The Cruelest Month : Chief Inspector Gamache/Three Pines

  • by Louise Penny
  • Narrated by Ralph Cosham
  • Series: Chief Inspector Gamache/Three Pines
  • 11 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Welcome to Three Pines, where the cruelest month is about to deliver on its threat. It's spring in the tiny, forgotten village; buds are on the trees, and the first flowers are struggling through the newly thawed earth. But not everything is meant to return to life....
When some villagers decide to celebrate Easter with a séance at the Old Hadley House, they are hoping to rid the town of its evil - until one of their party dies of fright. Was this a natural death, or was the victim somehow helped along?
Brilliant, compassionate Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Sûreté du Québec is called to investigate in a case that will force him to face his own ghosts as well as those of a seemingly idyllic town where relationships are far more dangerous than they seem.

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What the Critics Say

"Many mystery buffs have credited Louise Penny with the revival of the type of traditional murder mystery made famous by Agatha Christie.... The book's title is a metaphor not only for the month of April but also for Gamache's personal and professional challenges - making this the series standout so far." (Sarah Weinman)

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

This one made be the best of the series so far !

I love the way the author fleshed out the characters in this third book. she also tied up some loose ends related to the notorious Arnot subplot. 3 Pines is a place that I would love to visit again!
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- Brian

Very enjoyable!

Engaging story and excellent narration. This series is one of my favorites. The characters are like old friends!
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- C. T.

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-01-2015
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio