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Martin Walker’s The Shooting at Chateau Rock takes place in the fictional French town of St. Denis.

The Shooting at Château Rock by Martin Walker

Bruno Courrèges, chief of police in the lovely town of Saint-Denis in the Périgord region of France, has a life that would baste Martha Stewart with a rich demi-glace of envy. He’s a chef and menu planner extraordinaire, the besotted owner of a pedigreed basset hound plus assorted ducks and chickens, connoisseur of local wines, and careful steward of the land, yet somehow he finds time to solves crimes, even those which take a second or third look to reveal themselves.

When he’s called to the scene of a local septuagenarian farmer’s death by heart attack, the situation appears straightforward. But when old Monsieur Driant’s son points out that all his father’s money has gone to an insurance plan that would channel his savings into payment for an ultra-luxe retirement home, Bruno agrees that something’s fishy—the rough-edged sheep farmer was an unlikely adopter of the extravagant spa-and-golf-course lifestyle offered by the place, so how did he get hooked into such a scheme? As Bruno begins to look into the insurance company and the fetching young agent who dealt with the old man, he attends a gathering at the château of an aging rock star whose son’s new Russian girlfriend is the daughter of an oligarch. Bruno has a hunch that the wealthy businessman’s multi-national empire is connected to the shifty insurance company.

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