The Dark Vineyard

The Dark Vineyard

Book - 2010
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Just before dawn one late-summer morning, Bruno is pulled from sleep by the wail of the town siren atop the Mairie, summoning the volunteer firemen of St. Denis. A large barn and the fields surrounding it are ablaze. When Bruno arrives at the scene, the smell of gasoline leaves no doubt -- it was arson.

Soon after, a Californian wine mogul arrives with plans to buy half the valley and create an industrial-scale wine-making operation -- so long as the locals can deliver him the land and the coveted Appellation Controllée status. The mayor of St. Denis is eager to push the sale through, as it will bring much-needed money and jobs to the area. Bruno is not so certain. He feels his beloved little town will be ruined once the Californians have a foothold. The town is divided, and tensions are high.

When a body turns up in a vat of wine, it seems that someone is determined to stop the scheme at any cost. It is up to Bruno to use his skills, tact and local knowledge to find out the truth.

Publisher: Toronto : HarperCollins Canada, 2010.
ISBN: 9781554682669
9781554682676
Branch Call Number: WAL
Characteristics: 303 p.

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zipread
Oct 08, 2018

It’sbecome my experience that Martin Walker is one of those detective writers who’s work is very easy to enjoy. It features a small town cop set in the warm south of France the backdrop for his novels is very soothing indeed: it’s very small town and not at all big city. And his plots, this one in particular, are virtually Byzantine in their complexity —- enough so as to keep you scratching you head as you read. Very much to be recommended especially on gray, drizzle autumn day.

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jonpammett
Apr 14, 2018

This book is in the catalogue, but there seem to be no copies of it.

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glotet
Feb 08, 2018

An accomplished writer and an engaging story with a continuous sense of intrigue. I look forward to the author's next novel featuring the clever Bruno set in captivating rural France.

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maipenrai
Nov 05, 2016

The second book in the Bruno, Chief of Police Investigation series. READ BOOK 3

bookfanatic1979 Jun 19, 2014

If you love fine food, the “Continental” way of life, and are an unabashed oenophile, I highly recommend you try this series. For the rest of us, the sections devoted to wine making, wine tasting, and wine appreciation can get a little repetitive but don’t let that stop you. It’s still a fine story with a satisfying ending.

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ownedbydoxies
Dec 28, 2012

These books by Martin Walker, starring the gendarme Bruno, are a fun easy read with a bit of French flair to add to the mix.

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