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)
Wonderful, wonderful! This book is the best one so far, which is pretty remarkable, since every book in this series is fantastic. Thrilling story and perfect narrator.
Louise Penny meets all expectation with her new book. Her main setting is not Three Pines this times even though she does have a subplot occurring there. All in all a great book, lots of twists and turns. I hope her next book, however, takes place completely in Three Pines. They city and the characters there are a lot more interesting.
Retired Ex-Pat living Near San Jose, Costa Rica.
OK... First the blasphemy. Ralph Cosham is terrible. I know, I know... everybody loves him, but there are a ton of international narrators that could far better interpret her work.
He reads wonderfully and has a great voice, but is 100% incapable of giving different voices to all the characters men or women, English or French, and this is important because there are a lot of characters to remember. He does not even try. I believe this to be critical in this novel and expect the other books by author Louise Penny. She likes to move her characters and their locations about every 10 minutes. Because reader Ralph Cosham fails to differentiate the players, it make it very hard to listen for those changes. This may be one book where the printed version may be better.
As for the novel?
It was super!! My first experience with Louise Penny but not my last. A caution though.... this book requires CLOSE attention. I tried driving and listening and that was a dismal failure. I have a good attention span, but for me, this book required a quiet space with no external distractions. Until I "got" this, I must have hit the "back 30 seconds" button about 45 times.
Louise Penny also mixes time frames... a lot. One character reliving the past and then instantly, another character in real time. Sound awful? It is not... but again, you better pay close attention.
The publisher's summary is just silly. Don't read it as it is full of errors.
... but DO read the book! Oh yeah... Read the book if you like fine writing and a good mystery.
This book actually contains TWO mysteries (two crimes) and at least TWO love stories... (and maybe three for the adroit reader).
Juggling the story lines gets a bit tedious.
Evokes an interesting atmosphere I will never live in
Nope. Kind of a snooty monotone.
Not in its current form, no.
Central character is good but the story gets outlandish in so many ways. character depth is minimal, at least as portrayed and conceived by this author.
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