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The King Arthur Case: A Brittany Mystery    by Jean-Luc Bannalec order for
King Arthur Case
by Jean-Luc Bannalec
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Minotaur, 2022 (2022)
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* *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

I've long enjoyed Jean-Luc Bannalec's Brittany mystery series (starring Commissaire Georges Dupin), as much for the mouthwatering delicacies described in its meals as for the murder investigations. This seventh in the series, The King Arthur Case takes us to the forest of Broceliande, a kingdom of fairies, reputed to be the origin of legends about the Knights of the Round Table.

Dupin and his team are on an 'office outing', unfortunately combined with work for the Commissaire, who is investigating a cold case in order to repay a debt to a colleague. Dupin's team are excited to see the Church of the Holy Grail, Lake Lancelot, Merlin's Steps, and the Tomb of the Giants. While they get started, Dupin is to interview Arthurian expert Fabien Cadiou, but finds his corpse instead. More deaths follow.

Despite being out of his own territory, Dupin is asked to lead the investigation, turning the summer office outing into serious business. He and his staff find serious rumblings beneath the idyllic presentation of this tourist site. Some consider recent archaeological digs sacrilegious. Many object to plans to build a colossal 'experience park' in the forest. There are rumors of discovery of the Holy Grail itself.

Of course, the Commissaire solves the case, though with a very close shave along the way. This episode ends with an interesting offer for Dupin - but will he take it?

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