The Templars' Last Secret

The Templars' Last Secret

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"When a woman's body is found at the foot of a cliff near the idyllic French town of St. Denis, chief of police Bruno Courrèges suspects a connection to the great ruin that stands above: a long-ago Knights Templar stronghold. With the help of Amélie, a young newcomer to the Dordogne, Bruno learns that the dead woman was an archaeologist searching for a religious artifact of incredible importance. And her ties to Islamic terrorists--not to mention the return of an old flame of Bruno's, who is assigned to work with him on the case--only heightens the pressure to unravel the centuries-old mystery. As Bruno works to connect the tangled threads of past and present, he nonetheless finds time, naturellement, to enjoy the wine, food, and beauty of the Périgord region"-- Publisher marketing.
Publisher: Waterville, Maine :, Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, a Cengage Company,, 2018.
©2017
Edition: Large print edition.
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781432855741
Characteristics: 479 pages (large print) : map ; 23 cm.
large print (16 point)
Summary: "When a woman's body is found at the foot of a cliff near the idyllic French town of St. Denis, chief of police Bruno Courrèges suspects a connection to the great ruin that stands above: a long-ago Knights Templar stronghold. With the help of Amélie, a young newcomer to the Dordogne, Bruno learns that the dead woman was an archaeologist searching for a religious artifact of incredible importance. And her ties to Islamic terrorists--not to mention the return of an old flame of Bruno's, who is assigned to work with him on the case--only heightens the pressure to unravel the centuries-old mystery. As Bruno works to connect the tangled threads of past and present, he nonetheless finds time, naturellement, to enjoy the wine, food, and beauty of the Périgord region"-- Publisher marketing.

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Aug 07, 2018

A nice little police novel. Set in southern France featuring Bruno the cop; his dog who seems to accompany him everywhere; an assortment of villagers; and a nasty bunch of jihadists up to what jihadists are usually up to. Mix in a wonderful countryside, some instructive cooking and you've got the recipe. The gratuitous violence level is thankfully low. Walter has missed some opportunities to develop the story's love interests. So what's the word you ask? I liked it well enough to go back and join Walter's Bruno again real soon: this isn't a stand-alone tale: it's part of a series.

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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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