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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, and subpar truffles from China smuggled into outgoing shipments at a nearby market All of it threatens the Dordogne s truffle trade, worth millions of dollars each year, and all of it spells trouble for Beno t Bruno Courr ges, master chef, devoted oenophile, and 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 complicated Because his friend wasn t just a connoisseur of French delicacies, he was a former high profile intelligence agent and someone wanted him dead


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  1. Margitte Margitte says:

    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 isvaluable than gold regularlytreasured than truth, and oftenglorified 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 isvaluable than gold regularlytreasured than truth, and oftenglorified 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 Beno t Bruno Courr ges 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. Richard Derus Richard Derus says:

    Rating 4.5 of fiveThe 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 fiveThe 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 Beno t Bruno Courr ges, 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 infinitelycomplicated 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 caf s, 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 s r, many, many truffles and a soup on 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 cendr es, 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 P rigord 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 P rignon is casually served at a public function , where the meals areso 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. Bill Bill says:

    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 knowabout his friends and his village I finished this third book thi 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 knowabout 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. Suzy Suzy says:

    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 getinvolved 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. Sonali V Sonali V says:

    Another good page turner We come to know much about truffles in this book, where it is found, how it is gathered, how it is sold and incorporated in the cuisine, the culture surrounding it in fact Which was very interesting Also the problems arising from the presence of Asian migrants and why they are there at all, the criminal activities surrounding it The only problem I had was that too much was piled on, it left me rather breathless A littlespacing would have enhanced the reading Another good page turner We come to know much about truffles in this book, where it is found, how it is gathered, how it is sold and incorporated in the cuisine, the culture surrounding it in fact Which was very interesting Also the problems arising from the presence of Asian migrants and why they are there at all, the criminal activities surrounding it The only problem I had was that too much was piled on, it left me rather breathless A littlespacing would have enhanced the reading And also making Bruno some kind of superman rescuing anyone in distress, was a bit yucky


  6. Lynn Lynn says:

    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 a 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


  7. Sarah Sarah says:

    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.


  8. LJ LJ says:

    First Sentence There weren t many times that Bruno Courr ges 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 fac First Sentence There weren t many times that Bruno Courr ges 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 Courr ges France Cont VGWalker, Martin 3rd in seriesQuercus, 2010, UK Hardcover ISBN 9780857380494


  9. Gerald Sinstadt Gerald Sinstadt says:

    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 tofamiliar territory next time


  10. Chuck Slack Chuck Slack says:

    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.