Well-known characters return and new faces add richness to a narrative that will keep readers intrigued until the last page. Penny wraps up some continuing story lines and sends recurring characters in surprising directions. This starts as a small-town mystery and becomes something grander. 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. An accusation on the village green. Gamache knows there must be a purpose behind this odd act. Yet Gamache does nothing. What can he do?
Only watch and wait. And hope his mounting fears are not realized. But when the figure vanishes and a body is discovered, it falls to Gamache to discover if a debt has been discharged, or levied.
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Months later, on a steamy July day as the trial for the accused begins in Montreal, 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 judgement.
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Christian Science Monitor "Penny-whose books wind up on Best Novels of the Year lists, not 'just' Best Mysteries-is a one-woman argument against literary snobbery Top notch. I couldn't stop reading. BookPage Top Pick in Mystery "Gamache will face life-changing questions about the nature of guilt and innocence and the thin blue line separating law and conscience, leaving the reader contemplating these conundrums well after the final page has been turned. And she does so with compassion, decency and love as she depicts evil, exalts courage and neither flinches nor preaches as she confronts moral ambiguities-and the health and sickness within each soul.
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It's Three Pines as you have never seen it before. Booklist starred review ".. Library Journal starred review "The award-winning Penny does not rest on her laurels with this challenging and timely book. Publishers Weekly "An exciting, high-stakes climax. 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. But must. 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. 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. Hardly a day goes by when nine year old Laurent Lepage doesn't cry wolf. From alien invasions, to walking trees, to winged beasts in the woods, to dinosaurs spotted in the village of Three Pines, his tales are so extraordinary no one can possibly believe him.
But when the boy disappears the villagers are faced with the possibility that one of his tall tales might have been true. And so begins a frantic search for the boy and the truth. What they uncover deep in the forest sets off a sequence of events that leads to murder, leads to an old crime, leads to an old betrayal. Leads right to the door of an old poet.
And now it is now, writes Ruth Zardo. And the dark thing is here. A monster once visited Three Pines.
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And put down deep roots. And now, Ruth knows, it is back. Kirkus Review starred review ' What makes this story most magical Penny is an expert at pulling away the surface of her characters to expose their deeper—and often ugly—layers, always doing so with a direct but compassionate hand.source
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Library Journal starred review ' A strong sense of place, a multilayered plot, and well-crafted and for Penny's fans, familiar characters combine for a thoughtful, intriguing tale. More than a simple mystery, Penny's novel peels away the emotional and psychological layers of the inhabitants of Three Pines.. But he's drawn back to the hunt after Laurent Lepage, a nine-year-old boy with a penchant for crying wolf, is found dead under circumstances that Gamache finds suspicious….
Series fans will delight in Penny's continued complex fleshing out of characters they have come to love.. Booklist '…a compelling mystery that leads to an exciting but tantalizingly open-ended finale. Sometimes the stakes are personal…Sometimes the threat is to the village…This time Penny manages to create a threat that could truly be worldwide, and to place its future in the hands of our friends in Three Pines.
Attention, fans who have been waiting for poet Ruth Zardo's backstory: Here's at least part of your wish granted. People Magazine 'In this, the 11th title in the series, Penny sustains her high-wire act, creating characters of remarkable depth in an exhilarating whodunit. Wall Street Journal '…. When a little boy who constantly tells tall tales disappears from his Quebec village, the community is forced to reexamine his supposed stories.
As they embark on their quest for the truth, they quickly down the rabbit hole, beginning a sequence of events that leads to answers they never dreamed were possible. Chicago Tribune "A world of dark truth lies under the surface. One of the wonders of 'The Nature of the Beast' is how subtly and relentlessly the author mines that darkness, and how surely her detective steps through it, without once losing his cool.
Cleveland Plain Dealer "It's always a delight to spend time with the village denizens, whose levels of compassion, sarcasm and loyalty never waver. Grade: A-. Arrive Magazine "A writer with wit and style who stands out from the crime fiction crowd. San Francisco Chronicle "The author of 10 best-selling books featuring Chief Inspector Armand Gamache infuses her mysteries with the beauty, culture and mouthwatering cuisine of Quebec. Pittsburgh Post Gazette "A fascinating and complex plot… The plot and its implications are indeed serious, but Ms.
Penny tells her story with a light-handed deftness that allows events to move swiftly. Washington Times "Louise Penny is back at full strength Three Pines in her skillful hands becomes a literary pageant and the secret of its charm is its simplicity. Columbus Dispatch "Evil, from both outside and inside the village, is always a presence, and the struggle to resist it gives the novels gravity and a sense of suspense… Penny crafts her mystery carefully She knows how to shape a novel for both readers new to the series and regulars… Penny has shaped a world in which the characters are constantly evolving, reacting to violence but also to love and connection.
Elements of that world might be predictable, even comfortable, but enough remains outside its control to make it worth entering again and again, for both its stability and its surprises. Congratulations Robert!! 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.