Wednesday, August 5, 2009

The Brutal Telling by Louise Penny

This is a Chief Inspector Gamache novel. He's from the Surete du Quebec and his division works on the worst of all crimes in the worst of all conditions.

The story begins with a very small village where everyone knows everyone and about all their habits. When a dead body is found in the bistro, the police show up to unravel the mystery.

But this is a multi-layered mystery. Everyone in the village has some of secret or some kind of odd behavior. He knows they are hiding things, but is it the truth or is just some area of their past they don't want uncovered?

The body was not killed in the bistro. No one knows who the man is - or so they say. Someone moved him from where he was killed and, obviously, someone must have known him to get that close.

There are many suspects with various motives. And the villagers are all beginning to look at each other differently because they realize that SOMEONE in that village must be a murderer!

As Chief Inspector Gamache attempts to unravel this mystery, he calls in various experts and travels to the western side of Canada for more information to help him understand what happened.

I followed all the clues, had some inside knowledge, and was still surprised by the ending. I think you'll enjoy it, too, if mysteries are your thing.

If you'd like my copy of this advance reader's edition, please leave a comment on this blog, and email at info NOSPAM (remove the spaces and the no spam) with your name and address and tell me why you'd like to read it. I'll be giving it away in a week or so.


Rae said...

This one sounds like one I would enjoy, plus a new to me author in my genre and you know how I'm always searching for those.

Mary K. from L.A. said...

I've heard about this mystery series and plan to check it out soon. Good review. Thanks!