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After enjoying the first four Inspector Gamache novels, I was worried they might become formulaic. The beginning of The Brutal Telling set the stage in a familiar way, with potential suspects emerging ... Read full review

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Chief Inspector Armand Gamache is called to the location of a man found murdered, his body is found in the bistro in Three Pines, Canada.
From the moment that the body of the Hermit is found, the
author perfectly describes the soul of this quaint area in Quebec. I was fascinated with the start of the novel. The first lines, "All of them? Even the children? The fireplace sputtered and crackled and swallowed his gasp. "Slaughtered?"
I was hooked.
Louise Penny is a very descriptive writer. Her books would make an easy transition to the film world. In fact, as I learned more of Oliver Broule and the Hermit and the Hermit's home in the woods, a home filled with treasures, I was picturing the story unfolding as a made for TV drama, perhaps on Mystery Theater.
The author's writing is reminiscent of the great Agatha Christie. It is easy to make a comparison between Armand Gamache and Christie's Hercule Poirot. Both men have a quiet, unassuming manner and are extremely polite to the suspects as well as to the innocent. Both men are highly respected and use their sense of logic to solve the puzzles that face them. In this case, Gamache is able to solve the riddle of who killed the Hermit and how the body got into the bistro.
This is the fifth story with Armand Gamache and the critics knew from the start that Louise Penny was a star in the making. Her first Inspector Gamache book, "Still Life" won the New Blood Dagger, Arthur Ellis, Barry, Anthony and Dilys Awards.

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