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 the Ralph Cosham, the narrator, over all, but when he did the voice of an alleged country bumpkin from Quebec... no. He sounded like he was from -- I don't know -- Texas or something. That drove me a bit nuts... but it was only a small part.
As usual, Louise Penny had me hooked from the start. I love getting to know the recurring characters more and more, and particularly enjoyed Beauvoir on his own in Three Pines. Also loved how Gamache was lured back to working.
I didn't quite catch an important part at the end... which I will not mention here... but perhaps it would be different if I was reading instead of listening. I need to go back and re-listen to that part because I still don't quite understand how the Morin story resolved...
For years I have focused my reading on non-fiction, especially history. This series has brought me back to reading mysteries, again. These stories are multi layered with colorful and complex characters. Ms. Penny's writing is lush, filled with insight and humor. The narration by Ralph Cosham adds another dimension to the experience of enjoying these novels.
I love Louise Penny's books but this one has 3 major plot lines. She manages them really well, but I got virtual whiplash making the transition from one to the other throughout the book. Penny writes beautifully, but this one wasn't my favorite.
I have thoroughly enjoyed all of the books in this series. A well-written book narrated with spot on character definition.
To me the main story was not the "current" murder, but the tragedy involving Moran. This was much more interesting than story lines of prior books. Having two other story lines intertwined made this a really good book.
A superb narrative that keeps you begging for more! Three stories intertwine in perfect unison incorporating characters so beautifully described that they are now a part of my life. Louise Penny has an uncanny gift of using real life and facts into her stories to create a totally believable and fascinating piece of fiction.
The story was so compelling, I couldn't stop listening.
The story was hard to follow at times, jumping back and forth but it was so revealing about the characters.
The description of the video was very moving and you know who made it and why.
I love the reader, the descriptions of the city, you can feel the winter and cold. It was interesting to see the inspector in a tough emotional place
any Louise Penny
Great voice, great timing
I felt like I was there.
Another great addition to the Inspector Gamache series. I've read them all, but the audiobooks are so well done I'm listening to them each as well. The narrator is excellent and the sound quality is wonderful as well. Even if you've read the books I recommend listening to the audiobooks!!! Make sure you read/listen to the series in order though!
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