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The Brutal Telling (2009)

by Louise Penny

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Series: Chief Inspector Armand Gamache (5)

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Excellent book. Wish I had read the series in order. So confused about the people's lives ( )
  shazjhb | Apr 27, 2017 |
In this fifth of the series (but the second I've read), Chief Inspector Gamache and his team are back in the little Quebec village of Three Pines to investigate a body found in the local bistro. That no one recognizes the elderly dead man is unusual, but it soon becomes clear that he wasn't killed where he was found, which means that the body was placed there. Gamache and his team discover great treasures of the world with this investigation, and that Three Pines is home to a large Czech community.

This one has so many twists and far-reaching clues and red herrings. ( )
  mstrust | Feb 24, 2017 |
Inspector Gamache is called in to investigate the cause of death and the identity of an unknown man in the little Canadian village of Three Pines. The characters are eclectic; the writing good. I just didn't like the story. I like drama but not mysteries as a rule. ( )
  LivelyLady | Jan 29, 2017 |
Perfectly likable and much about art, which is always fun. But Three Pines is like the Cabot Cove of Canada - there is always a body. And Clara needs to drop that husband of hers. He's an ass. ( )
1 vote laurenbufferd | Nov 14, 2016 |
The book in which Louise Penny went from great to magnificent. Brilliant. ( )
1 vote Perednia | Oct 16, 2016 |
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While constant readers may think they know all there is to know about its eccentric villagers, Penny is a great one for springing surprises.
 

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Louise Pennyprimary authorall editionscalculated
Bania, ChrysaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Chabalier, ClaireTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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For the SPCA Monteregie, and all the people who would "ring the bells of Heaven." And for Maggie, who finally gave all her heart away.
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"All of them? even the children?"
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There was silence then. And in that hush lived all the things that could be worse than slaughter. (p1)
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When C.I. Gamache is called to investigate a murder in 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.

Gammache 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.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0312377037, Hardcover)

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.

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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.… (more)

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