All the Devils Are Here: A Novel

Chief Inspector Gamache Novel, Book 16
Narrated by: Robert Bathurst
Length: 13 hrs and 59 mins
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In All the Devils Are Here, the 16th novel by number one best-selling author Louise Penny finds Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Sûreté du Quebec investigating a sinister plot in the City of Light.

On their first night in Paris, the Gamaches gather as a family for a bistro dinner with Armand’s godfather, the billionaire Stephen Horowitz. Walking home together after the meal, they watch in horror as Stephen is knocked down and critically injured in what Gamache knows is no accident, but a deliberate attempt on the elderly man’s life. 

When a strange key is found in Stephen’s possession it sends Armand, his wife Reine-Marie, and his former second-in-command at the Sûreté, Jean-Guy Beauvoir, from the top of the Tour d’Eiffel, to the bowels of the Paris Archives, from luxury hotels to odd, coded works of art. 

It sends them deep into the secrets Armand’s godfather has kept for decades. 

A gruesome discovery in Stephen’s Paris apartment makes it clear the secrets are more rancid, the danger far greater and more imminent, than they realized. 

Soon the whole family is caught up in a web of lies and deceit. In order to find the truth, Gamache will have to decide whether he can trust his friends, his colleagues, his instincts, his own past. His own family. 

For even the City of Light casts long shadows. And in that darkness devils hide. 

A Macmillan Audio production from Minotaur Books 

©2020 Louise Penny (P)2020 Macmillan Audio

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One of her best

This Gamache mystery is well plotted and Penny has done a terrific job of balancing the setting of Paris with a homesickness for Three Pines. The book feels more carefully written, or maybe better edited than some of the others in the series. I knew where the “missing evidence” was immediately but the book is so well structured that it never mattered—the tension is more about who knows what and who is on which side of the moral divide. While the end is a little heavy handed, seeming to exploit the emotions of the reader rather unfairly, it’s forgivable. There is a bit of a gap in resolution with one of the characters who never has to face a final confrontation with Gamache and I found that dissatisfying, along with the stress that I as a reader took on about the hotel bill (silly, I know but I worried about that all the way through—throw us a bone and say he took care of it!), but overall, this is one of her best novels. The performance suffers from Bathurst’s inability to manage the Canadian Anglo accent. As a result, Daniel is rendered nasal and insufferable. I suspect I would not have dismissed Daniel as so irritating had I read the book rather than listened to it. To other listeners, I’d say it helps to bear that in mind. Otherwise you lose a lot of the necessary tension there because it’s hard to muster sympathy for such a whiner. However, Bathurst is clearly a terrific actor and a clear reader and the French, German and Québécois characters sound realistic and he subtly denotes age in his voices as well—it’s a tiny detail, but he nailed the attitude of the perfumerie salesclerk and that was brilliant reading that reflects PennyMs dry humor. Highly recommend, but don’t listen to the last few chapters when sleepy-lots of twists and turns and backtracking.

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So grateful for this series

The annual release of the. new volume in the Inspector Gamache series is a rite of passage from summer to fall. During this very difficult and painful corona virus pandemic, the chance to visit with the Gamache family as they continue to learn about themselves and each other was especially meaningful. Thank you, Louise Penny!

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A technology mystery in Paris!

I would not have believed that Louise Penny would write a mystery about misuse of rare earth magnets. I'm a huge long-term fan of Louise Penny and the Gamache series. Each of the 16 novels in the series has been wonderful, but ALL THE DEVILS ARE HERE is now my favorite. It is a treasure! Robert Bathurst took over narrating the series from Ralph Cosham after Cosham's 2014 death just as The Long Way Home was published. Bathurst is excellent but few narrators are as outstanding as Cosham.

I do love this series!

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Very disappointed.

What a shame. I was really looking forward to this. Ordered it well before the release date. Won’t make that mistake again......

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Back on form

I began reading this series when my youngest left California to go to McGill in 2013. Reading these helped keep me connected with her, and gave me some intelligent questions to ask re Montreal and Quebec! And now she's back home I continue to follow the series eagerly. But I have to say I nearly stopped altogether with 'A Better Man' which I personally found thin, uninteresting, even badly written. It felt like Penny was dealing with some other bigger thing than writing that book. So for anyone who loved that book then this new addition might not be your cup of tea. The latest is much more complex, more sophisticated, way better structured. It feels like Penny paying some hommage to Le Carre and the mix works surprisingly well. My out and out series favorite is 'Bury Your Dead', where the history research and the City of Quebec come so alive, but 'All the Devils' comes a close second. Bravo! And THANK YOU!

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Elegant, entertaining with unexpected twists and turns!

Just love this family of characters! The poetic writing style, beautifully revealed personalities,mouth-watering descriptions of food all coalesce into a story that one has to keep listening to. The skilled performance of the voice actor is icing on the cake! I discovered Louise Perry’s series during COVID. Listening to them has kept me sane, entertained and rushing to listen to the next book! Sadly, I’ve come to the end of the series, to date. I will remain alert for the next installment. Thank you Louise Perry for your vivid imagination, insight into human nature and story-telling skills. Your writing is a gift to all!

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tres magnifique

BON. never a miss.as always, thank you for the pleasure. outstanding reading and entertainment again!

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Quantity vs Quality

I am a total devotee of Louise Penny, and have gratefully immersed myself in her series, not just once, but multiple times. They get better with each reading, and I adore her.

That said, I found this book to be less of a fine, gourmet meal than a smorgasbord. Too many characters brought in and forgotten, too much high drama that went nowhere, and what amounted to two different endings. The first was true to the honesty and spirit of her previous books, the latter was contrived to give us a "happily ever after" experience. It's especially disappointing as I'd been counting the days until I could download the audible book and indulge myself once again in a magical Louise Penny novel.

Everyone is entitled to a less-than-perfect performance from time to time, and I've been in awe of Ms. Penny's ability to maintain the quality of her writing through such a long - and wishfully endless - series of books. So I'm inclined to see this one as just an "adjustment" like we see in the stock market upon occasion, and I'll be salivating over the prospect of her next book as always. But maybe I'll tamp down my anticipation just a bit so - should this one mark a new trend - I won't be so disappointed.

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Amateur Crime writing

A stretch of a plot line, trite tour of Paris (multiple street crepes), implausible, indestructible, selfless, billionaire hero, with unexplained Canadian cop son (chief detective demoted to homicide detective for some obscure reason) and dysfunctional grandson with ill-defined grievance, plus maudlin family scenario with birth of great grandkid at end. Really ridiculous. The financial shinanigans at the heart of this thriller rival the sophistication of Stieg Larsson's villains. A stinker of a thriller, but the narrator was pretty good.

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writing that never disappoints<br /><br />

while this is a differnet story line than the usual Inspector Gamache novels it is still the splendid Louise Penny writing, Cannot wait for the next one.

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