I'm so glad you've discovered Three Pines and the Armand Gamache books. I hope you're enjoying reading them as much as I love writing them.

It's incredible to me that the 15th Gamache novel is coming out in just a few months. It seems not all that long ago, STILL LIFE, the first, was released!

The new novel is called A BETTER MAN, and will be published on August 27th. I am so excited about this book, and long to tell you all about it, but….won't. Instead, what we do have is a link to a very short description, without spoilers.

I love the new cover too. A bit of a departure in style, but so fresh, and so appropriate, as you'll see once you read the book. We also have a new author photo. The other one was a few years old and I live in no small terror that people either wouldn't recognize me when I showed up at events, or ask if I'd been sick, since I had so obviously aged.

Hence, new photo.

You can pre-order A BETTER MAN now. And, if I might ask a favour…do you mind spreading the word about A BETTER MAN, to friends, family, perfect strangers on the bus? Through social media?



The previous Gamache novel, KINGDOM OF THE BLIND, is coming out in paperback on June 25th.

It debuted #1 on both the New York Times and the Globe and Mail bestseller lists - making it the #1 fiction book in North America!

The reviews have been phenomenal.

PEOPLE
“A captivating, wintery whodunit.”

New York Times - Marilyn Stasio
"A constantly surprising series that deepens and darkens as it evolves."

Washington Post - Maureen Corrigan
“A spellbinder . . . another outstanding Gamache adventure… ingenious . . . what more could a mystery reader – or any reader for that matter – want?”

Kirkus Reviews
“Penny reveals a deeper vulnerability in the introspective Gamache… The ending is adrenaline-filled....This starts as a small-town mystery and becomes something grander.”


As well KINGDOM OF THE BLIND was: -

A December 2018 Indie Next Pick

Kirkus Reviews' Best of 2018 Picks

BookPage Best of the Year 2018

A LibraryReads Hall of Fame Winner

Amazon's Best of 2018 Picks

Audiofile magazine has named Kingdom of the Blind one of the best Mystery & Suspense audiobooks of the year



Lots of exciting things happening. If you'd like to follow along, feel free to either join me on Facebook, or sign up for the newsletter.

There is also the site, Gamacheseries.com,
a sort of virtual bistro where we discuss various themes and issues in the series. It features the Cultural Inspirations for Three Pines. The merry minstrel of Three Pines, Paul Hochman, takes it one book at a time, and examines the art, literature, poetry, music, philosophy that informs the themes of the series. The latest addition to the virtual bistro are the Postcards from Three Pines. Love for you to join us.




I'm often asked two questions: should the books be read in order? And, what is the order?

Both excellent questions. At the risk of appearing to want you to buy more books let me say that while it's not necessary to read them in any particular order (they're designed to be self-standing) there is quite a strong character development arc. I think you'd enjoy the books even more if read in order.

Now, here's the order, from the first to the most recent:

STILL LIFE
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
GLASS HOUSES
KINGDOM OF THE BLIND

Some of the books have different titles, as you might have noticed. The publishers did this not, as you might suspect, to be annoying but because they genuinely feel their readers respond to different titles. I hope it's not too confusing.



And finally, a small note about the themes in my books. They're inspired by two lines from a poem by WH Auden, in his elegy to Melville. Goodness existed, that was the new knowledge/his terror had to blow itself quite out to let him see it.

How powerful is that?



A Great Reckoning
The Nature of the Beast
The Long Way Home



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My books are about terror. That brooding terror curled deep down inside us. But more than that, more than murder, more than all the rancid emotions and actions, my books are about goodness. And kindness. About choices. About friendship and belonging. And love. Enduring love.

If you take only one thing away from any of my books I'd like it to be this:

Goodness exists.








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