From Bruges with Love

From Bruges with Love Behind the glamorous facade of elite Belgian society lies a seedy world unseen by the public eye but nothing stays hidden forever Inspector Pieter Van In is begrudgingly finishing up a healthy lunch w

  • Title: From Bruges with Love
  • Author: Pieter Aspe
  • ISBN: 9781497678897
  • Page: 407
  • Format: Paperback
  • Behind the glamorous facade of elite Belgian society lies a seedy world unseen by the public eye but nothing stays hidden forever 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,Behind the glamorous facade of elite Belgian society lies a seedy world unseen by the public eye but nothing stays hidden forever 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, and Van In soon finds himself in murky waters 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 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.

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    1. Review: FROM BRUGES WITH LOVE by Pieter AspeAs many hundreds of mysteries I've read, set in the U.S Canada, the UK, Scandinavia, France, Germany, Austria, and Venice, I believe FROM BRUGES WITH LOVE is the very first set in Belgium. So the entire backdrop is new to me, as is the police and prosecutorial protocol. Yet the book is well-written, with subtle wry humour, very entertaining and a pleasure to read . I am reminded of that trite declaration, "What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas." In thi [...]

    2. This author had been recommended to me when I was in Europe last month. He is very popular over there and I was excited to get this book to review. I love reading books in different places that really make the location come alive and this book does exactly that. It is set in Bruges, a city on my Bucket List, so I felt like I was heaven and was not disappointed. Pieter Van In, a police inspector, and his wife Hannelore Martens, deputy public prosecutor, are expecting their first child when a skel [...]

    3. Someone else might enjoy this crime story set in Belgium more than I did. A skeleton is dug up on ground where a house is being renovated for a family. The land around was owned by a rich man who rented to a charity called Helping Our Own. In no time we're knee deep in bribe-taking cops, paedophiles in high status roles, more brothels than you could shake a stick at including every roadside café. One brothel is called the Love which is where the title is drawn from; there is not much genuine lo [...]

    4. It’s those unexpected incidents that disturb us most.For Hugo Vermast it’s those bones his hyperactive little girl dug up. Hugo might have dismissed them. But his wife, a nurse, recognized them immediately for what they were and insisted he call the police.Inspector Pieter Van In would like to resolve the case quickly so he can take his pregnant wife, Hannelore, the deputy public prosecutor, on vacation before the birth of their child.But the situation proves more difficult than it first app [...]

    5. 3.5 stars. A good, suspenseful mystery with lots of complicated threads and the right amount of twists and turns. I especially enjoyed the Belgian setting. I had a few quibbles that may be a result of being translated form the original, such as a character's words saying one thing but seeming to have an entirely different emotional meaning or a character shouting or whispering something for no apparent reason. In other places, however, I was very impressed with the translation, so I'm not sure w [...]

    6. Creo que voy a casarme con NETGALLEY.¡Otra joyita más para leer!(I got a free copy of this ebook from NetGalley in exchange for a review.)

    7. Although this book is one of a series, it reads very well as a stand-alone. I loved the setting in Belgium and learning more about the culture was very interesting. So, now I want to go to Belgium! Anyway, back to the book! Inspector Pieter Van In is an old-school policeman so when a skeleton is discovered, he does whatever it takes to uncover the truth. Even if that means disturbing some of the rich and famous and not necessarily following the letter of the law. He's like a dog with a bone and [...]

    8. I liked it. It was a good, standard police procedural - a bit grisly but not too bad, a plausible plot, good characters and well written. I especially like that the primary detective is pretty stable - I get tired of the angst and emotional vacillation in many of the books of this type.The plot was a bit involved and because the style of names was new to me, I had some trouble keeping the characters straight.I do wish the translator or author had included a chart explaining the organization of p [...]

    9. Mijn eerste Aspe en ik weet niet waar de hype vandaan kwam. Ik vond dit een verwarrend verhaal met veel personages die afwisselend met voor- en achternaam worden aangesproken, zonder extra aanwijzingen om ze onmiddellijk te identificeren. Vlakke personages ook, al bij al, en overvloedig alcohol- en vleesverbruik. De plot was wel oké, maar spannend of geïntrigeerd was ik toch niet. Mwoah. Niet voor herhaling vatbaar.

    10. Een beter opgebouwd verhaal dan De Midasmoorden. Maar de figuur Van In moet volgens mij nog rijpen voor me. Nooit geweten dat een hoofdpersonage in een boekenreeks me zo slecht kon bevallen

    11. Not so much my thing. Full review to come.Complete review:I've been a lifelong mystery novel nut, from my first taste of the genre thanks to Nancy Drew to all the variety that has been offered as of late thanks to translations. In general, while I like a good mystery novel set in the U.S I really enjoy reading translations because I like the varied moods conveyed by Scandinavian fiction or Japanese fiction, so I was eager to read this book. However, it never really clicked with me, due mainly to [...]

    12. Read my full review here: mimi-cyberlibrarian.c You might call From Bruges with Love a police procedural, but the policeman, Inspector Pieter Van In, solves crimes by his gut instinct rather than from "police procedures," and he runs into constant trouble for his efforts. This is the third of Aspe's mysteries in this series to be translated into English, and the first that I have read, but from the reviews I read, Van In seems always to be going to extremes to solve the crimes.As mysteries go, F [...]

    13. (I received a free copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.)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, and [...]

    14. I received this from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The author, Pieter Aspe is very popular in Europe. I guess a lot of the problems/difficulty I had with this book comes from the fact that Europe is not the US, and there are differences in humor and interest in books in the two places. Inspector Van In is called up because a skeleton is found during a farmhouse restoration. Van In, married to the public defender, who just happens to be very pregnant with their child, goes to the ca [...]

    15. 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 [...]

    16. This is the third book in a long series of police procedural novels by Belgian author Pieter Aspe. It was originally published in 1997 as De kinderen van Chronos. Open Road Media has published the first three books in English-language translations.I enjoy reading books that give me a view of how policemen work in other countries. As a proscecutor, Van In's wife Hannelore works directly with the police during an investigation. Van In is a maverick and often goes more on intuition than evidence, b [...]

    17. When a young girl discovers a skeleton on the property her family is renovating, Asst. Commissioner Pieter Van In is charged with finding out who buried the body decades ago. As Van In looks for records of the previous property owners for a clue to the skeleton’s identity, he finds a disturbing history of prostitution, drugs and pedophilia going back decades involving some very important government officials. When he is cautioned to proceed carefully, Van In chooses to do the opposite, and in [...]

    18. 3.0 out of 5 stars Conspiracy, child abuse and a maverick cop, 17 July 2015When Inspector Pieter Van In and his gay sergeant Guido Versavel of the Bruges Special Investigations Unit are called to investigate the discovery of human bones on a local farm, the ripples from this ‘pebble in the pond’ have far-reaching results.Whilst he establishes that the present-day owners have nothing to do with the bones, when he starts investigating previous owners, a charity called ‘Helping Our Own’ cro [...]

    19. Murder in Bruges and a Secret From the PastA young couple are restoring a badly deteriorated farm house when they discover a skeleton in the backyard. Commissioner Van In and his wife, Deputy Prosecutor Hannelore, get the case. At first it seems to be a mysterious death, but when the skeleton is a murder victim the case changes. The farm was first owned by one of the wealthiest men in Bruges. He donated it to charity and from there it found it's way to the young couple. Donation to a charity see [...]

    20. Aspe has a series with Inspector Pieter Van In as protagonist. This is the first of the Van In books I have read. Net Galley sent me an advance copy in exchange for an unbiased review.The only problem I had is one I have had before, and it was that I had some trouble keeping track of the characters. I keep thinking I will make a list, but become involved in the story and then realize I am a bit confused. In this case, many of the surnames began with “V” and were Belgian in origin. I really n [...]

    21. I got fooled again; like a couple of previous books, I expected this mystery to be new, but as it turned out this is merely the first English translation of a book first published in 1997. You wouldn’t think it would make that much of a difference, but it is at times jarring, such as a clue being found in a Betamax box, which was obsolete even then to the character, but you surely wouldn’t find one nowadays outside of a museum.These Dutch—or Flemish—names make it difficult to keep track [...]

    22. I loved the first two books in the Inspector Van In series, and I thought I’d go ahead and give this one a try. These are older mystery books, first published in the ’90s (I think, perhaps the earlier one are from the ’80s?), but they’re just now being translated into English and sent over here. When I started this one I had no idea that I was reading the 33rd book in the series! (33?! HOW?) It doesn’t matter that I jumped so far ahead in the series because even though the relationship [...]

    23. Given To Me For An Honest ReviewFrom Bruges with Love by Pieter Aspe is the first English translation of a book that was published in 1997. Make sure before you begin to read you tighten up your seatbelt because you're in for one hold you down, twist and turns ride. As you begin reading, you will begin to feel like this book is drawing you in and you become a part of the story. The story holds you down and you'll watch those pages turn and turn and turn some more until you get to the end. You'll [...]

    24. Reading police procedurals reveals quite a bit about different judicial processes, although the human condition is woefully similar whether it be Sicily (Camilleri), Los Angeles (many, most notably Connolly at present), NYC (McBain in the past), New Orleans (Burke) to name a few. The originality lies in the execution of the characters and the daily routines they inhabit. Although there are many previous books in this series, this is my first but won't be the last. Van In reminds me somewhat of M [...]

    25. rder and more!_____2 1/2 starsAh Perrier or Duvel sparkling water or an ice cold Belgian beer.Inspector Pieter Van is in the midst of an enforced diet and now a murder. Both are annoying!Van In is a knockabout police detective who follows his own rules. He's kept somewhat in line by his wife Hannelore Martens, the deputy public prosecutor. I enjoyed both these characters and their interactions.At this stage they are pregnant. Van In's reflections on child rearing are interesting, particularly as [...]

    26. I received this book via NetGalley to give an honest review. When I read the blurb I really enjoyed the way it sounded, though when I started the book I wasn't too invested in it. The skeleton being found intrigued me but then after that it went sorta downhill as at times I was getting confused by which characters were who. I didn't find the character Hannelore to be a very good character as she plays a big role but she spent have the time smoking and drinking while pregnant, though I know women [...]

    27. This is a fun mystery read, pretty well-written but with some formulaic elements. You got your gruff guy with a temper problem, but it's okay 'cuz he's so good at his job and most of the folks he doesn't like end up being bad guys anyway. You got your beautiful, sexy, capable lawyer lady love interest. You got a gay partner/side kick. And a whole host of really bad guys, all of whom are rich and some of whom are politicians, so it's easy not to like them. Everything ends up getting tied up prett [...]

    28. It seems that I've got a bit of a thing for European detective novels translated from their original language. This year I have really enjoyed the Montalbano series, the Icelandic Detective Erlandur and of course now Inspector Pieter Van In. The thing that I really loved about this book was the characters. The crime itself could have taken place pretty much anywhere but here you have a whole cast of interesting and well rounded people. There is a real humour to these people even in the dark and [...]

    29. Van In the Bruges police inspector and Hannelore the prosecutor are happily married and pregnant. She has put him on a diet (not without good reasons) and restricted his Duvel intake as well. He's bearing up reasonably well but it's making him a little cranky. Then the annoying children of a pretentious yuppy couple discover a skeleton while digging in the sand outside their old farmhouse renovation project.It's Van In and Versavel's case, and Hannelore is involved in it as well. It turns into a [...]

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