The Brutal Telling
By Louise Penny
The fifth novel in the bestselling Chief Inspector Gamache series by multi-award-winning Louise Penny.
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 Carleton University and the Ordre Nationale du Québec in 2017. She lives in a small village south of Montreal.
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02 Jun 2011
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Ingenious and unexpected — Guardian
The best Gamache so far — Globe and Mail
It's Louise Penny's writing which adds a glow to this book. It's not just the skill of the plot, but the way that words are never wasted and that so few of them can produce a vivid picture. — The Bookbag
Murder, an attractive detective and terrific atmosphere . . . Impressive — The Times
An intricate, almost mythic plot, superb characters, and rich, dark humor. — People
Louise Penny's writing is intricate, beautiful and compelling. She is an original voice, a distillation of both PD James and Barbara Vine at their peaks and a worthy successor to both. — Peter James