Since his first Bruno novel in 2008, Martin Walker’s character has turned into one of the literary world’s favorite detectives. Walker has written eleven novels and two short stories so far about this small-town police chief living in the Périgord region of France.
This short story The Chocolate War begins innocently enough with Bruno making his rounds on market day, checking in with all the usual vendors selling their wares. A nephew of one of regulars has a shrewd business idea, but his prices are undercutting the local cafe. What starts out as a simple economic feud, turns into a fight of rules and sanctions with Bruno stuck in the middle. It will be his job to calm tensions before things get out of hand.
The Chocolate War would be an excellent introduction to Bruno for newcomers, and veterans of the series will love to take a quick vacation back to St. Denis.
4 out of 5 stars
Comes out on May 15th, 2018.
Thank you to NetGalley, Knopf Doubleday, Vintage Books, and Mr. Martin for an advanced copy of this story.
The Chocolate War (A Vintage Short) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07C6XGN7D/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_Sza2AbTXACXGZ