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Summary

When Chief Inspector Gamache arrives in picturesque Three Pines, he steps into a village in chaos. A man has been found bludgeoned to death, and there is no sign of a weapon, a motive, or even the dead man's name. As Gamache and his colleagues start to dig under the skin of this peaceful haven for clues, they uncover a trail of stolen treasure, mysterious codes, and a shameful history that begins to shed light on the victim's identity - and points to a terrifying killer....

Look out for: Book 6 in the Chief Inspector Gamache series, Bury Your Dead: As Quebec City shivers in the grip of winter, its ancient stone walls cracking in the cold, Chief Inspector Armand Gamache plunges into the strangest case of his celebrated career. A man has been brutally murdered in one of the city's oldest buildings - a library where the English citizens of Quebec safeguard their history. And the death opens a door into the past, exposing a mystery that has lain dormant for centuries...a mystery Gamache must solve if he's to catch a present-day killer.

©2009 Louise Penny (P)2009 Hachette Audio

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Best one yet.

I'm listening to the books in order, and this is definitely the best one to date.
An excellent story, familiar characters and beautifully narrated.

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Hmm

I wasn't sure how many stars to award this because I felt that inspector Gamache behaved uncharacteristically rashly and I don't feel that the story has yet reached its conclusion. I did however enjoy it so 4 stars it is

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It’s difficult to find things to say when listening to one after the other, but maybe that speaks for itself?! This is copied from last review, turning “ditto” into over 15 words!

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Who is this about?

Gradually draws you into this multi layered story leaving you with a challenging "ending" and...

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  • 10-06-15

Disappointing

I have listened to all of the previous books and loved them, however this one was lacking. The end felt rushed and just didn't seem to tie everything up - so much just didn't really make sense, and so many question raised but left unanswered. There were also a lot of parts of this that were a bit pointless and just seemed to be there to take up time. A real disappointment compared to the earlier books in the series, but it hasn't put me off listening to the rest of the series. A shame.

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The brutal telling

Couldn't stop listening. Facinating, exiting and adorable story about Three Pines inhabitants .Loved all about it.

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The Curse of Greed

If you could sum up The Brutal Telling in three words, what would they be?

Greed. Power. Loss.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Brutal Telling?

The mystery of the cobweb.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Adam Sims?

Yes.

Any additional comments?

I wish Adam Sims would check his French accent. Among other errors, he pronounced 'fils' (fiss) as fille (fee). Fille means daughter and fils son, so you appreciate it is rather confusing for the listener!

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  • 28-01-17

Not bad

A good story. However, I found this a tad dragged out and boring. I had to force my way to the end and thought maybe I am just not a Louise Penny fan. I picked it based on ratings. Not sure if I will try another.

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  • LKS1959
  • 29-03-22

Could not listen

The narrator was awful. I struggled to listen to this book. I will not download any more in the series narrated by Mr Sims. Very disappointing performance. Not everyone is cut out to be a narrator.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-08-21

The other narrator

I like the other narrator better. This is a good book, but compared to the others in the series so far, it does not hold up