The Dying Season : Bruno, Chief of Police

  • by Martin Walker
  • Narrated by Peter Noble
  • Series: Bruno, Chief of Police
  • 9 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The Dordogne town of St Denis may be picturesque and sleepy, but it has more than its fair share of mysteries, as Bruno, chef de police, knows all too well. 
But when Bruno is invited to the 90th birthday of a powerful local patriarch - a war hero with high-level political connections in France, Russia and Israel - he encounters a family with more secrets than even he had imagined.
When one of the other guests is found dead the next morning and the family try to cover it up, Bruno knows it's his duty to prevent the victim from becoming just another skeleton in their closet. Even if his digging reveals things Bruno himself would rather keep buried. 
Meanwhile, very modern battles are being fought in St Denis between hunters defending their traditions and environmentalists protecting local wildlife. Neither side, it seems, is above the use of violent tactics. At the centre of it all, Bruno must use all his cunning and character to protect his community's future from its present - and its past.


What the Critics Say

"Walker is brilliant at capturing the murderous charms of rural France...the setting is undeniably delicious." (Mirror)
"The Bruno highly assured, full of quirky touches and characterised with real exuberance." (Good Book Guide)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful


Normally a satisfied follower of Bruno's evocative French stories with their marvellous French atmosphere but this one I found patchy with exciting incidents which didn't flow or grip as others in this series. Very well narrated as usual by Peter Noble.
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- Dinah Wells

Back on form

The narration was perfect and enhanced the sense of place which is the predominant feature of the Bruno books. The plot was carefully constructed and believable. Interspersed by the wonderful descriptions of the food and scenery of the area. I had been a little disappointed with the last Martin Walker novel but this has him back on form with the minutiae seamlessly absorbed. Can see this as a TV series. Loads of money then Martin to write more books please!
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- Debbers

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-07-2015
  • Publisher: Quercus