Description via Amazon.com
The fifth novel in the Chief Inspector Gamache series, from worldwide phenomenon and number one New York Times bestseller Louise Penny
When Chief Inspector Gamache arrives in picturesque Three Pines, he steps into a village in chaos. A man has been found bludgeoned to death, and there is no sign of a weapon, a motive or even the dead man’s name.
As Gamache and his colleagues start to dig under the skin of this peaceful haven for clues, they uncover a trail of stolen treasure, mysterious codes and a shameful history that begins to shed light on the victim’s identity – and points to a terrifying killer…
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About the Author
LOUISE PENNY is the author of the #1 New York Times and Globe and Mail bestselling series of Chief Inspector Armand Gamache novels. She has won numerous awards, including a CWA Dagger and the Agatha Award (seven times), and was a finalist for the Edgar Award for Best Novel. In 2017, she received the Order of Canada for her contributions to Canadian culture. Louise lives in a small village south of Montréal.
Murder comes to Three Pines, and everyone is a suspect!
A derelict hermit is found with his head bashed in on the floor of the bistro forcing Chief Inspector Gamache and his team to interrogate friends from the tiny village of Three Pines. Bistro owner Olivier is hiding something, but Gamache can’t decide if it’s nefarious or simply stress from the murdered man being found in his place of business.
A new family, the Gilberts, have moved into the Hadley house (the scene of a previous grisly murder) and while they’ve preformed miracles on the old place, the sudden appearance of the owner’s famous father leads to more questions, than answers.
Muddying the already dirty waters, are the eccentric characters who populate the town. Clara is torn by a moral dilemma on the eve of her first solo art showing, and husband Peter must decide whether to help, or hinder, her decision- if he can overcome his own jealousy over her sudden success. Ruth is her cantankerous self and hosts a strange dinner party while sending Inspector Beauvoir taunting stanzas from her poetry.
Greed, lies, loneliness and mistrust are explored at length in this novel. Gamache learns the tale of the Mountain King and travels west to Haida Gwaii in the Queen Charlotte Islands to trace the origins of a series of priceless carvings possibly created by the hermit.
The lyrical quality of Louise Penny’s writing brings the Quebecois lifestyle alive; the history, attitudes, and scenery are portrayed with vibrant descriptions that bring Three Pines and its citizens to life for the reader.
And I just heard Three Pines is going to be a television series- yay!
Have you read any Inspector Gamache books? Which is your favorite character? (Mine is a toss-up between Ruth and Jean-Guy) Would you like to live in Three Pines? I would- minus the murders! lol
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