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)
I would not recommend this book to a friend. It was SO slow starting. I kept looking up the title to see if I had started the right book. There was an overabundance of background information given that really had nothing to do with the plot. I wondered if I would make it past that part, but because I was laying tile and had thinset on my hands, I just let it run.
After it got past the beginning, it was okay, not outstanding, and unfortunately doesn't make up for the boredom at the beginning.
The Chief Inspector is a likeable character who is unassuming and bright. He does his job well. His wife is also a good character. The Finney family is not at all likeable as characters and their interactions and behavior is ridiculous. I know families behave badly towards each other, but their reasons for their behavior are far too unbelievable. The motive behind the crime is hard to believe which weakens the entire story.
The author does a great job describing the setting, but doesn't do as well with the story. She drops little tiny bits of information with follow up quite a long time later creating confusion more than interest.
Yes, an interesting story. This has a good murder mystery without too many violent details.
As good as the others I've listened to. Top notch narration.
Yes. Trying to guess who the murderer was. I was wrong. I did guess how the statue moved.
Sounded like each person was speaking.
Almost except I fell asleep after several hours!
Great mystery story. Complex but relatively easy to follow. I will be buying another Three Pines Mystery.
Reader. Painter. Newspaper columnist. Nurse. Humane Society. Lake life. Walker. Happily remarried - was a widow.
Bean teaching his adult friend the art of tossing marshmallow cookies so they stick on the ceiling.
The family dynamics. The mother and her secret that affected her children so profoundly.
My first of this series and now I am hooked. The Canadian scenery and fresh writing were enough to set this detective story apart, but the relationship between the detective and his wife was so warm and loving that I wanted to know more about them. Laid back and yet marched right along to a satisfying conclusion. Felt more real than many detective stories with a driven protagonist with multiple destructive personal habits. A good story along with a good mystery plot. Sophisticated mystery that walks the line between a cozy and a hard bitten style. I liked it - a lot. Am currently reading the first in this series and it is good as well.
I prefer reading Louise Penny books. Listening was OK but for me the read is better.
Not really, this time. But, I enjoy her character build ups.
Really don't pay attention to readers. Sorry
I really like all her stories.
Fascinating characters and intelligence in every book. I read the first in the series — listening is so much better. Ralph Cosham is an excellent narrator.
I had Louise Penny on my author list to try for a long time, and downloaded this one before a long car trip. This was a good mystery which took a while to unwind. I was totally unfamiliar with the character and just knew the books took place in Canada. I will defintely listed to more of these in the future.
Louise Penny is an obviously skilled writer, but many of her characters' actions require much credulity of the reader. I regret I cannot be as enthusiastic as previous reviewers.
A great listen. Ms. Penny continues to capture the "male voice" as well as any female author, while providing a great view into another culture that is still North American.VERY interesting. I want to go to Quebec! Characters a fully fleshed out and the mystery itself, while somewhat straining credibility, is really almost secondary to the characters and their relationships.
I strongly urge you to start at the beginning of this series. The characters will become old friends.
If PD James where to put something together in Canada this is what you might get.
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