The Templars' Last Secret

The Templars' Last Secret

A Bruno, Chief of Police Novel

Book - 2017
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"When a woman's body is found at the foot of a cliff near St. Denis, Bruno suspects a connection to the great ruined Château 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 Amelie, 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"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2017
Edition: First United States edition
ISBN: 9781101946800
1101946806
9781101946817
Branch Call Number: FICTION Wal
Characteristics: 317 pages : map ; 22 cm

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susanchyn
Sep 25, 2017

My first of the Bruno series, and quite certainly the last.

Beautifully researched and full of little atmospheric details of the mise en scene. Templars are interesting, as is the other history of Saint-Denis.

But the writing is just too painful. A narrative slog. Sentences fall flat in places and are miserably tangled.

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jeffreyochsner
Aug 19, 2017

I really enjoyed this series when it began, but the last couple of books have not been as strong. They are not bad book, but somehow they are not as engaging as the earlier books in the series. They seem to follow a formula. I hope the author regains the magic in future books.

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stephaniedchase
Jul 04, 2017

I absolutely adore Bruno, and in many ways, this book delivers the same things we've loved from past books: wonderful characters, delicious descriptions of food, and an obvious love and care for the Perigord region. This time, though, the mystery falls flat: it's overly complex, and the motive is not particularly well-explained, as the end is very rushed. Will I read the next Bruno book? Of course! Do I hope we return to mysteries less fantastical? I do.

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Dub
Jun 21, 2017

Perhaps Martin Walker's best book to date...highly recommended.

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