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The Brutal Telling

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Louise Penny

Narrated By: Ralph Cosham

Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks

Date: September 2009

Duration: 13 hours 0 minutes


As autumn descends upon Three Pines, a stranger is found murdered in the village bistro and antiques store at the center of town. No one admits to knowing the murdered man, but as secrets are revealed, chaos begins to close in on the beloved bistro owner, Olivier. What past did he leave behind, and why has he buried himself in this tiny village? A trail of astounding clues and treasures—from first editions of Charlotte’s Web and Jane Eyre to a spider web with the word “WOE” woven in it—lead the Chief Inspector deep into the woods and across the continent in search of the truth, then back to Three Pines as the little village braces for the final, brutal telling.

“There’s always a log fire burning and it's always story time in the charming mysteries Louise Penny sets in sleepy Three Pines…While constant readers may think they know all there is to know about its eccentric villagers, Penny is a great one for springing surprises.”—New York Times Book Review


  • Jennie Coleman

    I love all the Inspector Gamache mysteries. The development of characters, the twists in the plots, and the great descriptive quality of Louise Penny's brain come together to form an ideal read or listen! I love Ralph Cosham's narrative skills!

  • Kay Stewart

    I didn't enjoy this book quite as much as some of her others...but it is still quite good. The complex plot keeps the reader engaged and takes unexpected twists and turns. As with all the other books that I have listened to in the Chief Inspector Gamache series, the narration was quite well done.

  • Alison Strayer

    As ever the narrator is great. He really conveys the personalities of different characters well and gets Louise Penny's amazing sometimes quite u derstated humour. A little annoying that his Quebec French pronunciations are so off, though. As for the story, it is truly haunting, really gets under one 's skin. I still keep thinking about those little carved sculptures, more chilling through LP's description than if we actually were to see them. And that is the author's art. There is something of a timeless tale to the book, like a tale from Grimm. Because of the very protective and community feel of Three Pines Village, we are caught unawares and unprepared for the contorted creulty uncovered. Wow.

  • Antoinette MacWatt

    The same man reads all the Inspector Gamache books. He does an excellent job. As usual, Louise Penny writes a great story.

  • Rosemarie Hoffmann

    Ms. Penny's writing just gets better and better. Not only are you drawn into the world of a small town in woodlands Quebec, but you are introduced to the philosophies and motivations of the small town folk who are not very small town at all! The mystery teases the reader with whispers of you-know-who-dunnit, but Gamache waits to unravel the event to the very end.