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A Canadian Crime Writer Eh? – Chief Inspector Gamache Series

Canadian writer Louise Penny has come out with another intensely readable and sublime crime novel. in her Chief Inspector Gamache Series. I wanted to share this gem of a writer with you. She’s a New Times Best Selling Author from Quebec Canada.

GLASS HOUSES, book #13 in the Chief Inspector Gamache series, available now!

An instant New York Times Bestseller and August 2017 LibraryReads pick!

“Penny’s absorbing, intricately plotted 13th Gamache novel proves she only gets better at pursuing dark truths with compassion and grace.” —PEOPLE

“Louise Penny wrote the book on escapist mysteries.” —The New York Times Book Review

“You won’t want Louise Penny’s latest to end….Any plot summary of Penny’s novels inevitably falls short of conveying the dark magic of this series…. It takes nerve and skill — as well as heart — to write mysteries like this. ‘Glass Houses,’ along with many of the other Gamache books, is so compelling that, for the space of reading it, you may well feel that much of what’s going on in the world outside the novel is ‘just noise.’” —Maureen Corrigan, The Washington Post

When a mysterious figure appears in Three Pines one cold November day, Armand Gamache and the rest of the villagers are at first curious. Then wary. Through rain and sleet, the figure stands unmoving, staring ahead.

From the moment its shadow falls over the village, Gamache, now Chief Superintendent of the Sûreté du Québec, suspects the creature has deep roots and a dark purpose. Yet he does nothing. What can he do? Only watch and wait. And hope his mounting fears are not realized.

But when the figure vanishes overnight and a body is discovered, it falls to Gamache to discover if a debt has been paid or levied.

Months later, on a steamy July day as the trial for the accused begins in Montréal, Chief Superintendent Gamache continues to struggle with actions he set in motion that bitter November, from which there is no going back. More than the accused is on trial. Gamache’s own conscience is standing in judgment.

The location of the novel is in Three Pines, the remote Canadian village where Gamache and his wife, Reine-Marie, have a house. “Glass Houses,” the 13th in the series, is one of the great Gamaches. Along with the usual attractions, this latest entry offers an intricately braided plot and a near apocalyptic climax. (How many times can Penny conjure up such endings for her novels?

On the first page of “Glass Houses,” Gamache is already in the hot seat — in more ways than one. It’s high summer in Old Montreal and Gamache, who is now the chief superintendent of the Surete du Quebec, is sweating in the witness box in the stifling Palais de Justice. He’s being questioned about a murder that took place in Three Pines the previous autumn. Under interrogation by the chief crown prosecutor, Gamache describes a Halloween costume party held in the village’s Bistro (the scene of many a meal of boeuf bourguignon and red wine shared among the Gamaches and village regulars such as Myrna the bookstore owner and Ruth the mad poet and her companion, Rosa the duck).

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The Best in Crime Fiction – A Great Reckoning

Louise Penny’s book “A Great Reckoning” was named one of the best novels in crime fiction by .the New York Times.

Despite the theme of defiled innocence that makes this such a mournful story, the immense charm of the Gamache series survives in the magical setting and feisty residents of Three Pines…Like most of the yarns we’ve heard about Three Pines, this one honors the town elders and respects the rituals of their quiet existence. But in a broader sense, the novel reaches beyond the living to become the saddest kind of ghost story, a lament for all “the phantom life that might have been.”

The New York Times Book Review – Marilyn Stasio

#1 New York Times bestselling author Louise Penny pulls back the layers to reveal a brilliant and emotionally powerful truth in her latest spellbinding novel.

When an intricate old map is found stuffed into the walls of the bistro in Three Pines, it at first seems no more than a curiosity. But the closer the villagers look, the stranger it becomes.

Given to Armand Gamache as a gift the first day of his new job, the map eventually leads him to shattering secrets. To an old friend and older adversary. It leads the former Chief of Homicide for the Sûreté du Québec to places even he is afraid to go. But must.

And there he finds four young cadets in the Sûreté academy, and a dead professor. And, with the body, a copy of the old, odd map.

Everywhere Gamache turns, he sees Amelia Choquet, one of the cadets. Tattooed and pierced. Guarded and angry. Amelia is more likely to be found on the other side of a police line-up. And yet she is in the academy. A protégée of the murdered professor.

The focus of the investigation soon turns to Gamache himself and his mysterious relationship with Amelia, and his possible involvement in the crime. The frantic search for answers takes the investigators back to Three Pines and a stained glass window with its own horrific secrets.

For both Amelia Choquet and Armand Gamache, the time has come for a great reckoning.

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Originally posted 2018-03-29 18:58:57.

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