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Summary

The number-one New York Times best seller.

A detective. As a fierce, unrelenting winter grips Quebec, shadows are closing in on Chief Inspector Armand Gamache. Most of his best agents have left the Homicide Department and hostile forces are lining up against him.

A disappearance. When Gamache receives a message about a mysterious case in Three Pines, he is compelled to investigate - a woman who was once one of the most famous people in the world has vanished.

A deadly conclusion. As he begins to shed light on the investigation, he is drawn into a web of murder, lies, and unimaginable corruption at the heart of the city. Facing his most challenging, and personal, case to date, can Gamache save the reputation of the Sûreté, those he holds dear and himself?

Evocative, gripping and atmospheric, this magnificent work of crime fiction from international best-selling author Louise Penny will stay with you long after you turn the final page.

©2013 Three Pines Creations Incorporated (P)2014 Isis Publishing Limited

Critic reviews

"Clever, full of twists and turns, a wonderfully satisfying -- and moving -- addition to Penny's atmospheric, distinctive series" (Kate Mosse)
"Penny's elegant style is deeply satisfying, while Gamache is contemplative even when under pressure, and remains a man you want to spend time with" ( Metro)
"Louise Penny twists and turns the plot expertly tripping the reader up just at the moment you think you might have solved the mystery" ( Daily Express)
"Another bravura performance from an author who has reinvented the village mystery as profoundly as Dashiell Hammett transformed the detective novel" ( Booklist)
"With skilful plotting and gift for creating atmosphere, Penny weaves a dark and suspenseful tale of deadly secrets, professional machinations and surprising twists" ( Good Book Guide)
"Subtle, elegant and beautifully written" ( Sunday Mirror)

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Excellent story, gripping, human and involving.

This is the best by far of all the Gamache books, I couldn’t sleep for listening avidly- there was never a place where I could switch the audio off! Brilliant, real and moving characters. Loved it!

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  • 05-01-18

Fantastically gripping and moving

I nearly didn’t make it through to the end it was so gripping! But we’ll worth bearing the tension. Louis Penny really is one of the greatest, this book is fantastic!

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another superb Louise Penny mystery. loved it. Always full of suspense. Great ending. Super book

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Brilliant

Loved this! Had me on the edge of my seat throughout. Perhaps the best yet? Who knows?

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The best yet!

I am totally hooked on this series of books...this one made me laugh,hold my breath,swear (now I can swear in English or French!! ) and cry, there was everything you could want from an audiobook... characters that get under your skin and deep into your heart... fantastic. listened all day then kept having to reset the timer last night as I couldn't stop listening...bring on the next book!

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Wonderful narration of this well written, dark thriller. I wasn’t sure what to expect when I bought it but the previous reviews indicated it would be worth a listen and it certainly was.

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another excellent Gamache novel

For me, the pull of these novels is in the extraordinary depth afforded to even minor characters. I can associate with all the villagers and agents, glimpse their motivations, on the way to the great reveal at the end.
The writing is sympathetic and the performance only adds to the overall effect. Quoting one of my favourite Leonard Cohen songs was the icing on the cake.

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Just brilliant!

I hope everyone who listens to or reads this book finds as much pleasure as I did! We’re all different so that’s unlikely and that’s ok. That’s part of what makes us human. And I’m in awe of the “humanness” (!) written into this book!

These characters are so real to me, the diabolical, despicable ones, I’ll be happy to see justice served and the good, flawed, broken, caring and talented ones I will miss dearly.

This book was so atmospheric, descriptive, just beautifully written and narrated, (Louise Penny and Adam Sims being a marriage made in audiobook heaven) and tense, made more so by the quite calm of Inspector Gamache.

I’m listening one after the other but I’m torn between wanting to know what happens or whether I should listen to something else between each, to keep these stories in my life for longer!

As you can tell, an author I am not! But a very grateful listener, thank you Ms Penny and Mr Sims. And I am going straight on to the next!

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Gave up after 11 chapters , the story is just not gripping me and the narrator I find irritating , disappointing in other words.

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Good story well narrated.

This is my first foray into this series and I really enjoyed it. The characters are interesting and the plot is absorbing. I liked the Canadian setting. I think it would be better to know the backstory of the protagonists but I can revisit once I start at the beginning.

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Another great Gamache installment

Loved it, can't get enough of Gamache and Three Pines. The characters are starting to feel like family.