A guest at the hotel, Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, suddenly finds himself in the middle of a murder enquiry, and the hotel is full of possible suspects.
Listen to another Three Pines mystery.
©2008 Louise Penny; (P)2009 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
"[I]ntriguing, well-crafted....Seamless, often lyrical prose artfully reveals the characters' flaws, dreams and blessings." (Publishers Weekly)
Well, I think the icon chosen for me shows a young man... I am an old woman who likes to listen to books and hopes my ears last longer than my eyes.
I delight in beautiful word play and Louise Penney is a
master, I won't miss anymore of her books on A-audible.com
The many turns and twists that an older mystery
reader didn't expect, AND how much Gamache
loves his wife!!
I would have if I didn't need to take a wee dog out for the air.
I love this entire series. Without giving the actual mystery short shrift, the author provides some heartbreakingly beautiful passages. Rarely does writing achieve such poignancy.
I'm a professional dog trainer who loves to read. I have degrees in English and Adult Ed. I love well written books that take me away.
Wonderful, evocative, engrossing, satisfying on every level. A wonderful mystery story but also a story about life and love, with characters so real I'd know them anywhere - and I wish I could meet them. What a gift, to be able to write like this.
Basically, the book had a good plot, with a number of subplots to give a greater understanding of the characters.
This was the first time that I listened to Ralph Cosham, and thought his performance to be good.
I am one who believes a story can be good without foul language. This is one of those, that would have been so much better without it. It was a few chapters into the book before one of the characters (I believe it was one of the police) who first used the foulest of language, and it seemed so out of place and unnecessary, especially since the plot was moving along so well without it.
It almost seemed that the author added the bad language, to impress a certain clientele, rather than to add to the story. Unfortunate.
From our most original storyteller of the Inspector Gramache series comes a most intriguing tale. Outrageous rich characters stuck in a backwoods Canadian resort and suffering the most common of family dysfunctions. All wrapped in a soufflé of another complex murder. The actual deed occurs about quarter of the way in and we readers are quickly told what happens but, along with Gramache, are left to puzzle over the "How". The characters might be little over-drawn but in the end they are believable enough. The penultimate scene with murderer, detective and hostage on a slick, high roof brings to mind a similar scene in a P D James' story - I believe it might have been "The Dark Tower". Toss in some elements of "Vertigo" and things get pretty cinematic. Still this is a wonderful tale and the method of murder is most delicious. Don M of Queen Creek.
I really like mysteries and in that category this book did not disappoint...until the end. In some ways the end felt like a cop out to me--a way for the author to avoid the most devastating result. It was still good, but perhaps not the best way to match the readers' excitement level and energy after a long buildup.
When it comes to narration, this was most certainly good and matched to the story, but I had one issue that was really significant for me: bad transitions between perspectives. When I was listening I was often confused. The performance was so smooth that it would leap from one narrator to another with little/no warning, making me think that the portion of the story was about a different character than it was. In this book that's important as these things have great implications both after the victim is revealed, and throughout other aspects of the story.
I feel in many ways that perhaps this author worked too hard to make her story an impactful one on a philosophical level leaving the conclusion of the plot to seem less deliberate. I am glad I read it and I did enjoy it, but there were definitely a few things this was missing for me.
I really like this series. It's gently entertaining (the murders aren't too gruesome) and well written. This is my go-to series when I'm stressed and need something calming, undemanding but good. Nice job by the narrator.
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