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    • Kingdom of the Blind

    • A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel, Book 14
    • By: Louise Penny
    • Narrated by: Robert Bathurst
    • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
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    When a peculiar letter arrives inviting Armand Gamache to an abandoned farmhouse, the former head of the Sûreté du Québec discovers that a complete stranger has named him one of the executors of her will. Still on suspension, and frankly curious, Gamache accepts and soon learns that the other two executors are Myrna Landers, the bookseller from Three Pines, and a young builder. None of them had ever met the elderly woman. The will is so odd and includes bequests that are so wildly unlikely that Gamache and the others suspect the woman must have been delusional. But what if, Gamache begins to ask himself, she was perfectly sane?

    Regular price: $27.99

    • Still Life

    • Chief Inspector Gamache, Book 1
    • By: Louise Penny
    • Narrated by: Ralph Cosham
    • Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6,514
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5,942
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5,926

    Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Surêté du Québec and his team of investigators are called in to the scene of a suspicious death in a rural village south of Montreal. Jane Neal, a local fixture in the tiny hamlet of Three Pines, just north of the U.S. border, has been found dead in the woods. The locals are certain it’s a tragic hunting accident and nothing more, but Gamache smells something foul in these remote woods, and is soon certain that Jane Neal died at the hands of someone much more sinister than a careless bowhunter.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A rare find

    • By Alex on 01-16-15

    Regular price: $27.99

    • A Fatal Grace

    • Chief Inspector Gamache, Book 2
    • By: Louise Penny
    • Narrated by: Ralph Cosham
    • Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,650
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,347
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,340

    Welcome to winter in Three Pines, a picturesque village in Quebec, where the villagers are preparing for a traditional country Christmas, and someone is preparing for murder. No one liked CC de Poitiers. Not her quiet husband, not her spineless lover, not her pathetic daughter - and certainly none of the residents of Three Pines. CC de Poitiers managed to alienate everyone, right up until the moment of her death. When Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, of the Sûreté du Quebec, is called to investigate, he quickly realizes he's dealing with someone quite extraordinary.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Time to get lost and find yourself in Three Pines.

    • By Charles Atkinson on 12-09-14

    Regular price: $27.99

    • A Great Reckoning

    • A Novel
    • By: Louise Penny
    • Narrated by: Robert Bathurst
    • Length: 13 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,931
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,547
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,523

    When an intricate old map is found stuffed into the walls of the bistro in Three Pines, it at first seems no more than a curiosity. But the closer the villagers look, the stranger it becomes. Given to Armand Gamache as a gift the first day of his new job, the map eventually leads him to shattering secrets. To an old friend and older adversary. It leads the former Chief of Homicide for the Sûreté du Québec to places even he is afraid to go. But must. And there he finds four young cadets in the Sûreté academy, and a dead professor. And, with the body, a copy of the old, odd map.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A Return to Three Pines

    • By Lisa K. Dillon on 09-05-16

    Regular price: $27.99

    • The Cruelest Month

    • A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel, Book 3
    • By: Louise Penny
    • Narrated by: Ralph Cosham
    • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,371
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 2,162
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,166

    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?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • This one made be the best of the series so far !

    • By Brian on 09-02-16

    Regular price: $35.69

    • Bury Your Dead

    • A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel
    • By: Louise Penny
    • Narrated by: Ralph Cosham
    • Length: 12 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,342
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 2,819
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,804

    Chief Inspector Armand Gamache has come to Winter Carnival - not to join the revels but to recover from an investigation gone hauntingly wrong. But violent death is inescapable, even in the apparent sanctuary of the Literary and Historical Society - where an obsessive historian’s quest for the remains of the founder of Quebec, Samuel de Champlain, ends in murder. Could a secret buried with Champlain for nearly 400 years be so dreadful that someone would kill to protect it?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The Great Gamache in Old Quebec

    • By Charles Atkinson on 12-21-14

    Regular price: $31.93

    • Glass Houses

    • A Novel
    • By: Louise Penny
    • Narrated by: Robert Bathurst
    • Length: 13 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,772
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,540
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,532

    When a mysterious figure appears in Three Pines one cold November day, Armand Gamache and the rest of the villagers are at first curious. Then wary. Through rain and sleet, the figure stands unmoving, staring ahead. From the moment its shadow falls over the village, Gamache, now Chief Superintendent of the Sûreté du Québec, suspects the creature has deep roots and a dark purpose. Yet he does nothing. What can he do? Only watch and wait. And hope his mounting fears are not realized.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Disappointed

    • By Anna on 09-05-17

    Regular price: $27.99

    • A Rule Against Murder

    • A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel
    • By: Louise Penny
    • Narrated by: Ralph Cosham
    • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,420
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1,278
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,273

    It is the height of summer, and Armand and Reine-Marie Gamache are celebrating their wedding anniversary at Manoir Bellechasse, an isolated, luxurious inn not far from the village of Three Pines. But they're not alone. The Finney family - rich, cultured, and respectable - has also arrived for a celebration of their own. The beautiful Manoir Bellechasse might be surrounded by nature, but there is something unnatural looming.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • I enjoy Louise Penny's writing

    • By D. Thomas on 03-07-17

    Regular price: $32.19

    • The Beautiful Mystery

    • A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel
    • By: Louise Penny
    • Narrated by: Ralph Cosham
    • Length: 13 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,639
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,269
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,253

    No outsiders are ever admitted to the monastery of Saint-Gilbert-Entre-les-Loups, hidden deep in the wilderness of Quebec, where two dozen cloistered monks live in peace and prayer. They grow vegetables, they tend chickens, they make chocolate. And they sing. Ironically, for a community that has taken a vow of silence, the monks have become world-famous for their glorious voices, raised in ancient chants whose effect on both singer and listener is so profound it is known as “the beautiful mystery.”

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Engaging, entertaining, and heartbreaking.

    • By Sparkly on 09-04-12

    Regular price: $27.99

    • How the Light Gets In

    • A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel, Book 9
    • By: Louise Penny
    • Narrated by: Ralph Cosham
    • Length: 15 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,423
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 3,133
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,131

    Shadows are falling on the usually festive Christmas season for Chief Inspector Armand Gamache. 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. 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. As events come to a head, Gamache is drawn ever deeper into the world of Three Pines.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Welcome Home!

    • By Nancy J on 09-06-13

    Regular price: $27.99

    • The Long Way Home

    • Chief Inspector Gamache, Book 10
    • By: Louise Penny
    • Narrated by: Ralph Cosham
    • Length: 12 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,235
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 2,960
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,939

    Happily retired in the village of Three Pines, Armand Gamache, former Chief Inspector of Homicide with the Sûreté du Québec, has found a peace he'd only imagined possible. On warm summer mornings he sits on a bench holding a small book, The Balm in Gilead, in his large hands. "There is a balm in Gilead," his neighbor Clara Morrow reads from the dust jacket, "to make the wounded whole." While Gamache doesn't talk about his wounds and his balm, Clara tells him about hers. Peter, her artist husband, has failed to come home. Failed to show up as promised on the first anniversary of their separation. She wants Gamache's help to find him. Having finally found sanctuary, Gamache feels a near revulsion at the thought of leaving Three Pines. "There’s power enough in Heaven," he finishes the quote as he contemplates the quiet village, "to cure a sin-sick soul." And then he gets up. And joins her.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Disappointment in the series

    • By Vermonter on 09-29-14

    Regular price: $27.99

    • A Trick of the Light

    • A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel
    • By: Louise Penny
    • Narrated by: Ralph Cosham
    • Length: 11 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,426
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 3,080
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,056

    “Hearts are broken,” Lillian Dyson carefully underlined in a book. “Sweet relationships are dead.” But now Lillian herself is dead. Found among the bleeding hearts and lilacs of Clara Morrow's garden in Three Pines, shattering the celebrations of Clara's solo show at the famed Musée in Montreal.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Amazing

    • By barbara on 09-15-11

    Regular price: $27.99

    • The Brutal Telling

    • A Three Pines Mystery
    • By: Louise Penny
    • Narrated by: Ralph Cosham
    • Length: 13 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,791
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,125
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,109

    As autumn descends upon Three Pines, a stranger is found murdered in the village bistro and antiques store at the center of town. No one admits to knowing the murdered man, but as secrets are revealed, chaos begins to close in on the beloved bistro owner, Olivier. What past did he leave behind, and why has he buried himself in this tiny village?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Satisfying but sad

    • By Marie on 04-03-10

    Regular price: $23.07

    • The Nature of the Beast

    • A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel
    • By: Louise Penny
    • Narrated by: Robert Bathurst
    • Length: 12 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,338
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,092
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,073

    Hardly a day goes by when nine-year-old Laurent Lepage doesn't cry wolf. From alien invasions to walking trees to winged beasts in the woods to dinosaurs spotted in the village of Three Pines, his tales are so extraordinary no one can possibly believe him. Including Armand and Reine-Marie Gamache, who now live in the little Quebec village.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Heart breaking narrator

    • By Jeff on 09-18-15

    Regular price: $27.99

    • The Brutal Telling

    • A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel
    • By: Louise Penny
    • Narrated by: Ralph Cosham
    • Length: 13 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 453
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 417
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 417

    Chaos is coming, old son. With those words the peace of Three Pines is shattered. Everybody goes to Olivier's Bistro - including a stranger whose murdered body is found on the floor. When Chief Inspector Gamache is called to investigate, he is dismayed to discover that Olivier's story is full of holes. Why are his fingerprints all over the cabin that's uncovered deep in the wilderness, with priceless antiques and the dead man's blood?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Intricacies of human nature

    • By Beefydoc on 07-07-18

    Regular price: $37.09

    • Kingdom of the Blind

    • A Chief Inspector Gamache Mystery, Book 14
    • By: Louise Penny
    • Narrated by: Robert Bathurst
    • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
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    When Armand Gamache receives a letter inviting him to an abandoned farmhouse outside of Three Pines, the former head of the Sûreté du Québec discovers that a complete stranger has named him as an executor of her will. Armand never knew the elderly woman, and the bequests are so wildly unlikely that he suspects the woman must have been delusional - until a body is found, and the terms of the bizarre will suddenly seem far more menacing. But it isn't the only menace Gamache is facing. 

    Regular price: $21.81

    • A Rule Against Murder

    • Chief Inspector Gamache, Book 4
    • By: Louise Penny
    • Narrated by: Adam Sims
    • Length: 12 hrs and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 74
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 69
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 70

    It's the height of summer, and the wealthy Finney family have gathered at the Manoir Bellechasse to pay tribute to their late father. But as the temperature rises, old secrets and bitter rivalries begin to surface. When the heat wave boils over into a mighty storm, a dead body is left in its wake. Chief Inspector Gamache, a guest at the Bellechasse, finds himself with a building full of suspects. With the hotel locked down, the murderer is trapped. But a cornered predator is always the most dangerous of all...

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • The Wrong Voice

    • By Lolly on 01-23-15

    Regular price: $19.62

    • A Fatal Grace

    • Chief Inspector Gamache, Book 2
    • By: Louise Penny
    • Narrated by: Adam Sims
    • Length: 12 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 112
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 106
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 104

    Winter in Three Pines, and the sleepy village is carpeted in snow. It's a time of peace and goodwill - until a scream pierces the biting air. A spectator at the annual Boxing Day curling match has been fatally electrocuted. Despite the large crowd, there are no witnesses and - apparently - no clues. Chief Inspector Armand Gamache discovers a history of secrets and enemies in the dead woman's past.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Great story. Voice annoying.

    • By minh on 09-03-18

    Regular price: $19.62

    • Still Life

    • Chief Inspector Gamache Book 1
    • By: Louise Penny
    • Narrated by: Adam Sims
    • Length: 10 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 162
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 153
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 152

    The discovery of a dead body in the woods on Thanksgiving Weekend brings Chief Inspector Armand Gamache and his colleagues from the Surete du Quebec to a small village in the Eastern Townships. Gamache cannot understand why anyone would want to deliberately kill well-loved artist Jane Neal, especially any of the residents of Three Pines - a place so free from crime it doesn't even have its own police force.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Worried for nothing!

    • By bg on 03-28-16

    Regular price: $19.18

    • The Beautiful Mystery

    • A Chief Inspector Gamache novel
    • By: Louise Penny
    • Narrated by: Adam Sims
    • Length: 13 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 22
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 20
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 20

    A MONASTERY. Hidden deep in the wilderness are the cloisters of two dozen monks - men of prayer and music, famous the world over for their glorious voices. A MURDER. But a brutal death throws the monastery doors open to the world. And through them walks the only man who can shine light upon the dark deeds within: Chief Inspector Armand Gamache. A MYSTERY. Who among the brothers has become an angel of death?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Joy to listen, exciting all the way to the end.

    • By Amazon Customer on 03-23-15

    Regular price: $18.11

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