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Summary

Read by the series reader Adam Sims.

One cold November day, a mysterious figure appears on the village green in Three Pines, causing unease, alarm and confusion among everyone who sees it. Chief Superintendent Armand Gamache knows something is seriously wrong, but all he can do is watch and wait, hoping his worst fears are not realised. But when the figure disappears and a dead body is discovered, it falls to Gamache to investigate.

In the early days of the murder inquiry, and months later, as the trial for the accused begins, Gamache must face the consequences of his decisions and his actions, from which there is no going back....

Gripping, surprising and powerful, Glass Houses is the new ingenious and illuminating novel from number one best seller Louise Penny which will leave you spellbound until the last minute.

©2017 Louise Penny (P)2017 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)

"Fascinating characters, a twisty plot and wonderful surprise endings." (Ann Cleeves)

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Mixed feelings

Would you listen to Glass Houses again? Why?

No. I enjoyed the story, but I really don't like Robert Bathurst reading these books. He's an amazing actor. I have so much respect for him, but for me this just isn't the right material for him. Maybe if I hadn't already heard Adam Sims reading the first few, it wouldn't be so disappointing. I loved Adam Sims narration of this series. He is Canadian and brings each character to life beautifully. Even hearing the difference between the French Canadian characters and the English speaking Canadians was valuable. He gave the books a sense of place that you just don't get with Robert Bathurst.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Robert Bathurst?

Absolutely and if he reads the next, I will listen to it because I want to listen to the next Gamache book. If he was reading another story (not Three Pines) I'd love to listen to him narrating, I'd just far rather he wasn't reading this series.

Any additional comments?

I love the characters in these books. I really enjoy the feeling of returning to Three Pines when I begin to read each new story. There's something remarkable about the juxtaposition between the comfort and feeling of home you get from the familiarity of the beautiful place, the warm characters, the cosy bistro etc. and the chilling, tense, angst ridden plots.

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If you could sum up Glass Houses in three words, what would they be?

Gripping! Completely gripping!

What was one of the most memorable moments of Glass Houses?

The tenderness shown by Armand to Reine-Marie after she had discovered a murder victim.

Which character – as performed by Robert Bathurst – was your favourite?

Ruth Zardo =)

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Listening to Armand talk to Isabel in the ambulance on the way to hospital and later when he visited her.

Any additional comments?

The interview at the end between Louise & Robert was a lovely treat; her manner is so genuine and relaxed, I felt like I could sit and chat to Louise for hours =)

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WONDERFUL!

Brilliant, once again, and I had no idea who did it! Great writing, as always, thank you Louise for making me weep once again 👍🏻😍🤧

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Extraordinary,compelling,compassionate

A totally brilliant book. Beautifully read. I have already listened to it twice and mourn the fact there is not the next one to read yet. A. masterpiece,
Julie West

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The Gamache series will never be far from comfortable and that is its beauty. It is well written, it has familiar characters and well drawn plots. It will not become prurient or salacious. Another reviewer has pointed out the dubious morality of this one. As well as agreeing with that review, I also thing that the messianic elevation of Gamache rather undermines his attractiveness, which has always been knowingly but modestly clever with feet in the ground and a moral compass.

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The problems with a series of books is the amount of repetition necessary for those who haven’t read the previous books. However, I’m so fed up with everyone being “FINE”! And how can a grown up wonder around with food in their hair?! While I did enjoy this book and it was well written (and I realise it’s fiction) I don’t understand why good people do bad things!

It is written in two time frames but three branches. It is clear and not too confusing for the most part, which is aided by the seasons. Almost at the end of the series now. And strangely, whilst I previously thought I’d miss them when they were gone, I don’t think I will miss the characters now. On to the next.

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What would you do

I am writing this review because this was an excellent book however I had difficult start and couldn't quite capture the pace of the story and I had to leave it for a couple of months and come back to it.
I don't want to give away the plot but this more than a crime story and makes you ask yourself what would you do should you find yourself in a similar situation.
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Good story but not her best book. A bit soft in parts. Less of fav characters more about new ones in the village.

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WRONG NARRATOR!

After listening to the whole series back-to-back I can only ask the publishers “what were you thinking? This series needs a Canadian narrator and one who can faithfully recreate the spirit and character nuances of the previous narrator. Don’t get me wrong, this guy would be fine narrating anything else but he is completely wrong for this series. If it wasn’t for the names, I wouldn’t have even recognised the characters I had come to love throughout the series. Surely they could have found a Canadian narrator somewhere? I had to force myself to listen to the last two books as I wanted to know how the story continued, but didn’t enjoy the experience at all. Here’s hoping the publishers either bring back Adam Sim or find someone with his sensitivity for the next book.

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wonderful listen

thoroughly enjoyed full series. yes it took a while to get used to different narrator, but once there the performance was excellent.
In addition the interview at the end of the book is well worth a listen.

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  • 11-09-17

Best of the series

I savored this book over several days. i would listen two hours at a time and I must say that this one had me hooked.

Not once did I figure out the murderer until it was revealed. I thought back then and realized the clues were there but they were so subtle. I will take pleasure in listening to Glass Houses again.

Ms Penny is at the height of her craft. My only criticism is that when listening vs reading, it was slightly confusing about the time frame. I didn't always know if it was flashback or present. If I were reading I would have been paying a little bit more attention.

The reader is superb.

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  • Phoebe Nel
  • 28-08-21

Adam sims brings the book to life

Again out of the Pen of Louise Penny stunning writing.
But honestly without the amazing narration talent of Adam Simms it would not bring the book to life as it should

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  • S.J
  • 09-10-17

To be savored!

Beautifully written, original, a thoughtful thriller with a central character to aspire to.
Brilliantly narrated. If only there were more...