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The Cruellest Month [Audiobook] [Audio CD]

Louise Penny , Adam Sims
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May 1 2008
Chief Inspector Gamache of the Sûreté du Quebec is called to the peaceful village of Three Pines. A séance held on Easter Sunday has gone tragically wrong and someone has been literally scared to death. As Gamache starts to unearth the secrets of those close to the deceased, he faces his own demons. a powerful enemy within the Sûreté has planted a traitor in his own team. But who? and how far will they go to ensure Gamache's downfall?
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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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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Winner of the Arthur Ellis Award for best first novel, and the CWA New Blood Dagger for STILL LIFE, new Canadian star Louise Penny's second novel DEAD COLD featuring Chief Inspector Gamache will be published in mass market at the same time as THE CRUELLEST MONTH. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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4.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic Series July 7 2008
By Toni Osborne TOP 100 REVIEWER
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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5.0 out of 5 stars April! 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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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Louise Penny May 5 2014
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The book arrived in perfect condition & the delivery time was as expected.
This is a very enjoyable series > I would recommend reading the first one in the series - continued with the remainder to get to know the characters. I have enjoyed every book !
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5.0 out of 5 stars Masterfully written. March 18 2014
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This was a very enjoyable read. Inspector Gamache is portrayed as both a simple and kind individual yet he is a complex individual who has a keen awareness of human emotion and its value in solving cases.
I didn't want to put the book down. From beginning to end it was intriguing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another fantastic read Dec 3 2013
By Ashley
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars The Cruelest month Nov. 10 2013
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book.Found it difficult to put down..
Look forward to reading more or Louise Penny stories.Great mysteries.
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