The Brutal Telling

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 secretsChaos 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 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.
The Brutal Telling 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 vil

  • Title: The Brutal Telling
  • Author: Louise Penny
  • ISBN: 9780312377038
  • Page: 318
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 1 thought on “The Brutal Telling”

    1. Having read all of Louise Penny's previous novels about the perfectvillage of Three Pines and the amazing Chief Inspector Gamache I wasprepared to be vastly entertained by a witty, sometimes funny andintricately plotted mystery whose solution always lies in the hearts ofmen and the ability of Gamache to suss out what lies within.I was not prepared for this compelling and unflinching look into theheart of darkness that resides within us all. It is a universal truththat we can never fully know ano [...]

    2. Chaos is coming, old son.Having been introduced to Three Pines, the fictional Quebec village close to the Vermont border, I have fallen in love with it and it's quirky residents. But as I read my way through the series their flaws and imperfections are being revealed. Like layers on an onion slowly being peeled back one layer at a time. In A Rule Against Murder we learned a bit more about Peter Morrow. In this fifth installment in the series we learn more about Olivier Brulé, the gay man who al [...]

    3. Another excellent book in this great series. This is book five and I am becoming quite attached to all the characters, especially Armand Gamache himself of course. He always moves so quietly through each story, absorbing all the facts, gently managing his colleagues and eventually solving the crimes.All our favourite residents of Three Pines popped up along the way and one featured in the worst possible manner. I cannot help thinking that something will happen in the next book to help this chara [...]

    4. Penny is at the top of her form with this 5th installment of the “cosy” mystery series set in the fictional rural Quebec village of Three Pines. A strange turns up dead in the bistro run by a gay couple, and Instpector Armand Gamache of the provincial homicide division come to town with his team to solve it. In the process, he digs up many secrets and suspects in this tight-knit community, mostly achieved through his special talent at listening and being able to garner subtle clues and detec [...]

    5. Three Pines welcomed Marc and Dominique Gilbert as the new owners of Hadley house on the hill. For once, this sad, violated, derelict house got a second chance. It never belonged to the village, according to inspector Armand Gamache. It seemed the accusation, the voyeur on the hill, that looked down on them. Judged them. Preyed on them. And sometimes took one of the villagers, and killed them.Three Pines was not like any other village. "Every Quebec village has a vocation", said Clara. “Some m [...]

    6. Ahhh, Louise Penny you have broken my heart! Generally I read Penney's novels because I adore her mysteries but even more so because I have come to think of Inspector Gamache, his team and the marvelous people of Three Pines as literary friends. Penny does this to you with her incredible writing, in-depth character development and her beautiful story telling. The mystery is there but it is the people that you come back time and to visit time and again.So I blindly walked into this story believin [...]

    7. The Hook Needed a comfort read after reading several brutal thrillers. Strange that this one has Brutal in the title but it was much less violent even with a murder in the plot. The Line –“Funny how imperfections on the outside mean something splendid beneath.”The Sinker – I was probably half way through this 5th Chief Inspector Armand Gamachein the series before I became interested in the mystery. It didn’t grab me right away. As more and more was revealed about the murder victim I be [...]

    8. My first book of the new year!I'd really like to give this book 2.5 stars. The ending really irritated me but the rest was pretty good. I'm going to start of the new year with kindness and give it three stars.This book is interesting and well written for the most part. It has a few slow spots but it's hard to put down once you reach the half way point. I'm sure it will be appealing to fans of this series. I haven't read any of Penny's books before so there have been a few moments when I've wonde [...]

    9. Never thought I would see this day!If someone had told me that I would be rating a Louise Penny book with two stars, I would have disregarded them as crazy. The author is such a good writer that there is no way this was even a choice. Sadly, I have to do it. In this novel pretty much goes against everything that has led me to love her work in the past. When we first met the inhabitants of Three Pines we were introduced to a fascinating group of people. At this point, we have had quite a bit of t [...]

    10. I have yet to be disappointed with the Louise Penny's Chief Inspector Gamache series but so far, this is my favorite. The Brutal Telling show how far Gamache will go to bring a murderer to justice no matter what or whom. It shows a tougher side of Armand Gamache and why he is the Chief Inspector.I got to see a darker side of him, how he can be "brutal"when necessary. I also see a darker side of Three Pine. I loved all the twists and turns all the way up to the very end. Normally Three Pines seem [...]

    11. Louise Penny's Inspector Armand Gamache series is my favorite series in the mystery genre. The 5th book is back again at Three Pines introducing new unwanted owners of the haunting Hadley house. An unknown hermit is murdered, a treasure is found, and we witness the worst traits of the book's characters. This is a story of greed, jealousy, resentment, and lies.What I enjoyed most was the wonderful poetic nature of The Brutal Telling. Listening to quotes narrated by the late Ralph Cosham is such a [...]

    12. **THIS REVIEW IS ONE LONG SPOILER**Okay. I've told everyone that I read books twice before I write a review, because it's not fair to someone who spends a year just bringing a book to market, plus who knows how long dreaming it up and committing it to paper and lovingly burnishing its prose, simply to wing off some half-baked sentences about it.So I read this book twice, and thought about it, and examined my responses to it. I was careful to think through my strong reactions to the book.I can no [...]

    13. DisappointingForest British Columbia, by Emily Carr, Image source digitaljournalAs much as it pains me to say this, I'm finding that the appeal of the Chief Inspector Armand Gamache series is diminishing as I get further into it.As I said in my review of the fourth (and preceding) book, A Rule Against Murder (see the review here: /review/show), the series is starting to get a bit stale, formulaic and repetitive.Unfortunately, this often seems to happen with series, especially mystery or crime no [...]

    14. Louise Penny provides everything a fine detective story should have and much much more. This book breaks the bounds of the genre, as Inspector Gamache conducts a marvelous exploration of the mind of the criminal and the victim. There is also a serious break with the eclectic cast of the village of Three Pines that has fascinating implications for subsequent books in this series. Overall a great read.

    15. Poetry, art, philosophy, sociology, history, literature, psychology, and a smattering of la langue français. Chief Inspector Gamache is so much more well read and insightful than I am. But his wisdom is held and shared quietly, kindly.There are so many facets I enjoy about the Three Pines mysteries. The village itself, the community and all its colorful inhabitants. The smooth and thoughtful Inspector Gamache, his family, and his somewhat clumsier colleagues. And all those first eight things I [...]

    16. First Sentence: “All of them? Even the children?” The fireplace sputtered and cackled and swallowed his gas. “Slaughtered?”As the seasons are changing, so are lives in the village of Three Pines. The body of an unknown man of a stranger is left in the bistro and antiques store of Oliver and Gabri. Chief Inspector Gamache must identify the victim as well as the killer uncovering secrets and lies along the way.Quite different from the previous four books, this feels to be a transitional bo [...]

    17. [This review is based on an Advanced Reader Copy won through the First Reads program.:]The Brutal Telling is an enjoyable, quiet mystery, with two major flaws.To repeat what some others have said, this is a nice small town mystery with interesting characters. Once the story pulled me in, I "couldn't put it down." (Okay, I could put it down. But I was always eager to return to it.)You can read more about the plot and the characters and the writing in other reviews. I want to address what I saw a [...]

    18. This was a difficult book for me in the Armand Gamache series. I did not enjoy the direction that the story went at all. Gamache and his crew are all wonderful, but some of the dark belly of Three Pines comes to light. One of my favorites in the village is accused of something horrid. This was painful.

    19. People come to mystery novels for different reasons, which explains why there is such a wide variety of sub-genres. When we read a mystery we are confronted with our own fears, desires, and those less than pleasant parts of our personality that we work to prevent seeing the light of day. Louise Penny deals with exactly that uglier part of our natures in this novel, The Brutal Telling. I have read all five of the Chief Inspector Gamache novels. After reading Ms Penny's second novel I caught on to [...]

    20. Appropriate October read, this being the darkest of the series for me thus far. We find our group of regulars battling some of their own inner demons, while at the same time trying to come to grips with the arrival of some unwanted outsiders. Even the landscapes in this addition were described more gloomy, remote and shadowy than usual. Inspector Gamache is back in Three Pines again surrounded by his friends and a mysterious death. The body of an unknown homeless man is found in the local Bistro [...]

    21. I have enjoyed Louise Penny’s novels immensely, but reading her 5th instalment of the series has sealed it firmly, she is an amazing writer and I loved her novels deeply. This book makes me curious enough to google famous English verses and poems because how wonderful it features them. Chief Inspector Armand Gamache was called back to Three Pines for another murder, the victim was a stranger with a smashed skull found in Olivier’s and Gabri’s Bistro. Everyone was shocked, the Bistro’s re [...]

    22. I’ve loved Louise Penny’s books since Still Life, and read them quickly, almost one after another, but somehow I missed The Brutal Telling in my Year of Louise Penny, 2011. Since some of what happens in The Brutal Telling is revealed at the beginning of Bury Your Dead (2011), which I thought was brilliant, I considered skipping it altogether. Boy, am I glad I didn’t! Had I not opened this book, I would have missed the continued rich development of characters I know and love, the interestin [...]

    23. Another well-rounded story about the little town of Three Pines in Canada, which is a friendly town with an unusually high murder rate. As usual, it's the people that make this a great story, although the process of solving the crime makes it more compelling. How could anyone not love the famous poet, Ruth - an old woman who drinks too much, curses and insults people for no reason, and has a pet duck that she dresses in sweaters or even a raincoat? She's one of my favorites, by the way.In this s [...]

    24. Previously on , my review for book 4I made it to the duck.Rosa is a character finally.She even wears clothing.However, she does not say, "Fuck" and that means I haven't read what I'm supposed to read about this duck, yet.I've got to keep going.I'd keep going anyhow.While the mystery in this book, like the others, is fairly weak, and I'm not buying the solution at all, I truly enjoyed everything else, especially the cabin full of treasure hidden in the woods.A first edition of Charlotte's Web? I' [...]

    25. Fifth in the Chief Inspector Armand Gamache mystery series and revolving around Gamache and Three Pines.The Brutal Telling won the Agatha Award for Best Novel in 2009 and the Anthony Award for Best Novel in 2010 and was nominated for a Dilys Award and the Macavity Award for Best Mystery Novel in 2010. My TakeThis one was confusing, convoluted, and horrible. The confusion from how Penny filled in the background on the Hermit and the "stranger's" relationship, over the victim's identity, the why o [...]

    26. Gamache #5 is in the books.Louise Penny continues to spin excellent mysteries in the tiny Quebec village of Three Pines.Again, the regulars are present: Olivier, Gabri, Clara, Peter, and of course the acerbic Ruth. And her duck.And, once again, the mystery is a mystery, keeping you guessing throughout.Penny's gift is making every page interesting. Whether it be by dialogue or plot reveals or the evolution of these characters, the last thing you can say about her novels is that they're boring. Th [...]

    27. Ако досега сте се наслаждавали на уюта и очарованието на спокойния живот в планинското селце, останали някак встрани от трагичните инциденти в предните истории, „Отровни думи“ ще ви накара да избягвате да я четете сами вечерно време. Ще попаднете в един съвсем различен не [...]

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