The Crowded Grave

The Crowded Grave

Book - 2011
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Welcoming the return of spring in his idyllic French village, chief of police Bruno Courrèges investigates a local murder at an archaeological dig site that is complicated by an animal rights clash and an international summit.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2011.
Edition: 1st U.S. ed.
ISBN: 9780307700193
0307700194
Branch Call Number: MF WALKER, MARTIN
Characteristics: 313 [1] p. : map ; 22 cm.

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captbligh
Apr 24, 2017

Ever (enjoyably) local flavour includes topical bureaucratically overbearing E.U. and French regulations that in the U.S would be obtrusive. Interesring, tourists, as opposes to thriller readers, would never see this. Series is still on a roll.

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maipenrai
Nov 05, 2016

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

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stitchkat
Jul 18, 2016

This series is always delightful, with its wonderful scenery, food, and wine. This entry has a darker tone, regarding France's relationship to Spain concerning Basque terrorists. Several different plot-lines provide lots of misdirection. I did have a flash as to the identity of the villain, but only shortly before the reveal. Series lovers take note, sorrow awaits in the action-packed conclusion.

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cardigramma
Jul 04, 2016

Spoiler Alert!
This is a good series and I have enjoyed it but not this book. I had figured out who the double agent was and they killed the dog.

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rgally
Oct 31, 2015

Series just keeps getting better and better.

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Shenandoah
Jun 09, 2013

This book has some very bad news at the end. Steel yourself.

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annag1
Mar 24, 2013

I couldn't agree more with the comment from ErnestBasset. The loss of a pivotal beloved character at the end of the book is gratuitious sentiment manipulation. It left me feeling I don't care about reading another Bruno novel. it's too bad because up till now I had enjoyed these books.

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ownedbydoxies
Jan 10, 2013

The Bruno books are all great, fun reads with a lovable hero.

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Palomino
Nov 08, 2012

Bruno can ride a horse! He's like a combination of Hamish Macbeth and Chief Inspector Gamache. He polices the French countryside and eats very, very well.

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ErnestBasset
Sep 15, 2012

Don't read this book!

I am beyond sad to have to say that. I first encountered Walker's work by chance while on a vacation and have greatly enjoyed his subsequent books. This one has the usual mystery based upon French history, the love of the foods of St Denis, and a cast of intriguing characters and relationships.

That said, the story, any past enjoyment of his work, and any desire I have to read his work again, is destroyed by the totally unnecessary death of a central character at the end of the book. The ending in no way contributes to the story, and simply feels like a manipulation of the reader's feelings for no decent reason.

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