“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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I love this series, but this mystery was particularly delightful because of its focus on Clara and her brilliant art, finally recognized. Of course what is explored here is the question of whether people can really change and also what it means to forgive. But the idea of finding recognition late in life is a big one--especially if it challenges a relationship that is made uneasy by the change. The murder is no less important! Solving the crime is the premise for the whole story. I like Three Pines all year round; it is spring in this tale. Alas, the village is still impossible to find. That is just as well, or many of us would be on our way there!
A friend of mine suggested this series after I had given up on James Patterson (he, in my opinion, has become a money pig. Just pumping out book after book similar to Steven king). Louise Penny is a great writer. Her books grab you from the very beginning and keep you interested throughout. I feel like I know all her characters personally. Can't wait to read the next in the series. If Three Pines weren't a fictional town, I think I myself would like to live there.
Genre, no. Series, yes.
The most disappointing book I have ever experienced. This was supposed to be a mystery, but only about 20% of this book was a mystery, the rest I guess you would classify it as fiction. If an author wants to write something different that's fine, but don't disappoint your readers by putting it in the middle of a series.
As always, Louise Penny and Ralph Cosham do not disappoint. Love this series and love Mr. Cosham's narration of this series. My only gripe is the editing of this particular book. As the reviewer before me mentioned, there are no pauses between scene changes and it is incredibly disconcerting to go from a description of one character in one place to a completely different character and place without a breath being taken. Pauses also give the listener a place to pause themselves to do things back in this reality and then return without losing the story line. I am listening to the series in order, so hope this is not a new trend. All that said, love this book and this series.
An avid listener of Audible whether I'm driving, cleaning or cooking. My children are frequently telling me to remove my earbuds!
I eagerly await each new book in the 3 Pines series. Ms Penny has created a cast of characters that feel as comfortable as family. There is mystery and intrigue, but integrity and a moral as well. Ralph Gosham is the voice of these characters, especially Gamache and it would be unthinkable to ever make a change in narrator.
I love books!
Hhhmmm, what to write! I found Louise Penny's Chief Inspector Armand Gamache series earlyy enough on that I was able to start at book #1. This is her seventh book in the series. She is one of those authors where as they gain experience their writing keeps getting better and better. This book is the best so far. I enjoyed her earlier books but they sometimes plodded a bit while this one kept me engrossed as the story evolved. In this book the author tacked the art industry; artists and art dealers and one of her comments is that the industry has two main motiviations, greed and fear. She also delves into alcoholism and Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). The author put on facebook January 2 of this year that she had been sober 20 years on that day and that anyone out there with the same problems to take heart that they are not alone. I would guess some of what she writes comes from personal experience. Anywya, she weavess art and alcoholism into this latest tale. It's really like the murder becomes secondary to the story and she writes about human nature, relationships. life,e tc. The story takes place once again in Three Pines a small village in Quebec, Canada somewhere south of Montreal not too far from the Vermont border, a place that can't be found on any map. Three Pines does have quite the incredible characters.
I've always liked these books despite their flimsy story lines and sappy characterizations. There's something comfortable about them and about Ralph Cosham's voice that keeps me returning to this series and helps me overlook the flaws in writing and conception. But this book surprised me.
This is perhaps the best written and conceived book of the series so far. Penny's confidence is clearly growing as her characters and plot lines gain complexity and depth. The best part is that the ending was entirely a surprise, but not a sloppy one as she is prone to. This ending was clearly thought out, and I'm looking forward to the continued evolution of Penny's writing.
Likes: Cozy mysteries (cats a plus), personal memoirs,not too dark fantasy, books about the brain. Dislikes: Torture, animal cruelty.
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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