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The Brutal Telling: A Chief Inspector…

The Brutal Telling: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel (original 2009; edition 2017)

by Louise Penny (Author)

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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.
Title:The Brutal Telling: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel
Authors:Louise Penny (Author)
Info:Minotaur Books (2017), Edition: Reprint, 400 pages
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A second disappointing book in the Gamache series which started so well. This one is Louise Penny meets Dan Brown, with a large emphasis on (pointless) cryptic messages. There is, again, too much time spent on people's unbelievably reflective innermost thoughts, expressed in over-the-top terms. Much of the time the plot dragged. And I hated the ending; almost threw the book against the wall. There were just enough moments of Penny's good writing to keep me plugging along, and since I already own the next book in the series I will read it, but I think it is set away from Three Pines and a good thing for all concerned, including the residents of Three Pines! ( )
  Abcdarian | May 18, 2024 |
A superb mystery with artistic and literary references to Thoreau, to Emily Carr, quotes, and a gently evolving but interesting murder story in small town Quebec. I listened to it on CD and the reader was ideal. ( )
  featherbooks | May 7, 2024 |
This is the fifth in the Detective Inspector Armand Gamache series. My verdict, like for the previous four books, is that it’s okay, but not great.

The body of a stranger is found in the village bistro in Three Pines. It’s obvious that he was murdered. Gamache and his team arrive to investigate. Though Olivier doesn’t admit to knowing him, the reader knows that Olivier visited the man, a hermit, who lived in a cabin in the woods surrounding the village. When the cabin is located, it is found to be filled with very valuable antiques and collectibles. All the clues suggest that Olivier is the killer; his lack of truthfulness only adds to his being the main suspect.

The lack of proper procedure stands out. Gamache shares information with residents of Three Pines, any of whom could be the murderer! He even lets people have access to evidence! He manages to obtain a warrant to search every single house in the village. I’m not a legal expert, but I don’t think that’s how warrants work. Shouldn’t there be arrests of people who tampered with evidence and impeded the investigation?

I was irritated by some other issues as well. No one else other than Olivier is aware of the existence of the cabin? Gabri, Olivier’s partner, is totally unaware of Olivier’s regular midnight trysts? Gamache has to take a trip to the West Coast to figure out that the carvings, taken as a whole, tell a story?! The Caesar code is one of the easiest to decipher and it’s misleading to state that a key word is needed; all someone has to do is to try a shift of one, two, three, etc. There are only 25 possibilities! Why would the hermit carve these particular words in two of the carvings; they seem to serve little purpose for the hermit. Only for the investigators do they have significance? The man knew he was going to be killed so left the words as clues? Finally, a successful art dealer is so overtly homophobic?!

There are several unanswered questions in the book, including the identity of the victim. Having looked at some reviews, it seems that the next book clarifies some of the ambiguities. If that is indeed the case, then the author did not treat the reader fairly; this seems a cheap tactic to sell more books.

I’m starting to feel slightly masochistic in continuing to listen to this series. The promise that the books do get better is not being fulfilled. I understand that this is a cozier mystery, but the number of unbelievable events is problematic.

Note: Please check out my reader's blog (https://schatjesshelves.blogspot.com/) and follow me on Twitter (https://twitter.com/DCYakabuski). ( )
  Schatje | Apr 22, 2024 |
This one broke ma little bit ( )
  corliss12000 | Mar 16, 2024 |
A complete stranger is found murdered inside the local bistro in the small rather remote settlement of Three Pines - a common setting for Inspector Gamache stories. Suspicion falls on outsiders and incomers as attempts to identify the victim are stymied. Eventually it is a village insider who becomes the most obvious culprit. It is Inspector Gamache's insights into evidence and character that leads his team to catch the killer.

Alongside the murder investigation we get glimpses into the lives of the villagers an their eccentric habits, hobbies and relationships, and the ways in which Gamache's team interact and develop a worldview with his prompting and leadership.

As always, Louise Penny has produced a book of great subtlety and character within a violent setting and narrative. Very often nothing seems to happen, but her painting of characters and emotions show us that everything is happening, often all at once.

Another highly recommended read from this unfailingly excellent series. ( )
  pierthinker | Feb 8, 2024 |
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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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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.

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