The Brutal Telling (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache #5)
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 t
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village of Three Pines and the amazing Chief Inspector Gamache I was
prepared to be vastly entertained by a witty, sometimes funny and
intricately plotted mystery whose solution always lies in the hearts of
men and the ability of Gamache to suss out what lies within.
I was not prepared for this compelling and unflinching look into the
heart of darkness that resides within us all. It is a universal truth
that we can never fully know ano ...more
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 alo ...more
Three Pines was not like any other village. "Every Quebec village has a vocation", said Clara. “Some mak ...more
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 Gamache
in 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 began to e ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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As 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: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...), the series is starting to get a bit stale, formulaic and repetitive.
Unfortunately, this often seems to happen with series ...more
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 ...more
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 m ...more
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 book, both ...more
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 wha ...more
I have read all five of the Chief Inspector Gamache novels. After reading Ms Penny's second novel I caught on to ...more
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 ...more
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 reputation ...more
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 interesting comp ...more
So I blindly walked into this story believin ...more
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'd have drooled all over it.
I savored ...more
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.
This 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 ...more
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 ...more
The identity of a murder victim is as much of a mystery as "who dun it". What I enjoyed the most about this novel was that it i ...more
A body is found in the gay couple's bistro, Gabri and Oliver's. No one claims to know him. Chief Inspector Gamache comes and begin to investigate. ...more
Anyway -- I'm tempted to give this 5 stars, but once again a few points of plot weakness keep me at the 4 star level. I'm already behind on writing my Penny reviews, but I promise promise promise to catch up in the next day or two. But the take home message is: if you like thinking while you read, if you love vivid characters, and ...more
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