Former Chief Inspector of Homicide, Armand Gamache, has found a peace he'd never imagined possible, away from the front line of the police and in the tranquil village of Three Pines. But when his friend Clara Morrow asks for help, he can't bring himself to refuse her, despite the old wounds it threatens to re-open. Clara's husband, Peter, is missing, having failed to come home on the first anniversary of their separation, as promised.
As Gamache journeys further into Quebec, he is drawn deeper into the tortured mind of Peter Morrow, a man so desperate to recapture his fame as an artist that he would sell his soul. As Gamache gets closer to the truth, he uncovers a deadly trail of jealousy and deceit. Can Gamache bring Peter, and himself, home safely? Or in searching for answers, has he placed himself, and those closest to him, in terrible danger . . .
From number one New York Times best-selling author, Louise Penny, comes an evocative, immersive novel brimming with atmosphere and heart-stopping suspense - her most ingenious novel to date.
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I absolutely love this series. This story sees Gamache resigned from the police force and living in Three Pines when he is asked to help find a missing friend. What I love most about this series is the way the characters are built on with each book and the fact that the demons from the past are never too far away. I am hoping that there will be another installment, as I want to have these wonderful characters in my life for a bit longer.
I love the previous Inspector Gamache/Three Pines mysteries, but this one seemed to go on and on before the tension of the final chapters really drew me in. Also, a different narrator read this book, which also diminished the appeal. When you have listened to a series of books read by one person and then suddenly have a different narrator - it just doesn't feel right.
An absorbing ending to a 10 volume story of delightful people facing extraordinary events in an enchanting landscape.
I am delighted to have found this series which at times had me laughing out loud and at other times weeping silently.
You cannot read/listen to these books and not be touched by the characters and their reactions to each other and their surroundings.
"I feel as if I've wasted 12 hours of my life"
No. I do understand that I may have missed out by not listening in sequence. But I just found it turgid.
Really slow with little to no plot line. I kept waiting for it to start.
No. I found his voice irritating.
Utter disappointment after reading some great reviews. I'm normally middle of the road but I'm way out of step on this one,so perhaps it was too subtle. It did absolutely nothing but irritate me.
I did find some nuggets of info interesting for example being ignorant I didn't realise Asbestos was a place and a natural product. Also the results of overpainting a canvas. But that was about it.
"Not my favourite"
This story took too long to get to the interesting bits. However I enjoyed it just the same and I think the narrator is brilliant. Not my favourite Gamache book but still worth listening to.
"It was a long way home!"
I'd enjoyed earlier books in this series and found the introduction to the art world interesting. The detail and insight enriched the stories and created a wonderful texture to the plots.
However, in this novel it seemed texture and description were all there was with the plot, what there was of it, drowning under the weight of introspection and analysis.
I don't think I'll be following this series further if there are more novels to follow. A shame but all things run their course and this series most definitely has it would appear!
I enjoyed the audio- the accents and pronunciation of names and places is lovely and brings it to life
Ruth, can't ever figure her out and wouldn't we all like to be able to be truly ourselves
Clara and Myra in their cabin. I wanted to be there
I think much better to listen to these stories in order. This rounded off threads from other books and moved me to tears towards the end.
This is a beautifully written book. It was over far too soon and I'm feeling bereft. I find it hard to understand those who think this wasn't as good as the previous books. I really hope there will be more instalments from Three Pines.
"Not her best story but a satisfying finish"
Gamache is always my favourite part of any of Penny's stories. I also liked that in this they travelled out of Three Pines, was starting to get a bit tired of that place.
Adam Sims brings this book to life! His narration made this story that much more enjoyable. And he is very good at the English and French accents.
Not necessarily but yes it is compelling.
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