“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.
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It is complicated and approachable all at the same time. Her stories are are written on multiple levels and keep you fully engrossed.
His performance is clear and without being exaggerated, very exciting. His presentation of the French makes it clear even to me - a non-French speaker.
Yes, because Penny makes you want to know more and more. Instead it is wonderful to dole it out in smaller bits and make it last longer.
I can hardly wait for her next book - especially because she left so many loose ends (which I don't think she did in previous stories)
I don't get the hype. I couldn't get past the first half an hour - mainly because of the narrator. His accent reminds me of Tony Curtis doing Cary Grant in Some Like It Hot - it's just hard to follow and the narrative style is so bland that I had trouble focusing on the sentences.
I'm not saying it's bad. It's just that I had hopes - I'm always looking for new authors under "classic detective", and this kept popping up as a recommendation. It turned out to be just one misspent credit.
Another great book in the Inspector Gamache series. A captivating story with a great cast of characters. A must read for any mystery lover.
I love PD James, I didn't think I would find an author that has as much respect for their characters or the circumstance of the calamity that befalls the victims until I found the first in the series tucked away in my wife's closet as yet unread. Well, I read it and four more then bought the audio books. The quality of the performance by Ralph Cosham rivals that of Jim Dale of the Hogwarts series or Patrick Tull of the Master and Commander series. I look hopefully towards the future releases. It is wonderful that we can read on the Kindle and Listen to the Audible releases on the Kindle or iPod. I laugh and cry with each book. May Ms Penny write forever. Thank you
Okay - not amazing or exceptional - By mid-book you could see where the whole story was going - it was ear-candy to enjoy while driving and running -
If you like Louise Penny, you'll really like this one. It's so much better than her last effort (although I gave that a 3-star rating, too, it was a low 3 and this is a high-3; alternatively, the last was a C and this is a solid B). I thought I had guessed how the story would end, but was surprised and pleased to find I'd been wrong. Ms Penny is doing a good job of character development: not in a straight line, but with enough new insights to make the reader/listener feel good about liking them. Ralph Cosham's narration is outstanding. I gave this a 3-star rating overall because it was a good, solid effort and I expect I will listen to it again in a few years.
I had a really hard time getting into this. I kept getting lost and having to rewind to figure out what was going on. I almost gave up on it - but I'm glad I stuck it out as it got better and I ended up quite liking it.
I think the reason I had such a hard time getting into it is that the narrator rushes into the next scene without taking a breath.
This was the first time I "read" a Gamache novel, so I had no idea who the characters were. The author switches frequently between different characters and scenes. In the books, I'm imagining the switch might be signaled by a small diamond between paragraphs or something to indicate a switch. The narrator doesn't even take a half a second breath between switching to a different character. Once I got used to this and who the characters were it was easier to follow. The narrator was decent except for this one thing that I got used to.
Louise Penny is the master at providing in depth characters and making them real. The Quebec setting is always fun. The story development builds slowly and surely. Always a good listen. The reader is perfect, don't ever change or I will not recognize the characters.
Good grief! What a group of whiny, whimpering people! Every one of them misunderstands every other one of them and no one gets or gives a second chance. These people are all full of angst and spend all their time over analyzing every last word and blink of the eye. This author creates such weak, ineffectual men, I can't imagine what the men in her life are like. No one remotely connected with criminal justice, in any country, can identify with this version of Canada's Finest. The writing sytle repeats itself in almost every page, every paragraph, every sentence. (That's an example. You'll find sentences constructed like that over and over and over and....) Not much joy in these pages.
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