I absolutely loved this book.
This is the best yet. I've loved all the books in the series but this is by far the best because it's tied up so many loose ends from the previous stories. Armand Gamache is wonderful and I'm so happy Jean-Guy is back in the fold. Love love love.
While none of the characters in these books is without faults -- even Gamache -- it's wonderful to travel on each of their paths (some shorter, some longer) toward becoming more fully human (... or dog or duck). Moreover, no matter how hard it may be to see ahead through the usually warm fog of her language and his voice to see where the plot will take us, we can trust Penny and Gosham to lead us safely through the dark and scary forests and along the edges of each sheer and dangerous precipice until they finally bring us to a beautiful and satisfying place to rest -- under three tall white pines -- until the next adventure begins.
The story and narration was great, but disappointed with the quality of the digital recrding - it skips. I paid good money for the quality I received.
This one didn't really work for me. It was a slog to get to the end. I never would have finished a print version. That's what's good about a tape, it keeps turning the pages whether you feel like it or not. This is a novel about WWII by someone who wasn't there and indulges in a lot of fantasizing about precocious freakish children who experience one damn thing after another that in the end adds up to nothing you can put your finger on. All mood and imagining about a subject that for me demands more serious treatment.
I am addicted to this series and thoroughly enjoyed this book and Ralph Cosham's narration. I love the characters and Louise Penny's writing. There is nothing better than to go for a long walk while listening to stories about my friends in Montreal and Three Pines. If you decide to discover Inspector Gamache and Three Pines, start with the first book, Still Life, and then keep going. It is a rewarding journey.
The most suspenseful book yet. The "main" story was interesting but the continuing plot of corruption and atrempt to destroy Gamache is wonderful. I love the Chief Inspector and how he cares so much for his friends, agents, his family, and especially Reine-Marie.
I have been a fan of this series since the very beginning. I was hooked after the very first book. I read them first then listen to the audio. This audio series is such a magical blend of fabulous writing and the perfect, perfect narrator. I am so sad that Ralph Cosham is no longer with us. He has personified Armand Gamache for me. He will be missed
I can't think of one single series of books I have enjoyed as much as this one. They aren't just mysteries. These books are so well written and entertaining on so many levels. They have to be some of the best books in the market place today.
Loved the interesting characters. All so unique with distinctive personalities
Plot and execution captured my attention and held it, which can be difficult. Narrator was very good. I learned some French while listening. Bottom line... love it!