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 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!
I have been listening to this series in order. This one is the most intense so far for me, but not so much that it turned me away. The intensity helped solidify the characters in my mind, and I love them even so much more now. My only complaint is the JARRING switch from the very poignant final moments of the book to the interview with Louise Penny. Don't get me wrong, I thoroughly enjoyed the interview as well as the book, but it was too much to jump from an emotional scene to a happy chatty interview. I rushed to hit the pause button so I could stay in the book, mulling it over and digesting it as I always do at the end of good books. The next day I went back and happily listened to the interview. This jarring bit could easily be avoided with a simple narrated statement after an appropriate pause saying stay tuned for the interview.
I was a little disappointed with the last one, but this makes up for it. Great book! Great narration!
I love learning bits of historical facts through fictional characters and stories. This was a fast-paced mystery that kept me guessing and turning the pages for more.
I think the narrator needed to differ his performance more. There are many flashbacks and swift changes between character perspectives. This can be hard to follow when the narrator does not stop in between character changes or changes in scenery. I have not seen the printed version but I would hope there is a space between paragraphs when there is a shift in the story. That was sorely needed in this performance. Other than that, I thought the performance and story were wonderful.
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