A Birthday Lunch

A Birthday Lunch

by Martin Walker

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When not solving mysteries in his beloved little town of St. Denis, Bruno, the chief of police, likes to cook and share his meals with local guests and dear friends. For his friend Florence’s birthday, Bruno is preparing a surprise. But, like much else in St. Denis, it’s a communal effort, and one that Bruno pulls off with a little help from the countryside and the town. He finds an ancient hand axe in the ground during his morning run with his dog Balzac—it will make a spectacular gift—picks up newspapers for wrapping by the medical center, and gathers fresh nettles from by his chicken coop and thyme from his garden for soup and garnish. It’ll be the perfect day for Bruno and his guests to celebrate their collective history.

A Vintage Shorts original. An ebook short.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781984897640
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/19/2019
Series: A Vintage Short
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 24
Sales rank: 22,781
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Martin Walker is a senior fellow of the Global Business Policy Council, a private think tank based in Washington, D.C. He is also editor in chief emeritus and international affairs columnist at United Press International. His previous novels in the Bruno series are Bruno, Chief of PoliceThe Dark VineyardBlack DiamondThe Crowded Grave;The Devil’s CaveThe Resistance ManThe Children ReturnThe Patriarch; and Fatal Pursuit, all international best sellers. He lives in Washington, D.C., and the Dordogne. www.brunochiefofpolice.com

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A Birthday Lunch 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
apeape 10 months ago
I'm not familiar with the Bruno, Chief of Police series, and this story would've made more of an impact if I'd read at least one of the books, I think. I thought perhaps it would be a good introduction, but it just didn't grab me. A good chunk of the story is a description of Bruno preparing the food for the lunch- it did sound delicious, but I didn't need quite so much detail (though measurements are given- one could potentially recreate the dishes). If this was a vignette in a novel, it would be a nice, quiet scene, but as a short story by itself, it's just sort of bland.
gardener0126 10 months ago
This story gives us a glimpse of Brunos every day life outside of his job as chief of police. In it, Bruno hosts a festive birthday lunch for his friend Florence. The food sounds mouth watering, the gifts are thoughtful and a good time is had by all. This sweet short story about friendship offers a tantalizing glimpse into Bruno’s love of good food and cooking and the care and thought he puts into nurturing the relationships that he enjoys with people he cares about. . I wish to thank the publisher and Net Galley for the free review copy. This did not influence my review.
MaryND 10 months ago
Reading Martin Walker’s Bruno detective series reliably transports me to the Dordogne—the writing is so charming and evocative of the tastes and scents of the south of France that I’ve always felt like the “mystery” part of the book is secondary. And in A Birthday Lunch—which is advertised as an “e-book short” and is, indeed, VERY short—Walker dispenses with Bruno’s crime solving entirely and portrays his protagonist doing the other thing he does best: cooking delicious French food and entertaining his friends. But while the descriptions of Bruno’s French recipes and wines are still mouth-wateringly good, the story felt a bit slight and flimsy—I found I missed the detecting after all. So readers—especially those new to the Bruno books—should regard A Birthday Lunch simply as an amuse bouche to whet their appetites until another full-course Bruno book comes along to sink their teeth into.