“Hearts are broken,” Lillian Dyson carefully underlined in a book. “Sweet relationships are dead.” But now Lillian herself is dead. Found among the bleeding hearts and lilacs of Clara Morrow's garden in Three Pines, shattering the celebrations of Clara's solo show at the famed Musée in Montreal. Chief Inspector Gamache, the head of homicide at the Sûreté du Québec, is called to the tiny Quebec village and there he finds the art world gathered, and with it a world of shading and nuance, a world of shadow and light. Where nothing is as it seems. Behind every smile there lurks a sneer. Inside every sweet relationship there hides a broken heart. And even when facts are slowly exposed, it is no longer clear to Gamache and his team if what they've found is the truth, or simply a trick of the light.
©2011 Three Pines Creations, Inc. (P)2011 Macmillan Audio
I read this because I have read all of the other books in this series.
While this wasn't the best in the series, I thought it was a solid effort. I like when the stories involve the villagers from Three Pines, and this story not only takes place there, but it has to do with the career of Clara Morrow, one of the "main" villagers. I liked that art played a central role, and also that there was some romantic intrigue -- one romance appears to be budding, while another fails.
The narrator is fantastic.
I was delighted to discover Louise Penny after she had already published several books in this series. I could listen to one right after the other without waiting for the release each year. If you like well-developed mystery characters and a delightful mis-en-scene, these will not disappoint. Have read or heard them all. My only wish is that she had some historical fiction in the same settings. That would be bonus fun.
Cut throat art world leads to broken necks.
Penny seems to know the ins and outs of the Montreal art scene. Her depiction of the dealers and brokers and their intrigues, gives the novel depth.
Gamache and Bouvoir continue to amaze as their relationship evolves.
On going reconsideration of Clara's relationship with her childhood friend is the kind of dynamic that Louise Penny handles so well. These are not one-dimensional characters. There is often no "one moment" but rather a building of small ones.
Ralph Cosham's voice and inflections make the novels, each and all, wonderful to the ear.
Penny takes her Three Pines characters and adds more layers of depth. I truly enjoyed not only the plot of the murder mystery, but the changes she puts in the lives of the villagers. If you haven't listened to any in this series, do so now. The narrator is one of the best you will hear.
I enjoyed trying to figure out who done it and why before reaching the end of the book. I was wrong... but it was a possibility.
Another wonderful book Ms. Penny. I can't wait for the next installment of the Gamache series.
Worth the wait
I found this author late , but I am delighted with her books !
I hear voices. But maybe that's because there's always an Audible book in my ear.
Louise Penny is exceptionally good at creating very real, complex characters. I was glad to be back in Three Pines for this one. Once you've listened to one book, the town becomes real. It's easy to pick up the thread again.
The thing that always seems to take a back seat in her books is the crafting of the mystery. Somewhere along the line, it gets too complex. I still listen and I'm still interested, but often find that I really don't care who committed the murder by the time it's revealed. It's the other mysteries and the way the characters interact that mean more.
Likes: Cozy mysteries, esp w/cats, books on workings of the brain/autism, not-too-dark fantasy. Dislikes: Animal cruelty, torture scenes.
What was most amazing to me about this book is how much was left unresolved at the end. I counted at least 5 plot points left hanging and this is not a short book. That was disappointing A lot of the book resolves around AA which Penny seemed to enjoy mocking .Somehow that seemed really odd. I did not care for a lot of the characters, particularly Suzanne, but I don't suppose you have to like everyone in a murder mystery. Still I am used to enjoying this series more. I also couldn't help but think while reading that this was the first Gamache book in which it appeared to be absolutely no fun to be Gamache. Even in the book where he tries to recover from the factory killings, he enjoys reading and food and stuff like this. In this one, he gets a lot of crap from people - Olivier, Beauvoir, etc. Just seemed way less satisfying for him and somehow for me too. I also had a strong idea who the killer was, and I never try to figure that out ahead of time. Still I would have had a hard time believing in it turning out to be someone else.
At the top of my Louise Penny favorites
A conversations between Chief Inspector Gamache and his next in command, Inspector Bovoir concerning finding the perfect life partner. A very personal and sweet moment.
I love his voice, his use of some French words. He is just perfect for how I imagine Chief Inspector Gamache.
An inside look at the REAL world of Artists and Art collectors
Very enjoyable story with some of the best characters at Three Pines, and an in depth look into the personalities of artists and art collectors. Bravo !
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