The Brutal Telling

The Brutal Telling

Book - 2009
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When the body of an unidentified man is discovered on the floor of Oliver Brule's popular bistro, at the heart of the Canadian town of Three Pines, shockwaves ripple through the tight-knit community. Chief Inspector Gamache and Inspector Beauvoir begin their investigation but, without the victim's identity and no obvious motive, they struggle to find sense in this seemingly random act of violence. Could one of the villagers really be responsible for such a bloody act?
Publisher: London [England] : Headline, 2009.
ISBN: 9780755341047
075534104X
9780755357550
9780751547580
Characteristics: 374 p. ;,23 cm.

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JLMason
Jun 05, 2017

Multiple "brutal tellings" drive the characters in the fifth and, so far, best book of the series as Penny continues to develop her writing skills. The scene is shifting in Three Pines; the idyllic pastime of its denizens is perturbed as new inhabitants arrive and a beloved villager departs in shocking disgrace. What do these disquieting changes bode for the next book?!

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rb3221
May 18, 2017

A story that revolves around the deep troubling secrets of one of the residents of Three Pines. Could Olivier possibly be a murderer? Greed, jealousy and fear of exposure are themes in this novel. Have the characters and lives of the Three Pines residents changed forever?
A bit of a disappointing ending and not my favorite Penny novel but still an entertaining, good read.

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robin418
Dec 19, 2016

I am still hoping that the party found guilty will prove to be innocent--it is always a joy to revisit Three Pines and its characters.

ehbooklover Oct 29, 2016

I just love Penny's books. The quirky characters, the beautiful (and Canadian!) setting, the numerous red herrings, and the suspenseful and satisfying denouements all make for an addictive mystery series that I always look forward to reading.

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tocch101
Jul 31, 2015

A good book with a heartbreaking ending. I'm looking forward to more of the series and wondering if anything else will occur with this case.

ferritalelibrarian Jul 02, 2015

Once again Louise Penny explores the dark corners of the bucolic town of Three Pines, where seemingly the only crime that happens is murder. This time a stranger's murdered body is found in the bistro, right in the heart of the town, and the most likely suspect is one of their inner circle. The undercurrents run deep, delving into the little darknesses that can pervade the most upright of lives. I was moved to a moment of tears in this one, and that alone makes it my favourite so far.

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DorisWaggoner
Nov 21, 2014

No crime seems to happen in bucolic Three Pines--except murder. The body of an apparently homeless man is found in Olivier's bistro, and once again, not all is what it seems. Chief Inspector Gamache is taken far and wide in his efforts to identify the dead man, and whether Olivier really killed him. In the end, he arrests him. But there's more going on under the surface in this latest installment, as we learn more about Gamache, his team, and the people of Three Pines. A reversal at the end caught me by surprise, always a pleasure.

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SeattleXL
May 21, 2013

Love the series and love this story that begins to expand the story beyond the murder being investigated. An excellent series though I recommend reading them in order as there is another story slowly being developed which is in some ways darker that is running in the background of these novels. The characters gain depth with each novel so enjoy!

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kelliyfults
May 20, 2013

Nice to encounter police characters with 'decency'. gently unfolding, more than a plot of gruesomeness!

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meyoubou
Mar 28, 2013

Engrossing tale. Recommended. Also recommend reading the series in order, but it is not necessary.

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PimaLib_SamR Mar 07, 2016

Better to accept the wretched truth than struggle, twisting, to make a wish a reality.

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