MYSTERY

A Taste for Vengeance

Knopf. Jun. 2018. 352p. ISBN 9780525519966. $25.95; ebk. ISBN 9780525519973. M
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In his 11th outing (after The Templars' Last Secret), Benoit "Bruno" Courreges has just been promoted to chief of police for his region in southwestern France and must supervise two new colleagues, Juliette and Louis, as well as learn the scope of his new position. At the same time, he is asked to help locate a client who has failed to turn up for a friend's cooking school course. Soon it is discovered that the missing British woman is a victim of what appears to be a murder-suicide. However the investigation takes a twist when it becomes a double homicide and the second victim was a former soldier living under a false name. Bruno gets caught up in a complex case reaching back decades to the Troubles in Northern Ireland. Reoccurring series characters add depth to the story and draw readers into the small, countryside community of St. Denis.
VERDICT Vivid descriptions of the Perigord region and French cooking are an added treat for Francophiles. Recommended for fans of the series as well as readers of Donna Leon, Louise Penny, and anyone who enjoys cozy mysteries set in foreign locales. [See Prepub Alert, 12/11/17.]

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