The Brutal Telling - Louise Penny

The Brutal Telling

By Louise Penny

  • Release Date: 2009-09-22
  • Genre: British Detectives
Score: 4.5
From 1,066 Ratings


The wise and beleaguered Chief Inspector Armand Gamache returns to Three Pines The Brutal Telling, the fifth book in Louise Penny's #1 New York Times bestselling series.

Chaos is coming, old son.

With those words the peace of Three Pines is shattered. Everybody goes to Olivier's Bistro—including a stranger whose murdered body is found on the floor. When Chief Inspector Gamache is called to investigate, he is dismayed to discover that Olivier's story is full of holes. Why are his fingerprints all over the cabin that's uncovered deep in the wilderness, with priceless antiques and the dead man's blood? And what other secrets and layers of lies are buried in the seemingly idyllic village?

Gamache follows a trail of clues and treasures—from first editions of Charlotte's Web and Jane Eyre to a spiderweb with a word mysteriously woven in it—into the woods and across the continent, before returning to Three Pines to confront the truth and the final, brutal telling.

*BONUS CONTENT: This edition of Brutal Telling includes a new introduction from the author and a discussion guide.


  • The Brutal Telling

    By acceptable nickname?
    Magnificent! Methodically enjoying my way through these wonderfully crafted books, which I have only recently discovered. This is my favorite so far, but will forge on with great anticipation. Thank you.
  • The Brutal Telling

    By michmurdock2
    I have started to read this Gamache series from its beginning. This Brutal Telling is very poetic with its suspense and underlying story. Very interesting history brought in! Still can’t believe the end! I will continue reading this series as I know the characters from Three Pines return in future books. I really enjoyed The Brutal Telling!
  • Deep and humanly beautiful

    By judithoak
    Her best yet. So descriptively rich, as per her usual genius of storytelling. Yet this one highlights a more profound level of our best and tragic human qualities. Surprise and joy intermingle with such depth. Great plot, beautifully told.
  • Brilliant with mouth watering dishes.

    By Am book reader
    Perfect pacing, colorful and complex characters and a twisty plot with many surprises. Loved this one too. Highly recommend.
  • Not my favorite

    By carocross
    Generally like the stories and the information about Emily Carr, etc interesting. But the story left me a little cold. Won’t spoil it but I didn’t like a main character as the murderer. Kept expecting the real killer to be uncovered until I shockingly read “The End”. Disappointing.
  • Undecided

    By secret .
    Interesting at first to capture your attention but boring for a while. Irrelevant Parts should have been edited out. I wanted to try something new from my norm and tried this mystery novel. Ending was disappointing.
  • Awesome book

    By Sadegh latify
    If I want explain this book I just, can say AWESOME 👍👌but immediately
  • Best one yet!

    By La-ti-da
    This book gave me chills! Such an amazing story. The characters get better with each novel. Keep them coming Penny.
  • Probably her best one yet

    By Io leggo
    Together with Penny,s first Gamache book this the best of the series. The depth of the personalities, the descriptions of the loves and fears, and of the countryside are more haunting and beautiful than ever. And the solution to the crime is so simple yet so complicated.
  • better and better

    By annaperk
    These novels just get better and better. I'm almost afraid to read the next one. But, here I go to get it.