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)
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Book #4 in the Chief Inspector Armand Gamache series. This one was set at a remote resort on a lake somewhere around Montreal. Like all of the earlier books in the series, while you are experiencing the book there seem to be 4-5 characters that you honestly believe could have committed the murder. But the Chief Inspector methodically works through the clues in figuring it all out. In this story there was a very wealthy but dysfunctional family staying at the resort at the same time as Gamache and his wife, so he's there when the murder happens and the whole story takes place right there. One of Louise Penny's strengths, along with her great character development, is her insight into human nature. There is one particular quote in this book that struck a chord with me and is central to the book's theme. For someone who has suffered a loss it is "lament what you've lost but be happy for what you have". I'll look forward to #5!
Myst/thrillers, some contemporary and ✨fun fantasies✨are my favorites but always open for a good story.
Another hit from Louise Penny, she is so clever and masterful at spinning a great tale. I love how she layers her stories, close attention must be payed or the underlying wit may be missed. She has a wonderful knack of illustrating the perfect blend of seriousness and humor.
This addition to the series starts with Inspector Gamache away on holiday with his lovely wife. Unfortunately it turns into a working one when there is an unexpected death of one of the guests. Accident or not? All the of the guests staying at the resort, including the deceased party, have come for a family reunion. Unbeknownst to the Gamaches, some dear friends from, Three Pines, arrive and as it turns out have come for the reunion as well. They are happy to see them until chaos ensues, accusations fly, and pandemonium breaks out surrounding the suspicious death.
The patients have escaped and are running the asylum, is all I could think when it came to this family. Inspector Gamache has his hands full, very full. A good mystery and, to me, this one was more Agatha Christy-esc than her prior books. Ralph Coshams narration is consistently A+ great. It always feels like coming home when I start a Gamache adventure. Onto the next.
Likes: Cozy mysteries (cats a plus), personal memoirs,not too dark fantasy, books about the brain. Dislikes: Torture, animal cruelty.
This book really seems outside the rest of the series. It takes place on a vacation Chief Inspector Gamache is taking. They are at mountain resort. The family who is having their reunion at this resort (and who will make up the victim and suspects) are really unpleasant people. We do end up with some Three Pines characters but by the time they appeared they actually managed to sneak up on me. I think this mystery was well done but the unpleasant characters did get tedious enough that I was glad for the book to end. I once again didn't know who did it and was surprised how neatly it all managed to wrap up.
Ralph Cosham deserves some of the credit for this interesting whodunnit. He voices all the characters superbly. I liked this better than another one or two Penny books I'd tried: she brought us into some of Inspector Gamache's personal story, giving him a fuller dimension and making him more interesting. All the characters swirl around Gamache, first on holiday with his wife when the book opens, minding his own business. When murder occurs, you are a good 2 hours into the book, and thus, get to know the other hotel guests and staff, which set the context very effectively. Perry's writing is lovely. There is a sadness to the tale, and a compelling desire on my part, to not put the story down. I am now going to research additional Louise Penny books to add to my audible library.
Louise Penny writes wonderfully descriptive books! I can feel the heat, I am sure I gained 5 pounds from the description of one delicious meal after another and I reacted to the nasty interaction the vacationing family with grown children displayed towards each other. I felt this book was a chance to get to know some of Ms Penny's reoccurring character much better. I am eager to listen to the next book in the series.
In this story, the fourth Gamache novel in the series, we encounter Inspector Gamache and his lovely wife on vacation at a charming place. Coincidentally, they run into their friends Clara and Peter from Three Pines, and Peter's extended family. What follows is an entertaining look at a dysfunctional family as well as, of course, a murder to solve. Very enjoyable read.
The narrator is great.
Many unexpected twists
It took me awhile to get into Mr Cosham but now he is inspector Gamache.
I have become a huge Louise Penny fan and this is a "must read" in the on-going and thoroughly enjoyable Gamache story. However, this book is not one of her finest. First I was troubled by the use of the wealthy, dysfunctional family stereotype. Enough already! Wouldn’t it be more interesting for a change to have a murder in a rich family where everyone got along? The family in question is in fact so dysfunctional that other than the stalwart Gamache none of the characters are appealing – even Peter and Mary from Three Pines – leaving no one with which to identify. Also, the red herrings are way too obvious and finally there is the use of the ultimate cliché in mystery stories or at least a version of it. I won’t say more lest I give what little there is to give away.
That being said, this should be read if you’re interested in the continuing saga of Three Pines and the development of its characters. Plod through it because the next installment is much better!
These stories are fascinating, the characters are so real, I feel I know them. I cannot order another book to listen to because I am so fond of Louise Penny mysteries. The narrator is perfect for a British, French Canadian story. I dread coming to the end of these books.
yes yes yes........plot grabbed me from the first moment...did not figure out who was the antagonist until the end.
when the other characters realized that the couple they had been "dissing" were the chief inspector and his elegant wife
A Rule Against Murder
this is one I listen to more than once!
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