This second book featuring Bruno Courreges continues its depiction of life in the fictional village of St Denis. Marin Walker is obviously charmed by rural French life and his descriptions of the markets, vineyards and assorted townspeople evoke a rural idyll. Into this setting Bruno Courreges fits perfectly. He loves the town that he is charged to protect and is willing to bend the rules to bring about justice. But the author also adds a dose of modern day drama. The issue of genetically modified crops in the fields of rural France is an emotive issue in current politics as is the influence of new world winemaking on French traditional methods.
The murder plot is engrossing although sometimes the personality of the victims is somewhat glossed over leaving the reader feel that they are a bit part in the wider French drama. But the investigation reaches a satisfactory conclusion after suitable twists and turns in the plot. Those returning from their holidays in the depths of rural France will thoroughly enjoy the book, as will many other readers of crime fiction.