A missing woman, a shocking pregnancy, a dash of international intrigue, and a bottle or two of good Bergerac: it's another case for Bruno, Chief of Police.
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 lover?), the two turn up dead. The Irishman's background in intelligence and his connection to Monica's husband only raise more questions for Bruno. Was she running away? How much does her husband really know? What's the real story behind a scandal buried in the threesome's military past? Meanwhile, the star of the girls' rugby team, a favorite of Bruno's, is pregnant, putting at risk her chances of being named to the French national squad. Bruno's search for the truth in both cases leads him to places he hadn't intended to go--but, as ever, he and his friends take time to savor the natural delights of the Dordogne. Santé!
About the Author
MARTIN WALKER is a senior fellow of the Global Business Policy Council, a private think tank based in Washington, D.C. He is also editor in chief emeritus and international affairs columnist at United Press International. His previous novels in the Bruno series are Bruno, Chief of Police; The Dark Vineyard; Black Diamond; The Crowded Grave; The Devil's Cave; The Resistance Man; The Children Return; The Patriarch; Fatal Pursuit; and The Templars' Last Secret, all international best sellers. He lives in Washington, D.C., and the Dordogne.
“With Bruno in charge, there’s always time for one of those classic feasts that makes this series such a mouthwatering treat.” —Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review
"In the deliciously food-and-wine-soaked world of his Bruno, Chief of Police mystery novels, Walker revels in the exemplary country cuisine of his adopted home . . . [and] a cast of characters guaranteed to charm." —Harvey Steiman, Wine Spectator
“To-die-for atmospheric mysteries . . . Fans of the late Robert B. Parker’s Spenser series (where love of cooking infused each mystery) will find a new home with the Gourmand Bruno.” —Booklist (starred review)
"Romans policiers—detective novels—of a very high order: deftly plotted, gracefully written, with compelling characters and surprising twists at the end . . . They provide a vivid portrait of the French countryside, the beating heart of the French nation, in the new world of the 21st century." —Michael Mandelbaum, The American Interest
“A Taste for Vengeance is another delightful and entertaining entry in the Bruno, Chief of Police Series . . . the reader will have the vicarious delight of seeing a crime solved and becoming a gourmand in the process.” —Tony V. Sweeney, New York Journal of Books
“A Taste for Vengeance is full of action and suspense . . . Rich description of rural France and French cuisine is an added plus. It is highly recommended for those why love to read crime novels.” —The Washington Book Review
“Reoccurring series characters add depth to the story and draw readers into the small, countryside community of St. Denis. Vivid descriptions of the Périgord region and French cooking are an added treat for Francophiles. Recommended for fans of the series as well as readers of Donna Leon. Louise Penny, and anyone who enjoys cozy mysteries set in foreign locales.” —Library Journal
“Entertaining.” —Publishers Weekly
“Walker's latest is replete with incident, but like the frequent dinners his hero prepares for friends, paying guests, and the occasional visiting FBI agent, its abundance seems just one more testimony to the richness of the region.” —Kirkus