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At the Central Hotel in Pont-Aven, Brittany, ninety-one-year-old manager Pierre-Louis Pennec is found murdered. Commissaire Georges Dupin and his team take on the investigation and narrow the list of suspects down to five people, including a rising political star, a longtime friend of the victim and a wealthy art historian. Further incidents – first a break-in, then anotheAt the Central Hotel in Pont-Aven, Brittany, ninety-one-year-old manager Pierre-Louis Pennec is found murdered. Commissaire Georges Dupin and his team take on the investigation and narrow the list of suspects down to five people, including a rising political star, a longtime friend of the victim and a wealthy art historian. Further incidents – first a break-in, then another mysterious death – muddy the waters yet more. As Commissaire Dupin delves further and further into the lives of the victim and the suspects, he uncovers a web of secrecy and silence that belies the village’s idyllic image. A summer hit in its original German, Death in Pont-Aven introduces readers to the enigmatic Commissaire Dupin, an idiosyncratic penguin lover and Parisian-born caffeine junkie whose unique methods of detection raise more than a few eyebrows. It is a book so atmospheric readers will immediately want to wander through the village’s narrow alleyways, breathe in the Atlantic air and savour Brittany’s seaside specialty dishes. Death in Pont-Aven is a spellbinding, subtle and smart crime novel, peppered with cryptic humour and surprising twists....

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  • Marita
    2019-01-25 23:31

    Once famous for its mills and renowned as a village frequented by artists, Pont-Aven is now the scene of a grisly murder. Who would murder a ninety-one year old man, and why?Commissaire Georges Dupin, formerly from Paris, is now based in nearby Concarneau and the case is his to solve. Fortunately Dupin has a good team who can do all the legwork and background inquiries as Dupin is very busy flitting about following up on his hunches. “Dupin hadn’t expected anything else here; this wasn’t a case which would be solved by anything as banal as fingerprints, footprints, textile fibres or random eyewitnesses.” Soon there is much more to the mystery than Pierre-Louis Pennec's demise. Art, money... And so he calls on the skills of Professor Marie Morgane Cassel, an art expert from Brest.Author Jean-Luc Bannalec, born in Brest, Brittany, takes a gently humorous look at his fellow Bretons by presenting an outsider, a Parisian, as the main protagonist. Dupin has lived in the region for three years and has devoted time to learning about the local culture, but he knows that he will always be regarded as an outsider. Through his eyes we learn about Breton foibles, Breton food, Breton countryside and Breton superiority.Watermill in Pont-Aven, by Paul Gauguin, 1894 (Wikipedia)###Here is the description of one of the villages mentioned in the novel:“Kerdruc was picturesquely situated where the flat hills along the Aven fell away; the streets wound right down to the river. Some beautiful old stone houses and even a few imposing villas were scattered amongst the lush greenery. Palm trees, dwarf fan palms, larches, pines, lemon trees, rhododendrons, beeches, hydrangeas, high beech hedges, bamboos, cactii, laurels and bushy lavender shrubs all grew in wild profusion. The plants could not have been more typically Breton. Just like in Port Manech down by the mouth of the Aven, you felt like you were walking into a botanic garden. The Aven lay wide and majestic in the valley, halfway to the open sea.”

  • Cathy (cathepsut)
    2019-02-14 20:21

    An armchair mystery by a German author with a French pen name, possibly trying to re-create Maigret in Brittany. Pretty boring. We get a bunch of aimless interrogations/interviews, dialogues that consist of many repetitions, a lot of walking and driving around and a fairly uninspired criminal case. Around the middle the plots gets a bit more interesting, but there is a distinct lack of suspense. The solution to the mystery is just as lackluster and one of the pivotal moments towards the end plays out in the off. Not sure why this became a bestseller in Germany.

  • Raven
    2019-02-02 23:11

    If you’re keen to discover some new French crime fiction, Jean-Luc Bannalec is a real find. Death In Pont-Aven introduces us to Commissaire Dupin, a cantankerous Parisian caffeine junkie, who polices the small Breton village of Pont-Aven, a sleepy community near the sea. Everyone knows everyone else and nothing much seems to happen. However, one morning he is dragged from his coffee and croissant to the scene of a murder at the local Central Hotel. The housekeeper has discovered the 91-year-old manager and owner Pierre-Louis Pennec dead on the restaurant floor.The very occurrence of such a murder in such a place sends both Dupin and the local community into a state of shock and surprise. However, soon Dupin and his team come up with five viable suspects, including a rising political star, a wealthy art historian, and a long-time friend of the dead man. A mysterious break-in and then another suspicious death only deepen the mystery and as Dupin delves deeper into the lives of the victims and the suspects, he uncovers a web of secrecy, greed and silence at odds with the idyllic surrounds of Pont-Aven.Bannalec has produced an incredibly character-driven piece, in common with his fellow French and Italian contemporaries. The curmudgeonly and self-deprecating Dupin is the real driving force throughout the book with his idiosyncratic nature, that are endlessly entertaining to the reader, and a source of deep frustration to his more straight-laced and by-the-book colleagues. Everyone knows the tropes of fictional police detectives, and Dupin wryly bemoans the absence of drug dependency, depression, neuroses and broken marriages in his own life. However, with his sharp tongue, cynical nature and a surprising fondness for penguins – yes, penguins! – he proves himself a colourful and interesting character throughout.Obviously with the stark contrast between Dupin sophisticated backround in Paris, and the very unique and fiercely independent spirit of the Bretons, there is ample opportunity for some earthy humour. Likewise, Bannalec captures perfectly the claustrophobic feel of this small town, but also paints a majestic picture of the overlapping communities both rural and shore-dwelling, and the contrasting lives and mind-sets of the two communities within Brittany.Fuelled by murder, art forgeries, family resentments and scheming neighbours, the plot is engaging from the start. Injected with Bannalec’s research into the links between the region and some France’s greatest painters, the initial murder mystery is fleshed out and strengthened not only by the careful disguising of the real murderer by a series of red herrings, but by the carefully placed re-imagining of this former community of artists. Along with Dupin, I was completely wrong-footed throughout as potential suspects came to the fore, all with strong motives for their possible involvement in murder and theft.Death in Pont-Aven is a smart and utterly entertaining read. It its centre is a wonderfully empathetic and engaging detective whose wry humour, fixed ways and generally grumpy demeanour, drive the action and interest. His seemingly haphazard form of detection – constantly interrupted by coffee breaks – frustrate and bemuse both colleagues and potential suspects alike. Compounded by an intriguing and interesting murder plot that really brings the most pernicious aspects of this small community to the fore, it’s a highly satisfying read.

  • Lesa
    2019-02-06 17:06

    Ready for an atmospheric, traditional police procedural? Jean-Luc Bannalec's Death in Brittany was a bestseller for many months in Germany after its 2012 publication there. It's not a fast-paced thriller, though, so it won't make the bestseller lists here. It's for those of us who appreciate a thoughtful police officer and the slow unraveling of a crime. In addition, there are the beautiful small towns of Brittany to entice a reader.Commissaire Georges Dupin was banished from the Paris police force, sent to the remote Breton coast. However, he enjoys his mornings in Concarneau, sipping coffee at a waterfront cafe, away from the politics of Paris. But, the murder of a renowned ninety-one-year-old hotelier in nearby Pont-Aven threatens to thrust his latest case into the spotlight. Pont-Aven and the Central Hotel played host to Gaugin and other artists in the 19th century, building its reputation on the connection to the artists. Now, the death of Pierre-Louis Pennec throws the entire region in an uproar.Dupin finds everyone shocked by the murder, but no one is particularly helpful when it comes to investigating the crime. And, a break-in at the crime scene only muddies the waters. It seems everyone associated with Pennec and the Central Hotel has a closely-guarded secret. It will take a few walks and a few cups of coffee for Dupin to dig through his thoughts for the truth.Dupin, with his love of coffee, good food, and walks by the sea, is only slightly eccentric as a detective. His biggest flaw is his inability to hold his tongue, so he tries to avoid conversations and confrontations with the higher ups. And, with the trace of humor in this book when it comes to Dupin, he acknowledges that. "He found it a bit sad, because he lacked some of the 'hidden depths' which now seemed a quasi-requirement for his profession: drug addiction, or at least alcoholism, neuroses or depression to a clinical degree, a colourful criminal past, corruption on an interesting scale or several dramatically failed marriages. He didn't have any of those things to show off about."Spend a day or two with Dupin, walking the paths of small-town Brittany, exploring the cafes and side streets, while pondering the mysteries of murder, Death in Brittany. It's a charming quiet mystery that introduces a traditional police detective and a story that reaches into the past.

  • Rebecca McNutt
    2019-02-10 15:10

    I received a copy of this book in a Goodreads giveaway.Murder on Brittany Shores is a riveting and compelling crime novel, the first installment in the "Commissaire Dupin" series, and definitely one that any crime, mystery or thriller fan will want to add to their upcoming summer reading. Set on the eerie but beautiful Brittany Islands, it follows the main character's investigation into a peculiar series of murders. Vivid and suspenseful, exciting and adventurous, Murder on Brittany Shores is a great book and I highly recommend it to anyone looking for something interesting.

  • Elisa
    2019-01-21 17:06

    I received a free copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you, St. Martin's Press!The way this book describes the town of Pont-Aven and the whole region of Brittany and its ambiance is a delight. The characters are well developed and the mystery develops at a steady pace, leaving a great taste in the reader's mouth. The one problem with this book is that it will make you crave Commissaire Dupin's morning croissant. A wonderful read!

  • Maya
    2019-02-02 15:30

    "Бретонски афери" на Жан-Люк Баналек е приятно и непретенциозно крими-четиво, носещо атмосферата на Бретан, Понт-Авен и пост-импресионизма и очевидно стремящо се да наподоби духа на разследванията на Мегре. Първоначалната ми изненада, че толкова френско звучаща книга е преведена от немски, отмина, след като разбрах, че авторът е бретонец по баща и германец по майка - това обясни и някои особености на стила, които ми бяха леко дразнещи. Сюжетът се развива в идиличното градче Понт-Авен (който се интересува от изобразително изкуство, знае, че то е тясно свързано с биографията на Гоген и "независимите" художници). Собственикът на най-известния местен хотел, 91-годишен старец, е намерен убит. Разследването е поверено на комисар Жорж Дюпен - парижанин, изпратен в Бретан заради непочтително отношение към началниците си - и се върти около историята на града и връзката му с художниците. Книгата е първа от поредица случаи на комисар Дюпен, но засега не съм убедена, че бих прочела следващ. Не знам дали заради превода или автора, и комисарят, и неговите сътрудници са твърде досадни, мудни и клиширани, за да си ги причиня пак. Дюпен постоянно или "умира от глад", или излиза на въздух да поеме дълбоко дъх, или се назлъндисва да разкаже на някого как върви разследването. Двамата му сътрудници пък са повече схематичен пълнеж, отколкото участници в действието и основната им роля е да досаждат на главния герой.Това, което прави книгата приятна за четене, е изградената от автора картина на Бретан, която определено възбужда желание да хванеш следващия самолет и да я видиш на живо, да седнеш в някое от многобройните описани от Баналек ресторантчета и да се насладиш на храната и гледките. Всъщност, спокойно можех да мина и без криминалната линия.

  • Kaisu
    2019-01-29 15:26

    Hach, als Buch hätte ich die Geschichte wohl nicht zu Ende gelesen. Dafür wird mir zu oft die Liebe zur Bretagne wiederholt und sich zu wenig auf den Fall konzentriert. Als Hörbuch passt es.

  • Beatrix
    2019-02-16 19:13

    Eigentlich wollte ich diesen Krimi gleich lesen, als ich auch nur den Titel las. Habe schon lange nichts mehr gesehen, was in der Bretagne spielt. Und da ich die Gegend liebe und dort mal ein Jahr gelebt habe, sollte es doch ein leichtes sein mich von einem Regionalkrimi begeistern zu lassen. Dann kamen die ersten zweifelnden Stimmen und die Diskussion um die Identität des Autors verwirrte mich zunehmend. Meine Leselust nahm ab.Doch dann hat mir eine liebe Seele ein unwiderstehliches Angebot gemacht und ein Exemplar auf den Weg nach Kanada geschickt. Und ich gelobte mir ganz unvoreingenommen an das Buch heranzugehen und vor allem der Geschichte erstmal eine Chance zu geben. Und der Klappentext versprach schon mal eine gute Geschichte - und einen spannenden Krimi. Kommissar Dupin ist von Paris in die fernste Provinz in die Bretagne strafversetzt worden und hat sich dort überraschenderweise schnell eingelebt, auch wenn er von den Einheimischen nach nunmehr 3 Jahren natürlich immer noch wie ein Fremder behandelt wird. Im Pont Aven gilt es einen brutalen Mord an einen renommierten Hotelier aufzuklären. Verzwickte Familienverhältnisse und natürlich auch kunstgeschichteliche HIntergründe spielen bei der Lösung des Falles eine wichtige Rolle.Leider war jedes Wohlwollen meinerseits gleich nach den ersten Seiten schon verspielt. Die ausführlichen Landschaftsbeschreibungen lesen sich einfach wie ein touristischer Werbeprospekt für die Bretagne und nicht mehr. Alle Klischees, die man sich denken kann, werden hier aufgeführt. Aber die eigentliche bretonische Stimmung kam gar nicht wirklich durch. Wie auch andere Kritiker anmerkten, ist von grantelnden, abweisenden Bretonen wie sie im Buch vorwiegend beschrieben werden, in der Wirklichkeit nicht viel zu sehen. Ich hab selten gastfreundlichere und liebenswürdigere Menschen kennen gelernt. Und war mehr als froh, dass ich nach einem Sommer an der Sorbonne zur Université de Haute Bretagne wechseln konnte!!!!Manche Leser fühlen sich durch die vielen französisch-bretonischen Namen verwirrt. Ich war eher irritiert, da sie sich für mich eigentlich gar nicht bretonisch anhörten, im Gegenteil, ich vermisste regelrecht die typisch bretonischen Namen, an die ich mich über die Jahre so gewöhnt hatte. Der Autor hat statt dessen diese merkwürdige Eigenart nicht nur sein Pseudonym sondern auch einige seiner Figuren mit Ortsnamen zu belegen - bei Locmariaquer gruselte es mich jedes Mal. Da ist es wohl kein Wunder, dass auch Dupin nie Lust hatte mit seinem Boss zu reden .....Aber davon ganz abgesehen, hat mich der Krimi als solcher nicht überzeugen können. Die erste Hälfte verlief so schleppend, dass ich wiederholt ans Abbrechen dachte. Es passiert nichts, die Ermittlungen bestehen aus nicht viel mehr als langweiligen Gesprächen, die ich kaum Verhöre zu nennen wage. Ich konnte auch nie wirklich mit dem Protagonisten warm werden. Kommissar Dupin bleibt eine eher leblose Figur für mich. Ich konnte aus den Beschreibungen des Autors nie wirklich verstehen, warum er so im Alleingang unterwegs ist - beruflich wie privat.Erst als nach gut 150 Seiten (das halbe Buch ist schon durch!!!) eine Kunstexpertin als neue Figur auftritt, gewinnt der Plot mehr Fahrt und wird spannender. Der Kunsthintergrund rund um Gauguin und die Schule von Pont Aven war letztlich das einzige, was ich an dem ganzen Buch wirklich interessant finden konnte.Letztlich kann ich mich nach dieser Lektüre nur denen anschliessen, die stark zweifeln, dass der Autor in der Tat ein gebürtiger Bretone sei und eher einen Deutschen hinter dem Pseudonym vermuten.

  • Georg
    2019-02-08 15:10

    Ist schon seltsam, wenn ein deutscher Lektor umd (Mit-)Herausgeber einer Literaturzeitschrift unter falschem (französischen) Namen einen Krimi veröffentlicht, der in der Bretagne spielt. Um glaubwürdig zu erscheinen, baut er eine Menge sprachlicher Schnitzer ein, so als kenne er nicht einmal den Unterschied zwischen Adjektiven und Adverbien. Beispiele (unvollständige Auswahl):„… ist uns etwas Stupendes gelungen:“ (1646 [zitiert nach Kindle-Positionene]„… penible Frisur“ (2740)„… ist mir unrecht“ (2988)„… hatte sich mit Rüstigkeit umgedreht.“ (3050)„… funktionelle Klingel“ (3184)„… hanebüchene Geschichte“ (3335)„… misslaunig“ (2872)(Den Hinweis auf die aufdringliche Sparsamkeit in Hinblick auf Satzzeichen setze ich nur in Klammern.)Also vielleicht doch keine Lektor? Doch kein Deutscher? Der Plot ist ziemlich billig. Ein alter Mann stirbt, kurz bevor er sein Testament ändern kann. Also haben alle Mitglieder der zahlreichen Erbengemeinschaft ein offensichtliches Motiv. Nichts Verschachteltes, nichts Überraschendes, kein doppelter Boden. Die Dialoge kennt man vom ZDF, Freitags, 20:15 Uhr. Und Mr Dupin selbst? Den hätte ich auch strafversetzt. Kein Kommunikator, kein Teamspieler, ein eindimensionaler Unsympath. Hat einfach Glück, dass die, die er sofort ins Herz schließt, dann doch unschuldig sind.Interessant sind die Kindle-Markierungen. Nur die Stellen werden markiert, in denen es konkrete und handfeste Restauranttipps gibt (leider ohne Preisangaben und Öffnungszeiten).

  • Margarethe
    2019-02-02 21:18

    Pariser Kommissar ist in die Bretagne zwangsversetzt weil er seinen „Affekt“ nicht beherrschen kann. Nun lebt er seit drei Jahren dort und wird noch einige Generationen dort bleiben müssen um als nicht „neu“ eingestuft zu werden.Der Kommissar wirkt grobschlächtig und ist koffeinabhängig etwas kauzig und einfach liebenswert.Es gibt einen Fall zu lösen ein angesehener Hotelier wird erstochen in seinem Restaurant aufgefunden. Es gibt Familiengeheimnisse und die Bretagne zu entdecken.Und irgendwann kommt der Punkt in dem Buch in dem man nicht mehr weiterlesen will, weil ja dann das Buch zu Ende ist – für mich immer ein gutes Zeichen.Mit Hilfe des Kommissars wird der Leser in die Bretagne eingeführt, es gibt wunderbare Landschaftsbeschreibungen und liebenswerte Darstellungen, die die Bretonen dem Leser näher bringen. Wer noch nicht in der Bretagne war, wird es entdecken wollen. Die Leser, die dort schon sein durften werden sich danach sehnen bald wieder hinzufahren.Das Buch hat alles was ich an einem Regio-Krimi schätze. Die Atmosphäre der Region, das Verständnis für die Einwohner und einen spannenden Fall in der Region eingebettet. Ich freue mich auf Neuigkeiten von Kommissar Dupin und kenne einige Leute, denen ich das Buch empfehlen werde.Das Cover ist stimmig mit dem Buch und der Einband bzw. das Buch an sich liegt schön in der Hand.

  • Masteatro
    2019-02-04 19:19

    Una muy agradable historia de detectives en el incomparable marco de la Bretaña francesa. El comisario Dupin consigue caer simpático al lector y con sus peculiares métodos resuelve un asesinato en un tranquilo pueblecito que el siglo pasado fue colonia de importantes pintores como Gaugin. Muy adecuada como lectura veraniega sea en la playa o en la montaña.

  • Inaniel
    2019-01-25 18:26

    This was a very enjoyable crime story. This could be the perfect book for you particularly if you like france, breautiful small places near the ocean, wine, coffee, art and the better life in general. Or if you like me just want a break from the cold grey February weather.

  • Nicole
    2019-02-09 17:23

    An intriguing mystery with a great setting!

  • Three
    2019-02-16 23:09

    da un certo punto in poi si dà per scontato che un certo quadro sia stato rubato, senza avere mai parlato di un furto fino a quel momento (c'era stato un dubbio, molte pagine prima), e non è un dettaglio, perché da lì viene tutta la storia. Sono cose che danno sui nervi: ci vuol tanto a rileggersi, o a farsi rileggere da un editor? A parte questo è un giallo onesto, che si legge volentieri anche se molte pagine sembrano più una guida turistica del Finistère che un libro

  • Melanie
    2019-02-07 16:07

    I really enjoyed this, a good start to a mystery series set in Brittany with a strong sense of place. Not grim, but not cosy either. Reminded me a lot of Donna Leon's Comissario Brunetti series set in Venice. Only downside is that I was permanently hungry for café and croissants, desire to go on holiday to Brittany asap and googled Gauguin a bit too much.

  • Richard Brown
    2019-02-16 18:27

    A really excellent new murder mystery. Comissaire Dupin, the hero is a great character and the descriptions of the area are so good I actually visited a few weeks ago and had coffee at his favourite restaurant.

  • Christine Zibas
    2019-02-08 21:25

    There's something to be said about writing that is so wonderfully descriptive that it can transport its readers to a place they may never have visited before. Such is the case with "Death in Brittany," the first in a series featuring a caffeine-driven, food-loving Commissaire Georges Dupin, a Parisian transplant who's been living and working cases in Brittany for three years and will forever be considered an outsider.Dupin has unusual investigative methods, but in the end, they get their criminal(s). The story unfolds when a 91-year-old hotelier is found dead in his family establishment, the victim of murder. Just who would want to kill this beloved man and pillar of the community? No one can imagine a perpetrator or discern any notable change in the pattern of the hotelier's most recent behavior.However, not surprisingly, not everyone in the closed community of Pont-Aven is willing to spill the secrets of the hotel nor its family dynasty. Yet, there's an urgency to solve the crime, as tourist season is about to get under way in this seaside community, where Parisians flock for vacation, following in the footsteps of the 19th century artists of the Pont-Aven School of Art, a group that featured such luminaries as Gaugin.Among the possible suspects are the man's son and daughter-in-law, the local museum head and a Parisian museum curator, the man's estranged half-brother (an up and coming politician), and various other hotel staff members, friends, and contacts. In other words, everyone and no one. When a thief breaks into the crime scene at the hotel after the hotelier has been murdered, it's clear that there's more to the story than meets the eye.Author Jean-Luc Bannalec (the pseudonym for a German writer) keeps readers guessing about the perpetrator, especially when a second body is found just days after the initial murder. The ever-changing list of suspects may alter as readers make their way through this novel and rush to the end. However, some of the most enjoyable aspects of the mystery are descriptions of local sites, history, and atmosphere, and the book is best enjoyed if readers can pace themselves as they learn to stop and smell the sea air along the way.Review first appeared on

  • Inga
    2019-01-26 21:12

    Audiobook-Rezension 29. Januar 2014: Es ist schon ein besonderer Charakter, den Jean-Luc Bannalec mit seinem Commissaire Dupin geschaffen hat. Zwangsversetzt aus Paris, hat er sich inzwischen an die Eigenarten von Land und Leuten in der Bretagne gewöhnt, sie sogar schätzen gelernt. Es wird auch schon bald deutlich, warum er zwangsversetzt wurde: Seine Ermittlungsmethoden sind eher unorthodox-egoistisch, er arbeitet schlecht im Team und ignoriert seine Vorgesetzten. Er ist auch hartnäckig und scharfsinnig und hat eine Intuition für das Verbrechen und die Beweggründe der Menschen. Als ein lokaler Hotelier, über 90 Jahre alt und gebrechlich, im benachbarten Künstlerort Pont Aven (in dem Gauguin und andere große Künstler logierten und malten) ermordet wird, gibt es zunächst kein erkennbares Motiv. Doch bald stellt sich heraus, dass alle Beteiligten lügen - und zwar wegen der gleichen Sache...Bretonische Verhältnisse besticht durch seine französisch-bretonische Atmosphäre, mit viel Sympathie für den Landstrich lässt Bannalec landeskundliche Fakten und schwärmerische Beschreibungen der Orte und Landschaften einfließen, während der Fall seinen Lauf nimmt. Dieser nimmt zunehmend Tempo auf und hat einige Überraschungsmomente parat, so dass über weite Strecken die Spannung erhalten bleibt. Lediglich das Ende schwächelt ein wenig, meinem Empfinden nach, auch bin ich mir noch nicht ganz über mein Urteil über Dupin im Klaren. Er ist zwar spleenig und auf seine Weise genial genug, um - naheliegend - an Maigret zu erinnern, seine teils nahezu asoziale Art, mit seinen Kollegen umzugehen, war allerdings nicht sonderlich sympathisch, auch wenn man seinen Ermittlern ja bereit ist, vieles zu vergeben. Der zweite Band wird vermutlich zeigen, wie es damit weitergeht. ---------re-read 15. Januar 2017: Ich hatte Lust auf ein Wiedersehen mit dem frühen Dupin und mag das Buch immer noch sehr.

  • Ronald Roseborough
    2019-02-07 19:19

    Reading this story is a bit like tasting wine, sometimes you savor the sweetness, sometimes the taste is a little dry, and sometimes you notice a hint of something you can’t quite put a name on. French Police Commissaire George Dupin finds himself in charge of a murder investigation in the village of Pont-Aven located in the picturesque provence of Brittany. Being a native Parisian himself, he still feels out of place among the Bretons, their old Celtic traditions, and their suspicious attitude towards outsiders. A local hotelier, Pierre-Louis Pennec,93 years old and well respected, has been stabbed to death in his own hotel. None of the locals has a clue who would do this or why. At least no one in this close knit village is admitting to anything. It will take all of Commissaire Dupin’s skill as well as some unusual outside help to discover the motive for this murder. Could the murderer be someone on the hotel’s staff, or Politician Andre Pennec, the murdered man’s half brother? Perhaps the hotelier’s son or daughter-in-law, or one of the dead man’s many friends in town? Why would any of these people kill a 93 year old man who was the scion of a well respected family in this community in the heart of a picturesque countryside immortalized in the art of Paul Gauguin. The plot is good, the location has an exotic flavor. The only drawback is in the syntax. It occasionally reads like my old French grammar book, very formal and often overly repetitive. Book provided for review by Amazon vine.

  • Clare O'Beara
    2019-02-16 23:23

    Brittany and Pont-Aven are the main settings for this police procedural. If you are allergic to French names, tread with care. At the start of tourist season in the coastal town, the police detective Dupin who is enjoying the contrast with Paris, is summoned to inspect the scene of a murder. A prominent businessman has been found dead - of course, nobody had any grudge against him, and the rest. We see a lot of the historic and attractive setting as Dupin investigates. For instance, the Bretons have still suspicions of the French, having only been annexed for five hundred years. And they enjoy butter, not olive oil. What we don't get is much sense of Dupin other than as a cipher, a foil for the characters featured in the investigation. Dupin tells us that he was posted here for opening his mouth without thought; he muses that he has no tawdry past and failed marriages to make him notable. We do find that he enjoys looking at penguins in the nearest sea aquarium. This is a detailed mystery involving personal relationships, hotel ownership, renovations, art history, landscape and local foods. Those who get particularly into the theme will probably enjoy it more than I did, and if the diligent Dupin had come across as more of a personality I'd have given it top rating. Some strong language features, mostly spoken by Dupin. I was sent an ARC for an unbiased review.

  • Tuck
    2019-02-09 19:26

    i guess like all bestsellers, inherently? they appeal to low level reading, and this being an international bestseller, it is universally poor plot, characters, sense of place? anyway, a police procedural set in small towns on coast of nw france...our detective is a renegade but gets down to business in his own way.for better atmospherics, local scenes, and deeper thinkers in detection i like camilleri's books set in sicily Game of Mirrors ; dibdin's in naples Game of Mirrors ; mcilvanney in glasgow Game of Mirrorslife's too short to be reading bestsellers?

  • WortGestalt
    2019-02-09 18:17

    Ein sehr gleichmäßig erzählter Kriminalroman ohne große Spannungsspitzen. Weder der Stil noch der Plot haben mich überzeugt, aber die Kommissarfigur war angenehm unaufgeregt und das Thema Kunst hat mir immerhin ein wenig über französische Malerei beibringen können. Ansonsten erschien mir der Roman in seinem Aufbau sehr konventionell, ein sehr klassischer Krimi, ohne große Überraschungen.

  • Corinne Sanchez
    2019-01-24 18:08

    Un peu lent mais tranquille et changeant comme le soleil du sud Finistère. Je me suis prise d'affection pour ce commissaire Dupin qui aime les promenades au bord de l'eau . Un bon moment

  • Claire
    2019-01-31 23:29

    Ready to pack my bags for a trip to Brittany. Nicely convoluted plot and good atmosphere and description. Looking forward to more in the series.

  • John Lee
    2019-01-21 23:11

    This wasnt what I was expecting at all. When I briefly scanned a review or comment about this book I got totally the wrong idea. I was expecting an ordinary french village policemen similar to Chief Inspector Bruno , the only policeman in St Denis in the Dordogne in the novels by Martin Walker. Instead I got a sharp Police Commissaire from Brittany who, although a little unorthadox, was a quick witted murder detective. However, the current fashion in the modern police (and other) work to keep everyone up to date with regular 'Team' meetings seem to have passed him by. He is very much a loner and keeps his ideas and discoveries very much to himself. He must be terrible to work for and your heart goes out to his Inspectors.The book itself took some tracking down and none of my usual sources nor any of the three County Libraries that I use had anything by this author. Reading through some of the reviews on 'Goodreads', I see that some have been lucky enough to received their book in a 'Giveaway' and if anyone knows of any copies going of any other translated later books in the series, I would be very pleased to hear from them.And so , at last, to the book and a most enjoyable read . It is very obvious from the adjectives that the author uses , that he loves the area as much as I do. We were lucky enough to spend some time in the area in 2015 and were entranced by beauty of this picturesque village in particular. I would love to return again now, not to view the scene of the crime so much as the bars and the restaurants that Dupin has found in his 3 years there.Possibly, because of my visit but also, because of the authors abilities, I had no trouble picturing all of the locations in my minds eye and the characters were all made real by his penwork.It took much of the book before the reason for the murder of the much liked 91 year old hotelier/restauranteur was discovered by the Commissaire but the clues were there for the reader to spot.Did I? Of course not and neither did I identify the killer. Perhaps I was too busy reliving the sights , sounds and food of this beautiful corner of France.Certainly a 4* and so very nearly a 5 of which I have high hopes if/when I manage to get hold of subsequent books of the series.

  • Elaine Tomasso
    2019-02-07 18:32

    Commissioner Dupin is called from his base in Concarneau to the nearby village of Pont-Aven to investigate the murder of 91 year old hotelier, Pierre-Louis Pennec found dead in his hotel dining room. There are plenty of suspects but no apparent motive or forensic clues so it is up to Dupin to work it out with the help of his assistants, Inspectors Labat and Le Ber.Death in Pont-Aven is a leisurely stroll through South Brittany with a little crime thrown in for good measure. Very much in the style of Martin Walker's Bruno the location and the food have starring roles. Rarely have I read such good descriptions of the location and I felt that I could picture it all from the changeable weather to the winding roads and hoards of tourists. I also liked the snippets of history and culture given to Dupin, which as an incomer, the natives do not expect him to know. It all makes for an evocative, atmospheric read.Dupin is an interesting character. Transferred or could it be banished to Finisterre (from the latin finis terra meaning end of the world, a nice conceit) for one too many insults to his superiors in Paris he has come to love Concarneau but is well aware that he will always be "new". He has learned to curb his tongue but not his dislike of the politics of the job or the politicians involved so there are some amusing exchanges between him and various functionaries. He is not much more forthcoming with Labat and Le Ber whom he expects to follow his instructions blindly with no understanding of why. He is a lone wolf working in a team.The plot is the fairly straightforward hunt for a killer, hampered by the secrets kept by Pennec's friends and family. It is linear with no hints about the killer until the end. I didn't guess who it was but I'm not sure anyone could as much of the motive does not appear until the second half of the novel. Having said this I think the plot is the weakest part of the novel. I really enjoyed Death in Pont-Aven, more for the atmosphere and characterisation than the crime aspect, so I have no hesitation in recommending as a good read.

  • Pam Mertens
    2019-02-07 17:24

    I liked the story; it held my interest to the end. The murderer was not who I thought it would be, given all the possibilities. And the descriptions of Brittany made me want to add that area of France to my travel list. I'm looking forward to reading more of Commissaire Dupin.

  • Geno
    2019-01-22 18:18

    Primer libro de la saga del Comisario Dupin. Entretenido e interesante, engancha lo justo para motivar a seguir leyendo.

  • Pili
    2019-01-27 23:32

    El Detective me resultó muy carismático; sin embargo, el lector es mero espectador... no hay manera de sentirse "involucrado"en los avances del caso, porque toda la información clave se reserva para las últimas páginas haciendo el final precipitado y un poco decepcionante.