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.
the next Gamache novel, is now out and hit #1
on the New York Times and Globe and Mail lists,
making it the most popular book in North America!
The reviews so far have been phenomenal.
LibraryReads Pick for August 2017
A Publishers Weekly Top Ten Mystery for Fall
absorbing, intricately plotted
she only gets better at pursuing dark truths with
compassion and grace."
The New York Times Book Review
"Louise Penny wrote the book on escapist
Maureen Corrigan, The Washington Post
.No other writer
.Her characters are distilled to their
essences. The stylistic result is that a Gamache
mystery reads a bit like an incantatory epic poem....It
takes nerve and skill - as well as heart - to
write mysteries like this."
Tom Nolan, Wall Street Journal
"Ms. Penny has a gift for linking the mundane
to the mythic
Gamache becomes a heraldic
figure, as brave and cunning as the hero of an
Icelandic saga, and the contemporary evils he
battles have apocalyptic overtones....["
The Seattle Times
"Outstanding....On all counts, 'Glass Houses'
succeeds brilliantly, full of elegant prose, intricate
plots, and-most of all-Penny's moving, emotionally
complex hero and his circle of friends and colleagues."
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
Margaret Cannon, The Globe and Mail
"Penny's latest is one of her best ever
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."
"With grace and insight
Penny has pushed
the boundaries of the genre with each novel, and
'Glass Houses' takes them still further
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."
"Louise Penny steers the complex plot
to a white-knuckle ending
.If it is conceivable
for Penny to top herself, she has done so in this
soul-searching, psychologically insightful journey
Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
"The tension has never been greater
meticulously built mystery that follows a careful
ascent toward a breaking point that will leave
you breathless. It's Three Pines as you have never
seen it before."
Booklist (starred review)
"..one of the most entrancing fictional worlds
in popular literature."
Library Journal (starred review)
"The award-winning Penny does not rest on
her laurels with this challenging and timely book."
"An exciting, high-stakes climax."
The tour for Glass Houses attracted audiences
of 1,000 plus. It was amazing. Thank
you to everyone who came out. Heres
the link to the events page, in case you can
make any of the upcoming events.
Here's a very brief, spoiler free, amuse-bouche
about GLASS HOUSES:
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
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
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
|Its been a hectic but thrilling time,
talking about the book. I was on CBS
This Morning. Live. It was terrifying.
Actually being on a show I have watched
from home for years! Intimidating. But
everyone, especially Gayle King, was so relaxed
and welcoming. Heres
the link if youd like to watch the
As well, both CBS
Sunday Morning and the BBC
International came to Knowlton, Quebec, to
record items. Just click on the links if
I also want to tell you that the previous Gamache
novel, A GREAT RECKONING
is now out in paperback. Thanks
to you, the book proved to be huge. I was and
It debuted at #1 in both the United States and
Canada, on the hardcover list, the ebooks and
audio lists. Incredible, making it the top book
in North America. The sort of launch an author
(at least this author) dreams of.
As well, A GREAT RECKONING
has been named:
New York Times Book Review 10 Best Crime
Novels of the Year
The Washington Post Best Mystery Books and Thrillers
NPR's Best Books of 2016
Seattle Times 10 Best Mysteries of 2016
Kirkus Reviews Best Fiction 2016
Publishers Weekly Best Mysteries and Thrillers
Winner of the 2016 BookBrowse Fiction Award
LibraryReads "Favorite of Favorites"
Top 10 Books of 2016
Goodreads Best Mystery & Thriller of 2016
BookPage 10 Best Mysteries and Thrillers of 2016
Audible's Best Mystery/Thriller of 2016
St. Louis Post-Dispatch 5 Favorite Audiobooks
BOLO Books Top Reads of 2016
Winner, Best Crime Novel, Left Coast Crime
Winner, Agatha Award, Best Contemporary Crime
of exciting things happening. If you'd like to
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There is also the site, Gamacheseries.com,
a sort of virtual bistro where we discuss various
themes and issues in the series. The latest feature
is: 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. Love for you
to join us.