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  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: ISIS Audio Books (Dec 1 2009)
  • ISBN-10: 0753149508
  • ISBN-13: 978-0753149508
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Pat the cat TOP 1000 REVIEWER on April 25 2013
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This is the 2nd book that I read from Louise Penny. The beginning is slow but, thankfully, the tempo quickly picks up (hence, hang in there, it's worth it). I found it to be a very well done murder mystery -- note the nuance: it's not a fast pace thriller but rather a smouldering mystery. There is very good character development and a good continuity with the first instalment (Still Life, same group of inspectors and village). The story is told through the contribution of multiple narrators -- it makes it very vivid. The author kept surprising me with unexpected twists and parallel subplots that eventually feed back into the story -- it's very well done. I liked how the author threaded in humour through the thoughts of the various characters and the scenes involving the old cranky poet Ruth and her duck. I was relieved to see that the author didn't quote poems all the time like she did in Still LIfe. She still weaves it in but it's not annoying like it was in her first book. Actually, her use of a poem at the end of the book is well thought out and very touching. The author manages to make the life in small, rural villages quite alluring!!! All in all, I really like this book and give it top marks. However, I would recommend that you read Still Life first because it introduces the casts. I give it 5 stars (excellent!).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Eky Ternamian on Dec 31 2012
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Have read all her books this was the last one . Waiting for the new release coming in July 2013.
Would have been better if some of the older book titles did not change could have avoided buying duplicates.
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If you have read all of the Inspector Gamache novels in order you will appreciate the growth that has taken place in all the characters. We are given glimpses of their inner thoughts, struggles and triumphs. In this telling the emotions run high as it is hard to believe that any of the characters we have come to love could be so dark. It is a brutal awakening.
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By Mireille on May 17 2014
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Things are not what they seem, and under the silence, there are messages. A very good book for those of have followed Chief Inspector Gamache's investigations.
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Place and history as well as artists from real life were woven into the narrative so that one experienced the richness of a real world.Secrets and old wounds were also revealed. Hard to put down.
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This book was amazing in its depth and character development and the many deep philosophical life lessons. Not to mention, it was a great murder mystery.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Rodge TOP 50 REVIEWER on Aug. 12 2010
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For those who love murder mysteries, the combination of the familiar and the unexpected is important to get right. There are certain conventions that can be observed, but too conventional means too predictable and not following enough conventions leaves a reader lost and bewildered. Ultimately though, the only rule is, whatever you do has to keep readers engaged until the end. Penny meets that standard without any trouble.

This is the first I've read of Penny, but apparently its not her first novel in the small Quebec backwoods village of Three Pines, nor is it the first adventure with Inspector Gamache. Gamache is a unique detective in the genre, and I think most readers will appreciate how he is fleshed out. Unfortunately, too many of the other characters are not really fleshed out convincingly. The main way we learn about the characteristics of others is through comments from other characters; when we're with the characters in the flesh, so to speak, we typically don't see evidence of "kindness", "greed" or any other attributes they allegedly possess. The puzzle is the focus here, and the characters main purpose is to arrange themselves in position around that puzzle. This is not to say that Penny is a poor writer; far from it. Readers who appreciate a little literary taste with their mystery will get along fine here, I think. Penny enjoys poetry and incorporates it into her novel as the story unwinds.

Unwinding is the right word, too . . . lies are slowly peeled away until ultimately the brutal truth is exposed. Incidentally, the inside cover blurb is misleading in that it makes the novel sound like a horror novel - it is nothing of the sort. This is classic detective fiction with a unique spin, but not so that you can't recognize it.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By D. Luttmann on June 28 2011
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You know its not a good mystery crime novel when the culprit easily ends up being the first person both you and the author guesses at when you start reading. It was a partially enjoyable read, but for the most part it was filled with characters I didnt care about or situations that didn't even matter. For instance, the main character takes a trip across the country as apparently part of the murder investigation. However, his going there holds no relevance to either the investigation nor the plot. It does not reveal anything about the investigation or the motives of the killer. Additionally, the author spends much of the book on some little poetic sub-plot between two characters, and it doesn't amount to anything. It again holds no relevance to the plot, and neither character reveals the motivations behind the passing out of pieces of the poem.
In all honesty, I found myself reading it just for the sake of finishing it. I wouldnt call this a bad book, but I also wouldnt recommend it to anyone either.
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