The Brutal Telling by Louise Penny
A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel (Armand Gamache Mysteries)

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Chaos is coming, old son.

With those words the peace of Three Pines is shattered. As families prepare to head back to the city and children say goodbye to summer, a stranger is found murdered in the village bistro and antiques store. Once again, Chief Inspector Gamache and his team are called in to strip back layers of lies, exposing both treasures and rancid secrets buried in the wilderness.

No one admits to knowing the murdered man, but as secrets are revealed, chaos begins to close in on the beloved bistro owner, Olivier. How did he make such a spectacular success of his business? What past did he leave behind and why has he buried himself in this tiny village? And why does every lead in the investigation find its way back to him?

As Olivier grows more frantic, a trail of clues and treasures-- from first editions of Charlotte's Web and Jane Eyre to a spider web with the word "WOE" woven in it--lead the Chief Inspector deep into the woods and across the continent in search of the truth, and finally back to Three Pines as the little village braces for the truth and the final, brutal telling.

 

About Louise Penny

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LOUISE PENNY is The New York Times and Globe and Mail bestselling author of seven novels featuring Chief Inspector Armand Gamache. Her debut, Still Life, won the John Creasey Dagger and the Arthur Ellis, Barry, Anthony, and Dilys Awards, and was named one of the five Mystery/Crime Novels of the Decade by Deadly Pleasures magazine. Penny was the first author ever to win the Agatha Award for Best Novel four times—for A Fatal Grace, The Cruelest Month, The Brutal Telling (which also received the Anthony Award for Best Novel), and Bury Your Dead (which also won the Dilys, Arthur Ellis, Anthony, Macavity, and Nero Awards). She lives in a small village south of Montréal.
 
Published September 22, 2009 by Minotaur Books. 383 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, Crime. Fiction

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Chief Inspector Gamache of the Canadian Sûreté is again called to restore order to the tiny Quebecois hamlet of Three Pines.

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When the body of an unknown old man turns up in a bistro in Agatha-winner Penny's excellent fifth mystery set in the Quebec village of Three Pines (after Jan. 2009's A Rule Against Murder ), Chief Insp.

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"All of them? Even the children?" The fireplace sputtered and cackled and swallo...

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Inspector Gamache has been called back to solve another murder, but it's going to take a lot of detective work and intuition to peel back the layers of lies covering the truth behind the shocking murder of an unknown hermit.

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This is the fifth book in which he features, but once you come to grips with the who's who of the village there's no problem at all in reading this as a stand-alone, although I suspect that the temptation to go back and find the earlier books might prove well-nigh irresistible.

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Open Letters Monthly

Her detective, Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, has been called “a 21st century version of Hercule Poirot.” My opening caveat: to see her solely in the Christie mode is unfair to Penny, Christie, and you, the reader.

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When Gamache gets into the bottom of it along with his team, Jean Guy Beauvoir and Isabelle Lacoste, he finds the identity of the victim, , the motive, the weapon and the original place of murder.

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As Olivier grows more frantic, a trail of clues and treasures— from first editions of Charlotte’s Web and Jane Eyre to a spider web with the word “WOE” woven in it—lead the Chief Inspector deep into the woods and across the continent in search of the truth, and fin...

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Book Geeks

But like all closed communities in crime fiction, Three Pines has its fair share of long-buried guilty secrets.

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The Quebec village of Three Pines is a quaint retreat from the hectic pace of 21st-century society.

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Belle Wong

It doesn’t contain spoilers about the previous books and you won’t need to have read the previous four books in order to understand the mystery in this book.

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