Myst/thrillers and ✨fun fantasies✨are my favorites but always open for a good story.
The third and most serious Three Pines adventure thus far. Same great writing but in my opinion this addition was missing some of the humorous appeal the first two held, nevertheless, still a wonderful listen.
Inspector Gamache and his team are trying to solve a murder that is being clouded by the fascination and mania that surround bewitchery and superstitions. Chief Inspectors suspicions are brought forward from book two of who may be responsible for the attempt to disgrace and discredit him. He is truly thrown by the lengths of betrayal that ensue for the purpose of revenge against him. Being the consummate professional that he is, Gamache, of course, keeps focus on the task at hand, uses his excellent powers of deduction and wraps it all up.
As always Ralph Cosham does a great job narrating and really brings the essence of Gamache's character to life. Louise Penny did such a beautiful job of describing the weather and foliage of Montreal in the Springtime, she captured the very existence and truly delivered a vision. It is so creative and clever how she finds a way to weave famous quotes into all of her books, it is such a treat. I look forward to enjoying the new characters, Inspector Gamache, and the next Three Pines adventure.
Audible has changed my life! Dry , itchy eyes were destroying one of my greatest pleasures - reading. Now I am experiencing books again!
This is a terrific entry in a terrific series. Louise Penny sort of defies categorization: are they "cozies"? Not exactly! Police procedurals? Well, maybe, kinda.
What they are is irresistible and addictive. There's a wonderful inspector, intriguing characters, a fine sense of place.
The narrator is particularly good. I began with reading the books, but have switched to Audible, as I think the listening is even better! Start at the beginning of the series, and prepare to want to listen to all the others.
When we lived in Montreal in the 70's, we didn't fully appreciate the beauty of Quebec. We didn't understand the cultural and historical significance of the people and places we were around. Now, after reading her books, being reintroduced to that area and feeling such warm and fuzzy closeness to her characters, memories are no longer as hazy. She is an exceptional writer and Cosham is magnificent!! Thanks for introducing her to me, Audible!
i have listened to all her books! if you like detective stories you will like louise penny. she doesn't write them fast enough for me!
I actually bought this one because I couldn't wait for my two monthly credits. I am enjoying these characters very much and I love the town, I want to live in Three Pines.
Cranky old Ruth had me laughing out loud and the other poet, oh my! the poor thing.
You should definitely read these in order as the subplots very subtle and elegant.
I'm going to have to order these in paper versions, as I have with a few other authors I discovered on Audible. I enjoy them that much!
The Cruelest Month is my first book by Louise Penny and it is wonderful. The narrator is excellent with outstanding French accent. However, there is a major plot line in this novel that is covered in the first two books. I recommend reading the books in order. I am going back and listen to Still Life and have a wonderful journey with the Chief Inspector Gamache and his team.
“Favorite authors- Nevada Barr, Craig Johnson, Louise Penny. Narrators, Marguerite Gavin, Barbara Rosenblat, George Guidall, Ralph Cosham.”
Set in a small Canadian village. I laughed all the way through. A drunken Poet Laureate with a foul mouth, a cafe owned by a gay couple, a bookstore owned by an obese black psychologist, 2 artists who remind me of the Odd Couple and a gentle Chief Inspector with a dry wit. Not politically correct but definately funny and without malice.
While browsing titles, I stumbled across Louise Penny and the Three Pines/Inspector Gamache novels. I was looking for something that was intriguing, but fresh. Decided to give Penny a try after reading a few of the summaries. Lucky for me. This series provides all of the mystery essentials, but is infused with an unusally great sense of fun. Three Pines is peopled with wonderfully drawn complex characters; even the best people in this hidden away village have their dark moments. In The Cruelest Month, Penny wraps up the insidious story within the stories that was introduced in the first of the series and threaded through the second, even as the wise and skillful Inspector is on the job ferreting out murderers. Cosham, as the reader, is top notch! Well done all.
I enjoyed the story and the reader, but I had real problems following it sometime due to very short pauses between scene changes.
I didn't really expect much when I first started listening, it started out a little slow, but when this story gets going, it's wonderful. I won't say that the who dunnit was a huge mystery, but the motivation behind the murder had a great psychological foundation.