The Brutal Telling

The Brutal Telling

Book - 2009
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An ingenious and riveting mystery of murder, revenge and a cold-blooded killer, this is the internationally bestselling author's finest yet.

In the heart of the forest, two men sit at midnight, haunted by fear of discovery. In a few hours' time, one of them will be dead, his secrets following him to the grave... When C. I. Gamache is called to investigate a murder in a picturesque Three Pines, he finds a village in chaos. A man has been found, bludgeoned to death, and there is no sign of a weapon, a motive or even the dead man's name. Gamache and his colleagues, Inspector Beauvoir and Agent Isabelle Lacoste, start to dig under the skin of this peaceful haven for clues. They slowly uncover a trail of stolen treasure, mysterious codes and a shameful history that begins to shed light on the victim's identity - and point to a terrifying killer...

Publisher: London : Headline, 2009
ISBN: 9780755341047
075534104X
9780751547580
Characteristics: viii, 374 p. --

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cknightkc
Mar 30, 2020

THE BRUTAL TELLING is the fifth installment of author Louise Penny’s popular mystery series. The inimitable Inspector Armand Gamache returns to the remote Quebec village of Three Pines to solve yet another murder. As the story unfolds, he and his team interact with the many quirky residents of Three Pines that fans like me have grown to love, along with a few new ones. But all is not light-hearted. The characters, who charmed readers in previous books, now are slowly revealing their flaws and imperfections. This is the darkest book so far in the series. The setting of the dense woods and forest is so integral to the story’s mood and plot. Secrets and lies abound. Author Louise Penny does a masterful job balancing the tragic with moments of humor while including a little Canadian history and First Nations culture. At the end of this complex puzzle, readers are left to ponder the fate of one of Three Pines’ locals. I’m looking forward to Book #6.

JCLS_Ashland_Kristin Feb 19, 2020

I struggle with sticking with cozy mystery series...and while these are only MOSTLY cozy, I occasionally have a hard time suspending my disbelief at the number of murders in this small town setting. However, I really do enjoy the characters and keep reading!

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EllenMSmith
Oct 31, 2019

Second in Armand Gamache mysteries set in Montreal (have read the first, Still Life 11/16)

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kkirby221
Apr 13, 2019

The best story in the series (so far). Much to ponder in relation to the storyline.

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barnesjoan
Apr 04, 2018

Not Penny's best work. The final chapter seems like a coda wherein the author tries to convince the reader of the plot conclusion. I found myself as much in disbelief as one of the main characters.

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brangwinn
Dec 20, 2017

Another great Louise Penny book. Chief Inspector Gamache books are always engrossing. Great character development helps immensely.

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JLMason
Jun 05, 2017

Multiple "brutal tellings" drive the characters in the fifth and, so far, best book of the series as Penny continues to develop her writing skills. The scene is shifting in Three Pines; the idyllic pastime of its denizens is perturbed as new inhabitants arrive and a beloved villager departs in shocking disgrace. What do these disquieting changes bode for the next book?!

rb3221 May 18, 2017

A story that revolves around the deep troubling secrets of one of the residents of Three Pines. Could Olivier possibly be a murderer? Greed, jealousy and fear of exposure are themes in this novel. Have the characters and lives of the Three Pines residents changed forever?
A bit of a disappointing ending and not my favorite Penny novel but still an entertaining, good read.

ehbooklover Oct 29, 2016

I just love Penny's books. The quirky characters, the beautiful (and Canadian!) setting, the numerous red herrings, and the suspenseful and satisfying denouements all make for an addictive mystery series that I always look forward to reading.

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tocch101
Jul 31, 2015

A good book with a heartbreaking ending. I'm looking forward to more of the series and wondering if anything else will occur with this case.

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cknightkc
Mar 30, 2020

“Gamache knew it was impossible to split language from culture. That without one the other withered. To love the language was to respect the culture.” - p. 340

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cknightkc
Mar 30, 2020

“Funny how imperfections on the outside mean something splendid beneath.” - p. 103

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cknightkc
Mar 30, 2020

“Murders are about emotions. Emotions gone bad and gone wild. Remember that. And don’r ever think you know what someone else is thinking, never mind feeling.” - p. 75

PimaLib_SamR Mar 07, 2016

Better to accept the wretched truth than struggle, twisting, to make a wish a reality.

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