The Brutal Telling by Louise PennyThe Brutal Telling by Louise Penny

The Brutal Telling

byLouise Penny

Paperback | June 7, 2011

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The New York Times Bestseller

'Penny . . . is at the top of her game' (Toronto Star)

When Chief Inspector Gamache arrives in picturesque Three Pines, he steps into a village in chaos. A man has been found bludgeoned to death, and there is no sign of a weapon, a motive or even the dead man's name.

As Gamache and his colleagues start to dig under the skin of this peaceful haven for clues, they uncover a trail of stolen treasure, mysterious codes and a shameful history that begins to shed light on the victim's identity - and points to a terrifying killer...

Louise Penny is the Number One New York Times bestselling author of the Inspector Gamache series, including Still Life, which won the CWA John Creasey Dagger in 2006. Recipient of virtually every existing award for crime fiction, Louise was also granted The Order of Canada in 2014 and received an honorary doctorate of literature from C...
Title:The Brutal TellingFormat:PaperbackDimensions:512 pages, 8.75 × 6.35 × 0.68 inPublished:June 7, 2011Publisher:Little, Brown And CompanyLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0751547581

ISBN - 13:9780751547580


Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Huge Fan! This novel in the series contained more depth of character than the previous ones I'd read. While Gamache's character became very "inspector like", Oliver and Ruth's character dove deep with Peter catching up. There are some similarities between Ruth and Beauvoir and this novel revealed a bit of the gentler side of Ruth in spite of her not so gentle deliver of the poem to Beauvoir. The Inspector's daughter Anna seems to be on the Inspector's mind. As for Peter, his folly is that he defined himself purely by his art. Cara's artistic recognition challenges both Peter's sense of himself and their relationship.
Date published: 2018-04-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from brutal telling a good read, Interesting characters, always suspense up to the last page but the ending was less satisfying.
Date published: 2018-03-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My favourite book of the series I absolutely loved this book and its predecessor! These two books are definitely action and history packed which is always a win-win in my book. Best one of the series.
Date published: 2018-01-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok Such an inspiring and interesting read, simply could not put it down! Great job!
Date published: 2017-10-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Liked it a lot! I really enjoyed this, mostly because of the atmosphere and the group of characters I've grown to love. The mystery itself was a bit too far-fetched for me and wasn't resolved in the best of ways, but I still had a great time reading it!
Date published: 2017-10-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok It was a real page turner. I couldn't put it down. it kept me guessing right to the end. The only thing preventing me from giving it 5* was that I found the ending to be a bit far fetched. I am still not sure how I feel about how it all played out....
Date published: 2017-09-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from really good I really enjoyed this book, kept the attention with every twist
Date published: 2017-09-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from good a good read though a bit slow at times. nevertheless, it's worth it
Date published: 2017-09-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it This is another great novel by Penny. There are lots of twists and turns in the plot to keep you engaged right to the last page
Date published: 2017-09-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Enjoyed It! Very entertaining to read!
Date published: 2017-08-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from nice a very interesting read! it's worth it!
Date published: 2017-08-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gripping Another page turner from LP.
Date published: 2017-06-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book! really mysterious and alot of cliff hangers.
Date published: 2017-06-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Terrific book Louise Penny's book take you away into a great fictitious spot in Quebec. I almost whish that it existed so that I can move there.
Date published: 2017-05-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very good Another page turner from Louise Penny - didn't love the ending on this one but still good
Date published: 2017-05-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Another suspenseful mystery from Louise Penny. I love the way that Penny keeps you guessing about all the characters that you've come to love in the Chief Inspector Gamanche novels. I loved this story and the way it kept me guessing.
Date published: 2017-05-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another treat from Louise Penny! Who can resist the fictional world of Three Pines? The characters are such that you wish you could put yourself among them, enjoying the peaceful village, the fellowship of the characters and the wonderful food that always seems to be on hand. I can't help but wish that Chief Inspector Gamache were a real person heading up a major police force in Canada today.
Date published: 2017-04-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Series! I love how you really get to know all the characters as you read each book!
Date published: 2017-04-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful A great novel, very entertaining
Date published: 2017-03-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this Story is unique and interesting. I recommend this novel to all mystery lovers out there
Date published: 2017-03-17
Rated 1 out of 5 by from rolling my eyes the only thing brutal is the horribly written story.
Date published: 2017-01-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book Love this series, the characters, the mysteries, the descriptiveness. Great story line, you won't want to put it down!
Date published: 2017-01-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read Love the characters, flaws and all. Great story, very descriptive - you feel like you are there with Gamache. Really good, keeps you wanting to read more to see who did it!
Date published: 2017-01-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! I couldn't put down this book, it was intriguing, exciting, and witty.
Date published: 2017-01-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing story teller An amazing story teller !! I hate coming to the end of the book, I just enjoy reading them so much.
Date published: 2016-11-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ingenius novel. I really liked this book. A lot. It was succinct, descriptive, and haunting. I really agree with other readers and editors that this book is definitely Louise Penny's best work to date. I never found one page of this book boring. For the sequel, make sure to read "Bury Your Dead" to get the full picture of events.
Date published: 2012-05-16

Editorial Reviews

The best Gamache so far-Globe and Mail