The Brutal Telling

The Brutal Telling

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A stranger is found murdered in the village bistro and antiques store and all clues point to bistro owner Olivier being the killer. Once again, Chief Inspector Gamache and his team are called in to strip back layers of lies, exposing both treasures and rancid secrets long buried--but not forgotten.
Publisher: New York : Minotaur Books
Copyright Date: ℗♭2009
ISBN: 9781429955355
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor

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Apr 13, 2019

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

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.

Dec 20, 2017

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

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.

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.

ferritalelibrarian Jul 02, 2015

Once again Louise Penny explores the dark corners of the bucolic town of Three Pines, where seemingly the only crime that happens is murder. This time a stranger's murdered body is found in the bistro, right in the heart of the town, and the most likely suspect is one of their inner circle. The undercurrents run deep, delving into the little darknesses that can pervade the most upright of lives. I was moved to a moment of tears in this one, and that alone makes it my favourite so far.

Nov 21, 2014

No crime seems to happen in bucolic Three Pines--except murder. The body of an apparently homeless man is found in Olivier's bistro, and once again, not all is what it seems. Chief Inspector Gamache is taken far and wide in his efforts to identify the dead man, and whether Olivier really killed him. In the end, he arrests him. But there's more going on under the surface in this latest installment, as we learn more about Gamache, his team, and the people of Three Pines. A reversal at the end caught me by surprise, always a pleasure.

May 21, 2013

Love the series and love this story that begins to expand the story beyond the murder being investigated. An excellent series though I recommend reading them in order as there is another story slowly being developed which is in some ways darker that is running in the background of these novels. The characters gain depth with each novel so enjoy!

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PimaLib_SamR Mar 07, 2016

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


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