I like Penny's writing -- her descriptions that create a rich sense of place and her interesting characters. This series is usually centered in the same small town, and here the detectives are sent off to an isolated monestary. Probably a good thing, but you should know that the usual cast of eccentric characters are not present.
The main story line was so suspenseful. The description of the abbey, the monks, and their daily activities made me feel like I was there, too.
Yes. There were many possible suspects and we learned about them and their issues a little bit at a time. It was hard to know when someone was lying to the police. Until the very end, I did not know who the murderer was.
Yes, I listened to his reading of Still Life also written by Louise Penny. Mr Cosham's performance in both of these was excellent-smooth rhythm, consistent pronunciation, and it was always clear from his voice which character was speaking.
Yes, but when I had to put it down, I couldn't wait to get back to it.
I enjoyed this book so much more than Still Life. Even though there were more suspects in this book, the characters provided fewer distractions, perhaps, as monks, they had so much in common.
The audio edition was very enjoyable it really draws you into the story. Ralph Cosham did a wonderful job of reading the story. There were a lot of characters and sometimes it was hard to keep them straight. If I was reading the book, I think seeing their names in print would make that easier.
I would recommend this book as an audio or the physical book, both are very good.
There are a lot of twists and turns in the story. It is long and was hard to stop listening to the story, but I had to hear it in sections because of the length.
Great Story Line . . . (is that really two words?)
The Plot ties with the Setting, as so wonderfully described.
Have not listened to another, however, I would do so. It was extremely well done.
No, I wanted to savor the story.
A unique story, well written, and well told. A gem, and well worth the time to listen.
I love stories where you can learn about other ways people live. I have to say I wasn't real sure about the ending though.
I definitely would recommend this book. It is an interesting story in an unusual setting with unexpected twists. The subplot concerning Inpsector Gamache's relations with his subordinate and superior added an extra element of intrigue with an unexpected turn of events.
This was my first exposure to Inspector Gamache and I am now a big fan of his. Ralph Cosham's performance was just perfect. I was transported to the abbey with his intelligent and elegant reading. His pace and tone was perfect for the tale.
First Cosham performance for me. I loved his voice.
I was tempted to listen to it all at once but preferred to listen in installments so I could savor the experience as long as possible. I was sorry to come to the end of the book as I so enjoyed the listening experience.
I'm definitely going to listen to all available tapes in the Inspector Gamache series and check out anything else this author has written.
It was intriguing to find out more about the inner workings of a monastery.
It was nice to take a break from Three Pines, but I hope to return there in the next novel. The books that take place away from Three Pines provide more insight into Armand Gamache and his team as individuals. They are more character driven than plot driven, which is a nice change.
Ralph Cosham captures Armand Gamache perfectly. I actually prefer to listen to these novels than read them, because Cosham brings Louise Penny's novels to life.
I have listened to and enjoyed all of Penny's books on Audible. They are all great reads because of the well-written stories and evolving characters. Howeever, the narrator's wonderful voice fills out what is already a rich experience. I would listen to anything narrated by Ralph Cosham.
My favorite character is always Gamache with his witticisms and deep thoughts. He is an imperfect man who is constantly seeking justice, truth, and forgiveness.
I was dismayed at the end of this book to think that I have to wait months to find out what happens next -- what a cliffhanger!!!
Hurrry up, Ms. Penny, and finish the next in the series.
Yes, definitely. A new favorite story.
The story was gripping and interesting and I really enjoyed the narrators way of conveying the story and the appropriate mood.
He has a very calming voice and a beautiful French accent.
The point when Beauvoir is watching the video, the monks are chanting and the whole story seems to be coming together in a perfect storm. Powerful!
I love listening to Ralph Cosham read the Gamache series.