"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 love all the Gamache Novels but this was my favorite.
Listened twice it was so good.
I want to meet Ruth, Myrna, Clara, and the rest of Three Pines!
The legendary inspector and the cast of characters from storied Three Pines once again do not disappoint. Bravo, Ms. Penney. Keep them coming & coming. . .
I have not read the print version
Yes! Knowing things were coming to a finale kept me listening! This was the best of the Gamache series because of the finality. Loved it
Keep your friends close and your enemies closer
Just wonderful!!! I have read it three times! On audible! Narration superb! I was interested to find out that Ralph read it without ever seeing it ahead of time!
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.
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