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The Brutal Telling: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel (Armand Gamache Mysteries) Hardcover – Bargain Price, September 22, 2009
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Starred Review. When the body of an unknown old man turns up in a bistro in Agatha-winner Penny's excellent fifth mystery set in the Quebec village of Three Pines (after Jan. 2009's A Rule Against Murder), Chief Insp. Armand Gamache investigates. At a cabin in the woods apparently belonging to the dead man, Gamache and his team are shocked to discover the remote building is full of priceless antiquities, from first edition books to European treasures thought to have disappeared during WWII. When suspicion falls on one of Three Pines' most prominent citizens, it's up to Gamache to sift through the lies and uncover the truth. 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. 100,000 first printing. (Oct.)
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''One of the best traditional mystery series currently being published.'' --Booklist (starred review) on the 'Three Pines Mysteries'
''Penny produces what many have tried but few have mastered: a psychologically acute cozy. If you don't give your heart to Gamache, you may have no heart to give.'' --Kirkus Reviews (starred review) on the 'Three Pines Mysteries'
''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
''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) --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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