As this was the 13th mystery in this series I was a little concerned that I would be out of my depth with regard to what was going on and who was who, however I needn’t have worried.... it stands alone perfectly. However, now I want to read the other 12 🤦♀️ I thoroughly enjoyed it.
I fell in love with Bruno, the Chief of Police, what a gentleman. Charming. The way in which this book was written I was transported to the Dordogne, I love France and now want to go to the Perigord region.
Walker takes you to the Dordogne with him. You can smell and taste the mouth watering food that Bruno cooks and find yourself imagining how easy it would be to immerse yourself into the community, to become a friend and join in the tradition of meeting to eat and drink fine red wine, with good friends.
This is a light and very entertaining mystery thriller, a great page turner, and an enjoyable read.
A local farmer, Driant, dies of a heart attack or so it seemed and his heirs were confused as to why they had been disinherited. It appears that Driant had sold the farm to an insurance company as collateral to stay in a luxury retirement home, but he died unexpectedly before taking up residence. Did he die of a heart attack or was it murder? This is what Bruno set about to find out.
The death of Driant has nothing to do, necessarily, with the shooting at Chateau Rock which isn’t until towards the end of the book, however Walker creates a realistic connection. You learn quite a lot about Driant and what he’s been up to that may have got him killed. And this takes Bruno on a journey of intrigue to find out exactly what happened to this acquaintance who he historically played tennis with.
I loved the characters, the warmth, sense of community, local activity, romance, the mystery and the Russian connection. And there’s a gorgeous dog, Balzac a Bassett Hound, Bruno’s companion, who is taken on an interesting journey of his own.
5⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Thank you to the author, Netgalley and Quercus Books for this eARC provided in exchange for this unbiased review.
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