A Taste for Vengeance by Martin Walker

A Taste for Vengeance

Martin Walker

Bruno’s search for a missing British tourist and the circumstances surrounding a star rugby player's pregnancy lead him to places he hadn’t intended to go.

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A missing woman, a shocking pregnancy, a dash of international intrigue, and a bottle or two of good Bergerac: it's another case for Bruno, Chief of Police.

When a British tourist fails to turn up for a luxurious cooking vacation in Bruno's usually idyllic Dordogne village of St. Denis, the worried hostess is quick to call on Bruno for help. Monica Felder is nowhere to be found, and her husband, a retired British major, is unreachable. And not long after Bruno discovers that Monica was traveling with a mysterious Irishman (her lover?), the two turn up dead. The Irishman's background in intelligence and his connection to Monica's husband only raise more questions for Bruno. Was she running away? How much does her husband really know? What's the real story behind a scandal buried in the threesome's military past? Meanwhile, the star of the girls' rugby team, a favorite of Bruno's, is pregnant, putting at risk her chances of being named to the French national squad. Bruno's search for the truth in both cases leads him to places he hadn't intended to go--but, as ever, he and his friends take time to savor the natural delights of the Dordogne. Santé!

Advance Galley Reviews

In Martin Walker's A Taste for Vengeance, the 11th installment in the Bruno, Chief of Police mystery series, this novel would give you the right ingredients for a dark and twisted mystery plot and a dollop of intrigue too. Bruno is the Chief of Police of St. Denis, a small village town in the South of France. He's also a rugby coach and a cooking instructor on the side. It all started for Bruno, when he received a call from his colleague that one of her cooking students never showed up for class. When he searched for her, he discovered she was found dead with a man in her hotel room. Not only did he have to deal with this double homicide, he had to dig into Monika Felder's background and how she ended up here. Besides that, he had to deal with pressure from the mayor, and one of his star rugby player's unplanned pregnancy, and a daring plot to assassinate one of his esteemed colleagues. Although Bruno's devoted to his dog Balzac and to his job, he's looking for a woman to spend his life with. As he looked further to discover the hidden background in Monika Felder's ailing husband and her lover, when things come to a head when he learned of a hit from the IRA and how it was connected to both murders and who wanted to do both of them in with a dash of revenge.

Penguin First to Read ARC. Rating: 4 of 5 stars. Bruno has been promoted to a bigger job, he isn't sure that he will like his new responsibilities. A friend asks him to look for a missing cooking school student. Soon her body is found along with a man's body. Why were they killed? Bruno becomes deeply involved in solving this mystery. Like all Bruno stories there are lots of friends, food, and politics.

4.5 stars This series continues to keep me entertained. The details of the food and culture of the Perigord region are just amazing. In this installment, we find that Bruno has received a promotion and now has responsibility of a broader region in the Perigord than just his town of St Denis. But he still reports into the mayor’s and specifically the Mayor of St Denis who is his friend and mentor. The day of his promotion, Bruno is called away to visit a scene that appears to be a murder-suicide. As the investigation unfolds, the Irishman, whose house Bruno is called to and the apparent suicide, is confirmed to have ties to the IRA. In addition to helping with the investigation, Bruno deals with a more personal matter relating to one of the young women he coaches on his girls’ rugby team. She is named to the French national squad but has to make a decision about an unexpected pregnancy. It is always a pleasure to be brought into the world of Bruno. Having read this series from the beginning, each new novel brings me back to a long, lost home. The friends and relationships continue to build through the series and are pitch perfect. And the details of the food and wine make my mouth water! I can’t wait for the next installment. If you are new to the series, I would suggest starting with the first book. These are worth savoring and taking the time to start at the beginning is well worth it.

I didn't exactly get to finish this but this is an installment of a series starring Bruno, who is a police chief. He becomes involved in an investigation to solve the murder of Monica Felder, who never showed up to attend a cooking class. Unfortunately, I didn't get through enough of the book to really get into the story but I can say that the opening chapters did not grab my attention. I did start to enjoy as the investigation got underway and I got a better feel for Bruno's character. I think I would have enjoyed the second half.

I wasn't aware this was a part of a series but this was the first book I've read by this author. It definitely won't be the last. I enjoyed this book quite a bit. I definitely want to read more of this series soon. This was a 4 star read.

This was the first book I have read by Martin Walker and I didn't realize it was the eleventh title in his Bruno, Chief of Police series. I am sure there is quite a bit of backstory that I wasn't privy to, but I didn't discover it was part of a series until I was done and I felt it worked as a standalone. Bruno is not only the Chief of Police in the small Dordogne village of St. Denis, when he isn't solving crimes, he is a heavily involved in the community as well as a lover of food and wine. Bruno is investigating the disappearance of a woman who is found dead. While the mystery was satisfying, it was the interplay between the characters as well as life in the village that really held my interest. I would like to know more, so lucky me, there are those prior ten books! I prefer to start a series at the beginning, but I am sure anyone familiar with the series would enjoy this book even more than I did as it was well written. Thank you, Martin Walker, and First to Read for the complimentary digital ARC. This series is now on my TBR list.

I had never heard of Martin Walker or the Bruno, Chief of Police series before and in all honesty I would probably simply walk right by this book if I saw it on a bookstore shelf. That would definitely be a big mistake on my part though. I really enjoyed A Taste for Vengeance. While it is part of a series, I didn't have any real problems understanding it without reading prior books in the series. There may have been a few references to things that were most likely explained in prior books in the series, but nothing that interfered with this story. With that said, I intend on going back and catching the series from the beginning. Bruno is an interesting character and this book had an interesting plot that kept me engaged. (The cultural elements were just icing on the cake!) I would definitely recommend this book to others!

A Taste for Vengeance Martin Walker I found this to be a bit of difficult book to read. It was made up of three different story lines. One story line was a professional technical story that followed the main character's job as police chief , there was the social side full of wonderful meals and a side story, that was his coach/mentor side. All of these were interesting stories, but story lines never seemed to mesh together. Maybe if I had read the other ten stories and was fluent in french it might have helped, or maybe something was lost in translation. I received this from Penguin's First to Read Program in exchange for an honest review.

This series follows a Chief of Police in a small, quaint town in France...& I really liked it! He's kind of an unassuming, but not to be under estimated kind of guy! The story/quaint setting reminded me of Louise Penny's series following an Inspector in Quebec Canada, which I also enjoy. This was the 11th installment in the series, but the 1st time I'd read in it....& it read just fine! I will go back & start at the beginning.....I like these characters. There's a lot of French cooking & wines mentioned in here, so if you like that sort of thing, that's a bonus! Contains no overt sex or bad language, but does spin a good tale! I do disclose that I did receive a free e-ARC of this book from Penguin's First to Read Giveaway program, in return for my own independent fair/honest review.

I didn't finish this book. It's part of a series and I think it must be important to have read the previous books to become engaged by it. It never captured my interest, so I stopped reading.

Thank you to Penguin irst for the opportunity to read the galley for this book. Had I known it was part of a series I would have done some background on Bruno (Balzac is very self-expanatory!). There are far too many characters in this book. The missing woman is quickly found. That pregnancy is a nuicance to the already overloaded story. And while it may be part of Bruno's charm how does he get a promotion to a regional police post, work with the international counter-intelligence group, volunteer his time as an expert chef and food critic to a local bed and breakfast, coach a rugby team, exercise his horse and throw intimate dinner parties all in a 24 hour period? There is so much untranslated French in the book that you must be fluent, concede to reading with a translation dictionary next to you, use google translation or, BETTER YET, read the book on an electronic device after it is published so you can easily get the translation. It would also be helpful to have a map of France. And are you an expert in French wines? No? Get up to speed. BTW, you also need to be somewhat of an Irish history buff to recall the animosity between Ireland and England and the inner workings of the IRA. Every character in this book is multi-lingual. There is a good story buried in this book. Bruno is highy likable. I wanted to finish the book and did. I may go back to Bruno's beginnings. But not for my next read. I am going back to my own book list.

I did not know this book was part of a series, therefore, my knowledge and familiarity of characters and established setting was limited. I, however, enjoyed the story and the main character Bruno, as well as his dog. The story itself was a bit confusing. There was so much name dropping of agency's and past events with regards to murder that it was all convoluted. The story suffered because of all the backstory that was created and it was hard to keep up with all the organizations and war or battle events the victim was involved that it just was drowned in incidents of the past. As far as current events, that's what was most exciting with his weekly meals and his connection with the people of St. Denis. The characters and his familiarity with the town is what really drives this story home. I am interested in reading the rest of this series.

I think I would have liked this book more if I had read others in the series. The book works but there is obviously some back story I am missing. The main characters are interesting and likable. I enjoyed the mystery. There was just something missing. I think I'll find that something by reading the earlier books. I liked the characters enough to give the earlier books a try.

I was delighted to get a chance to read the latest Bruno Chief of Police mystery in a pre-print from the publisher, and equally pleased to see that Martin Walker had figured out a promotion for Bruno -- to a regional policing job. As usual there is a mix of returning characters plus a few new ones, as well as a mix of local and international intrigue. The IRA connection didn't quite gel for me, but overall it was a good chapter in the Bruno saga.

As is the case with all of Walker's "Bruno" series, this was a tremendously satisfying book to read, very much like sitting down for a several-hour home-made dinner after working hard all day. I learned the hard way that's not for everyone... visiting my husband in Toulouse, where he and his colleagues were working, they had no patience with the several courses of the dinners or the assumption that they would wish to sit and enjoy the food rather than race through it; it's a different way of life, for sure, and Walker does his level best to bring the seduction of it to life. For me, he succeeds in spades. In this book, Bruno has had a promotion and is now in charge of police for the region. The book starts with the touching ceremony of his investiture, where his good friends, who are also officials and work superiors, surprise him with a very personal celebration. In a time when many of us regularly attend funerals given by ministers who clearly had no idea who the deceased might have been, this sense of community is so appealing. Two parallel story lines follow; in one, Bruno's young soccer protege finds herself pregnant just before national team drafts for which she is a favorite. In the second, it appears that an IRA hit team is operating in the Perigord. This is probably as close to a cozy mystery as a murder where semi-automatic weapons are used can be... the plot really is secondary to the relationships and the fellowship and the food. Let me be clear -- I'm not a "foodie," nor a cook; I don't have any illusions that I could re-create the meals or even find the ingredients. Mostly, I just love the commitment Bruno -- and Walker -- have to small, agrarian communities and the people who understand what it means to truly be a part of them.

Bruno chief of police is living in a small French village; He is especially appreciative of the local food (truffles!) and wine. When he is asked to find a lost British tourist he is involved in a convoluted case involving the IRA and the war in Iraq. There is a nice contrast between the life of the French villagers and the international characters who bring bloodshed to the town. For me the description of the meals was the best part of the book.

I received a free copy of this from Penguin First to read program. I have been meaning to try this series for a while and so was excited to be chosen for the galley. I think I may have liked it better if the IRA hadn't been drug into the business along with imperialist nonsense that only the Irish hold a grudge and the Troubles are all the fault of horridly violent Irish like the British never at any point in history had anything to do with it. I did like Bruno and enjoyed his policing style. I liked the community members as well and it was a nice little crime development. The cooking and personal stuff made it drag at times and was a little blah for a new reader. Not difficult to follow just didn't really care which makes sense in book 11. But I wont be back for another dose of British propaganda

Oh Bruno, I love you so. Ditch that Isabelle and find someone who can make you happy more than just for a day or so every few months. I love this series, and ok, maybe I need to face the fact that this fiction. I have been reading this series from the beginning and have enjoyed them all but this one is among the best. Already looking forward to the next one.

A Taste for Vengeance continues the adventures of French police chief Bruno Courreges, lover of French cuisine, wine, women, dogs, horses and all things of the Perigord. When a British tourist headed for a cooking school run by 2 of Bruno's friends fails to show up, Bruno is called upon to find her. What he discovers in the process is that she is connected to a mysterious Irishman living under an assumed identity. Both ultimately turn up dead, initially a suspected murder-suicide. Meanwhile, an 18 year old women's rugby player, star of the team Bruno coaches, is pregnant, putting at risk her chances of be selected to play for France. Mix in millions stolen during the Iraq war and IRA stalwarts out for revenge. The result is another rousing adventure for Bruno and his large cast of colleagues and friends.

The book was part of a series, and there was some confusion about characters referenced from prior installments, but not enough to deter the gist of the story. A view of the inner workings of a small French village and their main policeman, Bruno. Told from a slow paced and interspersed with hearty cooking and snippets of connections in village life. While a double murder invades the bucolic community and Bruno's star rugby pupil's pregnancy will effect her chances for a national spot. Lots of international intrigue and interest in local wineries, shared repasts and camaraderie culminating in an exciting action scene. Somewhat detail oriented, but an interesting look at another country and their laid back culture.

I haven’t read the previous books in this series, so it was difficult to know the characters. I found the book slow but I did like it.


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