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READ PDF Õ The Templars' Last Secret ì Bruno, the beloved chief of police of the idyllic French town of St Denis in the Dordogne, is back This time a mysterious death brings ancient secrets to light, and it s up to our hero and favorite gourmand to connect the tangled threads of past and presentWhen a woman s body is found at the foot of a cliff near St Denis, Bruno suspects a connection to the great ruined Ch teau de Commarque, a long ago Knights Templar stronghold that stands on the cliff above, and which, along with the labyrinth of prehistoric caves beneath it, continues to draw the interest of scholars With the help of Am lie, a young Haitian newcomer to the Dordogne, Bruno learns that the dead woman was an archaeologist searching for a religious artifact of incredible importance, the discovery of which could have dramatic repercussions throughout the Middle East not to mention in St Denis And the woman s ties to Islamic terrorists can only heighten the pressure on Bruno to unravel the centuries old mystery Meanwhile, an old flame of Bruno s is assigned to work with him on the case, and the two find time, naturellement, to enjoy the supreme pleasures of the wine, food, and beauty of the Dordogne Thank you, Martin Walker, for the tenth episode in saga Bruno, my favorite Chief of Police of the Perigord I look forward to reading this book again in the future because it is that good I just erased a sentence that drooled, so I will try to express my admiration calmly This book shares archaeological discoveries, world political criminal problems, policing policies in France in cooperation with intelligence agencies of other countries, the very real problem of Muslim youth being radicalized Thank you, Martin Walker, for the tenth episode in saga Bruno, my favorite Chief of Police of the Perigord I look forward to reading this book again in the future because it is that good I just erased a sentence that drooled, so I will try to express my admiration calmly This book shares archaeological discoveries, world political criminal problems, policing policies in France in cooperation with intelligence agencies of other countries, the very real problem of Muslim youth being radicalized in prisons and many other prickly problems This book also shares love of country living, gardening, cooking, wine, welcoming new people to the commune of St Denis and the benefits of treating people with respect.Caves again play important role as two local archaeologists plan their wedding where Bruno will be best man A young woman is killed by the castle above the important caves of the region, and the investigation points to a serious terrorist plot Just when they think it is safe to visit one of the caves and all the visitors are in awe observing the drawings made 17,000 years ago gunshots are heard Bruno felt a moment of outrage St Denis was his town, its safety his responsibility, but suddenly people were being armed as if this were the Wild West He hated it on those rare moments when he had to wear his own weapon, but now Yacov, Crimson and no doubt the brigadier and Isabelle were all carrying sidearms While all these distractions from a wedding are going on, I ought to mention that a new lower cave is discovered and eventually they manage to open it with television broadcasting what has been guarded there behind a giant boulder All symbols Templar, of course, and the coffin is opened You will have to read the book to find out what is uncovered.Martin Walker does a good job drawing tourists to his beloved region of France, and I do hope to make it there in 2018 He recommends visiting this website to learnabout the Commarque Castle, the site that figures in this telling, This is the first in the Bruno series that I have read, and it worked fine as a standalone It is set in the Commune of St Denis in the Dordogne Commune is particularly apt for the strong, small community epitomises the strong ties between its inhabitants, and the way that Bruno helps to foster them and benefits from them substantially in his investigations Bruno grows herbs and vegetables and there are detailed descriptions of the dishes that he cooks, he understands the power of food and mea This is the first in the Bruno series that I have read, and it worked fine as a standalone It is set in the Commune of St Denis in the Dordogne Commune is particularly apt for the strong, small community epitomises the strong ties between its inhabitants, and the way that Bruno helps to foster them and benefits from them substantially in his investigations Bruno grows herbs and vegetables and there are detailed descriptions of the dishes that he cooks, he understands the power of food and meals in bringing people together and the close knowledge of people that follows on from it With his basset hound, Balzac, he is warmly welcomed by people and a person they feel comfortable bringing up issues of concern and then reciprocating with valuable information for him This makes him a considerable asset to the various layers of policing in the French system It begins with the mayor foisting a Paris political observer, Amelie, to shadow him as he carries out his duties As it turns out, the strong and vibrant Amelie becomes a hit with the locals, and provides major support to his cases with her initiative and tech savvy IT skills in social media and the internet, plus she has important national political connections in Paris.A dead woman is found posed in the Commarque in puzzling circumstances next to some unfinished graffiti The Count tells of possible Templar connections and rumours of a hidden treasure The area is rich in prehistorical remains with genetic DNA studies that question thinking on human evolution, the Lascaux cave, and the Venus figurines, all of which draw in tourists to the area Bruno is best man for the upcoming nuptials of Horst and Clothilde, both passionate and obsessive archaeologists aiming to make new discoveries The use of new methods is aiding their studies with new discoveries in the Commarque This prehistory connects with the murder investigation St Denis and Bruno find themselves in the midst of a bigger investigation that takes in contemporary events in France and the world This involves the military and the intelligence services as danger comes to threaten the rural idyll.This is an entertaining read that incorporates current events in France and other countries Walker has juxtaposed a small rural setting that experiences the political realities of violence This jars considerably with the slow pace of a community police officer s beat but Bruno handles the incendiary circumstances with aplomb, benefiting from the strengths of his style of policing and the presence of the charismatic Amelie I like the way Walker explains the complex structure of law enforcement in France and gives us an indepth look at the history of the Perigord region Many thanks to Quercus for an ARC From the blurb Bruno, the beloved chief of police of the idyllic French town of St Denis in the Dordogne, is back This time a mysterious death brings ancient secrets to light, and it s up to our hero and favorite gourmand to connect the tangled threads of past and present Bruno Courr ges is on his way to work, and later in the week, Clothilde and Horst s marriage celebration in the famous National Museum of Prehistory in Les Eyies, when a telephone call makes him change his route and hea From the blurb Bruno, the beloved chief of police of the idyllic French town of St Denis in the Dordogne, is back This time a mysterious death brings ancient secrets to light, and it s up to our hero and favorite gourmand to connect the tangled threads of past and present Bruno Courr ges is on his way to work, and later in the week, Clothilde and Horst s marriage celebration in the famous National Museum of Prehistory in Les Eyies, when a telephone call makes him change his route and head out for the old ruined chateau de Commarque, off the road to Sarlat It never matters where duty calls, he never misses his daily tradition of passing the statue in memory of a young woman She represented so much of what Bruno loved about this valley, the sense of history being so close that across two hundred centuries there had lived a girl here he might have loved So he blew her a kiss as he drove past, heading towards another of his favorite sites, the medieval fortress of Commarque A woman was found dead on the rocks below the giant wall of the chateau Luckily for Bruno, his geese and chickens were already fed, the vegetable garden watered, his basset hound Balzac taken for a run through the nearby forests, checked the seedlings in his new greenhouse built from a kit, but sadly had to skip exercising Hector, his horse His cockerel, Blanco, already greeted the day with him How beautiful and serene life could be, sometimes Yes, sometimes.What was jerking his chain this morning, was a report in the newspaper in which allegations was thrown at his long standing friend, Chief Detective Jean Jacques Laipeau for being insensitive and dilatory , denying justice to victims who accused local notables of abuse when they were orphans at a home The allegations depended on memories that had been recovered during hypnosis by psychologist Duteiller The investigation was still ongoing The new developments at the chateau, will soon bring new evidence to light which will change many lives in this small town.Bruno knew how much time, resources and effort have already been used in finding evidence for months now, and nothing pitched up that could be used in the case However, his biggest problem waited for him at the chateau, where the deceased woman tried to leave a message with spray paint against the wall Soon the investigation will bring two ex girlfriends, or lovers, back into the fold with Isabelle heading the investigations into the Knights Templar, Free Masons, Isis and Jewish activities around the scene of the crime, and Pamela, who s hair is seriously ruffled by Isabelle s appearance on the scene The confusion is almost too much to bear for poor Bruno, the lover of women and St Denis Now add the legends of the Holy Grail, and the Ark of the Covenant, and the long lost Testament of Iftikhar into this mix that he has to address, and life is suddenly a totally different ball game for our rugby loving Bruno As the count pitched inA lot of the Freemason groups of the eighteenth century claimed descent from the Templars Freemasons were for reform, a constitution, cutting down the power of the Church, all those Enlightenment causes That s why several of the leaders of the American Revolution were Freemasons Did you ever see an American dollar bill It carries the eye in the pyramid, one of the symbols of the Illuminati, a Freemason sect Curious, noBig surprises await the archaeologists, police, politicians and everyone else who get involved in solving this woman s murder The next few days will be turned into a fast paced adventure with the national security of France and all the tourists to the region at stake It will be a miracle in the end, if the much awaited wedding can take place, but with Bruno in the mix, with his army training and police experience, it promises to become a wedding to remember.The story is as solid and packed with action, entertainment and information as all the previous books The author addresses everyone s fantasy of France with it excellent wines, beautiful women and famous cuisine He touches our need for a little bit of escapism, perfectly Although the tourist information regarding the valley, the numerous archaeological sites and the old history of the region added volume to the text, it often feels like information dumping, too wordy, distracting from the murder mystery plot However, Martin Walker s books are muchthan just bestseller murder mysteries, written by a Scot living in France The author describes his books as a little bit of travel guide, cook book, character, lifestyle, a love letter to France, and history lectures, all combined in a murder mystery The latter turns the tales into an educational thrill.As a highly experienced and extinguished journalist, qualified in economics at Harvard and Oxford, with many years of political reporting behind him, his books are treasure troves for the curious mind His books already made the Perigord region a much sought after destination for European, Japanese, and American visitors, expanding the tourism industry substantially since the first book in the series was published in 2007 2008 More than a million copies of his books have already sold in Germany alone, with translations in several different languages.Bruno Courr ges is not a character, he is an experience And I love every moment WARNING Each book comes with 2 kilos of added weight The recipes are divine First Sentence Bruno Courr ges, chief of police of the small French town of St Denis, awoke a few seconds before six, just as the dawn was breaking A centuries old religious artifact, thought to be hidden within the caves under the former Knights Templar stronghold Ch teau de Commarque, brings murder and terrorism to the normally peaceful village of St Denis A map There is a special place reserved or authors and publishers who provide a map Not only does a map provide clarification of th First Sentence Bruno Courr ges, chief of police of the small French town of St Denis, awoke a few seconds before six, just as the dawn was breaking A centuries old religious artifact, thought to be hidden within the caves under the former Knights Templar stronghold Ch teau de Commarque, brings murder and terrorism to the normally peaceful village of St Denis A map There is a special place reserved or authors and publishers who provide a map Not only does a map provide clarification of the setting, but allows the readers to be part of the community and area in which the story is told There are wonderful descriptions of the lovely bucolic setting which are then shattered The beginning deals with such a relevant and painful topic, but it also serves as a good introduction to Bruno and his life, including his past Anyone could take one glance at my wardrobe, he mused, and tell the story of my life the army and then the police, all the signs of a manat home in uniform than in civilian dress Bruno is an excellent character fully dimensional and the type of leader for whom one would wish He knows his town and those who live there and is well respected He is no light character, however, as his military background proves What is particularly well done is that he is surrounded by characters who are as interesting and well developed as is he Walker works the history of the area seamlessly into the plot There is fascinating information about French labour laws, the Paleolithic figures and the various theories related to them He joins the past to the present and makes both come alive in comparing the weekly market of today to how it might have been 700 years ago Add to that the technology which provides an identity for the murder victim and one is brought sharply into the present, including a discussion of fake news It doesn t have to exist in reality as long as people give it a kind of reality by talking and writing and arguing about it Set in France, one knows there will be food and wine He planned fish soup, followed by blanquette de veau with rice, salad with cheese and pears poached in spiced wine for dessert There are even descriptions of how the dishes are prepared The Templars Last Secret is definitely not a cozy It deals with terrorism and fanaticism It is a book that has it all mystery, danger, history, and good food all of it fascinating.THE TEMPLARS LAST SECRET Pol Proc Bruno Courr ges St Denis, France Contemp VG Walker, Martin 10th in series Knopf June 2017