Bruno Courrèges, the chef of police in the French village of St. Denis, is the perfect mystery to follow my review of BEGINNING FRENCH. Not only does it take place in the same region of France, the author describes in delicious detail the meals whipped up by the epicurean policeman.
An unidentified women’s body found at the bottom of a cliff below the ruins of Château de Commarque in the Dordogne. Attracting historians and tourists fascinated by the site’s pre-historic caves, medieval battlements and possible Templar connections, the scene of the murder is a puzzle.
With the help of some unlikely assistants, including local archaeologists and a visiting representative from the Ministry of Justice, Bruno discovers a complicated plot with historic connections to the Templars and the modern-day Middle East. Well-paced with a strong sense of place. The author deftly introduces contemporary evils into this serene French valley.
THE TEMPLARS’ LAST SECRET is the tenth book in the Bruno, Chef of Police series. Bruno is an ex-solider without the militaristic disposition. Not only does he cook, he rides, teaches sports to schoolchildren, organizes parades and village festivals and he doesn’t carry a gun – unless he has to. Oh, yes, and he keeps falling for strong independent women with the hopes of one day become a father. Who wouldn’t fall in love with a man like that? And, who wouldn’t fall for the Dordogne region? I’ve been there and it is one of my favorite parts of France. Walnut liqueur, crumbling pigeonniers, Richard the Lionhearted, cassoulet, and Josephine Baker. Martin Walker’s evocative Bruno mysteries are as rich as the foie gras of the Perigord.
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