The Brutal Telling

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What to expect

‘Ingenious and unexpected’ GUARDIAN

There is more to solving a crime than following the clues.
Welcome to Chief Inspector Gamache’s world of facts and feelings.

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…

‘One of the most interesting detectives in crime fiction’ THE TIMES

(P) 2009 Hachette Audio

Critics Review

  • Ingenious and unexpected

  • 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.

  • 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

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