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An instant New York Times Bestseller and August 2017 LibraryReads pick! “Penny’s absorbing, intricately plotted 13th Gamache novel proves she only gets better at pursuing dark truths with compassion and grace.” —PEOPLE “Louise Penny wrote the book on escapist mysteries.” —The New York Times Book Review “You won’t want Louise Penny’s latest to end….Any plot summary of Penny’s novels inevitably falls short of conveying the dark magic of this series…. It takes nerve and skill — as well as heart — to write mysteries like this. ‘Glass Houses,’ along with many of the other Gamache books, is so compelling that, for the space of reading it, you may well feel that much of what’s going on in the world outside the novel is ‘just noise.’” —Maureen Corrigan, The Washington Post When a mysterious figure appears in Three Pines one cold November day, Armand Gamache and the rest of the villagers are at first curious. Then wary. Through rain and sleet, the figure stands unmoving, staring ahead. From the moment its shadow falls over the village, Gamache, now Chief Superintendent of the Sûreté du Québec, suspects the creature has deep roots and a dark purpose. Yet he does nothing. What can he do? Only watch and wait. And hope his mounting fears are not realized. But when the figure vanishes overnight and a body is discovered, it falls to Gamache to discover if a debt has been paid or levied. Months later, on a steamy July day as the trial for the accused begins in Montréal, Chief Superintendent Gamache continues to struggle with actions he set in motion that bitter November, from which there is no going back. More than the accused is on trial. Gamache’s own conscience is standing in judgment. In Glass Houses, her latest utterly gripping book, number-one New York Times bestselling author Louise Penny shatters the conventions of the crime novel to explore what Gandhi called the court of conscience. A court that supersedes all others.
More books by Louise Penny
1. Chief Inspector Gamache Book 18
Book 18 in the acclaimed and number one-bestselling Three Pines series featuring the beloved Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, soon to be launched on Amazon TV. This novel will be the focus of a targeted and intensive pre-order campaign.PRAISE FOR LOUISE PENNY AND THE INSPECTOR GAMACHE SERIES:’Enthralling … With beautifully drawn characters, this is crime writing of the highest order’ DAILY MAIL’A satisfying and multi-layered mystery, in Penny’s excellent series’ IRISH INDEPENDENT’Louise Penny is on peak form … a grown-up, timely thriller that considers the nature of cowardice … merges the personal and professional life of her detective with equal skill and wit’ THE TIMES’A great sense of place and characterisation … very much a book that will make you think’ SHOTS’Louise Penny is one of the greatest crime writers of our times’ DENISE MINA’She makes most of her competitors seem like wannabes’ THE TIMES’Gamache has become to Canada what Hercule Poirot is to Belgium’ THE NEW YORK TIMES’Louise Penny twists and turns the plot expertly tripping the reader up just at the moment you think you might have solved the mystery’ DAILY EXPRESS’The series is deep and grand and altogether extraordinary . . . Miraculous’ WASHINGTON POST’No one does atmospheric quite like Louise Penny.’ ELLY GRIFFITHS
2. A World of Curiosities
Book 18 in the acclaimed and number one-bestselling Three Pines series featuring the beloved Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, soon to be launched on Amazon TV. This novel will be the focus of a targeted and intensive pre-order campaign. PRAISE FOR LOUISE PENNY AND THE INSPECTOR GAMACHE SERIES: ‘Enthralling … With beautifully drawn characters, this is crime writing of the highest order’ DAILY MAIL ‘A satisfying and multi-layered mystery, in Penny’s excellent series’ IRISH INDEPENDENT ‘Louise Penny is on peak form … a grown-up, timely thriller that considers the nature of cowardice … merges the personal and professional life of her detective with equal skill and wit’ THE TIMES ‘A great sense of place and characterisation … very much a book that will make you think’ SHOTS ‘Louise Penny is one of the greatest crime writers of our times’ DENISE MINA ‘She makes most of her competitors seem like wannabes’ THE TIMES ‘Gamache has become to Canada what Hercule Poirot is to Belgium’ THE NEW YORK TIMES ‘Louise Penny twists and turns the plot expertly tripping the reader up just at the moment you think you might have solved the mystery’ DAILY EXPRESS ‘The series is deep and grand and altogether extraordinary . . . Miraculous’ WASHINGTON POST ‘No one does atmospheric quite like Louise Penny.’ ELLY GRIFFITHS
3. Una ofensa mortal (Inspector Armand Gamache 12)
LA NOVELA MÁS PREMIADA DE UN FENÓMENO INTERNACIONAL: LOUISE PENNY. El antiguo inspector jefe Armand Gamache se ha pasado toda su carrera cazando asesinos y luchando contra la corrupción. Ahora, como nuevo comandante de la academia de la Sûreté, tiene la oportunidad de combatir las corruptelas y la brutalidad que se ha extendido como una plaga por este cuerpo policial. Sin embargo, tras encontrar asesinado a un antiguo colega y profesor de la academia, junto a un misterioso mapa de Three Pines, Gamache se ve ante una tarea aún más dura. Cuando la sospecha recae sobre el propio Gamache y su posible implicación en el crimen, la frenética búsqueda de respuestas lleva la investigación hasta el pueblo de Three Pines, donde está a punto de desvelarse una serie de secretos devastadores… La crítica ha dicho… «Profunda, grandiosa y extraordinaria de principio a fin […]. Un milagro.» The Washington Post «Ingeniosa… Impactante… Mágica.» The New York Times «El estilo elíptico de Penny funciona de manera brillante en una novela que combina la corrupción policial de nuestros días con la tragedia.» The Sunday Times «Una ambientación envolvente y una narración empapada de búsqueda espiritual […]. Penny combina un argumento inteligente con unas descripciones evocadoras y preciosas.» Daily Express «Una ofensa mortal triunfa en todos los niveles.» St. Louis Post-Dispatch «Una ofensa mortal es una de sus mejores obras, pero pienso mismo cada vez que termino un misterio Gamache.» The Washington Post «Un misterio cautivador y un rico drama humano en el que ningún personaje es del todo bueno ni malo y todos son capaces de inspirar empatía.» Booklist «Penny mantiene a sus lectores haciendo cábalas hasta el final.» The Guardian «Una ambientación espectacular. […] Impresionante.» The Times «Una novela compleja que aborda temas universales como la compasión, la debilidad ante la tentación, el perdón y el peligro de caer en la desesperación y el cinismo ante demonios en apariencia insuperables.» Publishers Weekly «Penny, que eleva el listón con cada nuevo título de esta soberbia serie, siempre ha mezclado asesinato y corrupción con cuestiones de moralidad […]. Lo hace con su habitual talento para crear un argumento cautivador, personajes ricos, una prosa llamativa y cuestiones que llevan a reflexionar sobre la piedad, la malicia y las contradicciones de la raza humana.» Richmond-Times Dispatch «Esta serie domina las listas de best-sellers y de premios por un buen motivo. Penny cuenta historias potentes sobre el daño y la sanación del corazón humano, aligeradas con afecto, humor y (gracias al cielo) redención.» Charlotte Observer «Penny escribe con gracia e inteligencia sobre personas complejas que luchan con emociones complejas, aunque su mayor don es la asombrosa capacidad para describir lo que quizá parezca indescriptible: el juego de luces, el sonido de la música celestial, una quieta sensación de paz.» The New York Times Book Review
4. State Of Terror
State of Terror follows Ellen Adams, a novice Secretary of State, who has joined the administration of her rival, a president inaugurated after four years of American leadership that shrank from the world stage. A series of terrorist attacks throws the global order into disarray and the secretary is tasked with assembling a team to unravel the deadly conspiracy, a scheme carefully designed to take advantage of an American government dangerously out of touch and out of power in the places where it counts the most. This high-stakes thriller of international intrigue features behind-the-scenes global drama informed by details only an insider could know.
5. The Madness Of Crowds
Instant #1 New York Times Bestseller AARP The Magazine – Recommended Summer Reading CNN – A Most Anticipated Book of August Bustle – A Most Anticipated Book of August Chief Inspector Armand Gamache returns to Three Pines in #1 New York Times bestseller Louise Penny’s latest spellbinding novel You’re a coward. Time and again, as the New Year approaches, that charge is leveled against Armand Gamache. It starts innocently enough. While the residents of the Québec village of Three Pines take advantage of the deep snow to ski and toboggan, to drink hot chocolate in the bistro and share meals together, the Chief Inspector finds his holiday with his family interrupted by a simple request. He’s asked to provide security for what promises to be a non-event. A visiting Professor of Statistics will be giving a lecture at the nearby university. While he is perplexed as to why the head of homicide for the Sûreté du Québec would be assigned this task, it sounds easy enough. That is until Gamache starts looking into Professor Abigail Robinson and discovers an agenda so repulsive he begs the university to cancel the lecture. They refuse, citing academic freedom, and accuse Gamache of censorship and intellectual cowardice. Before long, Professor Robinson’s views start seeping into conversations. Spreading and infecting. So that truth and fact, reality and delusion are so confused it’s near impossible to tell them apart. Discussions become debates, debates become arguments, which turn into fights. As sides are declared, a madness takes hold. Abigail Robinson promises that, if they follow her, ça va bien aller. All will be well. But not, Gamache and his team know, for everyone. When a murder is committed it falls to Armand Gamache, his second-in-command Jean-Guy Beauvoir, and their team to investigate the crime as well as this extraordinary popular delusion. And the madness of crowds.
6. All The Devils Are Here
INSTANT #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER PARADE MAGAZINE – ONE OF FALL’S MOST ANTICIPATED BOOKS AARP’S MOST ANTICIPATED BOOKS OF FALL CRIMEREADS – ONE OF THE BEST TRADITIONAL MYSTERIES OF THE YEAR GLOBE AND MAIL – TOP 100 BOOKS OF THE YEAR CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR – ONE OF THE BEST NOVELS OF THE YEAR KIRKUS REVIEWS – ONE OF THE BEST MYSTERIES/THRILLERS OF THE YEAR LIBRARY JOURNAL – ONE OF THE BEST CRIME FICTION BOOKS OF THE YEAR The 16th novel by #1 bestselling author Louise Penny finds Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Sûreté du Quebec investigating a sinister plot in the City of Light On their first night in Paris, the Gamaches gather as a family for a bistro dinner with Armand’s godfather, the billionaire Stephen Horowitz. Walking home together after the meal, they watch in horror as Stephen is knocked down and critically injured in what Gamache knows is no accident, but a deliberate attempt on the elderly man’s life. When a strange key is found in Stephen’s possession it sends Armand, his wife Reine-Marie, and his former second-in-command at the Sûreté, Jean-Guy Beauvoir, from the top of the Tour d’Eiffel, to the bowels of the Paris Archives, from luxury hotels to odd, coded, works of art. It sends them deep into the secrets Armand’s godfather has kept for decades. A gruesome discovery in Stephen’s Paris apartment makes it clear the secrets are more rancid, the danger far greater and more imminent, than they realized. Soon the whole family is caught up in a web of lies and deceit. In order to find the truth, Gamache will have to decide whether he can trust his friends, his colleagues, his instincts, his own past. His own family. For even the City of Light casts long shadows. And in that darkness devils hide.
7. A Better Man
“‘A Better Man,’ with its mix of meteorological suspense, psychological insight and criminal pursuit, is arguably the best book yet in an outstanding, original oeuvre.” —Tom Nolan, The Wall Street Journal “Enchanting… one of his most ennobling missions.” —Marilyn Stasio, New York Times Book Review Catastrophic spring flooding, blistering attacks in the media, and a mysterious disappearance greet Chief Inspector Armand Gamache as he returns to the Sûreté du Québec in the latest novel by #1 New York Times bestselling author Louise Penny. It’s Gamache’s first day back as head of the homicide department, a job he temporarily shares with his previous second-in-command, Jean-Guy Beauvoir. Flood waters are rising across the province. In the middle of the turmoil a father approaches Gamache, pleading for help in finding his daughter. As crisis piles upon crisis, Gamache tries to hold off the encroaching chaos, and realizes the search for Vivienne Godin should be abandoned. But with a daughter of his own, he finds himself developing a profound, and perhaps unwise, empathy for her distraught father. Increasingly hounded by the question, how would you feel…, he resumes the search. As the rivers rise, and the social media onslaught against Gamache becomes crueler, a body is discovered. And in the tumult, mistakes are made. In the next novel in this “constantly surprising series that deepens and darkens as it evolves” (New York Times Book Review), Gamache must face a horrific possibility, and a burning question. What would you do if your child’s killer walked free?
8. Kingdom Of The Blind
The new Chief Inspector Gamache novel from the #1 New York Times bestselling author. When a peculiar letter arrives inviting Armand Gamache to an abandoned farmhouse, the former head of the Sûreté du Québec discovers that a complete stranger has named him one of the executors of her will. Still on suspension, and frankly curious, Gamache accepts and soon learns that the other two executors are Myrna Landers, the bookseller from Three Pines, and a young builder. None of them had ever met the elderly woman. The will is so odd and includes bequests that are so wildly unlikely that Gamache and the others suspect the woman must have been delusional. But what if, Gamache begins to ask himself, she was perfectly sane? When a body is found, the terms of the bizarre will suddenly seem less peculiar and far more menacing. But it isn’t the only menace Gamache is facing. The investigation into what happened six months ago—the events that led to his suspension—has dragged on, into the dead of winter. And while most of the opioids he allowed to slip through his hands, in order to bring down the cartels, have been retrieved, there is one devastating exception. Enough narcotic to kill thousands has disappeared into inner city Montreal. With the deadly drug about to hit the streets, Gamache races for answers. As he uses increasingly audacious, even desperate, measures to retrieve the drug, Armand Gamache begins to see his own blind spots. And the terrible things hiding there.
9. The Cruellest Month
A New York Times Bestseller ‘Louise Penny’s Chief Inspector Armand Gamache series gets better with each book’ Globe and Mail It’s Easter, and on a glorious Spring day in peaceful Three Pines, someone waits for night to fall. They plan to raise the dead… When Chief Inspector Gamache of the Surete du Quebec arrives the next morning, he faces an unusual crime scene. A s�ance in an old abandoned house has gone horrifically wrong and someone has been seemingly frightened to death. In idyllic Three Pines, terrible secrets lie buried, and even Gamache has something to hide. One of his own team is about to betray him. But how far will they go to ensure Gamache’s downfall? ‘A cracking storyteller, who can create fascinating characters, a twisty plot and wonderful surprise endings’ Ann Cleeves
10. The Armand Gamache Series, Books 1-12
#1 New York Times and Globe and Mail bestselling author Louise Penny’s beloved Chief Inspector Gamache mystery novels have received critical acclaim, won numerous awards, and enthralled millions of readers. Featuring Chief Inspector of Homicide Armand Gamache of the Sûreté du Québec, these extraordinary novels are together for the first time in a fabulous ebook bundle. Still Life–Gamache and his team are called to the scene of a suspicious death in Three Pines. The locals are certain it’s a tragic hunting accident, but Gamache smells something foul. A Fatal Grace–When CC de Poitiers is found dead the day after Christmas, Gamache digs beneath the surface to find where the real secrets are buried. But it seems he has enemies of his own, and something far more chilling awaits. The Cruelest Month–A group of Three Pines villagers celebrate Easter with a séance at the Old Hadley House, hoping to rid the town of its evil. One of their party dies-of fright? Or murder? Gamache must face his own ghosts as well as those residing in this seemingly idyllic town. A Rule Against Murder–Gamache and his wife are celebrating their anniversary at the luxurious, isolated Manoir Bellechasse. When a dead body turns up, Gamache learns that the lodge is a place where visitors come to escape their past, until that past catches up with them. The Brutal Telling–A stranger is found murdered in Olivier’s Bistro, and Gamache is dismayed to find Olivier’s story full of holes. Gamache follows clues across the continent before returning to Three Pines to confront the final, brutal telling. Bury Your Dead–It’s Winter Carnival in Quebec City, when Gamache is called to investigate a dead body at the Literary and Historical Society. Meanwhile, Gamache is receiving disquieting letters from Three Pines. A Trick of the Light–When Three Pines artist Clara Morrow’s former friend is found dead in her garden, Gamache finds the art world is one of shading and nuance, shadow and light. Even when facts are slowly exposed, it is no longer clear to Gamache and his team if what they’ve found is the truth, or simply a trick of the light. The Beautiful Mystery–Outsiders are never admitted to the monastery of Saint-Gilbert-Entre-les-Loups, where the monks are world-famous for their glorious chants. But when the renowned choir director is murdered, the lock is drawn back to admit Gamache. How the Light Gets In–Gamache travels to Three Pines as a favor to the bookshop owner Myrna Landers, whose friend has gone missing. With mounting crises in his own homicide department, Gamache finds himself not only investigating a murder, but also seeking refuge for himself and his still-loyal colleagues. The Long Way Home–Happily retired in Three Pines, Gamache has found peace. But when Clara Morrow’s artist husband, Peter, fails to show up as promised on the first anniversary of their separation, Gamache agrees to join her on a journey far away in search of him. The Nature of the Beast–When a boy prone to tall tales disappears from Three Pines, the villagers are faced with the possibility that one of his stories might have been true. The search sends Gamache deep into the forest and sets off a sequence of events leading to murder, an old crime, and a betrayal. A Great Reckoning–An intricate old map, given to Armand Gamache on the first day of his new job, now found stuffed into the walls of the bistro in Three Pines, leads Gamache to four cadets in the Sûreté academy, and a dead professor.
11. A Great Reckoning
Louise Penny takes us back to the deceptively peaceful village of Three Pines in the brilliant new novel in her series featuring Chief Inspector Armand Gamache.
12. The Nature Of The Beast
The Nature of the Beast is a New York Times bestselling Chief Inspector Gamache novel from Louise Penny. Hardly a day goes by when nine year old Laurent Lepage doesn’t cry wolf. From alien invasions, to walking trees, to winged beasts in the woods, to dinosaurs spotted in the village of Three Pines, his tales are so extraordinary no one can possibly believe him. Including Armand and Reine-Marie Gamache, who now live in the little Quebec village. But when the boy disappears, the villagers are faced with the possibility that one of his tall tales might have been true. And so begins a frantic search for the boy and the truth. What they uncover deep in the forest sets off a sequence of events that leads to murder, leads to an old crime, leads to an old betrayal. Leads right to the door of an old poet. And now it is now, writes Ruth Zardo. And the dark thing is here. A monster once visited Three Pines. And put down deep roots. And now, Ruth knows, it is back. Armand Gamache, the former head of homicide for the Sûreté du Québec, must face the possibility that, in not believing the boy, he himself played a terrible part in what happens next.
13. The Chief Inspector Gamache Series
#1 New York Times and Globe and Mail bestselling author Louse Penny’s beloved Chief Inspector Armand Gamache mystery novels have received critical acclaim, won numerous awards, and have enthralled millions of readers. Featuring Chief Inspector of Homicide Armand Gamache of the Sûreté du Québec, these extraordinary novels are here together for the first time in a fabulous ebook bundles. A Rule Against Murder Chief Inspector Gamache and his wife are celebrating their anniversary at the luxurious, isolated Manoir Bellechasse. But when a dead body turns up in the midst of a family reunion, Gamache learns that the lodge is a place where visitors come to escape their past, until that past catches up with them. The Brutal Telling A stranger is found murdered in Olivier’s Bistro in Three Pines, and Chief Inspector Gamache is dismayed to find Olivier’s story full of holes. Gamache follows a trail of clues into the woods and across the continent before returning to Three Pines to confront the truth and the final, brutal telling. Bury Your Dead It’s Winter Carnival in Quebec City, when Chief Inspector Gamache is called to investigate a dead body at the Literary and Historical Society. Meanwhile, Gamache is receiving disquieting letters from Three Pines, and as past and present collide, he must relive a terrible event from his own past before he can begin to bury his dead.
14. The Long Way Home
At first enjoying a peaceful retirement, former Quebec homicide detective Armand Gamache reluctantly agrees to help a neighbor search for her missing estranged husband and teams up with two former colleagues on a search that reveals the workings of a psychologically damaged mind.
15. Louise Penny Boxed Set (1-3)
Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Sûreté du Québec digs beneath the idyllic surface of village life in Three Pines, finding long buried secrets–and facing a few enemies of his own. With nine books in the series and more to come, this boxed set of the first three books–Still Life, A Fatal Grace, and The Cruelest Month–introduces not only the engaging series hero Inspector Gamache, who commands his forces–and this series–with integrity and quiet courage, but also the spectacular Louise Penny. A #1 New York Times bestseller and multiple award winner, Louise Penny “writes with grace and intelligence” (New York Times Book Review) and “with her smart plot and fascinating, nuanced characters…proves that she is one of our finest writers (People). The acclaimed series is a sensation–there are nearly 850,000 print copies in the US and Canada alone, and it has been translated into 35 languages.
16. Long Way Home Signed
Happily retired in the village of Three Pines, Armand Gamache, former Chief Inspector of Homicide with the Sûrete du Quebec, has found a peace he’d only imagined possible. On warm summer mornings he sits on a bench holding a small book, The Balm in Gilead, in his large hands. “There is a balm in Gilead,” his neighbor Clara Morrow reads from the dust jacket, “to make the wounded whole.” While Gamache doesn’t talk about his wounds and his balm, Clara tells him about hers. Peter, her artist husband, has failed to come home. Failed to show up as promised on the first anniversary of their separation. She wants Gamache’s help to find him. Having finally found sanctuary, Gamache feels a near revulsion at the thought of leaving Three Pines. “There’s power enough in Heaven,” he finishes the quote as he contemplates the quiet village, “to cure a sin-sick soul.” And then he gets up. And joins her. Together with his former second-in-command, Jean-Guy Beauvoir, and Myrna Landers, they journey deeper and deeper into Quebec. And deeper and deeper into the soul of Peter Morrow. A man so desperate to recapture his fame as an artist, he would sell that soul. And may have. The journey takes them further and further from Three Pines, to the very mouth of the great St. Lawrence river. To an area so desolate, so damned, the first mariners called it The land God gave to Cain. And there theydiscover the terrible damage done by a sin-sick soul.  Praise for How the Light Gets In”Another bravura performance from an author who has reinvented the village mystery as profoundly as Dashiell Hammett transformed the detective novel.” – Booklist (starred) “Penny impressively balances personal courage and faith with heartbreaking choices and monstrous evil.” – Publishers Weekly (starred) “A masterful, nuanced suspense novel in which tone and setting are just as riveting as the murder’s who and why.” -People (four stars)
17. How The Light Gets In
The #1 New York Times Bestseller “There is a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.” —Leonard Cohen Christmas is approaching, and in Québec it’s a time of dazzling snowfalls, bright lights, and gatherings with friends in front of blazing hearths. But shadows are falling on the usually festive season for Chief Inspector Armand Gamache. Most of his best agents have left the Homicide Department, his old friend and lieutenant Jean-Guy Beauvoir hasn’t spoken to him in months, and hostile forces are lining up against him. When Gamache receives a message from Myrna Landers that a longtime friend has failed to arrive for Christmas in the village of Three Pines, he welcomes the chance to get away from the city. Mystified by Myrna’s reluctance to reveal her friend’s name, Gamache soon discovers the missing woman was once one of the most famous people not just in North America, but in the world, and now goes unrecognized by virtually everyone except the mad, brilliant poet Ruth Zardo. As events come to a head, Gamache is drawn ever deeper into the world of Three Pines. Increasingly, he is not only investigating the disappearance of Myrna’s friend but also seeking a safe place for himself and his still-loyal colleagues. Is there peace to be found even in Three Pines, and at what cost to Gamache and the people he holds dear? How the Light Gets In is the ninth Chief Inspector Gamache Novel from Louise Penny. One of Publishers Weekly’s Best Mystery/Thriller Books of 2013 One of The Washington Post’s Top 10 Books of the Year An NPR Best Book of 2013
18. The Beautiful Mystery
When the choir director of a monastery in Quâebec is murdered, Chief Inspector Armand Gamache and Jean-Guy Beauvoir of the Sãuretâe du Quâebec are challenged to find the killer in a cloistered community that has taken a vow of silence.
19. A Fatal Grace
Sent to a village south of Montreal to investigate the death of CC de Poitiers, an extremely unpopular woman apparently killed in an electrical accident, Armand Gamache of the Sãuretâe du Quebec finds that nearly everyone in town had a motive to kill her.
20. A Trick Of The Light
A New York Times Notable Crime Book and Favorite Cozy for 2011 A Publishers Weekly Best Mystery/Thriller books for 2011 “Penny has been compared to Agatha Christie [but] it sells her short. Her characters are too rich, her grasp of nuance and human psychology too firm….” –Booklist (starred review) “Hearts are broken,” Lillian Dyson carefully underlined in a book. “Sweet relationships are dead.” But now Lillian herself is dead. Found among the bleeding hearts and lilacs of Clara Morrow’s garden in Three Pines, shattering the celebrations of Clara’s solo show at the famed Musée in Montreal. Chief Inspector Gamache, the head of homicide at the Sûreté du Québec, is called to the tiny Quebec village and there he finds the art world gathered, and with it a world of shading and nuance, a world of shadow and light. Where nothing is as it seems. Behind every smile there lurks a sneer. Inside every sweet relationship there hides a broken heart. And even when facts are slowly exposed, it is no longer clear to Gamache and his team if what they’ve found is the truth, or simply a trick of the light.
21. Bury Your Dead
Taking leave during Quebec’s Winter Carnival after a case gone wrong, a disgruntled Chief Inspector Armand Gamache is unable to avoid assisting a politically charged investigation involving a historian’s murder during a search for a famous figure’s burial site. By the Agatha Award-winning author A Fatal Grace. Reprint.
22. The Cruelest Month
“Many mystery buffs have credited Louise Penny with the revival of the type of traditional murder mystery made famous by Agatha Christie. . . . The book’s title is a metaphor not only for the month of April but also for Gamache’s personal and professional challenges—making this the series standout so far.” –Sarah Weinman Welcome to Three Pines, where the cruelest month is about to deliver on its threat. It’s spring in the tiny, forgotten village; buds are on the trees and the first flowers are struggling through the newly thawed earth. But not everything is meant to return to life. . . When some villagers decide to celebrate Easter with a séance at the Old Hadley House, they are hoping to rid the town of its evil—until one of their party dies of fright. Was this a natural death, or was the victim somehow helped along? Brilliant, compassionate Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Sûreté du Québec is called to investigate, in a case that will force him to face his own ghosts as well as those of a seemingly idyllic town where relationships are far more dangerous than they seem.
23. The Brutal Telling
The fifth novel in the Chief Inspector Gamache series, from worldwide phenomenon and number one New York Times bestseller Louise Penny 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… ‘The best Gamache so far’ Globe and Mail ‘Ingenious and unexpected’ Guardian ‘A cracking storyteller, who can create fascinating characters, a twisty plot and wonderful surprise endings’ Ann Cleeves
24. The Hangman
On a cold November morning, a jogger runs through the woods in the peaceful Quebec village of Three Pines. On his run, he finds a dead man hanging from a tree. The dead man was a guest at the local Inn and Spa. He might have been looking for peace and quiet, but something else found him. Something horrible. Did the man take his own life? Or was he murdered? Chief Inspector Armand Gamache is called to the crime scene. As Gamache follows the trail of clues, he opens a door into the past. And he learns the true reason why the man came to Three Pines. This is a quick and easy read for people on the go.
25. A Rule Against Murder
A Rule Against Murder, the fourth book in Louise Penny’s award-winning and critical revered mystery series features the wise and beleaguered Inspector Armand Gamache. It is the height of summer, and Armand and Reine-Marie Gamache are celebrating their wedding anniversary at Manoir Bellechasse, an isolated, luxurious inn not far from the village of Three Pines. But they’re not alone. The Finney family—rich, cultured, and respectable—has also arrived for a celebration of their own. The beautiful Manoir Bellechasse might be surrounded by nature, but there is something unnatural looming. As the heat rises and the humidity closes in, some surprising guests turn up at the family reunion, and a terrible summer storm leaves behind a dead body. It is up to Chief Inspector Gamache to unearth secrets long buried and hatreds hidden behind polite smiles. The chase takes him to Three Pines, into the dark corners of his own life, and finally to a harrowing climax.
26. Still Life
Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of Canada’s Sãuretâe du Quebec is called to Three Pines, a tiny hamlet south of Montreal, to investigate the suspicious hunting “accident” that claimed the life of Jane Neal, a local fixture in the village.
27. The Murder Stone
A brilliant, big, old-fashioned drawing-room mystery with a denouement worthy of Agatha Christie, from the international bestseller. Wealthy, cultured and respectable, the Finney family is the epitome of gentility. When Irene Finney and her four grown-up children arrive at the Manoir Bellechasse in the heat of summer, the hotel’s staff spring into action. For the children have come to this idyllic lakeside retreat for a special occasion – a memorial has been organised to pay tribute to their late father. But as the heat wave gathers strength, it is not just the statue of an old man that is unveiled. Old secrets and bitter rivalries begin to surface, and the morning after the ceremony, a body is found. The family has another member to mourn. A guest at the hotel, Chief Inspector Armand Gamache suddenly finds himself in the middle of a murder enquiry. The hotel is full of possible suspects – even the Manoir’s staff have something to hide, and it’s clear that the victim had many enemies. With its remote location, the lodge is a place where visitors come to escape their pasts. Until the past catches up with them…
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