The Devil's Cave

The Devil's Cave

Book - 2013
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Bruno, Chief of Police, comes face to face with black-magic and an infamous royal mistress in the fifth novel-in this series set in the idyllic French town of St-Denis

It's two weeks before Easter, and satanism has reared its ugly head in St-Denis. A female body bearing the ghastly signs of a black magicritual has been found on a boat. The search for her identity leads to a local elderly aristocrat known as the Red Countess, herself a descendent of the bewitching Madame de Montespan, also known as Athénaïs, a mistress of Louis XVI and a notorious figure in French history. This is the last thing Bruno needs. The chief of police-cum-culinary connoisseur has too much on his plate as it is, mediating both a domestic abuse case and a local development proposal that seems just too good to be-true. Moreover, his beloved hound, Gigi, is gone, as is his usual roster of ladies. He's never felt so alone. But Bruno soon finds himself energized by the case and back at his best, which is just as well if he's to solve the mystery that's threatening to scar his town's reputation.

Publisher: Toronto : HarperCollins Canada, 2013
ISBN: 9781443409452
Branch Call Number: MYS WAL
MYS WAL
Characteristics: 333 p. : map ; 24 cm

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rodhoover
Oct 21, 2017

You keep thinking as you read the improbable ending, "He's just making this stuff up". So, prepare to have your credulity stretched. Other than the ending, pretty gripping story.

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maipenrai
Nov 05, 2016

The fifth book in the Bruno, Chief of Police Investigation series

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nicollemelanson
Jun 09, 2014

Bruno is a French country police officer, who cooks with love, cares deeply for his dog and his horse, and who resolves local disputes in his small town with pragmatism and friendship. What's not to love? Do you want to know how to make risotto, what wine to serve with your truffle omelette, or how to catch a criminal - then read this series. The flavour of the Périgord region saturates the story and makes you hanker for a visit to Dordogne.

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miaone
Nov 22, 2013

As always, Martin takes the reader to the lovely French town of St Denis and the characters who are familiar to readers of the previous novels in the series. The protagonist, Bruno, will go to any lengths to protect his town as long as he can remain true to his ethics and to the law. He has to confront his boss, as well as a good friend, about whether they're letting their desire for a real estate plan to benefit St Denis overcome their good sense and honesty.
He has a murder to solve, and suspects from the first that some of the details of it are planted. Bruno and his colleagues will ferret out the facts.
I love Bruno's loyalty to his job, his town, and his friends, along with his willingness to look for truth and to confront uncomfortable facts.
In each of Walker's books I learn more about French history, and in this one there is a connection to the French Resistance of World War II.
I love learning more about the Perigord region of France where all the books take place.
Reading the other 3 comments, I have to wonder if we all read the same book. I didn't find The Devil's Cave unfocused or crude, and I certainly didn't notice any theme of international crime or prostitution.
I would encourage readers to begin reading this series in chronological order, as the characters grow and change through the books.

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stephaniedchase
Nov 10, 2013

While not as well-polished as previous entries in the series -- and with a subject that can easily turn ridiculous to boot -- THE DEVIL'S CAVE is still a good entry in the "Bruno, Chief of Police" series, with lots of local color, friendship, food, and small-town politics.

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judi38
Aug 18, 2013

very crude compared to the last few. I did not finish it. it did seem unfocused to me. disappointed.

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Malca
Jul 17, 2013

Inspector Bruno has done it again. Walker’s character, style, plot and setting never disappoint.

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kmoyer
Jun 18, 2013

Great summer read - found the plot a little thin but modern, modest superhero Bruno back in fine form.

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