to him to find the killer - but will the people of St Denis allow him to go digging through the past in order to do it?
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
The first book in Martin Walker’s mystery series makes a rich fabric of France’s colonial heritage, modern political extremism and the long shadow of World War II. Set in a close-knit village resisting the EU’s influence, the story revolves around Bruno, a police chief who approaches life with a uniquely Gallic attitude: asserting his country’s superiority over other cultures in regard to food, community and even women. Though Walker is Scottish, Death in the Dordogne couldn’t feel more French if it were written on a baguette.
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The author has for me, captured the very essence of what I imagine to be French rural life. I loved this book.