The eleventh installment in the delightful, internationally acclaimed series featuring Chief of Police Bruno.
A pair of murders, a romance, and rivals in pursuit of a long-lost vintage car make for another mystery for Bruno, chief of police.
It’s the start of summer, and Bruno’s found himself the last-minute replacement navigator in a car rally race. The event has attracted a spate of outsiders with deep pockets, big egos and, in the case of one young Englishman, an intriguing story about a lost Bugatti Type 57C. Having disappeared somewhere in France during World War II, and worth millions of dollars, it’s among the most beautiful cars ever made, driving its pursuers mad with greed.
When a local scholar turns up dead, Bruno suspects unnatural causes. Still, while life may offer its challenges—often in the form of distractingly comely Parisiennes—there is always time for a good bottle and a home-cooked meal.
Walker's engaging ninth mystery featuring police chief Bruno Courr ges (after 2015's The Patriarch) finds the residents of St. Denis, France, commemorating their relationship with their Alsatian twin town of Marckolsheim. The festivities, which include a classic car parade and a rally car race, have attracted many tourists, including two men hunting for a priceless Bugatti that vanished during WWII. Bruno is preoccupied with his role as a rally car navigator, until a local historian hired to research the Bugatti is murdered. Mediation of a family feud and surveillance of suspected money launderers compound Bruno's work load, but he still finds time to ride horses, woo attractive women, and consume copious amounts of good food and fine wine. Bruno's day-to-day business occasionally eclipses the plot, but that's hardly cause for complaint given the idyllic picture Walker paints of life in the P rigord region. History buffs, racing fans, and automobile aficionados will find plenty to love, and the mystery is intriguing even if it doesn't fully satisfy.
Fatal Pursuit by Martin Walker
I enjoyed reading this book about Bruno, his cooking and solving mysteries. As always Mr. Walker writes a very entertaining story to read.