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"Robert Bathurst performs this 18th Inspector Gamache mystery with the assurance of one who knows the village of Three Pines and its (mostly) gentle residents well....fans are in for a treat."—AudioFile Magazine (Earphones Award Winner)
"Robert Bathurst's narration is calm, collected, and earnest, reflecting the blend of emotion and professionalism that Gamache embodies as an investigator. It's perfect for listeners seeking both captivating intrigue and insightful reflection."—BookPage
Chief Inspector Armand Gamache returns in the eighteenth book in #1 New York Times bestseller Louise Penny's beloved series.
It’s spring and Three Pines is reemerging after the harsh winter. But not everything buried should come alive again. Not everything lying dormant should reemerge.
But something has.
As the villagers prepare for a special celebration, Armand Gamache and Jean-Guy Beauvoir find themselves increasingly worried. A young man and woman have reappeared in the Sûreté du Québec investigators’ lives after many years. The two were young children when their troubled mother was murdered, leaving them damaged, shattered. Now they’ve arrived in the village of Three Pines.
But to what end?
Gamache and Beauvoir’s memories of that tragic case, the one that first brought them together, come rushing back. Did their mother’s murder hurt them beyond repair? Have those terrible wounds, buried for decades, festered and are now about to erupt?
As Chief Inspector Gamache works to uncover answers, his alarm grows when a letter written by a long dead stone mason is discovered. In it the man describes his terror when bricking up an attic room somewhere in the village. Every word of the 160-year-old letter is filled with dread. When the room is found, the villagers decide to open it up.
As the bricks are removed, Gamache, Beauvoir and the villagers discover a world of curiosities. But the head of homicide soon realizes there’s more in that room than meets the eye. There are puzzles within puzzles, and hidden messages warning of mayhem and revenge.
In unsealing that room, an old enemy is released into their world. Into their lives. And into the very heart of Armand Gamache’s home.
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|Listening Length||13 hours and 15 minutes|
|Audible.ca Release Date||November 29 2022|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #71 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
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This is like a giant puzzle, each small piece meaningless on it's own but so frightening as a whole. The use of the Paston Treasure painting was pure genious. So many small details makes this story one of the best yet in my opinion.
I would not recommend it for readers as an introduction to the series. It’s serves as a capstone for the previous 17 Gamache stories, not by way of tying up all the stories, but because to truly appreciate all the nuance, one needs to know the characters and their own stories well.
Reading it made me appreciate what’s lacking in the new Three Pines tv series, which is good in its own right, but a very different experience. The tv series nails Gamache as a character, I think, but it’s way too dark for me. The other regular characters, and the beloved community itself, suffer because of it. Why is it so dark? No humour, and no food! Nothing to leaven the horror of murder. A World of Curiosities is terrifying, yet there are plenty of smiles along the way.
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Gamache is a wonderful character and I always bear in mind that he is based on her late husband. Jean-Guy is a perfect foil, though there are times when I could give him a good shake - which, of course, is the point. Thank you, Louise, for your emailed newsletters and your excellent books. Please sit down and write the next one!
I just love the complexity of Louise Penny’s plots as I follow along, trying to piece everything together and work out what is happening. There is so much there, often highly connected to our present world and society. Please note that I have given nothing away - not a spoiler in sight….
A bleaker, darker tale, but all the well loved characters are there with menacing new ones. A deep story, absorbing and now I must go back to the very first book and read them all in sequence. Thoroughly recommend this one!