I love Louise Penny's Inspector Gamache series and look forward to each of her books. This is no exception. Her narrative and descriptions are full of beautiful images that I can see in my mind's eye. Her characters are fully developed and continue to develop through each book.
I want to savor a good book listening or reading. I would never want to listen in one sitting because I want the time to absorb the writing.
Each book is better than the last, more character development, plot twists, more development of the entire experience.
Avid general reader with a fondness for British and Irish Writers and world history.
This book represents quite a change for the author. Her imagination has led her to an interesting place where there is definitely a mystery to solve but all the while you are learning more and more about her characters - some surprising, some disappointing - but with lots of hooks to hang her future books on. I had to listen to it twice to fully appreciate the nuances and hope she is well on her way to her next creation. A beautifully written story.
I love the three pines series. but I missed the village and inhabitants of Three Pines. Gamache and his associate from Montreal police are as always provocative!
Great setting in a monastery, more frustration with inspector Beauvoir's problems since the attack on the unit. Wonderful descriptions of the monks and their services. Overall a very satisfying mystery and an excellent narrator, as usual.
I've not missed a single book by Penny and have enjoyed every word - well, almost. The only thing that didn't seem well crafted was the conspiracy and corruption at "the highest levels" in a previous book. And, of course, what does she return to in this could have been brilliant story? You've got it. The setting and characters here are delightful. The story line is, if not unique, nearly so. But instead of flushing out these possibilities, she falls back into the old police corruption surrounding Gamache. Such a waste - I'm writing this instead of finishing what promised to be a great read (listen).
Another great Louise Penny, she is a great wordsmith and keeps you on the edge of your seat with her plots. Only thing I didn't like was the hanging ending, usually she gives you a clear ending but this time she catches you and makes you yearn for the next book in the series. Miss Penny has the ability to make you feel like the characters are real and you become invested in their lives.
One of the only of the Gamache series that wasn't located in Three Pines. Gamache is the still water that runs deep, but serenely. Here we see more of the strife that challenges his famous serenity. I began the series by thinking the narrator too soft spoken and monotonous; but, rather, he is the voice and mind of Gamache. I slightly missed Three Pines as it was replaced by a monastery in this book, but it was masterful, nevertheless.
I really enjoy this series. They are not exactly "cosy" mysteries, but they are not too gross or graphic. I like the characters, so this book was a revelation in what Louise Penny decided to do with the main ones. The setting in the abbey brought out things in the two main police inspectors that surprised me, but weren't out of character. It actually is something of a cliff hanger as I cannot wait to see if problems are resolved, or relationships torn apart forever. Ralph Cosham is just right as a narrator for this series; he knows how to pronounce the French place names and phrases, and keeps me interested in all that happens.