"There is a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in." (Leonard Cohen)
Christmas is approaching, and in Québec it’s a time of dazzling snowfalls, bright lights, and gatherings with friends in front of blazing hearths. But shadows are falling on the usually festive season for Chief Inspector Armand Gamache. Most of his best agents have left the Homicide Department, his old friend and lieutenant Jean-Guy Beauvoir hasn’t spoken to him in months, and hostile forces are lining up against him.
When Gamache receives a message from Myrna Landers that a longtime friend has failed to arrive for Christmas in the village of Three Pines, he welcomes the chance to get away from the city. Mystified by Myrna's reluctance to reveal her friend's name, Gamache soon discovers the missing woman was once one of the most famous people not just in North America, but in the world, and now goes unrecognized by virtually everyone except the mad, brilliant poet Ruth Zardo.
As events come to a head, Gamache is drawn ever deeper into the world of Three Pines. Increasingly, he is not only investigating the disappearance of Myrna’s friend but also seeking a safe place for himself and his still-loyal colleagues. Is there peace to be found even in Three Pines? And at what cost to Gamache and the people he holds dear?
©2013 Three Pines Creations, Inc. (P)2013 Macmillan Audio
Armand and Jean-Guy and so many other characters you care about as their stories unfold through the series. Special mention for Rosa and Henri - beloved companions of Ruth and Armand. Ralph Cosham is an excellent narrator. Thank you Louise Penney for the Three Pines Mystery series.
Sure. It reminds me of that old BBC series
I've read good reviews about this series.
These "old inspector" stories always seem to have an old sounding reader. This one is written in 3rd person, so it could conceivably be read by anyone. Cosham sounds like he's had a stroke, and he is learning to speak again.
Not for me.
At first, I thought, Not the Conspiracy Again, but I listened to it anyway. Almost impossible, highly improbable story, but I still enjoyed it. Now I am wondering about the duck and on to the next book. The problem is that I like the characters so much. I can't give up the series.
This is the Three Pines story that ties up the loose ends of the entire series. It is compelling from beginning to end and has led me to start the series over from the beginning just to see where the seeds are planted and how they grow.
High school and college instructor: theatre and English
I will readily dispute those who panned this story because of "technical" issues. This story kept me awake for several nights when I should have been sleeping.
Some reviews that were upset about going too far into the conspiracy had me worried. I'd read many mysteries and similar genre where the main character gets raked over the coals in constant convoluted conspiracies and tortuous situations and that's just not why I love the Louise Penny Books. I love the characters and thoughtful writing about people and their motivations. Above that, I love a good satisfying mystery.
This has all of that, Penny's wonderful characters continue to grow and develop into even richer form, and the plot is thick with suspense as two mysteries are intertwined. Yes, one mystery involves the conspiracy, but man is it a satisfying mystery. Louise Penny doesn't endlessly torture her protagonist like many authors of best sellers. There's none of that filler suspense. This is definitely one of Louise Penny's better books in the series (not that any are bad, just some aren't as strong and falter a bit). Definitely worth a listen, especially with the excellent narration.
Kept me intrigued throughout. several surprising twists and turns. Although I love Three Pines, I enjoyed the descriptions of some other areas of remote Canada.
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