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The Dark Vineyard: A Mystery of the French Countryside
 
 
Author
Martin Walker.
Publisher Knopf  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 8.6 x 5.8 x 1 inches
ISBN 9780307270184
Pages/Publication Date 303/2010
Daedalus Item Code 23500
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When a bevy of winemakers descends on Saint-Denis, in this second book in the series starring solitary policeman Benoît "Bruno" Courrèges, the town finds itself at the center of an intense competition, spurring resentment among the villagers and resulting in questionable fires at an agricultural station. Two young men—Max, an environmentalist who hopes to make organic wine, and Fernando, heir to an American wine fortune—become rivals for the affections of the flirtatious Jacqueline, recently arrived from Quebec. And after two suspicious deaths, Bruno finds that the problems of the present are never far from those of the past. The sole policeman in the little village of Saint-Denis in the South of France, Bruno Courrèges lives in a restored shepherd's cottage, shops at the local market, and distills his own vin de noix. Most of his policework involves helping local farmers to avoid paying E.U. inspectors' fines. But in Martin Walker's wonderfully atmospheric series, Bruno is called upon to solve cases every bit as complicated as those in the city.

"The real pleasure of the book is the place itself.... As readers are drawn into wine-stomping parties, truffle omelet dinners, and the aged dignity of a French hunting hound, the narrative tension gathers."—Houston Chronicle

"Romance, intrigue, and many a fine glass of wine await in Walker's charming second mystery set in idyllic Saint-Denis.... Walker serves up wry wit, suspense, and a host of captivating characters, from a comely, manipulative Quebecois to an auburn-haired Brit who captures Bruno's heart. Oenophiles and armchair travelers alike will enjoy spending time in this lovely, lively part of France."—Booklist (starred review)

 
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