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A Taste for Vengeance

(Bruno, Chief of Police #11)

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  1,624 ratings  ·  198 reviews
When a British tourist fails to turn up for a luxurious cooking vacation in Bruno's usually idyllic Dordogne village of St. Denis, the worried hostess is quick to call on Bruno for help. Monica Felder is nowhere to be found, and her husband, a retired British major, is unreachable. And not long after Bruno discovers that Monica was traveling with a mysterious Irishman (her ...more
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published June 12th 2018 by Knopf Publishing Group
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Cindy Burnett
Jun 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

A Taste for Vengeance is an excellent addition to the Bruno, Chief of Police series. In this installment, Bruno has received a promotion and now oversees a wider range of territory while also maintaining his role as Chief of Police in St. Denis. Much like Michael Connelly with Harry Bosch, Walker focuses on Bruno’s life in addition to the crimes he is pursuing, and I have enjoyed following his relationships (romantic and otherwise) and connections in the town and with other law enforcem
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Suzy
This is a favorite series of mine, each entry enjoyable to varying degrees. As with other Bruno books, this one has many story lines, some about the locals and some about international intrigue that spills over into The Dordogne region of France. Bruno has been promoted to Chief of Police of the Vezere Valley, which expands his jurisdiction by quite a bit from the village of St. Denis. This leads to confusion as to who he's accountable to and some strife with the chiefs of police in some of the ...more
LJ
First Sentence: On this cool, damp Sunday afternoon in spring, with clouds and rain showers sweeping in from the Atlantic some sixty miles to the west, Bruno Courrèges had his day off.

With his promotion from being responsible only for St. Denis, to now covering the entire valley and two additional jurisdictions, Bruno is still most involved with the people of his town. One of his star rugby players could be chosen for the French national squad, except that she is pregnant and unwilling to expose
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Kathy
Jul 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reread-candidate
Hmm, only 3 stars for one of my favorite series? I reserve the right to change this rating after reading the book a second time when I am not hungry.
Do not read this book if you have no food. It is rather fully packed with meals, the making of them in detail and the enjoyment of them along with the wines of the Bergerac region, of course.
Also...I was watching the wonderful golf played in Scotland at the Open and found myself comparing ad interruptions to the many meal interruptions to the major
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Andy
Aug 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another delectable serving for Bruno fans. Somehow Martin Walker keeps coming up with reasons for new terrorists to be attacking in the Perigord. This installment has a cooking school and I think the recipes were too much of a good thing. Otherwise, it is as absurdly enjoyable as the rest of the series.
Lis
Jun 22, 2018 rated it liked it
A dramatic plot — with international intrigue, murders and gunfights.

But after 11 novels in the series I’m getting a bit tired of Bruno. Too much about food and recipes — we hear details of nearly every meal. And Bruno seems almost superhuman in all he can fit into the day — not just his police duties (now expanded, with a promotion) but running, exercising his horse, looking after his garden, shopping in the market for the ingredients for meals he’s forever cooking for friends or bringing alon
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Julie  Durnell
Jul 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
Another well-written installment of Bruno, our favorite French policeman/gastronimique extraordinaire! His compatriots in the village of St. Denis in the Dordogne flesh out this crime solving series. You can almost smell the delicious meals he cooks from home-grown or local food sources and taste the perfect wine pairings! He is well respected and an integral part of the community as he keeps law and order. A delightful insight to the Dordogne culture and history.
Cora
Jul 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
It was so good to be back in the land of Bruno, but I felt this one was a bit slimmer than some of the others, plot-wise. I also get very annoyed with Isabelle - I don't see the attraction: she is hot-and-cold, often jealous, and in this one, just kind of a place-holder. I wonder if we're eventually headed for happy domesticity with Florence, who is a "womanly woman" with two children and strong female friendships, but seems equally comfortable in male company discussing work and sports (to use ...more
Kristen
Jul 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
In Martin Walker's A Taste for Vengeance, the 11th installment in the Bruno, Chief of Police mystery series, this novel would give you the right ingredients for a dark and twisted mystery plot and a dollop of intrigue too. Bruno is the Chief of Police of St. Denis, a small village town in the South of France. He's also a rugby coach and a cooking instructor on the side. It all started for Bruno, when he received a call from his colleague that one of her cooking students never showed up for class ...more
Sharon
Jun 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Taste for Vengeance (Bruno, Chief of Police #11) by Martin Walker

Oh what a trud pleasure this series is, book after book! This time we see Bruno having had a promotion but still his wonderful neighbors, friends, colleagues and Balzac are featured throughout as everyone tries to solve a double murder. The trail leads to various theories and twists that bring cooperation between the French, British, American and Irish services. Meanwhile, Bruno is attending to his garden, riding his horse, cooki
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Chris Conley
Jul 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Another masterful turn in this series. Bruno has a new title, new responsibilities but still has his great common sense, kindness and quick mind. This crime has lots of those famous Bruno ripples.
Susan Springer
Jul 16, 2018 rated it liked it
It's hard not to like a Bruno novel, but this wasn't one of my favorites. Walker's efforts to connect
the murders of Mr. McBride (Rentoul) and Mrs. Felder with a decades-old vendetta from the IRA was
somewhat convoluted and unnecessarily complicated. M. Walker, we really aren't as interested in
the murders as we are French village life, Périgord food specialties, wine selections, good dinners,
and Bruno's love-life. Make it easy for yourself.
gaudeo
Jun 27, 2018 rated it liked it
This installment in the series involves the IRA, which is interesting. As usual, however, it's the descriptions of food and wine, along with the appearance of familiar characters, that really carry the book. This is the latest book in the series, so I'll have to read something else for a while!
Steve
Jun 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A Taste for Vengeance is another well executed installment in the Bruno series. Though not a novel for the Jack Reacher fan, Walker is a terrifically descriptive writer. His imagery of the land and its people are stark reminders that we do not need a shootout or chase to enjoy a wonderful adventure with a quirky yet interesting policeman. I enjoyed revisiting players from past books as well as meeting new and diverse characters. Bruno and his squad, some newly enrolled, do a good job of sussing ...more
Kathleen Tugwell
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Very good read. An enjoyable next 'chapter' in Bruno's life. As usual, hated to reach the end! Bravo Martin Walker! Encore!
Colette Connors
Oct 11, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
Just visited The Dordogne ,went to “St. Denis” now when I read the books I know the area!
Anne Slater
Aug 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If I could meet and spend time with any living writer, it would be Martin Walker. I saw the Perigord, the caves, etc, 40+ years ago with a husband and 3 kids in tow. No adult eating or sight-seeing then, alas, although my degree in anthropology was much closer in my mind than it is today. His Bruno books (please read them in order) are utterly engrossing, and only get better as he moves forward.

In THIS novel:
the characters are engaging and their interplay requires no suspension of disbelief;
the
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Leslie
Aug 20, 2018 rated it liked it
Hmm. Didn't care for the plot at all. Not compelling, convoluted, seemed to be an awful lot of characters (the various police agencies, the town, the bad guys) and a lot of story lines that didn't really intersect. Really didn't care what happened. The lead character, Bruno, seemed to make a lot of assumptions and then talk about them to others as fact (e.g. who's the father of Paulette's pregnancy) -- totally unprofessional. All that said, loved the descriptions of the Perigord area of France a ...more
Dede
Aug 23, 2018 rated it liked it
I’ve always loved the Bruno series but this one left me with just an okay feeling. I felt myself rushing to the end not because I cared about the victims but because I just wanted to finish it. I hoped Bruno would finally tell Isabelle to take a hike and be with Florence.
The Paulette storyline felt unresolved to me because she never had it out with her mother.
Same familiar characters but not much interaction between them and Bruno this time.
For me the mystery is just part of the book. I like i
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Natasha
Jun 19, 2018 rated it it was ok
Bruno is still his charming self,and his cooking seems to get better with each book. Bruno has a promotion,which means for him new responsibilities and coworkers. The mystery was okay. For me this was not a Bruno book l enjoyed,something felt off to me.
Alan
Bruno consistently satisfies.

The irony of title of the Bruno, Chief of Police series up until now is that Benoît (Bruno) Courrèges was the ONLY policeman in the fictional town of St. Denis in the Périgord region of France. In this latest book, Bruno is promoted to be the supervisor of two other policemen/women in adjacent communities which provides expanded characters and plot points here and likely further adventures down the road.

The food and wine element has always been one of my favourite fe
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Patricia
Feb 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
We love Martin Walker's books on the fictional village of St. Denis in the Dordogne and his Bruno, Chief of Police series so much that we have planned a driving trip there this year, and we are busy reading - and rereading all his books and copying out important sights we want to see, places we want to eat, drives we want to take - we feel a little bit like we are already there.

I love that the village maintains it's tradition of community, with open markets, friendships, ancient enmities, festiv
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Cathy Cole
Sep 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
At the beginning of this eleventh Bruno Chief of Police mystery, readers learn that Bruno has been given added responsibilities, and some of the more interesting parts of the book have him dealing with these as well as members of the police force that we've never met before. I liked seeing him out of his comfort zone. Not everything ran smoothly, and he often had to think quickly to avoid disaster.

The past few books in the series have had Bruno involved in cases in which the French government w
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Sienna
Aug 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bests, read-2018
How can I rate Bruno honestly? Is it really a five star book? Don't ask me, I can't tell any more. I look forward to the next one from the moment I finish the current one. I have not been disappointed yet. If I could invite myself to anybody's house for dinner, Martin Walker's might be it. He is definitely one of my favorite living authors.
There is time almost every day in Bruno's richly described world for a horse ride, some rugby or tennis, & a three hour meal (made from ingredients purch
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Ken Fredette
Jun 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
I thought that there was a lot of action in this book. Bruno comes out of this in a higher paying job and runs into another policeman that comes under his command making mistakes and solving his problems at the same time. There are side stories in with the main story which makes it well worth the reading of this book. Everything seems to revolve around Bruno's life, especially with the women in his life making it hard for Bruno to work things out. One quick perk is that Balzac, Bruno's dog, turn ...more
Sunhawk
Sep 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
We love Bruno. We wonder how Martin Walker has time to eat all that good food, visit all those great wineries, interview all those police operatives, stay on top of international news, ride his horse ...and write Bruno books. But we (daughter Sienna and I) can hardly wait for #12!
I do recommend starting at the beginning, with #1. There is character development and a lovely if imaginary fabric of relationships as well as a sweet picture of La France Profonde -- I know, because Bruno inspired me t
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Liz Fedor
Jul 17, 2018 rated it it was ok
Maybe if I had started with the first book and not the eleventh, I would have enjoyed it more. It was a bit long and all the cooking and wine references were distracting.
Marilyn
Jul 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
I recently heard Walker talk about the Perigord area of France and read a section from this book in the Queen Anne area of Seattle, WA. His information about the place he lives was fascinating. The part he read was from the dinner he held for his colleagues in crime with the emphasis on the menu, of course. I enjoy these books. This one delved a bit more in international crime and the workings of the different law enforcement agencies, but I thought it was beautifully wrapped up in the end.

I li
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Foster Winter
Jul 17, 2018 rated it liked it
I'm a big fan of the Bruno series, and I realize it must be difficult to keep the level of interest up for each story. So, I will continue to be a fan and look forward to the next "exciting episode" as they used to say on the radio.

To me (and of course, that's who I'm reviewing on behalf of), the story started out to be intriguing. However, I thought the normal enhancements of the side plots of the locals, the cooking, etc., overtook the main story.

Still, if you've not read any of the series, o
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Jane
Oct 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Martin Walker becomes a better writer with each book in the Bruno series. I enjoy getting to follow St. Denis characters over time, through the whole series. These books are special.
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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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