Chief Inspector Gamache/Three Pines

31 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 52,201 ratings

Still Life Publisher's Summary

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. But Gamache knows that evil is lurking somewhere behind the white picket fences and that, if he watches closely enough, Three Pines will start to give up its dark secrets....

Coming soon: Book 2 in the Chief Inspector Gamache series, Dead Cold. 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.

©2005 Louise Penny (P)2006 Isis Publishing Ltd
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  • Book 1

    • Still Life

    • Chief Inspector Gamache Book 1
    • By: Louise Penny
    • Narrated by: Adam Sims
    • Length: 10 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 178
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 167
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 167

    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
    • Chief Inspector Gamache Book 1
    • By: Louise Penny
    • Narrated by: Adam Sims
    • Length: 10 hrs and 38 mins
    • Release date: 03-06-14
    • 4 out of 5 stars 178 ratings

    Regular price: $19.18

    • 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 7,658
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6,988
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6,962

    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

  • Book 2

    • 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 122
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 116
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 114

    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

    • 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 4,216
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,860
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,852

    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

  • Book 3

    • The Cruellest Month

    • Chief Inspector Gamache, Book 3
    • By: Louise Penny
    • Narrated by: Adam Sims
    • Length: 13 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 60
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 55
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 54

    It's Easter, and on a glorious Spring day in peaceful Three Pines, someone waits for night to fall. They plan to raise the dead.... When Chief Inspector Gamache of the Surete du Quebec arrives the next morning, he faces an unusual crime scene. A séance in an old abandoned house has gone horrifically wrong and someone has been seemingly frightened to death. In indyllic Three Pines, terrible secrets lie buried, and even Gamache has something to hide. One of his own team is about to betray him. But how far will they go to ensure Gamache's downfall?

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Overall wonderful series but this one's too turgid

    • By Bodiccea on 07-28-16

    Regular price: $19.18

    • 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 2,852
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 2,598
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,603

    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

  • Book 4

    • 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 83
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 78
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 79

    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 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 1,836
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1,660
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,651

    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

  • Book 5

    • The Brutal Telling

    • Chief Inspector Gamache, Book 5
    • By: Louise Penny
    • Narrated by: Adam Sims
    • Length: 14 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 51
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 49
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 48

    When Chief Inspector Gamache arrives in picturesque Three Pines, he steps into a village in chaos. A man has been found bludgeoned to death, and there is no sign of a weapon, a motive or even the dead man's name. As Gamache and his colleagues start to dig under the skin of this peaceful haven for clues, they uncover a trail of stolen treasure, mysterious codes and a shameful history that begins to shed light on the victim's identity - and points to a terrifying killer...

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Not bad

    • By Kathy-Jane on 01-28-17

    Regular price: $19.18

    • 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 590
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 545
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 544

    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
    • Compelling fifth trip with Inspector Gamache

    • By Venetia on 08-07-18

    Regular price: $37.09

  • Book 6

    • 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 3,704
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 3,144
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,124

    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

    • Bury Your Dead

    • By: Louise Penny
    • Narrated by: Adam Sims
    • Length: 13 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 138
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 133
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 131

    As Quebec City shivers in the grip of winter, its ancient stone walls cracking in the cold, Chief Inspector Armand Gamache plunges into the strangest case of his celebrated career. A man has been brutally murdered in one of the city’s oldest buildings - a library where the English citizens of Quebec safeguard their history. And the death opens a door into the past, exposing a mystery that has lain dormant for centuries... a mystery Gamache must solve if he’s to catch a present-day killer.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Murder Mystery

    • By Danielle on 09-19-11

    Regular price: $18.11

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  • Book 7

    • 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 3,809
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 3,434
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,407

    “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

    • A Trick of the Light

    • By: Louise Penny
    • Narrated by: Adam Sims
    • Length: 12 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 30
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 27
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 26

    In the green depths of spring, morning breaks on a woman splayed in a bed of flowers - her eyes wide, her neck broken. Her death is a mystery; so is the woman herself. But as Chief Inspector Armand Gamache and his team peer into the dark corners of the victim's past, they expose a secret that rots at the very heart of their community - a secret that will implicate someone they've trusted for years. And as Gamache knows too well, in the flickering shadows of death, the truth may be just a trick of the light.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Amazing Book - A Trick of the light

    • By Rhonda on 07-02-12

    Regular price: $18.11

  • Book 8

    • 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 3,997
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,597
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,581

    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

    • 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 23
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 21
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 21

    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

  • Book 9

    • How the Light Gets In

    • A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel, Book 9
    • By: Louise Penny
    • Narrated by: Ralph Cosham
    • Length: 15 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,760
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 3,446
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,441

    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

    • How the Light Gets In

    • Chief Inspector Gamache, Book 9
    • By: Louise Penny
    • Narrated by: Adam Sims
    • Length: 14 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 20
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 19
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 19

    The number one New York Times bestseller. 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.

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  • Book 10

    • 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 3,551
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 3,252
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,226

    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.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Louise, what were you thinking?

    • By Sharon on 09-08-14

    Regular price: $27.99

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