The Templars' Last Secret

The Templars' Last Secret

A Bruno, Chief of Police Novel

Book - 2017 | First United States edition.
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Bruno, the beloved chief of police in the idyllic French town of St. Denis, is back! This time a mysterious death brings ancient secrets to light, and it's up to our hero--and favorite gourmand--to connect the tangled threads of past and present

When a woman's body is found at the foot of a cliff near St. Denis, Bruno suspects a connection to the great ruin that stands on the cliff above: the Château de Commarque, a long-ago Knights Templar stronghold which, along with the labyrinth of prehistoric caves beneath it, continues to draw the interest of scholars. With the help of Amélie, a young newcomer to the Dordogne, Bruno learns that the dead woman was an archaeologist searching for a religious artifact of incredible importance, the discovery of which could have dramatic repercussions throughout the Middle East--not to mention in St. Denis. And the woman's ties to Islamic terrorists can only heighten the pressure on Bruno to unravel the centuries-old mystery. Meanwhile, an old flame of Bruno's is assigned to work with him on the case, and the two find time, naturellement, to enjoy the supreme pleasures of the wine, food, and beauty of the Dordogne.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2017.
Edition: First United States edition.
ISBN: 9781101946800
Branch Call Number: FIC Walke
Characteristics: 317 pages ; 22 cm


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Sep 21, 2020

Another interesting mystery in St Denis mixed with the usual food and wine.

Sep 10, 2020

I continue to enjoy Bruno's world even though it's a puzzle how St. Denis is such a magnet for international terrorists and intrigue.

Aug 07, 2018

A nice little police novel. Set in southern France featuring Bruno the cop; his dog who seems to accompany him everywhere; an assortment of villagers; and a nasty bunch of jihadists up to what jihadists are usually up to. Mix in a wonderful countryside, some instructive cooking and you've got the recipe. The gratuitous violence level is thankfully low. Walter has missed some opportunities to develop the story's love interests. So what's the word you ask? I liked it well enough to go back and join Walter's Bruno again real soon: this isn't a stand-alone tale: it's part of a series.

Sep 25, 2017

My first of the Bruno series, and quite certainly the last.

Beautifully researched and full of little atmospheric details of the mise en scene. Templars are interesting, as is the other history of Saint-Denis.

But the writing is just too painful. A narrative slog. Sentences fall flat in places and are miserably tangled.

Aug 19, 2017

I really enjoyed this series when it began, but the last couple of books have not been as strong. They are not bad book, but somehow they are not as engaging as the earlier books in the series. They seem to follow a formula. I hope the author regains the magic in future books.

Jul 04, 2017

I absolutely adore Bruno, and in many ways, this book delivers the same things we've loved from past books: wonderful characters, delicious descriptions of food, and an obvious love and care for the Perigord region. This time, though, the mystery falls flat: it's overly complex, and the motive is not particularly well-explained, as the end is very rushed. Will I read the next Bruno book? Of course! Do I hope we return to mysteries less fantastical? I do.

Jun 21, 2017

Perhaps Martin Walker's best book to date...highly recommended.

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