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Ancient secrets and mysterious murders in the charming French countryside

In this latest mouthwatering mystery, The Templars’ Last Secret, starring country policeman, Bruno, the body of a woman is found outside a cave beneath the ruined Templar chateau of Commarque in the heart of the Dordogne.

She died of a broken neck.

An accidental fall, or was she pushed?

The victim carries no identification and her fingerprints are not known to the French police or Interpol.

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The only clue to the woman’s identity is that her dentistry looks American, but Bruno’s inquiries at local hotels and gites yield no trace of a missing foreign woman.

The chateau of Commarque, begun in the 11th century, was founded by a Bishop of Sarlat and entrusted to the Knights Templar. In the rocks beneath it are caves.

It is one of the few Templar sites in France that has never been associated with the fabled hidden treasure of the Templars – never until now, when a local journalist publishes a sensational story around the unknown woman’s death and a centuries-old mystery looks like it might finally be solved…

Walker is brilliant at capturing the murderous charms of rural France… the setting is undeniably delicious – Mirror

All the Bruno trademarks…the splendid Dordogne location… descriptions of food which leave your mouth watering… with the added bonus that you’re not going to put the book down until you’ve turned the final page. – The Book Bag

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The Templars’ Last Secret, by Martin Walker, (published by Hachette Australia) is available from Dymocks.

 

 

 

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