It looks fabulous! Can'take wait!
Thank goodness, at last another Bruno story. Have read all the previous Bruno novels, now have my brother completely hooked on them, so impatiently waiting for the new title. Thank you Martin Walker, such great stories. Well done!
I'm pleased you're both so keen - I have such fun writing them.
Always happy to hear a new "Bruno" book is on its way.
Great news! Hoping it will also be released as an audiobook, I'm hooked!
It will, in the US and the UK, and (in German) in Germany. I don't know if the release date will be the same, however...
I am anxiously awaiting the release of your next Bruno novel! I enjoy taking a break from the stress of work and life, by losing myself in St Denis. I feel as though I know the townspeople, and that Bruno is a dear friend. Thank you for such wonderful stories.
I'm glad he provides you with some escapism - that's the best bit of books for me. There are infinite worlds for us to enjoy between the covers of a book, and I'm happy to have created one that gives so much pleasure to others.
Thank you, thank you for another Bruno book. We all love them here.
My husband and I are eagerly awaiting the new book-- we have greatly enjoyed all the earlier ones, and love Bruno's approach to life, food and wine, and justice!
"Bruno, Chief Of Police" is highlighted today on eBookDaily.com:
can't wait for it! thanks for another story of Bruno and his Perigord.
By the way, do you know the movie "A good year" from Ridley Scott? Ok, it's "only" provence, not Dordogne, but I'm pretty sure you would like the movie if you don't know it yet.
Yes, I have seen and enjoyed the film. I particularly remember the scene of cricket being played in the corridor of a chateau...
yes. and I found a deep meaning in the scene where he says: "This place doesn't suit my life." And she answers: "No. It's your life that doesn't suit this place."
Mr. Walker, tonight I started reading The Dark Vineyard to combat an episode of insomnia. Two hours I found myself crying. I cried because three life's, albeit fictional, where lost due to love. I cried because the callousness of their deaths runs rampant in reality. I cried because strong friendships, good wine, and truffle omelets exist in this same reality. Thank you!
Reading "Bruno", you have me hooked.
Thank you, Mr. Walker.
Eagerly awaiting the next book.Re-read the previous one as I too write about auto-racing sometimes. But the preview of the new one mentions an old flame, not that darn Isabelle again. Reminds me of a Kenny Rogers song.. We spent a few days in Avignon last August inside the walls, very enjoyable. Did a private wine tour, also much fun.As it turned out, my husband and I were the only ones in the group and our guide, Gilles led us to vineyards great and small. Almost like having our own Bruno.
Thank you for that kind note and I'm glad you enjoy Bruno, France and wine tours. And if the return of the old flame happens to be Isabelle, well, life can sometimes be a bit too much like a Kenny Rogers song for comfort. So we find compensations in a glass of wine, a perfectly-cooked omelette, the flight of geese in autumn, the slow but fulfilling pleasures of the countryside.
Thank you for your Brunos--exactly what I want to read: set in France, full appreciation for French culture, intriguing, intelligent plots and a kind protagonist, fierce in his defence of justice and his people.
I see you will be in Corte Madera in June. Wondering if this will be your only book tour event in N. California? I can't find a list of locations for your Templar tour anywhere.
In the absence of an official list, here are the dates I've been given so far...
Tuesday, June 13: PHOENIX, AZ, 7:00 p.m. Poisoned Pen Bookstore, 4014 N Goldwater Boulevard #101, Scottsdale, AZ 85251. Talk/reading, Q&A and book signing.
Wednesday, June 14: LOS ANGELES, CA, 7:00 p.m. Chevalier’s, 126 N Larchmont Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90004. Talk/reading, Q&A and book signing.
Thursday, June 15: SEATTLE, WA,
12:00 p.m. Seattle Mystery Bookshop, 117 Cherry St., Seattle, WA 98104. Midday event and book signing.
7:00 p.m. Elliott Bay Book Company, 1521 10th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122. Talk/reading, Q&A and book signing.
Friday, June 16: SAN FRANCISCO, CA, 7:00 p.m. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera, CA 94925. Talk/reading, Q&A and book signing.
Sunday, June 18: WASHINGTON, D.C., 1:00 p.m. Politics & Prose, 5015 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington, talk/reading, Q&A, signing.
Monday, June 19: 11:00 a.m. Politics & Prose Workshop
Tuesday, June 20, Book signing, the Mystery Bookshop, Greenwich village, time TBC.
We have read all of the Bruno books and look forward to The Last Templar.eagerly. Please tell me the Bruno cookbook will be published in English soon. Thanks for your great work.
Just for grins, I ordered the Bruno Cookbook. Actually can figure things out, with aid of google, and since we are cruising from Amsterdam to Basel at the end of the next month, I feel that reading some German will not be a bad thing. Have no ear for pronouncing words in either German or French, I concentrate on the ability to read them. I would have to say that if you have some cooking experience you will be able to prepare the recipes and the photos are great.
We're still trying to get it out in English, I'm afraid! When we started the process I had no idea what an uphill battle it would prove to be...
I love the mix of history, culture, and gastronomy which characterises the Bruno books. I read them all, one after the other, and then enjoyed (more or less exactly) your perfect week in the Dordogne (staying at the Auberege Medievale in Audrix, buying wine at Julien de Savignac's cave and eating foie gras with Monbazillac). My wife and I went in May (as suggested) and I am rereading the books with the added fun of spotting the places I, now, know.
I have recommended Bruno to many others, and look forward to the next episode.
I'm so pleased you've been able to enjoy the region as well as the books - the Perigord is a very special part of the world. It sounds as though you had a wonderful time.
I thoroughly enjoyed your latest Bruno adventure and, as always, was sorry when I finished it, so much do I enjoy the company of your characters.
I was stunned to read that three-quarters of the jail population in France is Muslim discussed matter-of-factly by two authoritative and trusted protagonists. It seemed alarming and outrageous, so I checked and, I'm afraid, is does not appear to be the case.
Figures on Muslims in French prisons vary widely.
The problem is that under French law on 'laicite', official statistics on religious affiliation are not kept. Surveys on specific prisons in Marseille and Paris claim over 80% of inmates are Muslim, many of whom converted in prison for various reasons, including self-protection.
which estimates 70%
which estimates 60%-plus.
Farhad Khosrokhavar's controversial new book, “The Prisons of France”, says a more realistic estimate is 40-50%, with 60-70% only in certain big prisons near Paris.
I based my own figure on my interviews with French magistrates, police, prison and security officials.
Loved every minute reading this. I had a bad moment when I thought this could have been the end of Bruno. Lovely touch having Isabelle at the end, thank you. Poor Florence.
When may we expect the next book?
You must be a fast reader! I'm afraid the next one won't be out for another year now.
I started reading as soon as I had notification that my pre-ordered Kindle version had arrived and read for a few hours at night, early in the morning and other excuses! I was 'addicted' to reading the novel to find out what happened. I will re-read it in a few weeks' time.
I have recommended the series to friends.
Unfortunately, I missed you when you were in Germany in April/May.
I have learnt patience but very much forward to volume 11.
I'm already writing it, so hopefully that's good news for you...
I'm a very fast reader, and "inhale" books, so I know how frustrating it can be to wait for the next installment.
I waited a little longer to re-read this wonderful novel. I tried to read more slowly but didn’t succeed as I was inexorably drawn into the characters, plot, history and excellent writing. A second and third reading throws up more details of the history of the Knights Templar and the cave painting. A third reading will reduce the waiting time for the next novel.
Thank you for providing me with such pleasure.
Thank you indeed for those kind words. I'm delighted that you enjoy the Bruno novels as much as I do researching them, writing them, testing out the recipes I describe, visiting the vineyards of the Bergerac and having the great good fortune to live in the Perigord.
Having only very recently discovered your work, I have read every one in a very short period and eagerly await the one after this! The world you’ve created is compelling and I want to thank you for such wonderful characters and stories and so perfectly written.
Thank you for the kind words - I'm glad you've enjoyed them.
I have just finished the tenth of the Bruno novel and enjoyed it a great deal. Thanks for the entertaining and inspiring work. Enjoyed the lecture two years ago at the Germanenhof in Sandebeck where we met the author and had one of the fabulous Bruno menues. Envious of the beautiful part of Europe Bruno calls home...
I adore doing my German book tours, although the menus make it hard to preserve my physique! I've been so impressed by the imagination of your booksellers - there's a real passion for engaging with both the author and the material that you don't see elsewhere.
I hope the menu has inspired you to visit the Perigord yourself one day - it's not so far from Sandebeck...
Thanks for another great Bruno adventure. Loads of information on the Templars and current events, and, as a bonus, some samples of the Bruno Cookbook. Maybe one day.
We can but hope! I didn't know how hard it would be to publish in two languages...
Thank you for a wonderful Sunday, back in the Perigord. I'm archaeologist and realy glad, that I don't have to look for a golden bowl any more... ;-)
I always preferred the idea of a golden bowl to royal blood.
And if it was royal blood all along why did the troubadors never suggest it?
Love the Bruno series. Now one third way through the Templars novel. In it the El Aqsa mosque is referred as the gold dome on the Temple Mount. It is the silver dome mosque. The gold dome is the Dome of the Rock.
You're absolutely right. I don't know how I confused the two, but I did.
I'll make sure it's corrected for the paperback - thanks for the eagle eye!
I was waiting so yearningly for the new Bruno... But Amazon couldn't date it exactely... And so I started a new John Rebus case with "a cold one" in Edinburgh... So Bruno has to wait a little bit. But I'm sure as he inhaled the relaxed way of living in Dordogne he will have all the time in the world to wait for me :-D
And by the way. Next year in October we will go to Perigord. I still can't believe it, because we made really very bad experiences in France many years ago. People have been so unbelievable unkind because we couldn't speak french but only German, so that France was a completely no-go for me all the years. So I really hope that next year this picture will be "reframed" with our today knowledge of German, English and some words in french...
Rebus is wonderful - I was so pleased when Rankin decided that the end was not the end.
France used to be much harder for non-French speakers, and even those who speak the language with the wrong accent could be mistreated. I'm happy to say this has changed dramatically, and while it's obviously easier to navigate if you have some French at your command, the same can (and should!) be said of any country where the language is not your own.
I hope you have a wonderful time, and make a collection of memories that override your past experience.
Will you share the tomato cod recipe on the blog here? Sounds delicious!
I'll have to get the recipe out from the archives, but there's no reason not to!
Martin, when is Bruno going to open his eyes and see Florence--independent woman, who loves children? Maybe when someone else new in town see her.....
I keep asking Bruno that very question, but you know how blind men can be...
Dear Mr. Walker,
I have thoroughly enjoyed all of your Bruno books and am currently reading The Templar’s Last Secret. Just want to let you know that I found a typo at the top of page 195. “solider” should be “soldier”.
Keep the Bruno books coming!
Well spotted! I shall pass it on to my publishers for the reprints.
More with Isabelle!!! Don’t let Bruno forget her. Get rid of the other women. They can’t compare to Isabelle!!
I'm rather fond of her myself!
Please hurry with the next book. Bruno may not be getting older but I am.
I'm writing them at the rate of one per year... The first draft of #13 has just been finished.
How thrilling to read about Ella in your book! (and what a great book). Ella was very popular in France and loved performing there. I wonder if Bruno would have listened to her French concerts, "Ella a Nice" and "Ella at Juan-Les-Pins"....
With warm regards from the Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation in Los Angeles, California
I like to think he does, of an evening in autumn, feeling the night come in.
I just finished reading "The Templar's Last Secret". I really enjoyed it. I like the historical novels that explain the historical basis to the tale. What you have done better than any of the other authors I have read was to create a feeling of comradery among your characters so strong that it drew me into their fellowship. The settings you describe are delightful; the narrative compelling. I am anxious to get another of your books.
Thank you for the kind words! History has long been a passion of mine, and before Bruno I wrote a mass of political and historical non-fiction. One of the things I most enjoy about writing the Bruno novels is using politics and history in the bucolic setting of St Denis -- we can't escape either, even in a corner of paradise.
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!
I shall be in touch with you privately.
You pretty much made my day! Thank you so much. I look forward to it.
Dear Dr. 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.
Dear Dr. Walker, We are close to leaving for our trip to France. We arrive in Bordeaux on September 3rd. We have some planned touring activities and we also have a car and some free days. I know it's an imposition, but I wondered if you were still amenable to signing a book or two for me. After a couple days in Bordeaux, we will spend 2 weeks visiting Brantome, Tremolat, Sarlat (5-6 days), Cahors, and other towns in the area. And Lascaux IV, of course. Then back to Bordeaux, followed by some days in Paris. We are even having dinner at Le Vieux Logis, about which I'm very excited. I just finished reading all the Bruno books for the second time. I'm so looking forward to visiting this wonderful area of France! All the Best, Linda
I shall add bike-france to my list of activities in the guide. Thank you. And there is now a new biking route that follows the footsteps of Laurence of Arabia when he explored the Perigord by bike as a graduate student, some years before WW1.
The new cafe , Vizaya (the Occitan name for the river Vezere) has the same croissant maker as with Cafe Cauet, who offers the traditional croissants that I like and a new one, extra beurre. Bon appetit.