The Templars' Last Secret
Bruno, Chief of Police 10
By Martin Walker
A mystery buried deep in France's medieval past resurfaces - and brings murder with it. The tenth case in the internationally-bestselling Bruno, chief of police series
'The Maigret of the Dordogne' ANTONY BEEVOR
'Walker does a wonderful job of bringing La France Profonde to life' MAIL ON SUNDAY
In this latest mouthwatering mystery starring country policeman, Bruno, the body of a woman is found outside a cave beneath the ruined Templar chateau of Commarque in the heart of the Dordogne. She died of a broken neck. An accidental fall, or was she pushed?
The victim carries no identification and her fingerprints are not known to the French Police or Interpol.The only clue to the woman's identity is that her dentistry looks American, but Bruno's inquiries at local hotels and gites yield no trace of a missing foreign woman.
The chateau of Commarque, begun in the 11th century, was founded by a Bishop of Sarlat and entrusted to the Knights Templar. In the rocks beneath it are caves. It is one of the few Templar sites in France that has never been associated with the fabled hidden treasure of the Templars - never until now, when a local journalist publishes a sensational story around the unknown woman's death and a centuries-old mystery looks like it might finally be solved...
Martin Walker is a prize-winning journalist and the author of several acclaimed works of non-fiction, including The Cold War: A History. He lives in the Dordogne and Washington, DC.
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13 Jun 2017
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The Maigret of the Dordogne — Anthony Beevor
Walker does a wonderful job of bringing La France Profonde to life — Mail on Sunday
A satisfyingly intriguing, wish-you-were-there read — the Guardian
Walker's relaxed style and good humour help to bring to life his engaging hero and delightful home and make one of the enjoyable books I've read in a long time — The Sunday Telegraph
A delight on many levels, and a paen to the sensuous attractions of 'La France profonde' — Irish Independent
Rattling good yarns — The Oldie
Martin Walker tells a good story set in a region that he clearly knows and loves . . . fascinating and poignant — Crime Review
All the Bruno trademarks . . . the splendid Dordogne location . . . descriptions of food which leave your mouth watering . . . with the added bonus that you're not going to put the book down until you've turned the final page — The Book Bag
The perfect holiday read — Shiny New Books