The books are set in the small town of St. Denis south-west France, which is based upon the actual town of Le Bugue, and tells of the adventures of Bruno Courreges as well as the characters, both good and bad, that he crosses.
At the heart of each book is a crime solving adventure, but you will also learn so much about life in the Dordogne, its food, the countryside, its history.
Martin Walker writes with a real passion, and intimate knowledge of the area that comes through in every page.
With the number of Dordogne mysteries books now into double figures, you may be wondering what order they come in, find out below.
And whilst I have listed them from the very first to the most recent, there is no need to read them one after the other as each book stands alone, and although there may be the occasional mention of previous stories, they have no impact on the one you are reading.
Death in the Dordogne: The Dordogne Mysteries 1
Here we meet Bruno for the first time and some of the characters he works and spends time with that also feature in future books.
But first he has to deal with the murder of a world war two veteran and while many point the finger at one man, Bruno is not so sure and and works hard to get to the bottom of the case.
Dark Vineyard: The Dordogne Mysteries 2
The vineyards of south west France produce a valuable commodity, but is it one that results in murder? As battle rages over the future of wine growing around St. Denis arsonists hit a research plant, causing Bruno to call on his local contacts.
Black Diamond: The Dordogne Mysteries 3
The black diamond in the title is the name often given to truffles, a prized ingredient that is found at the foot of oak trees, and whose location is a closely guarded secret.
But it is secrets that lead to threats and murder, and as Bruno investigates he uncovers links to China and child prostitution.
The Crowded Grave: The Dordogne Mysteries 4
The Dordogne is home to cro-magnon man, and whilst archaeologists work on a dig, a more recent body is found.
And with a high-level meeting set to take place on his patch, Bruno is left fighting terrorists and the loss of a loved one in the final battle.
The Resistance Man: The Dordogne Mysteries 6
The second world war is still a painful memory for many in France and this is the case in St.Denis as past crimes come to the fore.
Bruno is forced to look into the history of the war and the local Resistance, whilst also handling a complicated old flame of his own.
Death Undercover: The Dordogne Mysteries 7
The war in Afghanistan and Muslim terrorists leave a deep scar on Bruno as he looks to fine the men who killed a police colleague, leaving his body in the woods.
The Dying Season: The Dordogne Mysteries 8
A powerful family in the region invites Bruno to a birthday party, but whilst enjoying his time there a murder takes place opening up deep divisions within the family and a few skeletons in cupboards they want to keep locked.
But Bruno shakes off the pressure to look the other way and works to find the murderer, all while trying to calm frictions between pro and anti hunters in woods around St.Denis.
Fatal Pursuit: The Dordogne Mysteries 9
Whatever happened to a famous Bugatti racing car from the past? What appears to be a story of car enthusiasts enjoying their hobby soon progresses to money laundering and the funding of terrorism.
And while a new arrival to the area seems to have the future of the locals at heart, doubts begin to form in the mind of Bruno about future plans for property and land.
The Templars' Last Secret: The Dordogne Mysteries 10
A mysterious death leaves the body of an unknown woman at the foot of the château walls, who is she and where did she come from?
Bruno has to use all his experience and knowledge to find out what happened.
A Taste for Vengeance: The Dordogne Mysteries 11
Bruno's love for the Dordogne way of life and cuisine comes to the fore when he is asked to host a cookery class, but when one of the students is found dead he has to swap hats and solve the crime.
The Body in the Castle Well: The Dordogne Mysteries 12
A murder draws in the White House and the FBI giving Bruno a headache of international proportions.
But with priceless artwork and a château lying at the heart of the death, Bruno uncovers evidence that takes him back to world war two and the French conflict in Algeria.
A Shooting at Chateau Rock: The Dordogne Mysteries 13
A Russian oligarch is implicated in the death of a local farmer, but with influence that stretches back to the Kremlin, will Bruno be able to arrest the perpetrator of the crime?