This book will cause you to think below the surface! Penny expertly intertwines several plot
lines with great care. 😃
Due to availability, I read the next book first which probably affected my perceptions. I still enjoyed the story and of letting go.
A fan of this series, I feel as though I know the town of Three Pines and the cast of characters. They are loving and witty but not without their faults. Just like us. Penny does a wonderful job of peeling back the layers of these people to see all the good and bad. Their worries and regrets. Their joys and their secrets.This book makes that the central character.
In reading "The Brutal Telling," you will meet new towns folk, have a dead body being moved about, and a cabin in the woods full of the most amazing treasures. Claire prepares for her art show which will surely catapult her to fame, while Peter struggles with his jealousy of her. Ruth is her usual brassy self, tormenting Jean Guy with pieces of verse and dressing her pet duck in clothing. I especially love that she puts her in a rain jacket of all things!
Gabrie and Olivia take the brunt of the mystery, as the dead body is discovered in their bistro. This amid a soon to open upscale B&B/spa that will surely hurt their business. Our beloved Inspector Gamache has his hands full with this murder mystery. He has few leads, lots of questions and is knowingly being lied to by a friend.
The Brutal Telling is the best of the best. A treat for the mind and the senses. One need not enjoy a mystery to savor this national treasure.
I am a fan of the Gamache series, and I know for stories to be realistic authors must include some not so pleasant outcomes. but I have to say this one left me sad. I could see the ending coming, but I wanted to believe Ms. Penny would not go there. still a well developed solid read, but I wish she'd write an alternative ending.
Love the story of culture, murder, art, poetry and inspector Gamache. The narrator, Ralph Cosham nails it again. I have listened to several books
This book had quite a twist as the culprit is so unexpected. Maybe just a few too many convoluted twists and turns but overall another winner from the author, and remarkably wonderful narration. I'm not sure I would enjoy these books as much if I read them rather than listened.