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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: ISIS Publishing (May 1 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0753131730
  • ISBN-13: 978-0753131732
  • Shipping Weight: 236 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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Starred Review. Chief Insp. Armand Gamache and his team investigate another bizarre crime in the tiny Québec village of Three Pines in Penny's expertly plotted third cozy (after 2007's A Fatal Grace). As the townspeople gather in the abandoned and perhaps haunted Hadley house for a séance with a visiting psychic, Madeleine Favreau collapses, apparently dead of fright. No one has a harsh word to say about Madeleine, but Gamache knows there's more to the case than meets the eye. Complicating his inquiry are the repercussions of Gamache having accused his popular superior at the Sûreté du Québec of heinous crimes in a previous case. Fearing there might be a mole on his team, Gamache works not only to solve the murder but to clear his name. Arthur Ellis Award–winner Penny paints a vivid picture of the French-Canadian village, its inhabitants and a determined detective who will strike many Agatha Christie fans as a 21st-century version of Hercule Poirot. (Mar.)
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'Penny's fastidious, cultured, and smart Inspector Gamache makes Cruellest Month impossible to put down.' -- People Magazine, March 31, 2008 --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Toni Osborne TOP 100 REVIEWER on July 7 2008
Format: Paperback
3rd novel featuring Chief Inspector Gamache

It is spring time in Three Pines; some of the villagers have decided to celebrate Easter with a séance at the Old Hadley House, hoping to rid the town of its evil spirits that have plagued it for decades ---- suddenly one of the attendees collapses apparently scared to death.... Or was it murder? Due to mysterious circumstances, Chief Inspector Armand Gamache and his team from the Sureté du Québec are dispatched to this picturesque village. Once there, they probe into the lives of the villagers, questioning and listening to them carefully in order to find the truth, what they uncover is treachery and betrayal.

Meanwhile, the case forces Gamache to confront his past, enemies he has created high up within the Force want his hide, how far will they go to get it...who is the Judas within his own team?.......who can he trust?.....

To obtain full enjoyment of this fantastic series, one should read the novels in order. The author's character development is amazing; not only do you genuinely love every one in spite of their flaws but each one comes to life in a manner you can relate to. You tend to sympathize with Armand Gamache, a brilliant and compassionate Inspector as he confronts his own ghosts while investigating the case. Ms Penny is a superb storyteller; you find a bit of everything: humour, jealousy and a multitude of other human emotions, all centered on a plot full of intrigue. The setting in this book could be referred to as mystical and mythical, a story set in an idyllic village where the author has written about the murder of other residents, how far will Ms Penny go....I can't wait to read her next novel
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dorothyanne Brown TOP 500 REVIEWER on April 9 2009
Wow. I have spent the last three days not sleeping, being afraid of the dark, and yet totally unable to put the book down.
The Cruelest Month is a complex mystery, with many characters that may be hard to keep track of if you only read the book before bedtime. But that reading time will expand. Penny's characters are well-drawn, three-dimensional and fascinating. Three Pines is a town that calls to the soul, full of warming fireplaces, good friends, good food and wine. And yet...underneath the surface of such perfection is something much more sinister. At first in the story, the evil seems to radiate from a house where a murder had taken place...but it is more simple, and yet more complex than this.
Add to this the personal and team difficulties experienced by the Inspector following another case, and the book becomes a page turner.
Some parts of the book seem contrived, most especially the denouement scene, and I'll have to read it again to see where the hints of how things worked out were placed, but overall, a very satisfying read. Not good to read after midnight alone in the house....
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I would say that, being early in the serie, this is an excellent Inspector Gamache book. As with too many authors, Ms Penny seem to loose some of the 'humf' that characterize her earlier books in later ones. This one is well constructed, the story is well developed, the characters are evolving from earlier books, you get even more attached to this little village and its people. It is important to read the books in the order in which they were written to make sure you follow the very important sub plot (or is it the main plot?) of this serie! A definite must read serie, even the later books!!!
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By Colleen Gunn on May 31 2014
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This novel digs deeper into the dark side of the people of Three Pines as well as those who are out to discredit Inspector Gamache. The atmosphere is heavy and uncomfortable. The reader is on edge throughout the entire story - first concerned with the death of a resident as well as the plot against Gamache. Gamache has a 'je he sais quoi' about him that is endearing , attractive, and comfortable.
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This is an amazing series by Louise Penny. I have bought and read all issues except t\the Hangman, which I cannot find anywhere unless Im willing to pay over $100 for a paperback. I understand the book is a first edition signed by the author but too expensive for me. I will continue to look.
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By Barbara on July 11 2013
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I am a mystery fan and was given another of Louise Penny's books a few months ago. I have enjoyed several more since then on my kindle. The Cruellest Month was an enjoyable read. The characters are very well developed and many carry forward to all the Inspector Gamache books so it is like meeting old friends again.
Barb
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Again Louise Penny has done a fantastic job of merging mystery with character development. I absolutely love her characters and would like to visit this town is Three Pines to meet them all. Every book develops each character more and I appreciate how they could all be so real in a small Canadian town.
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Make that 4!/2 * . The main plot kept me guessing all the way through. The subplot seemed to be a little corny
in it's reasoning but then what goes on in the hearts of men is anybody's guess.
The book title is aptly named as we out-of-book characters have just gone thru The Cruellest Month.
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