WHAT: THE BODY IN THE CASTLE WELL,
a Bruno, Chief of Police novel
WHEN: Published by Knopf June 6, 2019
WHERE: The story is set in the South of France.
WHY: “Another winner in an always-strong series.
“Bruno Courrèges, municipal policeman for the village of St. Denis and chief of police for the Vézère Valley in France’s Dordogne, has an enviable life, one that often starts with a morning horseback ride, continues with croissants at his favorite café, lunch with friends at a picturesque bistro, dinner consisting of locally sourced food from his own farm, and visits from women who are former lovers and still occasional bed partners. The mysteries that come his way don’t upset his routine; in fact, Bruno’s cozy web of friends and wide interests help solve them, often from something said at the weekly dinners he and his friends take turns hosting.
“In this, the twelfth entry in the Bruno, Chief of Police, series, Bruno learns from a friend that a young American woman, an art-history student visiting from Yale, has been discovered dead at the bottom of a well, just outside a castle where she’d attended a lecture. The girl’s heavy use of opioids complicates the investigation: Was this murder or an accidental fall caused by an overdose? Adding to the interest is the fact that Bruno had known this woman for months. Walker always delivers a live-wire plot, well-realized characters.” –Connie Fletcher, in a starred review from BOOKLIST
“It’s a pleasure to be in Bruno’s company…whether he’s preparing a gourmet dinner, enjoying a glass of wine, or solving a murder.” —PUBLISHERS WEEKLY