It's spring in the tiny, forgotten village; buds are on the trees, and the first flowers are struggling through the newly thawed earth. But not everything is meant to return to life.
When some villagers decide to celebrate Easter with a séance at the Old Hadley House, they are hoping to rid the town of its evil - until one of their party dies of fright. Was this a natural death, or was the victim somehow helped along?
Brilliant, compassionate Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Sûreté du Québec is called to investigate, in a case that will force him to face his own ghosts as well as those of a seemingly idyllic town, where relationships are far more dangerous than they seem.
©2007 Louise Penny; (P)2008 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
"Arthur Ellis Award-winner Penny paints a vivid picture of the French-Canadian village, its inhabitants and a determined detective who will strike many Agatha Christie fans as a 21st-century version of Hercule Poirot." (Publishers Weekly)
"Gamache is a prodigiously complicated and engaging hero, destined to become one of the classic detectives." (Kirkus Reviews)
Words form the heart, sound forms the soul, intrigue forms the mind.
Louise Penny is one of the best mystery writers out there. This book delves deeply into the psyche of her characters while keeping us guessing as to the outcome. I would read anything by Ms. Penny, and Ralph Cosham makes the listening great.
The suspense was extraordinary!
The gathering of all the suspects in the haunted Bradley house. Very tense.
No one else could narrate these books and bring this Inspector to life as well as Mr. Cosham. He is perfect for the readings.
Yes, of course, although I hardly have time to sit so long. But I take my Kindle with me everywhere and listen whenever I have a moment.
I love Chief Inspector Armand Gamache. We should be so lucky to have Policemen like him and his team. Gentle, intelligent, fair, respectful of others, yet strong. He understands human nature. There is no wavering in his knowledge of right and wrong, no second thoughts. He always finds the killer. But I can never figure out who it is on my own.
A librarian who loves to read, whether in print or in the air
This series just keeps getting stronger with each entry.
Penny is a wonderful writer. She has created characters of great depth, a Canadian village that I enjoy visiting each time, and a solid whodunit.
I'm looking forward to the next Inspector Armand Gamache novel.
My only complaint is that I wish the narrator, Ralph Cosham, would use a little bit more space, or pauses in his narration when switching from scene to scene.
This is a quiet comfortable listen that still provides some mystery for the time.
The book reminds me of Agatha Christie work. Intricate plot, but low social tension.
Robin sachs is a great narrator.
the interweaving of seperate plots into a cohesive who;le
Inspector Gimache because of his humanity, intelligence and compassion
a soft voice full of nuance
no wanted to savor it
louise penny creates a vivid world out of an unnoticed spot
Great performance, as always very good story. Have enjoyed all of Louise Penny's books.
The plot keeps you guessing. Very interesting characters. Great description of the town and the people who live there.
Louise Penny is a gifted writer and has the advantage in her audio books to have R. Cosham do the narrating. He brings her village of Three Pines to life and gives great depth to the much beloved characters. Please give this book a try. Do read Penny in order tho, it helps a lot.
Yes, and in fact have. Enjoyed the plot line and the telling.
Yes, after ordering the first ordered another but haven't listened to it yet. Sorry. My listening time is primarily in the car and not much driving lately.
No, as primarily listen in the car and not all trips are long enough to hear the entire book.
This series continues to satisfy with engaging stories, a wonderful local, and characters that you wish you actually knew in person.
Yes for sure, so much in Louise Penny's Books I listen to them over and over to catch the subtle parts that I have missed.
I love the Character development, and the stories inside of the story.
The final scene in the the old Hadley house. Excellent, suspense but it cleared all the mysteries up too.
then the Cheif Inspector and his Lead inspector had the fight that started in the car and then they ended up sharing the whole problem with each other and working together.
Also Ruth and the Ducks...
Great Read! Really enjoyed it.
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