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.
“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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