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Former Chief Inspector of Homicide, Armand Gamache, has found a peace he'd never imagined possible, away from the front line of the police and in the tranquil village of Three Pines. But when his friend Clara Morrow asks for help, he can't bring himself to refuse her, despite the old wounds it threatens to re-open. Clara's husband, Peter, is missing, having failed to come home on the first anniversary of their separation, as promised.
As Gamache journeys further into Quebec, he is drawn deeper into the tortured mind of Peter Morrow, a man so desperate to recapture his fame as an artist that he would sell his soul. As Gamache gets closer to the truth, he uncovers a deadly trail of jealousy and deceit. Can Gamache bring Peter, and himself, home safely? Or in searching for answers, has he placed himself, and those closest to him, in terrible danger . . .
From number one New York Times best-selling author, Louise Penny, comes an evocative, immersive novel brimming with atmosphere and heart-stopping suspense - her most ingenious novel to date.
©2014 Three Pines Creations, Inc (P)2014 Isis Publishing
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By Joh on 09-24-17


I really liked most other books in the Gamache series. It is a beautifully situated homage to Agatha Christie. Unfortunately this was not an Inspector Gamache book, but rather a Painter Clara book. An irritating character tolerated in other books were placed centre stage and the story rambling on around her. No pace, no real mystery, just a rambling art review.

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By Gillian on 03-08-15


An absorbing ending to a 10 volume story of delightful people facing extraordinary events in an enchanting landscape.

I am delighted to have found this series which at times had me laughing out loud and at other times weeping silently.

You cannot read/listen to these books and not be touched by the characters and their reactions to each other and their surroundings.

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By fcj leigh on 12-15-15

I feel as if I've wasted 12 hours of my life

Would you try another book written by Louise Penny or narrated by Adam Sims?

No. I do understand that I may have missed out by not listening in sequence. But I just found it turgid.

What was most disappointing about Louise Penny’s story?

Really slow with little to no plot line. I kept waiting for it to start.

Would you be willing to try another one of Adam Sims’s performances?

No. I found his voice irritating.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Utter disappointment after reading some great reviews. I'm normally middle of the road but I'm way out of step on this one,so perhaps it was too subtle. It did absolutely nothing but irritate me.

Any additional comments?

I did find some nuggets of info interesting for example being ignorant I didn't realise Asbestos was a place and a natural product. Also the results of overpainting a canvas. But that was about it.

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By Mari on 03-01-15

Another Wonderful Addition to the Series.

I absolutely love this series. This story sees Gamache resigned from the police force and living in Three Pines when he is asked to help find a missing friend. What I love most about this series is the way the characters are built on with each book and the fact that the demons from the past are never too far away. I am hoping that there will be another installment, as I want to have these wonderful characters in my life for a bit longer.

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By Cate on 01-10-15

Not the usual Louise Penny

I love the previous Inspector Gamache/Three Pines mysteries, but this one seemed to go on and on before the tension of the final chapters really drew me in. Also, a different narrator read this book, which also diminished the appeal. When you have listened to a series of books read by one person and then suddenly have a different narrator - it just doesn't feel right.

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