The wise and beleaguered Chief Inspector Armand Gamache returns to Three Pines The Brutal Telling, the fifth book in Louise Penny's #1 New York Times bestselling series.
Chaos is coming, old son.
With those 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 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 cabin that's uncovered deep in the wilderness, with priceless antiques and the dead 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.
*BONUS CONTENT: This edition of Brutal Telling includes a new introduction from the author and a discussion guide.
When the body of an unknown old man turns up in a bistro in Agatha-winner Penny's excellent fifth mystery set in the Quebec village of Three Pines (after Jan. 2009's A Rule Against Murder), Chief Insp. Armand Gamache investigates. At a cabin in the woods apparently belonging to the dead man, Gamache and his team are shocked to discover the remote building is full of priceless antiquities, from first edition books to European treasures thought to have disappeared during WWII. When suspicion falls on one of Three Pines' most prominent citizens, it's up to Gamache to sift through the lies and uncover the truth. Though Gamache is undeniably the focus, Penny continues to develop her growing cast of supporting characters, including newcomers Marc and Dominique Gilbert, who are converting an old house the site of two murders into a spa. Readers keen for another glimpse into the life of Three Pines will be well rewarded. 100,000 first printing.
Probably her best one yet
Together with Penny,s first Gamache book this the best of the series. The depth of the personalities, the descriptions of the loves and fears, and of the countryside are more haunting and beautiful than ever. And the solution to the crime is so simple yet so complicated.
Brilliant with mouth watering dishes.
Perfect pacing, colorful and complex characters and a twisty plot with many surprises. Loved this one too. Highly recommend.
The Brutal Telling
I have started to read this Gamache series from its beginning. This Brutal Telling is very poetic with its suspense and underlying story. Very interesting history brought in! Still can’t believe the end! I will continue reading this series as I know the characters from Three Pines return in future books. I really enjoyed The Brutal Telling!