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The Cruelest Month: A Three Pines Mystery | [Louise Penny]

The Cruelest Month: A Three Pines Mystery

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.
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Publisher's Summary

Welcome to Three Pines, where the cruelest month is about to deliver on its threat.

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.

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Amazon Customer 02-20-13

    Words form the heart, sound forms the soul, intrigue forms the mind.

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    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.

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    kara 01-02-13
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    "Louise Penny writes excellent mysteries!"
    What did you love best about The Cruelest Month?

    The suspense was extraordinary!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Cruelest Month?

    The gathering of all the suspects in the haunted Bradley house. Very tense.


    What does Ralph Cosham bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    No one else could narrate these books and bring this Inspector to life as well as Mr. Cosham. He is perfect for the readings.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Jonelle Camp Hill, PA, United States 12-14-12
    Jonelle Camp Hill, PA, United States 12-14-12 Member Since 2008

    A librarian who loves to read, whether in print or in the air

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    "Enjoyable Inspectory Gamache Mystery"

    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.

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    Rena Steinzor Silver Spring, MD 11-30-12
    Rena Steinzor Silver Spring, MD 11-30-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Gamache at His Gentlest and Most Determined"
    Where does The Cruelest Month rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is a quiet comfortable listen that still provides some mystery for the time.


    What other book might you compare The Cruelest Month to and why?

    The book reminds me of Agatha Christie work. Intricate plot, but low social tension.


    Any additional comments?

    Robin sachs is a great narrator.

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    joseph TULLY, NY, United States 09-04-12
    joseph TULLY, NY, United States 09-04-12

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    "a perfect mystery about betrayal"
    What did you love best about The Cruelest Month?

    the interweaving of seperate plots into a cohesive who;le


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Inspector Gimache because of his humanity, intelligence and compassion


    What does Ralph Cosham bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    a soft voice full of nuance


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    no wanted to savor it


    Any additional comments?

    louise penny creates a vivid world out of an unnoticed spot

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    James Powell 09-03-12 Member Since 2008

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    "Great Story"
    What made the experience of listening to The Cruelest Month the most enjoyable?

    Great performance, as always very good story. Have enjoyed all of Louise Penny's books.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The plot keeps you guessing. Very interesting characters. Great description of the town and the people who live there.


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    Victoria Warrenton, VA, United States 06-24-12
    Victoria Warrenton, VA, United States 06-24-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Penny strikes again!!!!"

    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.

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    Amazon Customer 05-14-12
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    "Loved this book!"
    Would you listen to The Cruelest Month again? Why?

    Yes, and in fact have. Enjoyed the plot line and the telling.


    Have you listened to any of Ralph Cosham’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    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.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, as primarily listen in the car and not all trips are long enough to hear the entire book.


    Any additional comments?

    Really enjoyed!

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    Janet United States 05-10-12
    Janet United States 05-10-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Love the Louise Penny Three Pines Mysteries"

    This series continues to satisfy with engaging stories, a wonderful local, and characters that you wish you actually knew in person.

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    Amazon Customer 05-08-12 Member Since 2011

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    "Great Book"
    Would you listen to The Cruelest Month again? Why?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love the Character development, and the stories inside of the story.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The final scene in the the old Hadley house. Excellent, suspense but it cleared all the mysteries up too.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    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...


    Any additional comments?

    Great Read! Really enjoyed it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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