"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 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.
I have been a fan of this series since the very beginning. I was hooked after the very first book. I read them first then listen to the audio. This audio series is such a magical blend of fabulous writing and the perfect, perfect narrator. I am so sad that Ralph Cosham is no longer with us. He has personified Armand Gamache for me. He will be missed
I can't think of one single series of books I have enjoyed as much as this one. They aren't just mysteries. These books are so well written and entertaining on so many levels. They have to be some of the best books in the market place today.
Loved the interesting characters. All so unique with distinctive personalities
Plot and execution captured my attention and held it, which can be difficult. Narrator was very good. I learned some French while listening. Bottom line... love it!
What an incredibly good series of books from Louise Penny - and this one does not disappoint!The characters of Three Pines are now my friends and family and I feel my life is more complete with all of them in it! They are all so REAL and each a treasure in themselves.
This story kept me guessing to the last and anxious for a good conclusion - and I enjoyed that huge sigh of joy at its completion. Surely it can't only be me that longs to pack up my bags and go to live in this gorgeous village of such fun folk!
Ralph Cosham is a brilliant narrator and has definately captured the essence of who Gamanche is, and how he thinks and reacts.
I loved this book. If this was the last of the Gamache books, I would have been satisfied. It had adventure, intrigue, love, suspense, evil, beauty and redemption.
I love this series - the characters and the scene setting. I feel as though Three Pines is a home away from home. I've listened to the last 3 in quick succession as I just couldn't leave it as it was. Please keep them coming!
"things that matter most must never be at the mercy of things that matter least."
if you've been reading this series in order then you are in for a tying up of sorts... and the beginning of a new story line. excellent as usual. I was very saddened to hear that the narrator, Ralph Cosham passed away in September 2014. he became Gamache when he read the books and other than his eye color would have been a good onscreen Gamache. RIP
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