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
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
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.
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
ingenious . . . what more
could a mystery reader or any reader for
that matter want?
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
of exciting things happening. If you'd like to
follow along, feel free to either join me on Facebook,
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?
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
here's the 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
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?