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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. The plot, like the man, is intelligent and never boring. Penny has crafted another complex mystery with twists at every turn of the page.
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But even more, this is poetry. Readers keen for another glimpse into the life of Three Pines will be well rewarded. Her fifth in the series is the finest of all. Featuring series protagonist Chief Inspector Gamache, this literary mystery explores the ways in which sins of the past have a way of resurrecting themselves, wreaking havoc upon their perpetrators, and, unfortunately, the innocent. Thus, when a hermit is slain in the woods near an isolated village in rural Quebec, secrets surface, unmasking characters who have adopted benign personae to conceal their questionable past deeds.
Fortunately, sagacious Gamache possesses the acumen to peel away the layers of deceit and to expose the truth. This superb novel will appeal to readers who enjoy sophisticated literary mysteries in the tradition of Donna Leon.
Search for your next book Search. Penny's wicked humor emerges often when Gamache's number two, Inspector Jean Guy Beauvoir, is on the page and especially in exchanges between Beauvoir and the old poet, Ruth Zardo, who both aggravates and terrifies him. Here's a typical example:. Which brings up Zardo's pet duck, Rosa, who adds a certain wackiness to otherwise ordinary scenes.
If you read this book first, you'll miss Rosa's backstory. The third reward is Penny's evocation of the relationship between French- and English-speaking Quebec. Gamache and his team are bilingual Francophones; suspects are often Anglophones whose command of French varies. Then there are the swear words. Ignorant as I was, I first thought they were some kind of joke.
Turns out that the most blasphemous oaths—unprintable in francophone Quebec—are words taken from the church liturgy: Tabernac! So, if you are new to the Inspector Gamache series, remember that the first Penny Still Life shines the brightest, and that the books are best collected and admired in the order they appeared. If you're already a fan, as I am, read The Brutal Telling with patience; at least we'll understand the allusions when the next book comes out. By then, I trust, the author will have remedied the sort of flaws that leave this Penny in less than mint condition. You are leaving AARP.
The Brutal Telling: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel (Paperback)
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