The Dark Vineyard

The Dark Vineyard

Book - 2010
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Just before dawn one late-summer morning, Bruno is pulled from sleep by the wail of the town siren atop the Mairie, summoning the volunteer firemen of St. Denis. A large barn and the fields surrounding it are ablaze. When Bruno arrives at the scene, the smell of gasoline leaves no doubt -- it was arson.

Soon after, a Californian wine mogul arrives with plans to buy half the valley and create an industrial-scale wine-making operation -- so long as the locals can deliver him the land and the coveted Appellation Controllée status. The mayor of St. Denis is eager to push the sale through, as it will bring much-needed money and jobs to the area. Bruno is not so certain. He feels his beloved little town will be ruined once the Californians have a foothold. The town is divided, and tensions are high.

When a body turns up in a vat of wine, it seems that someone is determined to stop the scheme at any cost. It is up to Bruno to use his skills, tact and local knowledge to find out the truth.

Publisher: Toronto : HarperCollins, 2010
ISBN: 9781554682669
Branch Call Number: MYS WAL
Characteristics: 303 p. ; 24 cm


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Nov 05, 2016

The second book in the Bruno, Chief of Police Investigation series. READ BOOK 3

bookfanatic1979 Jun 19, 2014

If you love fine food, the “Continental” way of life, and are an unabashed oenophile, I highly recommend you try this series. For the rest of us, the sections devoted to wine making, wine tasting, and wine appreciation can get a little repetitive but don’t let that stop you. It’s still a fine story with a satisfying ending.

Dec 28, 2012

These books by Martin Walker, starring the gendarme Bruno, are a fun easy read with a bit of French flair to add to the mix.

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