You’ve heard Martin Walker on NPR. His peaceful mystery — Bruno, Chief of Police — is well worth reading if you want to bathe in a mixture of French politics, small-town French life, and a host of interesting characters. Despite some seriously heavy events, mostly in the backstory (Vichy France, the Algeria conflict, etc.), this novel is basically a charming police procedural, but one where the life of a small town is more important than the interaction of its one-man police department with the national police. I’m looking forward to the next installment in this delightful series.