From Bruges With Love
by Pieter Aspe
This book is a new translation of a Belgian bestseller that was published in the late 90s. This is the third book in the “Pieter Van In Mystery” series to be published by Open Road in the United States. I read and reviewed The Square of Revenge in 2013. I can understand why this series is so popular in Europe. Commissioner Van In is an old school type detective. He uses forensic evidence, but doesn’t depend on it. He makes connections that some other officers may miss. He also crosses the line sometimes. His methods are unconventional but they get results.
Van In’s new wife, Hannelore Martens, is a deputy public prosecutor, and also is pregnant with Pieter’s child. They work together on this case, but aren’t partners. Sergeant Versavel is Van Inn’s partner. Hugo Vermast’s daughter has found a human bone in their backyard. One bone leads to an unexpected discovery of corruption and depravity running rampant beneath the proper Bruges populace.
I have trouble keeping the characters straight when I first start reading these books. I’m not used to so many last names starting with Ver or Van. I get bogged down if I try to keep them all straight, so I found that if I just keep reading and don’t worry about it, they all work themselves out by the end. Maybe I’ll remember that when I read the next book in the series.
I really do enjoy this series. It’s entertaining and fun. Brian Doyle has kept the Belgian feel in the translation. From Bruges With Love had enough twists and side stories going on so that I really never knew how it was going to end. I enjoy the characters. They are multifaceted and believable. I will look forward to reading the next book in this series.
I give From Bruges With Love 4 Stars out of 5 and a Thumbs Up. If you are in the mood for a quirky Belgian mystery, this one will fit the bill.
I received a Digital Readers Copy from the publisher.
Inspector Pieter Van In is begrudgingly finishing up a healthy lunch when he hears the news: While restoring their farmhouse, the Vermasts have found a skeleton in the backyard. Van In, who happens to be married to the deputy public prosecutor, is determined to solve the case in double-quick time and squeeze in one last vacation before the birth of his first child.
But this murder is trickier than it looks. The Vermasts’ land belonged to the most prominent businessman in West Flanders before it was suddenly handed over to a right-wing charity. The heavily endowed foundation appears to have no expenditures or investments. So who’s financing it—and why?
Before he knows it, Van In finds himself in the middle of a complex web—one that involves high-level officials, local law enforcement, and common thugs. The harder he tries to unravel the thread, the more difficult it becomes to uncover the secrets that the charity’s benefactors are trying to hide. This time Van In will have to risk lives to find out the truth.
Series: The Pieter Van In Mysteries
Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: Open Road Media Mystery & Thriller (July 7, 2015)
Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.2 x 0.8 inches
Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces