[Dansk titel: Politimesteren i St Denis (2010)]
This police procedural, set in the French countryside, is written by a British author and the first in a series.
The village of St Denis is shocked when old Hamid al-Bakr, an immigrant from Algeria, is killed in the most brutal fashion. As the murder seems to be race-related, it soon leads to racial tension, accusations and heated demonstrations.
Captain Bruno Courrèges is a great protagonist, a village policeman who is very proud that he has never had to use his service gun. He believes in solving problems as quietly as possible to avoid confrontations and use of weapons. He loves his local community, but not necessarily stupid laws that are ´really laws of Brussels´.
Furthermore Bruno is a charming character who loves good (French) food and enjoys the company of intelligent women.
A good mystery with a fine sense of place – I bought the book myself.