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A shooting at Chateau Rock de Martin Walker

A shooting at Chateau Rock (edição: 2021)

de Martin Walker

Séries: Bruno Courrèges (13)

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Título:A shooting at Chateau Rock
Autores:Martin Walker
Informação:London : Quercus, 2021.
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The Shooting at Château Rock de Martin Walker


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The death of an old sheep farmer does not seem too suspicious, he was suffering from heart problems and scheduled for getting a pacemaker. Yet, when his son and daughter find out that they have been disinherited and that their father had planned to move into a luxurious retirement home, this raises questions. Even more so when neither the insurance nor the notaire responsible for the contract can be gotten hold of. While Bruno Courrèges, Chief of Police of St. Denis, investigates, he also enjoys the Dordogne summer and especially the time with his friends, amongst them former musician Rod Macrae who lives in an old nearby castle and is waiting for his children to spend some time there. Bruno is fond of the two now grown-ups and quite surprised when gets to know Jamie’s girl-friend: Galina Stichkin, daughter of a superrich oligarch and close friend of the Russian president.

The 15th case for the amiable French policeman again offers the pleasant atmosphere of the southern French countryside with a lot of talk about the historical heritage of the region and even more about the local food and the best way to enjoy it. What starts with a suspicious case of foul play and thus seems to be quite in line with the former novels, quickly, however, turns into a highly political plot covering debatable recent affairs and bringing the big political picture to the small community. Therefore, “The Shooting at Château Rock” isn’t just a charming cosy crime novel but rather a complex political mystery.

There are several reasons why one can adore the Bruno, Chief of Police series. On the one hand, you will be never disappointed when you like to delve into the French cuisine and learn something new about the Dordogne regions rich nature and food. On the other hand, this is surely not the place for fast-paced action with a lot of shootings and deaths. The plots centre around the people and some very basic motives for their deeds – as expected, all to be uncovered by Bruno.

What I liked most this time was how Walker combined a petty crime – if one can call a cold-blooded murder a petty crime – with the global organised crime which operates in the financial sector just as in politics and is long beyond being controlled by official security agencies. He convincingly integrates real life events which shook the public and will ever remain notes in the history books of where mankind simply failed to protect civilians from underground forces with their very own agenda.

Another perfect read for some summer escape to the French countryside. ( )
  miss.mesmerized | May 13, 2021 |
Balzac, the Basset Hound is 2 Years Old!
Review of the Knopf USA hardcover edition (2020)

There are several things that are off with the new Bruno, Chief of Police novel such as the misleading title, some out-of-character investigative techniques, still falling for Isabelle, etc. which may distract and disappoint fans along the way. However, for me the big takeaway was that Bruno's beloved dog Balzac is described as being only 2 years old! This is in a 2020 book when Balzac was introduced back at the time of The Devil's Cave (2012) in Bruno No. 5. That means that although the Bruno books since then have supposedly taken place over 8 years, in fact they have been only 2 years of Bruno / Balzac time.

That is cause for rejoicing in that Walker is not letting Bruno and Balzac age in real time and that therefore we can still look forward to many more years of enjoying the people, culture, food and wine of St. Denis. ( )
  alanteder | Oct 6, 2020 |
THE SHOOTING AT CHATEAU ROCK by Martin Walker is #13 in Mr. Walker’s Bruno, Chief of Police series.
There are many interwoven themes and characters here:
Balzac’s trip to the breeding kennel; the owners of the Chateau Rock, Rod & Meghan Macrea;
Russian oligarchs; an interrupted inheritance; very shady retirement homes; espionage; hostages; suspicious (and deadly) car crashes; wonderful food and wine; and the brilliant array of local residents and locations of the small town of St. Denis in France’s Perigord region.
I love this series and these characters and locations. ***** ( )
  diana.hauser | Jul 15, 2020 |
I so enjoy Bruno & his community of friends.... I ♥ his cooking, still waiting for his recipe book. Perhaps the author might begin to include recipes in the back of his books.

An aging rock star & wife are about to divorce & sell their chateau... Their children are visiting for one last summer, their son being engaged to a young woman whose father is closely tied to Putin.

Meanwhile a local farmer has been found dead of a heart attack just after signing up for a shady insurance deal & changing his will, leaving everything to the new upscale senior retirement community he was scheduled to move into.

I enjoyed reading Bruno's handling of both cases. The book was well written and definitely held my interest. ( )
  Auntie-Nanuuq | Jul 13, 2020 |
I’ve been a Bruno fan from the very first book on. I enjoyed reading so much about himself, his friends and the entire town.
For quite a few books, things were developing nicely and Bruno became a favourite of mine.

With this book, this ended.

It all starts interesting enough with the death of an old sheep farmer and his children suspecting foul play when they find out they’ve effectively been disinherited. Bruno promises them to look into the entire issue and does fairly well, using his expertise of rural laws and regulations - I was actually getting my hopes up of getting a real Bruno experience. Like a welcome mixture of...

“Sex, drugs, murder—and cruelty to animals.”

… as Walker puts it at one point.

The mystery that starts out so well, takes a backseat to a confusing tale of an aging rockstar, his adult children, a Russian oligarch, his daughter, the Ukraine conflict and world politics…

“Chateau Rock” reads like Walker is simply trying to boast about his cultural knowledge, e. g. About music and, thus, let’s Bruno, a rural French flic say this:

“He recognized the notes of the Spanish classic Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez. At home, he had a CD of Paco de Lucía playing it on guitar while backed by an orchestra, the delicacy of the guitar against the deep sound of the strings and the sharp counterpoint of the clarinet.”

But, ok, maybe Bruno suddenly developed a taste for Spanish guitar music who knows… Even the previous cooking sessions that used to be lovingly described while showing a self-reflecting Bruno, sometimes even getting a new insight into the investigation, feel forced and are entirely superfluous. They add nothing this time but are page after page of transcribed recipes - not what I’m reading Bruno for.

Isabelle makes her usual cameo appearance but everyone else is severely neglected by Walker: Florence, Gilles, the Baron are all mentioned but play hardly any role at all and even rarely serve as bystanders as they sometimes did in the past.

Even Bruno himself is weirdly unlike himself: Not only does he make several potentially severe rookie mistakes (which, magically, turn out to be non-issues) and he does a few things that make him (rightly!) question himself:

“his self-doubts about his treatment of [...]. He knew it was standard police procedure, but it was not the way he liked to work.”

Walker has lost me with this latest instalment in a series I used to love. Very sad.

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  philantrop | Jun 14, 2020 |
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