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FREE PDF Û The Patriarch · A beloved village, a renowned family, a suspicious death it s the latest adventure in the Dordogne for police chief Bruno When Bruno is invited to the lavish birthday celebration of World War II flying ace and national icon Marco the Patriarch Desaix, it s the fulfillment of a boyhood dream But when the party ends in the death of Gilbert, Marco s longtime friend, it s another day on the job for the chef de police All signs point to a tragic accident, but Bruno isn t so sure There is to the Desaix family s lives and loyalties than meets the eyeThere is Victor, the patriarch s son, Gilbert s old comrade in arms and sometime rival Victor s seductive wife, Madeleine, whose roving eye intrigues Bruno even than her fierce political ambitions Yevgeny, another son, an artist whose paintings seem to hold keys to the past and the patriarch himself, whose postwar Soviet ties may have intersected all too closely with Gilbert s career in Cold War intelligence Bruno is diverted by a dangerous conflict between a local animal rights activist and outraged hunters as well as meals to cook, wine to share, and an ever complicated romantic situation But as his entanglement with the Desaix family grows and his suspicions heighten, Bruno s inquiries into Gilbert s life become a deadly threat to his own I ve been passionate about Martin Walker s Bruno Chief of Police series since its inception Each new book has been eagerly awaited and lovingly read Walker is a master of portraying the history, culture, and food of the Dordogne in France When I finish reading each book, it s a miracle that I don t speak with a French accent I Love This Series.If you felt that the above paragraph was leading toward a but, you would be correct I ve been noticing a trend in the last two or three books A I ve been passionate about Martin Walker s Bruno Chief of Police series since its inception Each new book has been eagerly awaited and lovingly read Walker is a master of portraying the history, culture, and food of the Dordogne in France When I finish reading each book, it s a miracle that I don t speak with a French accent I Love This Series.If you felt that the above paragraph was leading toward a but, you would be correct I ve been noticing a trend in the last two or three books A waning of authorial interest perhaps For me The Patriarch felt rather lackluster Walker usually enlightens readers about a little known segment of French World War II history that I normally find fascinating, but this time the plot thread involving a French flying ace in Russia and another character s Cold War spy shenanigans seemed hurriedly resolved and just didn t drum up much interest in me The subplot with the animal rights activist and the hunters wasn t really resolved at all, although Walker did illuminate the entire situation and its repercussions well.Bruno has to face disillusionment onthan one front in this book Once again he s at a romantic crossroads, but this time he didn t seem very interested in his own love life Even the scenes filled with wine and food seemed perfunctory.Don t get me wrong I haven t gone off this series by any means What I perceive to be Walker s lackluster novel is still much better than many other writers very good ones If anything, it s a reminder of how difficult it must be for writers to maintain not only interest but quality in a long running series But when I pick up the next Bruno book, there will be a hesitation and a bit of skepticism that wasn t there before 3.5 starsIn this 8th book in the Bruno, Chief of Police series, Bruno investigates the death of a troubled man The book can be read as a standalone Dordogne region of FrancePolice Chief Bruno Corr ges of St Denis, in the Dordogne region of France, is happy to be going to the 90th birthday party of The Patriarch Marco Desaix whom Bruno has idolized since childhood The Patriarch was a heralded aviator in WWII, awarded medals by both France and Russia The party guests include loc 3.5 starsIn this 8th book in the Bruno, Chief of Police series, Bruno investigates the death of a troubled man The book can be read as a standalone Dordogne region of FrancePolice Chief Bruno Corr ges of St Denis, in the Dordogne region of France, is happy to be going to the 90th birthday party of The Patriarch Marco Desaix whom Bruno has idolized since childhood The Patriarch was a heralded aviator in WWII, awarded medals by both France and Russia The party guests include local aristocrats as well as DeSaix s extended family, including his sons from different mothers Yevgeny and Victor Also present are Victor s gorgeous politically active wife Madeleine, their college age children Chantal and Marc, and Victor s best friend since their army days, Gilbert Clamartin a troubled alcoholic During the party Gilbert is found dead, apparently having drunk too much and choked Though a local doctor and friend of the DeSaix family declares Gilbert s death accidental, Bruno has an uneasy feeling and decides to investigate He learns about a tangled web of cooperation between France and Russia during and after WWII, activities that involved The Patriarch, Victor, and Gilbert Bruno suspects that at the party Gilbert might have threatened to reveal a secret that resulted in his murder Perhaps to distract Bruno from his investigation the DeSaix family courts the police chief, inviting him to luncheons, wine and pat tastings, etc And beautiful Madeleine pulls out all the stops, staging an all out seduction Other elements of the tale include an obsessive environmentalist whose protection of wild deer endangers their lives and creates a serious road hazard a prize winning garden that s destroyed by wild boars Gilbert s surprising will a political rivalry and an attempt on Bruno s life In addition to his investigative work Bruno goes about his everyday activities, which include horseback riding, eating breakfast at the local caf , taking care of his garden, walking his lovable basset hound, resolving a romantic relationship, shopping, cooking for his hunt club celebration, and so on In fact, Bruno demonstrates some serious chef skills He frequently invites guests to his home, where he prepares gourmet French meals accompanied by fresh baguettes and fine wines, all of which sounds delicious The reader is also treated to vivid descriptions of the lovely St Denis Dordogne region of France, which sounds like a wonderful place to live if it wasn t for all the pesky murders Bruno solves.By the end of the book Gilbert s death is satisfactorily resolved This is an enjoyable book in a wonderful setting Recommended to mystery fans You can follow my reviews at To enjoy this crime series, and probably understand the motive behind it, a deeper look at the author and the character might bring some answers to the reader.In this eight book in the Bruno, Chief Of Police series, the fictional town of St Denis is once again the boiling pot for murder, family intrigue, and international politics And in the lead, of the flaw, mayhem and botched operations of diplomats and spies, is the village police officer who refuses to give up his horse, geese, chickens, To enjoy this crime series, and probably understand the motive behind it, a deeper look at the author and the character might bring some answers to the reader.In this eight book in the Bruno, Chief Of Police series, the fictional town of St Denis is once again the boiling pot for murder, family intrigue, and international politics And in the lead, of the flaw, mayhem and botched operations of diplomats and spies, is the village police officer who refuses to give up his horse, geese, chickens, and life style for a higher position in Paris, which he rightfully deserve For Beno t Bruno Courr ges, originally an orphaned child, who unintentionally became a hero since a young age in everything he did, there sto life than good money andpretentious friends Bruno is the real deal And he is loved for it by both his town and his readers The Patriarch was also published under the title The Dying Season The Patriarch deals with deception, loyalty, old friendships, wily but strong women and international spy rings To complicate matters even further, the wife of a prominent politician is killed in a collusion with a deer, and the different interest groups, such as environmentalists and hunters, are at odds to what should happen afterwards, with anger bursting out in the streets Weapons are pulled out at each other A smorgasbord of deceit and deception within one family is served when a hero pilot from WWII is found dead in The Patriarch s mansions on the latter s ninetieth birthday Bruno has once again his hands full, with dull moments as foreign and unacceptable as the decisions of the EU forced upon the community Martin Walker must be quietly one of the most successful crime authors in the world His books have been translated into 15 languages including Turkish, Japanese, Brazilian and Polish He spent 25 years as a foreign correspondent for The Guardian in Moscow, Washington and Europe and uses these experiences to tell his tales, sharing both historical as well as current affairs in world history His main character is based on the real police chief of P rigord who often has to sign books for tourists Reality and fiction merge For instance, Pamela prepares a Scottish dish for Bruno in one of the books, which has now become a favorite in P rigord, and is simply called a Fish Pie in Bruno s cookbook The tourists not only have read the Bruno series, but also visits the town in their hundreds from all over the world and want to eat the food The series have become great ambassadors for the real town Meeting many people on a daily basis, conversing over dinners where candle light and good wines encourages good conversations, including book discussions, Martin Walker is constantly a firm favorite crime writer Which can lead to the conclusion that his ratings on GR might not reflect his true popularity He is a bestselling author with a firm following When Louise Penny, being sold as an internationally bestselling author, is mentioned in these conversations, nobody has heard of her That means that Martin Walker sells a lotbooks worldwide and is quietly a lotsuccessful, since everyone lights up when his name is mentioned He might not be so well known in America or Canada or GR for instance, and that is so surprising He has won numerous awards in Europe and China He is also widely read in Britain, South Africa and elsewhere.Like Louise Penny, who present the fictional Three Pines in Canada to the world, with the inhabitants and their food culture as the main selling point amidst the crime stories, Martin Walker does that very same thing for St Denis P rigord in France His cookbook, Tales, Food and Wines of the P rigord won an international award as the best one on French Cuisine at an international Food Festival in China Bruno belongs to the grand tradition of fictional detectives cum gastronomes, like Nero Wolfe and Salvo Montalbano But there s one big difference between Bruno and those others Bruno cooks Chief Inspector Gamache in the Louise Penny books is just a visiting detective in Three Pines The fictional St Denis on the other hand, is based on P rigord in France, with the resulting influx of tourism to the real town Martin Walker is fluent in English being from Scottish descent , French, and German, and probably can help himself in Russia where he worked for several years.The website brunochiefofpolice.com introduces Bruno, the chief of police in St Denis asa peaceful, gentle fellow who likes to cook for his friends and is aching to settle down in St Denis And he aches to settle down with and be faithful to a woman who wants to bear his children and help share his vegetable garden, his horse and ducks and hens, and his reluctance to have a TV set in his house.Bruno cooks, he hunts, he builds his own house and grows his own food He organizes the parades and festivities and fireworks displays and keeps order in his fictional home town of St Denis A pillar of the local tennis and rugby clubs, he teaches sports to the local schoolchildren.Bruno finds lost dogs, fights fires, registers births and deaths, and enforces the parking regulations But he maintains a sophisticated intelligence network to outwit the interfering bureaucrats of the European Union in far off Brussels The country folk of the Perigord have been making their foie gras and their cheeses and sausages for centuries before the EU was ever heard of, and see no reason to bow to its rules and regulations now.But Bruno applies his own sense of justice in doing so, which sometimes put him at odds with the local Gendarmes, with the professional detectives of the Police Nationale, and with the politicians in distant Paris.And much to the frustration of those matrons of St Denis with unmarried daughters, for whom he is the town s most eligible and charming bachelor, Bruno remains stubbornly and contentedly single He is, however, a great romantic with a profound if somewhat wary appreciation of the fair sexIn an interview with the weeklylizard.com, the future of Bruno is made clearBruno will go on defending the town and people and the traditions of St Denis against all the threats of modernization and globalization that menace the town s traditional way of life with its two hour lunches, its plentiful wine and foie gras, its weekly market, its hunting seasons and rugby games This is what the reader will find in The Patriarch and all the other books in this series Policeman Bruno s tales are quiet, gentle reads with a deeper, exciting, vibrant twists thrown into every plot They are as much murder mysteries as they are historical fiction Trying to live like the town folks might render the reader a pickled version of the old self, since wine is served everywhere in unlimited quantities but breakfast on a daily basis and it will continue in ad infinitum It is the culture It is St Denis The stories are just as pickled, with intrigue and mystery, and just as enjoyable For teetotalers it can be overwhelming and smothering.An enjoyable read once again It is a P rigord experience to its fullest with a murder mystery thrown in 3 1 2 starsI continue to love reading the Bruno, Chief of Police mystery series One thing I particularly like is what the reader learns in each book about the history of France and French culture, politics, policing a complicated affair , law, tourism, activism, food and wine All of these are present in spades in entry 8 I feel that the way these things are portrayed in the series are particularly credible because of Walker s journalism experience, his research, his role as senior fellow 3 1 2 starsI continue to love reading the Bruno, Chief of Police mystery series One thing I particularly like is what the reader learns in each book about the history of France and French culture, politics, policing a complicated affair , law, tourism, activism, food and wine All of these are present in spades in entry 8 I feel that the way these things are portrayed in the series are particularly credible because of Walker s journalism experience, his research, his role as senior fellow of the Global business Policy Council and that he lives in the Dordogne regions of France part time It was particularly interesting to learn about the French air fighter squadron, Normandie Nieman that fought on the eastern front for ally Russia during WWII and French Russian relations during The Cold War Also, we getof the Green party activism, friction between Greens and hunters and upcoming fraught political elections The role of the wealthy in the local culture comes to the fore again, revisiting some of the characters from book 5, The Devil s Cave, one of my favorite in the series Of course there s all the food and wine we ve come to expect in a Bruno novel As in the past, the descriptions of cooking dishes is so enticing and detailed that I feel I could successfully prepare the dishes myself A friend of mine and I have remarked that in recent books, Bruno comes off as Super Bruno , doing things that no mere mortal could possibly do, dinging the credibility of the character a little I was surprised that Bruno came off as Bumbling Bruno in The Patriarch While he has hunches, they don t evolve into his usual laser focus on the criminal and he makes some very poor personal choices This book makes him seemrealistic, but maybe there s a middle ground between bumbling and super hero I enjoyed reading The Patriarch, but am deducting half a star from my consistent 4 star ratings throughout this series because of the rushed, ridiculous ending Still a series I highly recommend I see that the next in the series is available at my library, so I will roll into Fatal Pursuit sooner rather than later