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Black Diamond (Bruno, Chief of Police #3)

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The third installment in Martin Walker's delightful, internationally acclaimed series featuring Chief of Police Bruno.

Something dangerous is afoot in St. Denis. In the space of a few weeks, the normally sleepy village sees attacks on Vietnamese vendors, arson at a local Asian restaurant, subpar truffles from China smuggled into outgoing shipments at a nearby market—all of...more
ebook, 320 pages
Published August 30th 2011 by Vintage (first published 2010)
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Richard Reviles Censorship Always in All Ways
Rating: 4.5* of five

The Publisher Says: The third installment in Martin Walker's delightful, internationally acclaimed series featuring Chief of Police Bruno.

Something dangerous is afoot in St. Denis. In the space of a few weeks, the normally sleepy village sees attacks on Vietnamese vendors, arson at a local Asian restaurant, subpar truffles from China smuggled into outgoing shipments at a nearby market—all of it threatening the Dordogne’s truffle trade, worth millions of dollars each year, and...more
There is something about this series that I love. I picked up the first book, Bruno, Chief Of Police, because I was firstly attracted to the cover. And then when I read the synopsis, I had to give it a try. I wasn't disappointed, quickly falling in love with Bruno's life, his village and friends. I've since read the second book, The Dark Vineyard, which was even better, further developing Bruno's character and letting us know more about his friends and his village. I finished this third book thi...more
Armin Hennig
Habe den dritten Teil der Bruno-Saga in das Regal „Politisch korrekte Spannung“ eingereiht, da zumindest die Bösewichter ins Anforderungsprofil passen, Spannung findet praktisch nicht statt. Insofern eignet das Buch auch vortrefflich für den Abdruck als Roman in einer Tageszeitung.
Die Fronten sind so klar wie in einem Groschenroman, den eine grün angehauchte ältere Dame geschrieben hat, eine ideale Lektüre für Leute, die sich beim Lesen nicht aufregen sollen, obwohl die vollkommene Abwesenheit v...more
Despite the enchanting setting in the Perigord and the mouth-watering meals, the latest outing for Inspector Bruno takes on a very serious issue: the way cheap Chinese counterfeit items are undermining some of the most cherished products of traditional European artisans. I know from my own travels how amber jewelry in Poland, Murano glass in Venice, and now truffles in France are being displaced by Chinese counterfeits. The "black diamonds" of the title refer not to jewelry, but to truffles, som...more
Rob Kitchin
It took me a while to warm to Black Diamond, and even then my interest waxed and waned as I progressed through the story. What saved the novel from the did not finish pile was the character of Captain Bruno Courreges and the contextual framing with respect to France’s bloody colonial exits from Vietnam and Algeria. Courreges is a complex, multi-layered character who’s likeable and enjoyable company. Where I struggled with the book was the somewhat lifeless prose – though occasionally it sparks i...more
Rapidly becoming one of my favorite series, BLACK DIAMOND is the third novel in the BRUNO, CHIEF OF POLICE series.

Bruno is Chief of Police of the small French village of St. Denis, one of many such that dot the french countryside. Bruno is also a fine chef and hunts truffles on the side to earn a bit of extra money. A big business in France, half a billion a year and growing, that's one of the problems our hero faces here.

Someone is managing to work smuggled inferior Chinese truffles into France...more
First Sentence: There weren’t many times that Bruno Courréges disliked his job, but today was one of them.

Truffles are big business in France. When it is suspected that someone is replacing high-quality truffles with cheaper Chinese truffles, Bruno is asked to do an informal investigation. With a heinous murder and attacks on Vietnamese merchants, things become serious, and dangerous, very quickly.

Any impression of this being light, cozy series is completely dispelled by this book. It is, in fac...more
Arson, truffles, and murder. Oh, my!

This is the third outing for Benoît “Bruno” Courrèges, master chef, wine connoisseur , and chief of police in St. Denis, a small town in the French countryside. When his friend and fellow truffle hunter is murdered, Bruno sets to work to find motive and the killer. He finds that and much more, none of it as savory as the truffles the two friends once hunted.

This was not simply another small village cozy. The author adeptly weaves in politics of every ilk, hist...more
Uwe Taechl
review of the German version:
Bruno Courréges darf sich diesmal um Betrügereien rund um den Verkauf schwarzer Trüffel beschäftigen. Was das alles mit Indochina zu tun hat, wird hier natürlich nicht verraten.

Aus der fruchtbaren Erde des Périgord entspringt der schwarze Trüffel, der dank seines hohen Wertes auch schwarzer Diamant genannt wird. Verlockend diesen mit billigen Asienimporten zu strecken. Genau dies geschieht und Bruno muss die Ermittlungen aufnehmen. Als Brunos Freund, der Trüf...more
What I like about Martin Walker's mysteries is the way he brings in so much relevant historical background connecting the present with the past which allows the reader to understand the mystery in a broader context. I also enjoy the cynicism of the French citizens when confronted with yet another ridiculous regulation from the bureaucrats in Brussels trying to impose their superior knowledge of agriculture on the farmers in the French countryside. Good food, great characters, intricate plots, fu...more
Zeb Kantrowitz

Once again we are subjected to some very complicated meals, many of which contain the top kind of truffle, the Black Diamond. But Bruno has more than just food on his mind when there is an attack on a vendor stall in St. Denis. The vendor is a Vietnamese immigrant who is well liked and respected in this southeastern French area.

But, then one of Bruno’s hunting companions, an old retired military intelligence man is found murdered outside his small mountain cabin. He had been tortured by someone...more
Kathleen Hagen
Black Diamonds: a Mystery of the French Countryside, by Martin Walker, b-plus, Narrated by Robert Ian MacKenzie, Produced by recorded Books, downloaded from

In this third novel involving Chief of Police Bruno Courreges, from a small French village, Bruno has to solve a mystery of how Chinese inferior truffles are being introduced into the trade of the genuine French truffles. As he digs, more and more things appear to be off about a relative newcomer to town who has already decided t...more
Good series of mysteries. You learn much about current So. France and history also--in this case, the truffle industry and Chinese business incursions and immigration.
I have never read the first two books in this series. However I thought this one sounded like a good one. One because it is a mystery and two because it featured food. Which I have gotten into in regards to mixing a mystery story that features food in some way. I had not problems with the story. It was fine. Pretty straight forward like a classic mystery. It is just that none of the characters really had a personality. Thus I was just going through the motions reading the book with no real rhyme...more
Bruno is a wonderful character and I enjoy reading how he can assess the situation and fix it so that everyone but the perpetrators are happy! The black diamond is a rare truffle that demands a huge price in the market so there is a mystery surrounding the truffle market in the next village. There are ongoing disputes between the Vietnamese and the Chinese within the villages and Paris, there are illegal Chinese immigrants being brought into the country as slaves and Bruno has his hands full as...more
Bruno Courrèges is the perfect small town chief of police. He gives rugby and tennis lessons to the children. He protects local farmers from the outrageous interference of outsiders. He even plays Father Christmas. However, he is also called upon to deal with gang warfare, international smuggling and the murder of a friend who was once an intelligence agent. The story is well told, but the real reason for reading the book is its setting in France’s wonderful Dordogne valley with a lot of details...more
I found the description of this book too irresistible to pass up. It's got fabulous food, local politics, and international intrigue -- that's a tough combination to beat! Although it is the third in a series (and I wasn't interested in the two preceding stories), I decided to plunge in and read it anyway. It took me longer than usual to get invested in the story, though. There were a number of characters to remember (which might have been easier to do had I read the preceding stories), so keepi...more
Bruno can do no wrong - popular with women, great with children (teaches them tennis and rugby and is Santa at the Christmas party), great rugby player, is strong, a good shot, and smart, grows his own truffles, is a gourmet. He is chief of police in St. Denis in the Dordogne region of France. In this book, he protects the town when the saw mill (primary employer of the town) is shut down by the Green party headed by Bill Pons, the estranged son of the mill. Among his feats in this book, he save...more
Jul 06, 2012 Alan rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Bruno fans, cozy mystery fiction fans
Black Diamond is the 3rd Bruno Courrèges, Chief of Police novel by Martin Walker. It has all of the familiar atmosphere of the first 2 novels but takes a few darker turns in the plot-line by the end. I am thoroughly enjoying reading the Bruno series and was lucky enough to discover them late so that I can read all 4 (to date) of them this summer of 2012.
What keeps these novels from hitting 5 out of 5 territory for me is that the plot resolutions are always summed up far too quickly in the final...more
Black Diamond
By Martin Walker
4 stars

I’m falling in love with the Dordogne region and with Bruno Courreges through Martin Walker’s Bruno Chief of Police mystery series and the latest which I’ve read Black Diamond adds to the appeal.

The département of Dordogne in the southwest of France is a region with wonderful agriculture, environment, and prehistoric caves. The black diamonds of the book are truffles, diamonds indeed as they bring a great price on the market and in the book Black Diamon...more
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Cathy Cole
First Line: There were not many times that Bruno Courrèges disliked his job.

In this third outing with Bruno Courrèges, chief of police of the village of St. Denis in southwestern France, it's time to vote for mayor, and all the candidates are buzzing and swarming. But politics isn't the only thing that's rearing its ugly head. There are attacks on Vietnamese vendors, arson at a local Asian restaurant, and subpar Chinese truffles showing up in shipments from a local market.

When one of Bruno's clo...more
Es ist Spätherbst in Saint-Denis im französischen Périgord, die Zeit, in der Polizeichef Bruno und seine Jagdgenossen auf die Trüffeljagd gehen. Genauer gesagt: meistens finden die Hunde die Trüffel. Mit der Schließung des Sägewerks im Ort, nachdem der Besitzer gegen Umweltauflagen verstoßen hat (mal wieder sind die EU-Vorschriften Schuld), erhält die dörfliche Idylle einen deutlichen Dämpfer. Kurz vor Jahresende verlieren viele Männer im Dorf ihre Arbeit - ausgerechnet kurz vor der Bürgermeiste...more
3.5 stars, rounded up to four.

Bruno Courrèges, a chief of police for a small town in rural France, shoulders the burden of jack of all trades for the Périgord's residents. In this, the third installment, Bruno finds himself embroiled in truffle fraud, Green party politics, State secrets, and a gang war between Chinese and Vietnamese immigrants. As usual, Bruno's charm lies in the mixture of community interconnections, stallkeeper to restaurant owner to truffle tester.

Walker, a former internati...more
Es ist schon der dritte Fall, den man mit Bruno lösen muss und immer wieder muss man feststellen, dass innerhalb einer kleinen Region doch allerhand Verbrechen geschehen kann. Diesmal muss Bruno den Verlust eines Freundes verkraften und dazu noch einen Trüffelskandal aufklären.

Das Buch startet recht gemächlich und plätschert so langsam vor sich hin. Ab der Hälfte des Buches wird es spannender und verzwickter. Zwischenzeitlich hatte ich fast schon Probleme die Gruppen und Kriege auseinander zu h...more
Bruno is not your normal detective. In fact he is not a detective, he is the Chief Of Police of a small French village. But more important than his title, is who he is, and what he is. And, what he is, nice. Nice as in, teaching soccer and tennis to school kids, after hours. Nice as in, stooping down to a child's level while introducing himself. Nice as in, pushing the baby carriage, while walking with single mothers.

He is good to his friends, he loves his country and being French he also l...more
I thought the second book to be not nearly as good as the first but Walker has got himself together to present something much more like the first. Chief Bruno is learning about truffles and has, in fact, innoculated the soil around his oak trees with spores in the hope of growing some good ones. He is training his dog to sniff them out, too. This is the region of the truffle, the Black Diamond truffle, sold for 5,000 euros a kilo, and a strong part of the local economy. The market in St. Denis i...more
Once again, with Bruno as our lead, we enter the rural French region of Perigord. There are murders to be solved, fraud to be uncovered and the beginnings of a turf war between immigrants. With his usual straight-forwardness, and love of his community, Bruno dives right in to the mess (literally at one point) and gets his hands dirty while solving the crimes. In the background is his love for his community, the foods and wines and countryside.

I picked this book up because I have grown quite fon...more
In some ways Bruno Courreges is too good to be true: he saves children from drowning and from dying in fires, he plays Santa Claus and teaches the local kids tennis and rugby in his spare time. He cooks like a chef, is even tempered, a wonderful undemanding romantic companion and even excels at his job as chief of police in St Denis, a small French town. On the other hand there is something going on right under his nose that he does not even get a whiff of, he is so busy looking for truffles, es...more
I so wanted to like this book! I mean, Périgord, right? And truffles…
And the description of rural French life is very vivid.
But as a mystery, this is simply not good. Every crime in the book is being committed right under the nose of this policeman who enjoys cooking, cultivating truffles and chasing skirt: murders, arson, human trafficking, pædophilia, tax fraud, political corruption, gang warfare, money laundering (only drugs appear to be missing, unless you count the Black Diamond herself). H...more
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Martin Walker is the U.S. bureau chief for The Guardian (London), a regular commentator for CNN, and a columnist for newspapers in the United States, Europe, and Moscow. A published novelist and poet, he lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife, the novelist Julia Watson, and...more
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