Myst/thrillers and ✨fun fantasies✨are my favorites but always open for a good story.
I was so sad when this ended, it felt like visiting family had just said goodbye. As always Louise Penny brings us full circle with her lovely writing. A return to Three Pines, a murder mystery surrounding the last of an elderly, famous quintuplet, and the exposure of a conspiracy of epic proportion. For me this was one of the best books in the series and I cannot wait for the next one to come out.
Ralph Cosham is the perfect voice for Chief Inspector Gamache. The stories would not be the same without him. He is an amazing narrator and I find it fascinating that he narrates from his first reading of the books. This a wonderful series but should be read from the beginning to be able to fall in love the incredibly wonderful characters.
Just finished this one on the drive in to work this morning. This is the second in this series that I have listened to, the first one being Still Life. I have read the others and have decided that listening to Ralph Cosham IS the way to enjoy these books!
So glad Jean Guy finally got his act together. And LOVE Ruth!
When it is revealed that Gamache's department remained supportive of him, despite best attempts to divide the team.
Loved this story. I could hardly wait to listen to the next few chapters each day to learn what happened to the beloved characters. Louise Penny has a special gift for mystery writing and I plan to follow her.
Likes: Cozy mysteries, esp w/cats, books on workings of the brain/autism, not-too-dark fantasy. Dislikes: Animal cruelty, torture scenes.
It's very hard to actually rate this book. I really didn't want to read this since I hated the last book so much, but I was trying to get the characters I had grown so fond of out of their predicaments. I wanted to see things resolved and happy. I have to tell you it's a long way to get there. It took me forever to listen to this book, and I had to be convinced by a friend to restart it after bogging down mid way. One of the things I always liked about Gamache was his presence, how he was always calm and courteous but strong. In this book, we get weepy, cranky, beaten down, all sorts of Gamaches that just made the book less enjoyable than the old ones. I suppose I shouldn't complain about Jean Guy being so frustrating and tedious since that is probably an accurate portrayal of life with an addict, but still it isn't fun to read. I did find the mystery surrounding the murder Gamache is investigating to be somewhat interesting though it does peter out at the end. Unlike previous books the investigation of the murder isn't the main point and we don't really see it wrap up. I did guess some of the things that were going to happen, and I usually don't. I suppose I am glad that I forced myself through to the end to see happier times for all our beloved characters. You'll probably be happy you did too, but it really is a long way to get there.
The Louise Penny Three Pines series with Gamache et al - particularly with Ralph Cosham narrating - is one of the best series I have EVER (in 40+ years) listened to or read. I rarely write book reviews, since a reader's or listener's reaction to any book is necessarily subjective, but this series (and this - so far - last book in the series) deserves attention. When I learned that a new/next book in this series is scheduled to be released in August 2014, I was THRILLED - and when I saw that the narrator is "yet to be determined" I thought, "you gotta be kidding - it HAS to be Ralph Cosham - no one else can make these characters come alive the way he does!" But I know that even if it ends up being a different narrator, the story itself will make this book a mandatory purchase for me.
I own all the books in hard copy also, as they are worth re-reading and re-listening. It is not necessary to read them in order, but it is VERY HELPFUL TO DO SO (and makes the inside jokes much funnier, since you'll know the backstory behind them), so it's worth going back & starting over from the beginning. The characters have become part of my family, and I care about their actions and choices and love them despite (or because of?) their realistic flaws, and can't wait to learn what happens next.
I cannot strongly enough recommend this series both to fans of mystery novels and to fans of awesome (literally: awe-inspiring) character development. Louise Penny is a supremely talented author whose books are rare gifts. Don't miss out.
Very good. It remains a standard where the characters remain pretty true to past books throughout the series. It did run a bit long but the narrator is excellent and helps get you through any dry parts.
Gamache who is very well done. But I love all the quirky characters in Three Pines.
It is very difficult to choose. He is one of my favorites. In listening to his conversation with the author at the end of the book, it was evident how much he actually becomes the characters. This is one series where there is a strong association between the narrator and the characters.
Slightly disappointed in the change in Jon Ghee's character and then the quick wrap up at the end..
Each book in this series just gets better and better. The books can stand alone, however I love the growth of the characters. The author's subject matter is so interesting, in this installment she brings in the phenomenon of the quince's that were born in the Canada in the 1930's. What a unique detective story with a great deal of heart. I can't wait for the next book in this series.
it may even be a great book, but the narration is so muddled and garbled that I will never know. I suspect that the recording was poorly done because Ralph Cosham narrated Still Life and it was well done.. To be clear,, the narrator is not at fault.
I haven't read any of the print versions of Louise Perry's mysteries. I love the narration of her books. Ralph Cosham is great. He really is the characters of Three Pines.
He is Three Pines! Usually my favorite character is Gamache but in this case my favorite character is Myrna.
I am not sure why I liked this book so much. It definitely was one of my favorites. It was a little more suspenseful than earlier books and I listened it in just two days...couldn't stop until I knew how it ended.
Why haven't I heard about Louise Penny before? I absolutely love her storytelling. Distinctive characters portrayed with wit and insight into the human condition, a sense of community and place that made me feel I was there (and wanted to be there), a story line that kept me happily tuned in and guessing. My only negative was the narrator. I know, I know--everyone else gives him five stars. But initially I had a dickens of a time "hearing" him and figuring out which of the characters was speaking. I even tried listening to the audio book at half speed. I think it's the steady cadence of his speech and the fact that he seems to drop the last words of sentences. He seems to "read" rather than to act or portray the characters with different voices. I persevered (glad I did), and towards the last part of the book I began getting used to his style of speaking and could follow him better. I realized this required intense listening, rather than the more casual listening I can do when the narrator is using different, or at least more distinct, voices for each character. Now that I have this down, I may re-listen to the book because I know I missed things in the beginning.