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Children of War (Bruno, Chief of Police #7)

4.12  ·  Rating Details ·  1,264 Ratings  ·  169 Reviews
Bruno, chef de police in the French town of St Denis, is already busy with a case when the body of an undercover French Muslim cop is found in the woods, a man who called Bruno for help only hours before.

But Bruno’s sometime boss and rival, the Brigadier, doesn’t see this investigation as a priority – there are bigger issues at stake.

Bruno has other ideas.

Meanwhile, a Musl
Hardcover, 358 pages
Published June 5th 2014 by Quercus Books (first published May 5th 2014)
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David Holden Many publishers will retitle books for different markets. The Children of War is the UK title. The Children Return is the US title. Why? Sometimes…moreMany publishers will retitle books for different markets. The Children of War is the UK title. The Children Return is the US title. Why? Sometimes it's because the publisher thinks a different title (and cover) will do better in their market (rightly or wrongly; see original title of the first Harry Potter novel versus its American title).(less)
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Tim The Enchanter
My Number 6 Best Read of 2015 and Gavel Award for Best New (to me) Author

Posted to The Literary Lawyer

Bruno at his Best - 5 Stars

At the time of writing this review, Children of War is the most recent book in the series. If you note the short time between my review of this book and the first in the series, it will reveal that this has become on of my favorite crime series. Martin Walker has the ability to write characters that are multi-dimensional, likeable, charming and realistic. His mos
I realized recently that it had been a year since I read a Bruno mystery! I started this one last fall in audio, didn't click with the narrator and as I was a little burned out on Bruno I didn't pursue it in print. The time lapse did me good - I enjoyed this one even more than the previous couple of books and am glad I'm reconnected with my old friend and the citizens of St. Denis! On to The Patriarch.
Victoria Miller
Jul 11, 2014 Victoria Miller rated it it was amazing
Wow! Hold onto your hat, it's going to be a fast and bumpy ride! What a smorgasbord Martin Walker sets with his wonderful Bruno mysteries! We met Bruno in the first book of the series and learned he is Chief of Police "...of the small French town of St. Denis..." He is a man with a past, a very dark and complex past, and his past continues to unfold through the mysteries in dark and complex ways, but in a beautiful setting with wonderful and interesting friends and people in his life -- and for ...more
Aug 27, 2015 Sarah rated it really liked it
This is the latest novel in the "Bruno, Chief of Police" series, and can no longer be called a cosy mystery. It is more an action-packed thriller, which still takes place in beautiful countryside of the Dordogne and with the same lovable characters as the previous ones. As with the others, it is well written except, perhaps, for the dialogues, which sometimes seem to me a bit stilted.

This time the story is very much in tune with current affairs in France, as young and vulnerable Muslims are rec
Cathy Cole
May 25, 2015 Cathy Cole rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of the most charming things about the Bruno Chief of Police series has been that the small village of St. Denis seems lost in some sort of time warp, with more ties to the past than the present. In the tightly plotted seventh book in the series, the past and present collide to put a wary face on the future.

Published in the UK as The Children of War, this book is all about the effects of war upon our most vulnerable. Walker once again highlights southwestern France's part in World War II by
Sep 15, 2015 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There seems to be some confusion over this one. I know I read it, but it has two different titles for the same book: "The Children Return" and "Children of War", same story, same #7. I wish they wouldn't do that!

This is the latest novel in the "Bruno, Chief of Police" series, and can no longer be called a cosy mystery. It is more an action-packed thriller, which still takes place in beautiful countryside of the Dordogne and with the same lovable characters as the previous ones. As with the othe
I've only read a few books in this series, however this one is very different from the others. Bruno is not just solving a problem in his town of St. Denis, he is involved in something very different. The tortured body of an undercover police officer, Rafiq, is found nearby. At the same time, Bruno learns that Sami, an autistic savant, who was supposed to being educated in a Toulouse mosque that is known for its autism education, was, in fact, spirited off to Afghanistan. Sami has returned after ...more
Apr 29, 2015 Cathy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book took me on a journey. I love it when books can take me to another place. This book is a perfect mix of international thriller, mystery, and yes, chick lit. It was so well written that I felt truly a part of the village. I could anticipate how the characters would react, almost taste the dishes Bruno made, and wanted to hang out at the pool party, and wine celebration with them. I look forward to his next adventure.
May 10, 2015 Anne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The ongoing story of Bruno, well done!

This story was an excellent addition to the Bruno series, well written through the ending, leaving us with ideas of things to come. While the endings for the last few books were rushed, this story was paced well and the ending nicely drafted.
Nov 12, 2016 Elizabeth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another excellent book by Martin Walker. Oh for the wine country in France.
I'll start this "review" by saying this is easily one of my favorite series. I first heard Walker talk about his Bruno books on NPR and knew I had to read the first book ... this is seven books later and I can only wish that Walker would write faster. Benoit Courreges (Bruno) is the chief of police of the small French town of St. Denis. THE CHILDREN RETURN has multiple story lines. All tied together beautifully. Bruno has seen a lot of death ... in the army and as a police officer. But he is ...more
May 25, 2015 Linda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was very pleased to win this book in a Goodreads give away. I am a big fan of this series and this is one of the best. It is not the usual murder mystery although the book started with a brutal murder. The book is about "children of war returning to St. Denis". The first is Sami, a young Muslim boy with autism, who a group of jihadists took to the middle east for his special skills. He escapes and returns to his family. Bruno is enlisted to help hide Sami and protect his family from the ...more
May 18, 2015 Correen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Bruno, dear man, gets himself into ever bigger and complicated cases always involving the elite of France and sometimes of other countries. This story has two merging story lines that provide the plot of the story but there are also several supporting story-lines that sometimes make it rather complicated. We have the Sami, a young autistic Muslim man, who is base of the primary line and Maya, and elderly Jewish woman currently from Israel, who provides the other major story-line. One really need
Aug 28, 2016 Mary rated it really liked it
Shelves: myteries
Several stories get woven together in this novel and it mostly works. I wonder if it would have been written differently today--after the terrorist attacks in Paris and Marseille.

There's the autistic Sami who needs to be debriefed and acclimated back into his community after his return from Afghanistan. There's the romance between Fabiola and Gilles that has met obstacles. There's Bruno's usual complicated love life. And then the terrorist theme. This is not a cozy mystery even if food and drin
Is this book available on Kobo or Kindle in Canada?

unfortunately I have answered my own question. This book was renamed The Children Return for the Kobo edition. I had purchased the book - Children of War - and just finished it (enjoyed it like the others), and had also purchased the Kobo
Children Return, which I was looking forward to starting until I discovered it was the same book. Why are they numbered as 7 and 8 in the Bruno series?
Mar 26, 2016 Caroline rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another enjoyable Bruno Series book. I discovered Bruno Chief of Police a few years ago and continue to enjoy his books. They are mysteries occurring in the fictional town of St Denis located in the Dordogne area of France. There are usually 2 or 3 problems happening at the same time and interwoven through out the book. What I really enjoy about them is what you learn about France and their laws, customs and food. A quick read to have on a sun/ski holiday
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I've skipped a few books in this series but that did not interfere with the enjoyment and understanding of the plot line of this, the 7th Bruno novel. Quiet St. Denis is suddenly the focal point of an international terrorist investigation and if that is not enough, young autistic Sami seems to be involved. Bruno must help sort out the innocent from the guilty and protect Sami from retaliation by terrorists.
Nov 02, 2016 Sienna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2016, bests
I always miss Bruno after I finish one of Walker's wonderful books. Walker takes on so much in each story, doesn't solve everything but doesn't leave it hanging either. So vivid with the food & the gatherings... Now that I've read this one, I'm going to miss Bruno & St Denis until another one is published -- keep writing, Martin Walker!
Hazel Edwards
Nov 09, 2016 Hazel Edwards rated it really liked it
Will continue to read this series. Really enjoyed the characterisation of Bruno, the police chief, especially the food and friendship descriptions. Unusual combination of fast action and violence and interludes of French village friendships and kindnesses with the minor characters which are the real joy. A few contrived plot issues, but recommended.
Nov 03, 2016 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I like the way Walker bites into big issues, gives competent explanations of relevant history, and never lets us down in keeping the story lines going. This, for me, has been the most moving story so far. There are a couple of story line glitches; in spite of that, my admiration for Bruno and Martin Walker keeps growing.
Nov 07, 2016 Lois rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another highly entertaining Bruno adventure in south-west France. In this novel, the familiar characters and setting are wrapped around a plausible plot involving jihadists and the outcome of wartime experiences of Jewish children.
Oct 16, 2016 Lena rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: krimi
hab den roten faden nicht gefunden, leider fand ich das Buch zu keiner Zeit spannend
Russ Parsons
Oct 06, 2016 Russ Parsons rated it really liked it
Like all the Bruno books, a great blend of sweetness and crime.
Trish Fowlie
Sep 17, 2016 Trish Fowlie rated it really liked it
I liked this better than the previous book, and found the plot(s) well woven and the pace and suspense gripping.

Again, the horrors of living in a country with permissive gun control are made clear, and France does need to have EU human rights laws enforced more vigorously- if even 40% of this story is possible.

Bruno, as usual, fancies an unsuitable woman, this time a sinister, ruthless FBI agent who could assassinate the best protected head of state with ease and without regret, although she tu
Cathy Austin
Feb 25, 2016 Cathy Austin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My first time reading this author. In fact, found him on the 'best reads' shelf in my local TPL branch where I frequently browse scouting out authors new to me. How Bruno, the chief of police in the Dordogne has escaped me until now is a mystery! Excellent book. Many story lines all interwoven and vital to the other's survival. The story begins with a young boy of the village of St. Denis who has been gone for years only to be returned from Afghanistan where, it seems, he has been setting bombs ...more
Michael Reiter
Sep 19, 2016 Michael Reiter rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Einer der besten Brunos - spannend vom Anfang bis zum Schluss, ohne den Reiz des französischen Landlebens dabei außer Acht zu lassen.
Jun 03, 2015 Kathy rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoy this series. Much more interesting and the action has increases in each new book. Side benefit is to learn about this rural part of France. It sounds very much like a place I would like to visit.

Bruno, Chief of Police of a small town in the Dordogne, St. Denis, is faced with the regular daily issues, but then some are routine cropping on a daily basis, but others are much more complex and dangerous.

The lives in this area part-time allowing a keen understanding of the people
Dec 17, 2015 Jonathan rated it it was amazing
While most of the other books in the Bruno series, of which this is #7, are mysteries, as several other reviewers have noted, this one is a bit different -- more of an action thriller. It is quite well written, and the premise which brings into the same novel children swept up in the Holocaust as well as children swept up as victims and participants in our present day fight against radical Islamic terrorists, is quite nicely done.
Walker is adept at creating individual crafted characters that ar
I'm still deeply ambivalent about Walker's Périgourdain mystery series, which itself is equally balanced* (the mysteries) between regional cuisine and gourmandise and wine, and international politics and intelligence agencies and the French State. This time, there's an autistic (or PTSD victim) teen who unintentionally becomes a "jihadi" -- not a radicalized one, just a happenstantial and literal fellow traveler to Afghanistan from Toulouse and because of his magical skills with hands-on ...more
Sep 14, 2016 Janet rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Listening to Bruno stories makes me want to cook :)
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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 their two daughters.

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Bruno, Chief of Police (9 books)
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  • The Dark Vineyard (Bruno, Chief of Police #2)
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