The Patriarch, is our current selection for Cook the Books Club. However, a disclaimer here - many of us, myself included, like to start reading books written in a series at the beginning, as further along, the returning characters have undergone some previous development. I suppose authors don't like to repeat themselves too much. So, you may want to go back and read the first first.
In this novel Bruno is invited to the chateau of a boyhood hero, a popular leader in the French Resistance, for a lavish birthday celebration. Of course a murder ensues and our village police chief gets involved. It looks to be an accident, but Bruno thinks otherwise. Family secrets and tragedy are exposed. Also causing trouble in the region, an animal rights activist is protecting deer without any means of keeping them safe, outraging local hunters.
For this, as in his earlier novels, the food and wine descriptions were plentiful and tempting, however the only difficulty was in narrowing it down to what might be available, or in tune with the season. I decided to go with a take-off from one of Chief Bruno's very first mentions, a roast of lamb marinated in wine with herbs. Not being able to secure the Monbazillac, I went with a nice, earthy red Cotes-Du-Rhone from Saint Cosme instead, and made a braise of lamb shoulder stew chunks.