The Story: Benoît ''Bruno'' Courrèges police chief of St. Denis spends his days helping local farmers outfox the despised E.U. food inspectors, distilling his own vin de noix, and trying to forget the past until the murder of the town's French-Algerian patriarch dredges up old hatreds in Bruno, Chief of Police.
Movie Pitch: Music Box meets A Year in Provence.
Lowdown: Martin Walker's book is a nice literary pairing with the slow-food movement. But lovely as it is to linger at the table, the sleuthing can drag. B+