Winner of the Agatha Award for Best Novel in the US and awarded the Best Novel prize by Left Coast Crime.
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. And finally, watching the unmoving figure, a pall settles over the pretty Québec village.
Armand Gamache, now Chief Superintendent of the Sûreté du Québec, knows something is seriously wrong. 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.
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.
As I’m a bit behind in my 20 books of summer book thoughts. I have The Madness of Crowds by Louise Penny (out on 24 August) to read and review courtesy of the publisher via NetGalley and want to have caught up before reading it. Which is why I added all of the ones I hadn’t yet read.
There are four books: Glass Houses, Kingdom of the Blind, A Better Man and All the Devils are Here. Well I’ve read them, yeah! In order to catch up I’m going to give you some very short thoughts for these books. Glass Houses is my eighth read.
A stranger dressed like the grim reaper stands on the Three Pines green. Is this figure, a modern day Cobrador, sending a message or taking revenge? Whatever it’s there for this figure is a disturbing presence and the villagers want it removed but, as no law is being broken, Gamache can do nothing.
When a body is found everything changes. Gamache is now Chief Superintendent of the Sûreté so it is Isobel Lacoste who heads up the investigation. Gamache is working, under the radar, on a major investigation.
The book opens at the murder trial of the accused and is told in flashback. Louise Penny has the knack of writing multiple storylines that are complicated, gripping and will keep you guessing right to the end incredibly well. You may think you know what’s happening and whodunnit but there is always a very neat change of direction or piece of information that changes everything bringing into play the connections and beautifully tying everything together. You also become incredibly invested with the characters who are so well written along with the setting which is wonderful. This book is no different and everything builds up to an ending that is tense, thrilling, heart-stopping and will have huge repercussions on all those concerned.
It’s so good to be back, after far too long, with Gamache, Jean-Pierre, Isobel, Reine Marie and all the characters in Three Pines. This is a wonderful series and Glass Houses is an absolutely cracking read.
Published: Little, Brown Book Group |13 November 2018
Author: Louise Penny is the number one New York Times bestselling author of the Inspector Gamache series, including Still Life, which won the CWA John Creasey Dagger in 2006. Recipient of virtually every existing award for crime fiction, Louise was also granted the Order of Canada in 2014 and received an honorary doctorate of literature from Carleton University and the Ordre Nationale du Québec in 2017. She lives in a small village south of Montreal.
The Three Pines order, from the first to the most recent:
A FATAL GRACE / DEAD COLD
THE CRUELEST MONTH
A RULE AGAINST MURDER / THE MURDER STONE
THE BRUTAL TELLING
BURY YOUR DEAD
A TRICK OF THE LIGHT
THE BEAUTIFUL MYSTERY
HOW THE LIGHT GETS IN
THE LONG WAY HOME
THE NATURE OF THE BEAST
A GREAT RECKONING
KINGDOM OF THE BLIND
A BETTER MAN
ALL THE DEVILS ARE HERE
THE MADNESS OF CROWDS
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