The Brutal Telling: A Three Pines Mystery

By Louise Penny
Read by Ralph Cosham

The Chief Inspector Gamache Novels: Book 5

13.22 Hours 09/22/2009 unabridged
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“Chaos is coming, old son.” With those words the peace of Three Pines is shattered. As autumn descends, and families prepare to head back to the city while children say goodbye to summer, a stranger is found murdered in the village bistro and antiques store at the center of town. Once again, Chief Inspector Gamache and his team are called in to strip back layers of lies, exposing both treasures and rancid secrets buried in the wilderness. No one admits to knowing the murdered man, who has kept his identity and his existence well hidden, along with an astounding legacy of cultural treasures. As secrets are revealed, chaos begins to close in on the beloved bistro owner, Olivier, whose past is unknown. How did he make such a spectacular success of his business? What past did he leave behind and why has he buried himself in this tiny village? And why does every lead in the investigation find its way back to him? As Olivier grows more frantic, a trail of clues and treasures—from first editions of Charlotte’s Web and Jane Eyre to a spider web with the word “WOE” woven in it—lead the Chief Inspector deep into the woods and across the continent in search of the truth, and then back to Three Pines as the little village braces for the final, brutal telling.

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Summary

Summary

A New York Times Bestseller

Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award

Winner of the 2010 Anthony Award for Best Novel

Winner of the 2009 Agatha Award for Best Novel

A 2010 Macavity Award Finalist for Best Mystery Novel

A 2010 Dilys Award Finalist

Selected for the October 2009 Indie Next List

A Barnes & Noble Recommends Selection

A 2010 Booklist Top 10 Crime Fiction Audiobook

A Booklist Editors’ Choice, February 2010

“Chaos is coming, old son.” With those words the peace of Three Pines is shattered. As autumn descends, and families prepare to head back to the city while children say goodbye to summer, a stranger is found murdered in the village bistro and antiques store at the center of town. Once again, Chief Inspector Gamache and his team are called in to strip back layers of lies, exposing both treasures and rancid secrets buried in the wilderness.

No one admits to knowing the murdered man, who has kept his identity and his existence well hidden, along with an astounding legacy of cultural treasures. As secrets are revealed, chaos begins to close in on the beloved bistro owner, Olivier, whose past is unknown. How did he make such a spectacular success of his business? What past did he leave behind and why has he buried himself in this tiny village? And why does every lead in the investigation find its way back to him?

As Olivier grows more frantic, a trail of clues and treasures—from first editions of Charlotte’s Web and Jane Eyre to a spider web with the word “WOE” woven in it—lead the Chief Inspector deep into the woods and across the continent in search of the truth, and then back to Three Pines as the little village braces for the final, brutal telling.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Seasoned narrator Cosham, the excellent reader of all titles (also available from Blackstone) in this sophisticated series, once again gives a mesmerizing performance that highlights Penny’s lyrical, seductive prose, complex characterizations, and layered mystery…As usual, snatches of humor lighten the atmosphere, especially in scenes featuring a curmudgeonly, eccentric poet and her duck. This captivating performance of an exceptional mystery is guaranteed to touch our intellect, heart, and soul.” Booklist (starred review)
“There’s always a log fire burning and it's always story time in the charming mysteries Louise Penny sets in sleepy Three Pines…While constant readers may think they know all there is to know about its eccentric villagers, Penny is a great one for springing surprises.” New York Times Book Review
“Though Gamache is undeniably the focus, Penny continues to develop her growing cast of supporting characters, including newcomers Marc and Dominique Gilbert, who are converting an old house—the site of two murders—into a spa. Readers keen for another glimpse into the life of Three Pines will be well rewarded.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“This delightful listening experience involves Chief Inspector Armand Gamache as he investigates the murder of an unidentified elderly man in the Quebec town of Three Pines. The story involves the shocking discovery of priceless European treasures that disappeared during WWII. This French-Canadian cozy is infused with humor. Ralph Cosham delivers a delightful accent for Gamache and invests all the characters with small-town likability. His droll presentation displays special empathy for the town eccentric, Anglophile Ruth Zardo, and her duck, Rosa. Dry wit and a love of language are evident in this well-crafted mystery. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.” AudioFile
“Penny is a world-class storyteller. If you don’t want to move to Montreal with Gamache as your neighbor—or better yet, relocate to Three Pines and be welcomed into its community of eccentrics—you have sawdust in your veins, which must be very uncomfortable.” Kirkus Reviews

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Author

Author Bio: Louise Penny

Louise Penny is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Chief Inspector Armand Gamache novels. She has won numerous awards, including a CWA Dagger and multiple Agatha Awards and was a finalist for the Edgar Award for Best Novel. In 2017, she received the Order of Canada “for her contribution to Canadian culture.”

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Mystery & Detective
Runtime: 13.22
Audience: Adult
Language: English