An ingenious and riveting mystery of murder, revenge and a cold-blooded killer, this is the internationally bestselling author's finest yet. In the heart of the forest, two men sit at midnight, haunted by fear of discovery. In a few hours' time, one of them will be dead, his secrets following him to the grave...When C. I. Gamache is called to ...Read MoreAn ingenious and riveting mystery of murder, revenge and a cold-blooded killer, this is the internationally bestselling author's finest yet. In the heart of the forest, two men sit at midnight, haunted by fear of discovery. In a few hours' time, one of them will be dead, his secrets following him to the grave...When C. I. Gamache is called to investigate a murder in a picturesque Three Pines, he finds 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. Gamache and his colleagues, Inspector Beauvoir and Agent Isabelle Lacoste, start to dig under the skin of this peaceful haven for clues. They slowly uncover a trail of stolen treasure, mysterious codes and a shameful history that begins to shed light on the victim's identity - and point to a terrifying killer...Read Less
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THE AUTHOR SETS THE SCENE FOR A MURDER THAT HAS TAKEN PLACE AND SWITCHES FROM ONE SITE TO ANOTHER TO KEEP THE READER UP TO DATE WITH ALL THE CHARACTERS LEAD BY INSPECTOR GENERAL ARMAND GAMACHE OF THE SURETE DU QUEBEC. NOT A BLOOD AND GUTS NOVEL BUT A GOOD READ THAT KEEPS YOU GUESSING TIL THE END.
Oct 13, 2011
So Far, So Good
I'm only half-way through this one, but so far it holds up to Louise Penny's usual high standards. What a writer!
Publishers Weekly, 2009-08-17 When the body of an unknown old man turns up in a bistro in Agatha-winner Penny's excellent fifth mystery set in the Quebec village of Three Pines (after Jan. 2009's A Rule Against Murder), Chief Insp. Armand Gamache investigates. At a cabin in the woods apparently belonging to the dead man, Gamache and his team are shocked to discover the remote building is full of priceless antiquities, from first edition books to European treasures thought to have disappeared during WWII. When suspicion falls on one of Three Pines' most prominent citizens, it's up to Gamache to sift through the lies and uncover the truth. Though Gamache is undeniably the focus, Penny continues to develop her growing cast of supporting characters, including newcomers Marc and Dominique Gilbert, who are converting an old house-the site of two murders-into a spa. Readers keen for another glimpse into the life of Three Pines will be well rewarded. 100,000 first printing. (Oct.) Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.
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