The Dark Vineyard

The Dark Vineyard

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Random House, Inc.
In this riveting sequel to Martin Walker’s internationally acclaimed novel Bruno, Chief of Police, some of France’s great pleasures—wine, passion and intrigue—converge in a dark chain of events that threaten the peaceful village of Saint-Denis.

Benoît (Bruno) Courrèges—devoted friend, cuisinier extraordinaire and the town’s only municipal policeman—rushes to the scene when a research station for genetically modified crops is burned down outside Saint-Denis. Bruno immediately suspects a group of fervent environmentalists who live nearby, but the fire is only the first in a string of mysteries centering on the region’s fertile soil.

Then a bevy of winemakers descends on Saint-Denis, competing for its land and spurring resentment among the villagers. Romances blossom. Hearts are broken. Some of the sensual pleasures of the town—a dinner of a truffle omelette and grilled bécasses, a community grape-crushing—provide an opportunity for both warm friendship and bitter hostilities to form. The town’s rivals—Max, an environmentalist who hopes to make organic wine; Jacqueline, a flirtatious, newly arrived Québécoise; and Fernando, the heir to an American wine fortune—act increasingly erratically. Events grow ever darker, culminating in two suspicious deaths, and Bruno finds that the problems of the present are never far from those of the past.

A splendid mystery—and a delectable serving of the pleasures of France.

Baker & Taylor
A sequel to Bruno, Chief of Police finds heartbroken gourmand law enforcer Bruno investigating an arson fire that targeted a GMO crop-research station and navigating a violent competition between rivals for a fertile Saint-Denis property.

Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2010, c2009
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9780307270184
0307270181
Characteristics: 303 p. ; 22 cm

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maipenrai
Nov 05, 2016

The second book in the Bruno, Chief of Police Investigation series. READ BOOK 3

bookfanatic1979 Jun 19, 2014

If you love fine food, the “Continental” way of life, and are an unabashed oenophile, I highly recommend you try this series. For the rest of us, the sections devoted to wine making, wine tasting, and wine appreciation can get a little repetitive but don’t let that stop you. It’s still a fine story with a satisfying ending.

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ownedbydoxies
Dec 28, 2012

These books by Martin Walker, starring the gendarme Bruno, are a fun easy read with a bit of French flair to add to the mix.

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