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The Body in the Castle Well
A Mystery of the French Countryside
By (author): Martin Walker
9780525435723 Paperback, Trade English General Trade FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Cozy / General Apr 16, 2020
$22.00 CAD
Active 5.1 x 8 x 0.6 in | 0.55 lb 352 pages Vintage
Bruno, Chief of Police is back with a new mystery: a corpse at the bottom of a well that will lead him from the Renaissance to the French Resistance—and beyond.

When a young American turns up dead in the courtyard of an ancient castle in Bruno’s jurisdiction, her death is assumed to be an accident. But her doctor persuades the Chief of Police that things may not be so simple. So begins an investigation that leads Bruno to Monsieur de Bourdeille, the scholar with whom the girl had been studying—and a renowned art historian who became extraordinarily wealthy through the sale of paintings that may have been falsely attributed. In his younger days, Bourdeille had aided the Resistance and been arrested by a Vichy policeman, someone whose own life story becomes entangled in the case. Also in the mix is a young falconer who works at the Château des Milandes, the former home of fabled jazz singer Josephine Baker. In the end, of course, Bruno will tie all the loose threads together and see that justice is served—along with a generous helping of his signature Périgordian cuisine.

Publication History: Knopf HC, June 2019

SERIES: The Body in the Castle Well is the twelfth book in the Bruno, Chief of Police series (four other entries, Vintage Shorts eBook Originals—The Chocolate War, A Market Tale, Bruno and the Carol Singers, and A Birthday Lunch—are also available).

PRAISE: As is the case with all the Bruno books, this new novel has received nice reviews, with The New York Times Book Review praising Walker for the way he “artfully seasons [the series’] plots with regional lore.”

SETTING: Set in the bucolic South of France, the Bruno novels pair beautiful evocations of place with deeply entertaining mysteries. The Body in the Castle Well combines the local and historical—a look back at France during and after the Second World War—with the contemporary and cosmopolitan. It also weaves in the legacy of the renowned entertainer Josephine Baker and her magnificent estate in the Dordogne.

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

MEDIA: Walker was recently profiled in both The New York Times and Forbes, and he has made multiple appearances on The Diane Rehm Show.

NEXT BOOK: The next Bruno book, Chateau Rock, is expected in June 2020 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 Bruno, Chief of Police; The Dark Vineyard; Black Diamond; The Crowded Grave; The Devil’s Cave; The Resistance Man; The Children Return; The Patriarch; Fatal Pursuit; The Templars’ Last Secret; and A Taste for Vengeance, all international bestsellers. He divides his time between Washington, D.C., and the Dordogne.

Author Residence: Washington, D.C., and the Dordogne, FRANCE

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“Charming.” —The New York Times Book Review

“Walker’s Bruno novels are good mysteries, but they’re also travelogues and culinary experiences, history lessons and nature guides.” —Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

“[Walker] always delivers a live-wire plot, well-realized characters (he’s especially adept at character revealing scenes), and an incredibly varied setting…. Another winner in an always-strong series.” —Booklist (starred review)

“Whether he’s preparing a gourmet dinner, enjoying a glass of wine, or solving a murder, it’s a pleasure to be in Bruno’s company.” —Publishers Weekly

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