Including Armand and Reine-Marie Gamache, who now live in the little Quebec village. More than a simple mystery, Penny's novel peels away the emotional and psychological layers of the inhabitants of Three Pines..'Publishers Weekly (starred review) 'The bucolic Quebec village of Three Pines again proves no refuge in Penny's stellar 11th Armand Gamache novel….
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'…Once again Penny displays her remarkable ability to serve equally well both series devotees and new readers (if there are any of those still to be found).
Gamache fans will be thrilled by the way this installment unlocks some of the series' enduring mysteries: Why is Three Pines off the grid? At the same time, the main plot offers a compelling mystery and a rich human drama in which no character is either entirely good or evil, and each is capable of inspiring empathy. What makes this story most magical..the perfect reminder of the dark side of human nature, but that side does not always win out.
'Evil,' as Gamache notes, quoting Auden, 'is unspectacular and always human.' Hardly a day goes by when nine year old Laurent Lepage doesn't cry wolf. Penny is an expert at pulling away the surface of her characters to expose their deeper—and often ugly—layers, always doing so with a direct but compassionate hand.' Library Journal (starred review) '....
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. A strong sense of place, a multilayered plot, and well-crafted (and for Penny's fans, familiar) characters combine for a thoughtful, intriguing tale.
Still Life, A Fatal Grace/Dead Cold (same book, different title), The Cruelest Month, A Rule Against Murder/The Murder Stone (same book, different title), The Brutal Telling, Bury Your Dead, A Trick of the Light, The Beautiful Mystery, How the Light Gets In, The Long Way Home, The Nature of the Beast, A Great Reckoning.
Here now are some of the reactions to the books, from latest to first: When an intricate old map is found stuffed into the walls of the bistro in Three Pines, it at first seems no more than a curiosity. The focus of the investigation soon turns to Gamache himself and his mysterious relationship with Amelia, and his possible involvement in the crime.But the closer the villagers look, the stranger it becomes. Amelia is more likely to be found on the other side of a police line-up. The frantic search for answers takes the investigators back to Three Pines and a stained glass window with its own horrific secrets.Given to Armand Gamache as a gift the first day of his new job, the map eventually leads him to shattering secrets. It leads the former Chief of Homicide for the Sûreté du Québec to places even he is afraid to go. And there he finds four young cadets in the Sûreté academy, and a dead professor. Everywhere Gamache turns, he sees Amelia Choquet, one of the cadets. For both Amelia Choquet and Armand Gamache, the time has come for a great reckoning. This complex novel deals with universal themes of compassion, weakness in the face of temptation, forgiveness, and the danger of falling into despair and cynicism over apparently insurmountable evils.Booklist '…a compelling mystery that leads to an exciting but tantalizingly open-ended finale.' Miami Herald 'Louise Penny is unsurpassed at building a sense of heart-stopping urgency.Sometimes the stakes are personal…Sometimes the threat is to the village…This time Penny manages to create a threat that could truly be worldwide, and to place its future in the hands of our friends in Three Pines.Attention, fans who have been waiting for poet Ruth Zardo's backstory: Here's at least part of your wish granted.' People Magazine 'In this, the 11th title in the series, Penny sustains her high-wire act, creating characters of remarkable depth in an exhilarating whodunit.' Irish Times "…Louise Penny has crafted an immensely rich and satisfying traditional mystery world, tipping the hat to Agatha Christie, Josephine Tey and PD James, but with her own distinctive recipe: complex characters far removed from village stereotypes, ingenious plots, and a captivating lead detective in Gamache." Wall Street Journal '….atmospheric and deeply humane…' Richmond Times-Dispatch '….