"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
I wanted, yet in another I did not want to let go! Thankfully, I have the next one.
I absolutely loved this book.
This is the best yet. I've loved all the books in the series but this is by far the best because it's tied up so many loose ends from the previous stories. Armand Gamache is wonderful and I'm so happy Jean-Guy is back in the fold. Love love love.
While none of the characters in these books is without faults -- even Gamache -- it's wonderful to travel on each of their paths (some shorter, some longer) toward becoming more fully human (... or dog or duck). Moreover, no matter how hard it may be to see ahead through the usually warm fog of her language and his voice to see where the plot will take us, we can trust Penny and Gosham to lead us safely through the dark and scary forests and along the edges of each sheer and dangerous precipice until they finally bring us to a beautiful and satisfying place to rest -- under three tall white pines -- until the next adventure begins.
The story and narration was great, but disappointed with the quality of the digital recrding - it skips. I paid good money for the quality I received.
This one didn't really work for me. It was a slog to get to the end. I never would have finished a print version. That's what's good about a tape, it keeps turning the pages whether you feel like it or not. This is a novel about WWII by someone who wasn't there and indulges in a lot of fantasizing about precocious freakish children who experience one damn thing after another that in the end adds up to nothing you can put your finger on. All mood and imagining about a subject that for me demands more serious treatment.
I am addicted to this series and thoroughly enjoyed this book and Ralph Cosham's narration. I love the characters and Louise Penny's writing. There is nothing better than to go for a long walk while listening to stories about my friends in Montreal and Three Pines. If you decide to discover Inspector Gamache and Three Pines, start with the first book, Still Life, and then keep going. It is a rewarding journey.
The most suspenseful book yet. The "main" story was interesting but the continuing plot of corruption and atrempt to destroy Gamache is wonderful. I love the Chief Inspector and how he cares so much for his friends, agents, his family, and especially Reine-Marie.
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