It is Winter Carnival in Quebec City, bitterly cold and surpassingly beautiful. Chief Inspector Armand Gamache has come not to join the revels but to recover from an investigation gone hauntingly wrong. But violent death is inescapable, even in the apparent sanctuary of the Literary and Historical Society - where an obsessive historian’s quest for the remains of the founder of Quebec, Samuel de Champlain, ends in murder. Could a secret buried with Champlain for nearly 400 years be so dreadful that someone would kill to protect it?
Although he is supposed to be on leave, Gamache cannot walk away from a crime that threatens to ignite long-smoldering tensions between the English and the French. Meanwhile, he is receiving disquieting letters from the village of Three Pines, where beloved Bistro owner Olivier was recently convicted of murder. “It doesn't make sense,” Olivier’s partner writes every day. “He didn't do it, you know.” As past and present collide in this astonishing novel, Gamache must relive the terrible event of his own past before he can bury his dead.
Crack another case with Chief Inspector Gamache.
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"Few writers in any genre can match Penny's ability to combine heartbreak and hope in the same scene. Increasingly ambitious in her plotting, she continues to create characters readers would want to meet in real life." (Publishers Weekly)
I love listening to the reader of the Louise Penny novels. Ralph Cosham helps make the stories come alive. He is the perfect voice for Chief Inspector Gamache. Louise Penny is a wonderful writer of mysteries. Every one I have read so far have kept my interest throughout the book. I love how she incorporates wonderful sounding food into each story. Makes me hungry! The people of Three Pines are delightful characters who are not perfect, but just quirky enough to be interesting.
I am reading the Three Pines mysteries in order and this is the best one yet. The narrator for the story is perfect. Chief Inspector Gamache is a remarkable character. Highly recommend Ms. Penny's books.
Me and my husband listened to this book together and so enjoyed the plots going on at the same time. It kept us thinking and trying to keep up with what was going on and it kept out interest through out the whole book. I hope you enjoy this book as much as we did
I enjoyed it cause i love all the characters but it wasn't as good as the previous books. The separate story running through it made it feel like 2 different books
The story told in flashback style about the kidnapping of the young agent and the emotion of trying to save his life. The detailed telling of this emotional part of the book was riveting, then you would be back in the present with Gamache dealing with the aftermath as he tries to solve another mystery. Very well written.
That absolute tragedy of the situation of the young agent and the discussions over the phone lines to keep him alive.
His voice is wonderful, his pronounciation of the French words add to the book rather than detract...I do not speak French, and I found the French phrases charming instead of annoying or leaving me lost. He does a wonderful job on all of these books.
right before the killer in Three Pines was revealed, I figured it out and what a shock! Very well written.
When I first read Still Life, I thought "What an odd story with odd characters" and decided to go on and listen to the second one and was hooked from there on. Anyone who watched quirky TV shows like Northern Exposure, Twin Peaks, etc can appreciate the oddball people who live in isolated, small towns - they grow on you after a bit. Just like in Three Pines.
I had tears of joy at the end of this book!! Thank you Louise Penny for these marvelous characters. I want to live in 3 Pines!!!
I loved the characters and the setting. It's more than a book about murder, it's about love and loss and transition and acceptance. Highly recommended!
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