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The Brutal Telling by Louise Penny
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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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Once again, the little village of Three Pines is disturbed by the finding of a dead body... on the floor of the much loved town bistro!
This story has twists and turns that make answers quite elusive. Priceless treasures, a series of beautiful but somehow unsettling wood sculptures, and an unknown (to most...) hermit in a small cabin in the woods.

At the same time, Clara is about to have her artwork in a solo show... until her gallery patron makes unsavory comments that Clara just can't let pass.

All is well that ends well... but this one doesn't end completely well for everyone. ( )
  CYGeeker | Sep 6, 2018 |
Best Inspector Gamache story I've read yet. ( )
  jpnygard | Aug 2, 2018 |
I read The Brutal Telling these past two days. Oh my, how painful. And a beautiful story, I think. It's interesting how Penny leaves so many story lines open for the next book, and the next after that. I can certainly see some changes coming - some of the clues are not so subtle. I couldn't find the next book in the Borders near me that is closing - I'll have to look in Barnes and Noble this week. ( )
  ffortsa | Jul 1, 2018 |
Chaos is coming, old son. With these words the peace of Three Pines is shattered. Everybody goes to Olivier's Bistro - including a stranger whose murdered body is found on the floor. When Chief Inspector Armand Gamache is called to investigate, he is dismayed to discover that Olivier's story is full of holes. Why are his fingerprints all over the man's blood? And what other secrets and layers of lies are buried in the seemingly idyllic village? Gamache follows a trail of clues and treasures - from first editions of Charlotte's Web and Jane Eyre to a spiderweb with a word mysteriously woven in it - into the woods and across the continent, before returning to Three Pines to confront the truth and the final, brutal telling. ( )
  jepeters333 | Jun 5, 2018 |
Another excellent mystery in Penny's Gamache series. Gamache's thoughtful understanding of human emotions, his humility and appetite for knowledge, Lacoste's intuitive and sensitive connection to those being investigated and questioned play counterpoint to Jean Guy Beauvoir's arrogance, condescension controlled by natural smarts, and love of his mentor, Gamache. This wonderful combination creates a rich, gratifying foundation for this series.

Impeccable timing, smart characters with story lines of their own, a strong plot based in history, art, literature, politics and set in Canada's natural wild beauty and you get a winner.

I was surprised Penny chose to take this direction. I wondered if it would/could happen in Three Pines; and I'm glad she's shown she is not afraid of going off the beaten path and getting lost in the woods.
  Bookish59 | Apr 16, 2018 |
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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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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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