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Acclaim for the Award-Winning Chief Inspector Gamache Mysteries
If you don't give your heart to Gamache, you may have no heart to give. (Kirkus Reviews (starred review))
With its small-town hominess, the Canadian village of Three Pines draws the reader into its quaint traditions.Who wouldn't be charmed by the dramas of a community where Easter egg hunts and socials at the bed and breakfast are the most exciting events? Yet it is Penny's fastidious, cultured, and smart Inspector Gamache who makes [The Cruelest Month] impossible to put down. (People)
The cozy mystery has a graceful practitioner in Louise Penny. (The New York Times Book Review)
Expertly plotted… 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 twenty-first-century version of Hercule Poirot. (Publishers Weekly (starred review))
"Mystery readers who want more than puzzles and thrills look for serious purpose and literary value, and Canadian writer Louise Penny provides both in spades (and hearts." --Richmond Times-Dispatch)
"Penny's plotting has been compared to Agatha Christie's...in these wonderful books full of poetry and weather and a brooding manor house, and people who read and think and laugh and eat a lot of really excellent food. Move over, Mitford." (The Charlotte Observer) --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
The outskirts of Three Pines might be surrounded by nature, but there is something unnatural looming. ..
It is the height of summer, and Armand Gamache and his wife are celebrating their wedding anniversary at 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…
A RULE AGAINST MURDER
As the heat rises and the humidity closes in, some surprising guests turn up at the Finney reunion…and a terrible summer storm leaves behind a dead body. Now it’s up to Chief Inspector Gamache to unearth long-buried secrets and hatreds hidden behind polite smiles. The chase takes him to Three Pines—into the dark corners of his own life, and finally to a harrowing climax.
“If you don’t give your heart to Gamache, you may have no heart to give.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“A fine read…in true Christie-like fashion.”—Cleveland Plain Dealer
“Penny tweaks the rules of Golden Age Detective Fiction in a way that is thoroughly modern.”—Los Angeles Times
Did surprise you at the end but through the book some of the characters became a bit tiring.
I do love her work though..so will keep reading as long as she keeps writing. Read more
Personally knew this kind of atmosphere & the type of people who frequent these Auberges so the book
was read & enjoyed in record time. Read more
I have enjoyed all Louise Penny`s mysteries and this is another absorbing story.
I find it fun that the mysteries are located in Quebec with Chief Inspector Gamache in charge... Read more
These books are so wonderful I can't stop once I start one. Not only is the story and setting captivating, but mostly I love the characters and values they stand for. Read morePublished on Oct. 14 2013 by Phyllis Thrush