It's always a delight to meet people who love Bruno as much as I do!
Bruno fans in Australia
I recently had the pleasure of meeting Frances Butcher (centre, below), who claims to be my biggest fan in Australia. We met not far from St Denis, where she gave me the below photo of a Bruno reading evening.
It's always a delight to meet people who love Bruno as much as I do!
14/6/2016 01:27:07 am
As an Australian living in southwest France and not all that far from you, I know many australians who adore the Bruno books. Australians love France and many of them visit often ( we always have a stream of visitors in spring and summer). One of our favourite days out with them is to Le Bugue and the Cave de Julien de Savignac and, of course, the Vézère valley. We are always looking forward to your next book about Bruno. Please keep it up. .
30/10/2016 12:39:16 am
Dear Kerrie. Am wondering if you could be the Kerrie Roberts of my childhood in country nsw Dubbo. Our parents were friends: Tod and Sheila Meurer?
17/6/2016 01:47:55 pm
Fans in Philadelphia, who have enjoyed travel in the Dordogne, and are ANXIOUSLY AWAITING Bruno's Cookbook in English (or American, or French...). If you decide to self-publish, please let me know. We have accepted that neither you nor Bruno is likely to invite us for a meal, so I am trying out recipes from the blog, or cobbled together as I read the books.
Thomas, Vienna, Austria
20/6/2016 12:44:29 am
I just finished reading Bruno's latest adventure, "Fatal Pursuit", on the U-Bahn this morning. Loved it. Very comfortable reading as I felt I knew all of Bruno's friends and his old haunts. I especially enjoyed the Felix/Tristan sub-plot that illustrates Bruno's tough yet compassionate brand of community policing. Also was interested in the story of the Bugatti; a fascinating true historical mystery, indeed. The ending was clean and satisfying and there were enough unexpected twists along the way to keep one interested. However, none of that is really why one reads Bruno: I read them to take a vicarious, mental vacation in the Perigord and to visit with an old friend who happens to be the Chief of Police in the small town of St Denis. Thank you so much for the latest installment.
I'm so glad to hear you've enjoyed it. When my daughter first told me the story of the lost Bugatti, I knew that Bruno had to get involved somewhere along the line. But I wouldn't have been able to write the book without the help of Walter Jamieson, a Bugatti expert who did his best to keep me straight on chassis information and Molsheim history.
2/7/2016 08:59:06 am
Enjoyed the latest book about the Bugatti and rally racing. You have left an open end here. Will Bruno navigate for Annette? Have written extensively about auto racers of the Brass Age, particularly Joan Newton Cuneo, the first American lady racer. I think you captured the intensity of those who love to go fast very well.
I wish I knew the answer to all the questions (and I ask them myself) about Bruno's life. And the honest answer is that I don't know because Bruno hasn't told me yet. This fictional character has assumed a kind of life of his own. On occasion, he simply refuses to do things that my detailed synopsis says he ought to be doing. But when I come to write that chapter, something holds me back. I get a feeling I cannot satisfactorily explain that Bruno wouldn't do this. Maybe it is the same instinct that keeps me bringing Florence back into the picture. It's a mysterious business, writing.
Tony Summers (San Diego, California)
2/7/2016 11:44:41 am
Two recent events prompt me to write this message. The first is that I finished reading Fatal Pursuit and found it as well written and as charming as the previous Bruno novels. The second is that I recently spend a month France, including a week in Périgord (specifically in Le Bugue, where I stayed at the delightful Domaine de la Bessade) and renewed my acquaintance with that lovely region.
I think we each understand why we enjoy France so much beyond the usual charms of the food, the wine, the countryside and the strength of tradition. There is a depth and a rootedness to the people that I find profoundly attractive and I'm honoured that you think I have caught something of its spirit. Thank you for writing, and thank you for enjoying the Bruno books.
3/7/2016 05:12:33 pm
After this past week's Brexit I'm wondering if this will somehow find it's way into the next Bruno book. My friends and I are looking forward to whatever is on the way.
12/7/2016 04:30:34 pm
13/7/2016 01:47:41 pm
My wife and I are holiday in Domme at the moment. We have both devoured all the Bruno books and cannot believe that (I) they are not in our Scottish bookshops (II) the BBC hasn't snapped them up and (III) Bruno hasn't had his happy ending yet with a suitable woman! Love the books, Martin- thank you!
14/7/2016 12:37:50 pm
Thanks so much for the last Bruno-novel.
19/7/2016 01:13:18 pm
In September 2006, I stood in Domme, looking out over the Dordogne Valley. I had just finished a wonderful lunch at L’Espanade and realized this was the most beautiful place I’d ever visited. I’ve returned to the Périgord, staying in three houses rented through your neighbors at Simply Périgord. The Dordogne and Vézère Valleys are still my all-time favorite areas.
Thank you for those kind words and I am delighted that you enjoy the Bruno books and that you share my fondness for this part of the Perigord. And I'm impressed that you spotted the flaw in Martine's route, that some back-tracking would be required to cover all the places mentioned.
21/7/2016 01:30:49 pm
I own and have read & reread every one of the Bruno books. Although I live in the U.S. I have visited France many times - my heart lives in the Dordogne region! We usually rent an apartment in Sarlat and then visit every market in the area and cook and eat until our hearts are entirely content. White cepes in the fall...nothing is better. I keep expecting to run into Bruno during every visit. Why did I just read "this is the last Bruno book.."??
17/10/2018 05:00:46 pm
My father and I have enjoyed reading your books. I would like to send you an email. What address can I use.
29/4/2019 01:57:11 pm
Dear Mr. Walker, I just finished, "A Taste for Vengence," and loved it, as I have all of the Bruno books, and, "The Caves of Perigord." I was inspired by your books to visit the Dordogne and so my friend, Mary, my husband, John and I will be visiting the Perigord this September to see all things Bruno, as well as the other delights of the region. I know this is presumptuous, but I was wondering if there was any way I could ask you to autograph one or two of your books for me. I will be carrying them with me to France in the hopes that we might meet in one of the markets, take you to dinner, or just hang out on a terrace for a drink. Well, I'm writing on the off chance. Here's hoping. Thank you for introducing us to Bruno!
29/4/2019 02:16:33 pm
Dear Mr. Walker, I also wanted to add that I was so sorry to hear about Benson. I love reading about his counterpart, Balzac and cried when Gigi was killed. You and your family have my deepest sympathies.
It's a real loss when a dog dies -- they're more family than family at times. We all have so many happy memories of both Benson and his predecessor Bothwell. I can't tell you how much pleasure they both brought to us all over the years. Thank you for the condolences.
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