Wednesday, September 23, 2009

The Brutal Telling

I was fortunate enough to receive an advance copy of The Brutal Telling by Louise Penny. It was my first book from this author and her series but I think I will be reading the other books in the series as well. The story takes place in Three Pines which is a small village near Quebec. A body is found in the Bistro run by Olivier and his partner Gabri. No one seems to know who the dead man is nor how he he got there. Of course there are many suspects and there are many interesting finds along the way. I don't want to get into too much of the story as it would spoil the mystery but there are many twists and turns. Chief Inspector Gamache and his team are a unique bunch of characters as are the village residents. You can't help but fall in love with Three Pines thanks to Louise Penny's wonderful descriptions of the village. I had a distinct picture in my mind of Three Pines. I could imagine myself walking through the village or the woods. Some of the villagers are quite amusing. There is even a duck that wears clothing. And the description of the food at the Bistro had my mouth watering! Others have said the authors writing reminds them of Agatha Christie. It's been many years since I have read one of her books but I did get the same feeling too. It has been many years since I have read a mystery and I found this mystery a great way to dig into mysteries again. It was truly enjoyable. It was a great whodunit! Now that I feel so at home in Three Pines I will be sure to visit again. I would give this book 4 out of 5 stars. Thanks to Tara at St. Martins for this ARC.


  1. I can't believe I've missed Louise Penny. This book sounds fantastic!!

  2. This really sounds great! The cover looks good too! Thank you for the review.

  3. That cover has me intrigued!! Hate to say that it's the cover that first draws me


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