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The Brutal Telling by Louise Penny
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Feb 13, 10

bookshelves: first-reads
Read in October, 2009

Won on "Giveaways"--was drawn in immediately by the description--sounded very creepy! This is my first "Gamache" novel by Louise Penny, so I came in with no real expectations, although I was hoping for something dark and creepy!

I was torn between giving 3 or 4 stars, but ultimately I couldn't stop thinking about the writing style, so I rest on three.

My dislikes: apparently the village of Three Pines has LOTS of murders which I find kind of ridiculous; some of the 'mysteries and secrets' of the village aren't really resolved in that book; but maybe that's because there are more Three Pines books to come?; there were some RIDICULOUS lines....my personal favorite: "...it felt like he was being spanked by nature." Whaaaat? That line kind of ruined the rest of the book for me, because it was so hokey and ludicrous.

My likes: The characters, the setting, the way the story kept unraveling through the eyes of the characters, the plot (although a bit weak in parts) was overall intriguing and kept me interested (although I was not kept guessing--you knew who the murderer was pretty much in the first quarter of the book).

I would likely reccommend this one to others, as long as they like mysteries. And Canada.
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Glenda Owens Kind of like Cabot Cove, huh?

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