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Publisher's Summary

The number-one New York Times best seller.

A detective. As a fierce, unrelenting winter grips Quebec, shadows are closing in on Chief Inspector Armand Gamache. Most of his best agents have left the Homicide Department and hostile forces are lining up against him.

A disappearance. When Gamache receives a message about a mysterious case in Three Pines, he is compelled to investigate - a woman who was once one of the most famous people in the world has vanished.

A deadly conclusion. As he begins to shed light on the investigation, he is drawn into a web of murder, lies, and unimaginable corruption at the heart of the city. Facing his most challenging, and personal, case to date, can Gamache save the reputation of the Sûreté, those he holds dear and himself?

Evocative, gripping and atmospheric, this magnificent work of crime fiction from international best-selling author Louise Penny will stay with you long after you turn the final page.

©2013 Three Pines Creations Incorporated (P)2014 Isis Publishing Limited

Critic Reviews

"Clever, full of twists and turns, a wonderfully satisfying -- and moving -- addition to Penny's atmospheric, distinctive series" (Kate Mosse)
"Penny's elegant style is deeply satisfying, while Gamache is contemplative even when under pressure, and remains a man you want to spend time with" (Metro)
"Louise Penny twists and turns the plot expertly tripping the reader up just at the moment you think you might have solved the mystery" (Daily Express)
"Another bravura performance from an author who has reinvented the village mystery as profoundly as Dashiell Hammett transformed the detective novel" (Booklist)
"With skilful plotting and gift for creating atmosphere, Penny weaves a dark and suspenseful tale of deadly secrets, professional machinations and surprising twists" (Good Book Guide)
"Subtle, elegant and beautifully written" (Sunday Mirror)

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  • Barbara
  • 03-14-17

my first Audible Louise Penny

I'm hooked on the series. Listening instead of reading was excellent, knowing the characters already.

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  • Rachel
  • 01-11-17

Twists within twists

Intrigue, mystery and suspense interweaving amazing description of flawed characters into superb storyline. How the author is able to have foreseen where these characters would be 7 books ahead and to bring them altogether is amazing.

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  • Lorraine
  • 05-05-16

Back to good.

Enjoyed this one again, back to the enjoyable characters. Looking forward to the next one.

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  • Kathy J
  • 03-20-16

Gripping

What did you like most about How the Light Gets In?

This is the most gripping of all the nine Gamache books. I could not bear to switch off and cannot recommend it highly enough.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-31-15

Thrilling

So hard to stop listening. My tears flow and my heart broke sometimes. Loved it!

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  • Jules Blunt
  • 02-24-15

Loved this. A definite must read

I cared about the characters, loved the story - I just couldn't stop listening. I had to know what happened next. A fab book, read brilliantly. Hugely recommended

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  • pippistrelle
  • 12-02-14

"cosy crime" with a brain, and a heart

Where does How the Light Gets In rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I listen to a wide variety of audio books, and these are a very satisfying listen. Perfect for winter, as most are set in the cold Quebecois winter.

What other book might you compare How the Light Gets In to, and why?

This is number nine in a series, and if you like one, you'll like the others, but it does help to read them in order.

What about Adam Sims’s performance did you like?

The performance is great. Voices clearly defined so you're never in doubt as to who's speaking. Accents not overdone.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

The books have a gentle pace, and a strong sense of place. The star attraction is the village of Three Pines and its inhabitants. So nicely drawn that it really makes you wish it were real, and that you could visit.

Any additional comments?

I love this series. It's undemanding yet engaging, and not too simple. The complexity stems from the rounded characters and the exploration of their flaws as well as their virtues. But at its heart , there's a struggle between everyday good and evil, but all served with a side order of hot chocolate and marshmallows.

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  • Angela
  • 11-30-14

Excellent!

Would you listen to How the Light Gets In again? Why?

Yes, as it was so enthralling and involved

Who was your favorite character and why?

Inspector Gamache - interesting and clever

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

Yes.

Any additional comments?

Excellent read and end to the series - probably :) Ties up all the ends from other books

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  • c
  • 11-16-14

Absurd Plots Completely Ruined What Was Left

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I was convinced within the first hour or so that I'd love this novel but the silly plots started to unravel and let the rest of it down so no, this wasn't time well spent.

Would you recommend How the Light Gets In to your friends? Why or why not?

No. Suspending belief isn't nearly enough to give this one the nod. Why on earth the author couldn't have directed her obvious talents towards crafting less ridiculous plots is a total mystery!

Which scene did you most enjoy?

I just loved the evocative way that the author has of drawing you into the harsh but beautiful Canadian winter settings and you could almost forgive the wholly unbelievable plots-almost but not quite!

Was How the Light Gets In worth the listening time?

Sorry but for me it wasn't worth the listening time.

Any additional comments?

I was SO hoping I'd like this novel because there are about 9 others in the series and after reading notes from the author, Louise Penny, it seems that they're written in such a way that you don't absolutely need to read them in order. I might try one other of this series because they are so well written and are unusual too.

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  • Mari
  • 11-14-14

Fabulous Addition to a Wonderful Series.

Usually series do not improve with each book but this one does. When I read the first book, Still Life, I was unsure if I would continue with the series. Of course, now I am so pleased that I did. The stories keep getting better, as with each book we learn more of our main characters and the mysteries in each book are also good.
If you have read the previous eight books you will not need any recommendation to grab this book. If you haven't yet read any of this series, I strongly recommend that you start at the first book, as each book builds on the relationships between Gamache and his team members.
Thank you Louise Penny for giving us another wonderful book in this fabulous series.

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  • Madfish
  • 05-29-16

Well constructed story

I could not stop listening to this story, it's 5AM and I'm still up. Louise Penny is a wonderful story teller and the series has been a joy to explore.