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Summary

Read by the series reader Adam Sims.

A Sunday Times Crime Novel of the Year 2019.

Gripping and full of suspense, A Better Man is the spellbinding new crime thriller from New York Times number one best seller Louise Penny.

The air is unbearably tense as Armand Gamache returns to the Sûreté du Québec for his first day of work since being demoted from its command to head of homicide.

Amid blistering personal social media attacks, Gamache sets out on his first assignment. He has been tasked with finding a missing woman, but while he leads the search for Vivienne Godin, Three Pines itself is threatened when the river breaks its banks and a province-wide emergency is declared.

As the waters rise, a body is discovered - and the victim's distraught father contemplates a murder of his own. Gamache is a father himself and is haunted by a question...what would he do, if his child's killer might walk free?

©2019 Louise Penny (P)2019 Ulverscroft Ltd

Critic reviews

 "Louise Penny is one of the greatest crime writers of our times." (Denise Mina)

"She makes most of her competitors seem like wannabes." (The Times)

"The series is deep and grand and altogether extraordinary.... Miraculous." (Washington Post)

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Outstanding

Another fabulous book from LOUISE PENNY.
The story kept me hooked and thinking and plotting to the end. I am sad I will have to wait a while to re enter the world of three pines.
I enjoy all the characters so very much.
Best yet.

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A better Man

Another fascinating book by Louise Penny.
Multi layered . An excellent read. I really enjoyed it.

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Adams Sims is the worst narrator I have ever heard.

I love the Chief Inspector Gamache stories and Louise Penny’s writing. I have listened to her characters come to life with the talent of Ralph Cosham. When he passed away, Robert Bathurst picked up the standard to carry the characters forward very well.
Why on earth would anyone then give Sims these lovely creations to butcher verbally??
Now I have discovered the books I had previously purchased because they were NOT read by him have been replaced by his narration!!! So I cannot even go back to enjoy my previous purchases!!!
NEVER AGAIN WILL I BUY ANOTHER BOOK WITH THIS NARRATOR!!!
In order to submit this opinion, I now discover I am not allowed to give a nothing for the performance. It is not worth even a fraction of a star.

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I’m a huge fan of the Inspector Gamache novels but this is a very poor addition to the series. The plot is clunky and the revelation at the end simply does not fit the ‘evidence’ presented or credibility. It’s as if the author decided to write an ending for a different plot and papered over the cracks with the thinnest of explanations. It felt like a mess of a plot in the end

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So good

This had me close to tears several times. Fighting against the elements, the criminals and determining who were friends and who were foes. The river and storms were so descriptive. I’ve just loved this series, mostly. And now I’m returned to the position of longing to know what happens next but dreading them being out of my life, so real do they appear. On to ( currently, January 2021)the last, but hoping there will be another.

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Nowhere near her best in this series. Way too Agat

Nowhere near her best in this wonderful series. Too much like Agatha Christie. I had the culprit half way through and way to easily. Also, give the original narrator... he performed all the principal characters far better and with more intimacy

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Louise Penny at her best as always.

In my mind , Three Pines actually exists as do the characters that inhabit the village. I would love to meet Chief Inspector, Gamache, his family and friends. The personalities are real. The storylines amazing. I could go on .......and Robert Bathurst as narrator brings the whole thing alive. Will there be another in this series? I hope so.

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Brilliant!

To read about Three Pines is like coming home...Penny manages to bring out new sides to the characters we think we know so well.