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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Summer 2018

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The Templars' Last Secret
A Mystery of the French Countryside
By (author): Martin Walker
9781101970768 Paperback, Trade English General Trade FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Cozy / General May 01, 2018
$22.00 CAD
Active 5.16 x 7.99 x 0.68 in 336 pages Vintage
Bruno, chief of police, is back! When a mysterious death brings ancient secrets to light, it’s up to our food-loving hero to connect the dots.

When a woman’s body is found at the foot of a cliff near the idyllic French town of 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 that, 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 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 region in this tenth Mystery of the French Countryside.

Publication History: Knopf HC, June 2017

SERIES: The Templars’ Last Secret is the tenth book in the Bruno, Chief of Police series, which has sold a combined 300,000 copies. Two Vintage Shorts eBook Originals—A Market Tale and Bruno and the Carol Singers—are also available.

PRAISE: As is the case with all of Walker’s books, this new novel has received strong reviews. The New York Times Book Review calls it “enchanting,” and The Seattle Times says Bruno is “immensely appealing.”

MEDIA: Eric Asimov wrote a feature on “The Delicious World of Bruno, Chief of Police” for The New York Times to coincide with the hardcover publication, and Forbes ran a similar piece. Martin has also made multiple appearances on The Diane Rehm Show.

ONLINE PRESENCE: Walker’s website,, has a loyal following and features a personal blog, recipes from the books, travel suggestions for the Périgord region, and more.

NEXT BOOK: The next Bruno book, A Taste for Vengeance, is expected in June 2018 from Knopf.

MARTIN WALKER is a senior fellow of the Global Business Policy Council, a private think tank based in Washington, D.C. He is also editor in chief emeritus and international affairs columnist at United Press International. His previous novels in the Bruno series are Black Diamond; Bruno, Chief of Police; The Children Return; The Crowded Grave; The Dark Vineyard; The Devil’s Cave; Fatal Pursuit; The Patriarch; and The Resistance Man, all international bestsellers. He lives in Washington, D.C., and the Dordogne.

Author Residence: Dordogne, France

Author Hometown: London, England

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“Enchanting.”—The New York Times Book Review

“Fast-moving, totally engaging…. The joy of Mr. Walker’s Bruno series is the way the reader becomes immersed into [a] little-known corner of the world.”—Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

“Rich in atmosphere and personality, with characters bound by the tenacious strictures of history and memory. And almost without fail, everything stops for lunch. It’s impossible to read a Bruno novel without getting hungry and thirsty.”—The New York Times

“The Templars’ Last Secret brings back [the] immensely appealing, sharp-witted Inspector Bruno…. Walker likes to mix rural France’s pleasures with surprising themes…. [But] none of this negates Bruno’s daily life—including his inability to resist good food.”—The Seattle Times

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