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The Brutal Telling

Book 5, Chief Inspector Gamache Novel - A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel

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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.

Publishers Weekly Review

Aug 17, 2009 – 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.

Customer Reviews

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.

better and better

These novels just get better and better. I'm almost afraid to read the next one. But, here I go to get it.

Best one yet!

This book gave me chills! Such an amazing story. The characters get better with each novel. Keep them coming Penny.

The Brutal Telling
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  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: British Detectives
  • Published: Sep 22, 2009
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Seller: Macmillan / Holtzbrinck Publishers, LLC
  • Print Length: 250 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Series: Book 5, Chief Inspector Gamache Novel
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