"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
My introduction to the Inspector Gamache series was with the audio version of Still Life.
Louise Penny has made every single character in this series, even the bad ones, my favorite character. Not that I actually like the bad ones, but because of her ability to spin a character into one with vivid background, personality depth, realness, and human traits that we all can relate to. Even if we don't want to admit it, we can all identify with something in every one of her characters. Comeon, admit it. We're all a little bit "Ruth".
Ralph Cosham deserves an award, or 9, for bringing Louise Penny's characters off the page and into the realm of sound for us all. Never have I enjoyed a reader's voice, delivery, or emotion more than I have in listening to the 9 Inspector Gamache novels. Bravo!
Absolutely. All of the books in this series had me gripped from the very beginning, but even more so with "How the Light Gets In". The story could have taken so many different routes that I found I was constantly thinking about it, pondering solutions, and hoping the best for all of these characters that feel like friends.
Read or listen to these books. It will be one of the great decisions of your life.
I recently discovered the delightfully flawed town and characters of the Three Pines novels. All the books are brilliant, filled with carefully woven stories that intertwine in and around the the characters I have loved from page one. DO NOT BEGIN WITH THIS BOOK!! It is the culmination of all the other novels and you will be spoiling a beautiful journey through them if you begin with this one.
If you love Three Pines and Inspector Gamache, you will automatically adore this latest installment. I was taken aback at just how "big" the arc running through all the novels turned out to be!
YES! The best so far. I thoroughly enjoyed this story, and even though Penny ended it with a glimmer of hope Inspector Gemache might be back, I am absolutely satisfied if this is the last of the series.
He IS Inspector Gemache. I couldn't imagine any other reader being nearly as good.
Rivals the Preston/Child's Pendergast series both in characters and plot.
Chief Inspector Gamache vast depth of knowledge on a wide variety of subjects and his ability to understand people from murders to eccentric poets.
Loved the entire novel--series. The last chapter of this novel brought me to tears in part because it was the last book of the series--at least for the moment.
3 Pines, the Village that Time Has Forgotten.
A truly unique series which draws it plots loosely from real-life events and weaves them into unique stories centered around the village of 3 Pines I stumbled upon the series reading book 8 first and couldn't wait to go back and read the rest of the series in order. Just as I finished, I was delighted to learn book 9 was about to be released! My only disappoint is having to wait for another book.
Fantastic, per usual for Louise Penny. And the questions we have had have all been answered.
Definitely should read or listen to the books that preceded this one in order to fully follow the plot!
Had to stay up late to finish this book as the last hour was gripping, with all the interwoven plots coming together in the snows of Three Pines. Sad to think that an era may have passed, although Penny certainly leaves plenty of space available for further additions to the no-longer-Inspector Gamache series. The Three Pines characters, especially Ruth and Rosa, played very strong roles in this episode, and I was glad to see Agente Yvette Nicole brought out of her dungeon. The audio version featured, as always, the excellent narration of Ralph Cosham - he "is" Gamache, but also Ruth, also Gabri, also Clara, and even minor characters such as Gilles come to life through his amazing voice. At the end of the audio version there is also a short, interesting discussion between Penny and Cosham about his reading process. Highly recommend the whole series - I will be heading back to the beginning with Still Life soon.
BTW, I loved the line "There is a crack in everything, that's how the light gets in" so much that I searched for it - it comes from the poem/song Anthem by Leonard Cohen.
The Gamache series is one of my favorites. These books are some of the best written I've run across. They are obviously written for the more intelligent reader, but they aren't condescending - there is something here for everyone and Book 9 is no exception. I started out reading this series, but then got tuned into Ralph Cosham's narration and haven't turned back. There's a wonderful marriage here with his reading and Penny's text. I hope this isn't the end of the series. I think I saw a crack of light leaving a chance of more.
Light Shines Through
The most memorable moment for me was when Ruth asked Bouvoir to take Rosa.I cried.
Many favorite scenes so well written, but I especially love when the two men dance together. This scene summed up their entire relationship. Beautiful!
The one mentioned above: Ruth hands Rosa to Bouvoir. This touched my heart deeply, and unveiled Ruth's true nature.
I want to hug Louise Penny. I've listened to all of her books, and this one brings out the best in all the characters I've come to know and love. Three Pines truly shines. The antagonists are awful, made me hate them. The writing is superb as it carries the reader along with the action with suspense and surprises at the end. Decisions the main characters have to make are incredible but believable. I enjoyed every minute. I encourage readers to listen to all of Louise Penny's earlier books before listening to this one in order to FEEL the impact this story brings. I hope there may be another book one day soon.
This is my most favorite Louise Penny book! Love the characters, nail biting tension and wonderful dialogue. She might be a "penny" but she is worth a fortune to readers/listeners.
Yes, I have no finger nails left!
The final battle scenes in Three Pines.
I have read all her books, this is her best.
Delicious. Amazing. Satisfying.
Louise Penny doesn't keep you on the edge of your seat, but rather constantly wanting to continue. The writing is crisp, clear, and wholly satisfying. You do not so much listen, but rather become immersed. In the story, the characters, Three Pines. Two plots that intermingle and play off each other. Written with a warmth and respect that is rare to find. Simpy put, she has become my favorite author.
He adds the depth of culture to each character. Suddenly, Quebec has become a magical place on this Earth.
Many, but that would be giving away the plot.
After each novel I find myself asking, 'how could she ever top this?'. Be assured that if you are hooked on the series you will find this the best yet, hands down.
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