"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 would listen to any of the Three Pines books again - as a matter of fact, I am going to go back to the first one, Still Life, and re-listen to it just to enjoy all over again, being introduced to the characters. It is a great series.
My favorite character is the relationship and heartbreak between Gamache and Jean Guy. Written so well, complex and painful to listen to. But you can't stop listening!
I've only heard him in this series, but I do plan to find other books he has narrated. He does a tremendous job.
There is a lot of humor in all the Three Pines books, subtle and funny. The sad parts are so human and so stabbing to the heart that I did well up a few times.
In the first book of the series, Still Life, I had a hard time wrapping my mind around the quirkiness of the characters, but really came to enjoy them all - warts and all. For this reason I am planning to re-listen to Still Life....I think I will really enjoy the visit.
This may be my favorite Gamache book yet, maybe because the secondary mystery thread that has been weaved since the beginning finally unravels to a satisfying conclusion. Also the characters are like old friends now, and in this one we see how Gamache and Beauvoir are really a part of the three pines community.
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This was the first one that made me cry - I love the series but this is by far my fave so far
As an entreprenuer, it is hard for me to shut off my brain! It is also hard for me to sit still! I love audibles! I can exercise, work on "chores" , travel and be entertained! Always looking for a good story!
I was introduced to the Louise Penny's Chief Inspector Gamache series by a friend. What a gift! The series is well written, with an eye to detail allowing you to feel immersed in the story. And Chief Inspector Gamache is a person whom I would most like to emulate.
This particular book kept me on the edge of my seat and wringing my hands until the end. What a great climax to the overall story building over time in the series. Best to read these books in order to help you fully understand what is going on with each of the characters.
LOVE THE NARRATOR! I know exactly which character is speaking just by his voice and affectations.
I have come to view the villagers of Three Pines as friends and it is good to hear from them once again. An interesting and very satisfying story.
I listen to books everyday - going through 3-6 a month and rarely write a review. However, this was riveting. I simple could not stop listening. The twists & turns, the pathos... And, as ever, Mr. Cosham is superb.
Rarely have I enjoyed any books as much as Louise Penny's the Chief Inspector Gamache series. I've been saving the most recent release, The Long Way Home, because I don't want to say good bye to this cast of characters. A very big part of the success of these audiobooks for me was the most excellent performance of narrator, Ralph Cosham. It is my fervent hope that Louise Penny is not done entertaining us with Gamache and the wonderful residents of Three Pines.
If you have never listened to a book then you need to listen to any of Louise Penny's with this narrator, Ralph Cosham. It is a match made in heaven!
I took numerous French courses and to listen to Ralph pronounce the French is a joy. To hear Ralph you are immersed in the story in Quebec and Three Pines.
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Wow, it's hard to know what to write in a review of Louise Penny's books, it feels like I've already said ti all. The books are great, they suck you in, and if you are listening or reading the books this far into the series, you must be hooked like me. The biggest news at the time of me writing this review is that the narrator, Ralph Gosham, passed away this week while I was in the middle of this book. At the end of the book there is a discussion between Penny and Gosham. An interesting point was that Gosham began narration of each book as he reads the book for the first time. He said he got the same feel a listener would be doing it that way. He narrates the next book in the series. But for many, if not most, of we listeners to the series, the narrator is the Chief Inspector. I would guess the publisher will have a very hard time coming up with a new narrator to make a seamless transition. Good Luck with that as I'm sure we all want books in the series to keep on coming.
Have really enjoyed all of the Louise Penny books. Have listened to them all at least twice. Of course, with this book, the relationship between Gamache and Jean-Guy - the need to protect and save someone you love who is out of control - was very touching.
With all the books, the great story, the mystery, the wonderful, rich characters - really just enjoy it all.
As stated above, Ralph Cosham really does bring Inspector Gamache to life. But, he seamlessly goes from Ruth to Olivier to Clara to the entire town - he brings it all to life.
Louise Penny's books are never one-dimensional, as some books we've listened to with the super-star detective who never makes a mistake. So I'd say when listening to a Louise Penny book, it's kind of like life - ups, downs, laughs, surprises and some tears - but sometimes tears of joy.
You can never go wrong with a Louise Penny book. Her writing and Ralph Cosham's reading are just a joy.
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