The Brutal Telling Book reviews


Author(s): Louise PennyDownload  


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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Adina rated it      

Although Armand Gamache series is my favourite among the mystery genre The Brutal Telling is the first that got 5*. It checked all the right boxes but what finally made me to give it the top mark was the author’s courage to make one of the most loved characters as top suspect .

Once again, I have to point out that this series has to be read in order so if you like crime fiction, which is a bit cosy but also dark try this series but from book 1.

I am not going to repeat the blurb, I will only write what I enjoyed about this novel. Firstly, the writing is beautiful as always. The characters are all interesting, even the secondary ones. The way the plot was waved was so intricate, I particularly enjoyed the story about the mountain and how it was mingled with the main plot. All the art talk. The way Mrs Penny writes about food makes my mouth water every time. It was almost perfect.

The next novel is connected with this one so I have to get to it soon.


Thomas rated it     

4 stars for book 5 in the Armand Gamache mystery series. This book would work as a stand alone, but it does help to read them in order, as I am doing. In this book, a body is found in the bistro/antique store run by Olivier and Gabri, a gay couple. Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the the Surete homicide squad, based in Montreal, is called in along with his team. He and his team start investigating, uncovering secrets and lies. They soon have several suspects. Gamache does solve the crime, but not until the end. I was not sure of the identity of the murderer until the end.
Louise Penny’s books have to be read slowly, because she provides so much descriptive information about the places, scenery and the people in her books. My wife says that she likes to savor every word. There is only the one murder with no graphic violence. There is also very little profanity. This series would be suitable for cozy mystery fans.
This was a library book.
Two quotes:
Gamache’s dog: “In the kitchen Gamache’s German shepherd, Henri, sat up in his bed and cocked his head. He had huge oversized ears which made Gamache think he wasn’t a purebred but a cross between a shepherd and a satellite dish.”
Lies: “People lied all the time in murder investigations. If the first victim of war was the truth, some of the first victims of a murder investigation were people’s lies. The lies they told themselves, the lies they told each other.”


Paula rated it      

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 joy. What a voice. What a beautiful French Canadian accent.

4.5 rounded up to 5 stars due to the outstanding audio book and Ralph Cosham.

Don’t miss this series.


Phrynne rated it     

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 character redeem himself. Oh and I really hope Rosa the duck returns. What will Three Pines be without her?
This was a real pleasure to read and I am very happy that I have Bury Your Dead ready to read any day now:)


Rita rated it      

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 seems to be heaven on earth but this book darkens everything it touches, which in itself a twist. How far will greed take someone and how far will they go to justify what they have done?
A man that no one claims to know is found dead on the floor of Olivier’s Bistro, the place where everyone goes, including the homicide team, for good food and drink and to be comfortable and relax. How dare a dead man intrude on such a place! It soon becomes obvious that he was not killed there, not enough blood. It also becomes obvious that he was not just some homeless bum. The dead man’s clothes are not new but everything about him shows a man who cared about himself.
Where is he from? Someone in Three Pines must know who he is.
The reader is forced to take a closer look at the town and the people we have come to love. How could one of them possibly be a murderer? Soon the secrets start to surfice and Chief Inspector Gamache will keep digging until he uncovers the secrets that brought about this murder. In the end the murderer will be brought to justice, even if it’s someone Chief Inspector Armand Gamache has come to care about.
I have loved every book I have read in this series. I selfishly hope that Louise Penny never stops writing about Armand Gamache and Three Pines. I don’t think I’ve ever enjoyed a series as much as this one. I have come to feel that I know and care about all of the characters personally. That is such a good feeling.


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