"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
There is seemingly no cure for voracious reading. Thank goodness for Kindle and audible listening.
How the Light Get's In is packed full of story lines and relationships that grab you and won't let go.
Always, Inspector Gamache has to be my favorite. An honorable, thoughtful, loving man is a rare breed and he is all three.
Ralph Cosham was masterful at presenting each character with a unique voice and attitude. What he does is magical. I was thoroughly amazed to learn later that he does not pre-read before a performance. I believe this added to the feeling of urgency to keep going to learn the final outcome.
I found myself totally involved with this book. I could feel the warmth of the story as well as an anxiety to see the end result presented. At times I laughed out loud and at times I would pause just to let all the tumultuous feelings sort themselves out.
Many people put ideas on paper. I have read constantly since childhood. It is rare to find an author who is a true 'writer' in every sense of the word. As always I look forward to what is next for Inspector Gamache and Louise Penny.
It ranks very high because of the characters and storyline started in earlier books.
I really have enjoyed the mystery and intrigue without the gore.
The continuing development of the characters.
Besides Inspector Gamache??? ...Ruth and Clara will always be my favorites.
There is always something in this book series that makes you ponder.
Start with Book One and then continue on!!
-- you can mix up a couple in the middle, but I don't believe you would have the same literary journey if you read this book first.
I can't wait for Book Ten!
Fantastic story combining character plot lines from the entire series. I hope this isn't the last of Gamache!
Yes, I needed to know what was happening with all my beloved characters
french pronounciation, great emotion especially in this book
Return to my old friends in Three Pines.
Nothing. Penny is a masterful storyteller.
Inspector Gamache of course!
When Ruth gives her beloved duck to Beauvoir while sitting on the park bench in Three Pines. Incredibly moving.
I have to be honest - I was sorry I didn't get the print version, but the narrator is fantastic and I couldn't stop listening. I just love to curl up and read, but audio books make me feel I should be doing something while listening - like exercise, laundry, etc. But I finally gave in and just sat and listened. A great audio book!
Many parts made me laugh out loud - Ruth and her duck are just so wonderful. But the end had me in tears...
The narrator is excellent & an amazing actor - each character is clearly defined & voiced.
The twists & turns are dazzling, the sense of place is beautifully created. Being familiar with Quebec & Montreal, where the book is set, give me so much pleasure. The characters are lovingly & vividly drawn, enhancing a strong, clever plot. The use of historical references is originally done & well-researched.
There are many - but when Gamache & his dog Henry are in the elevator with Beauvoir,
& Henry licks Beauvoir's hand is priceless.
Evil has no statute of limitations.
I would not listen to this book again; perhaps I will go back to Still Life, the first in the series.
Towards the end, Ruth sits next to Beauvoir, and improbably (if you know Ruth) does manage to reach him inside.
Mr. Cosham has a quiet but mesmerizing way with his narration. I feel like I am sitting in a cozy chair next to a fire, listening to a master storyteller.
Yes, but to describe it would be to slip a spoiler in here.
This is a brilliant series; every character is well defined. You really feel as if the denizens of Three Pines are old acquaintances.
I have been a Louise Penny fan and have enjoyed all of the books. This book, however, is fantastic. She ties up intriguing story lines in her clever and captivating way. Ralph Cosham delivers his usual stellar performance, giving each character a unique flavor. Bravo to their creative spirits! Thanks for a memorable, entertaining book.
Louise Penny's characters are always complex, and her plots are always well crafted, but she has outdone herself in this installment. Today, as I reached the last two hours, I sat in the parking lots of my hair salon and CVS because I couldn't shut off the audio book until the last possible moment before going inside. Then, when I got home, I broke down and brought my iPod inside and listened to the end. I can't recommend this book enough.
Yes, I will definitely listen again.
So many things came together from the whole series. I hope the series never ends.
The final one.
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