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

The newest Gamache novel, the twelfth in the series, A GREAT RECKONING, has just come out and has hit #1 on the New York Times bestseller lists!! #1 on the Canadian Globe and Mail bestseller list....making it the top book in North America. It is also #1 on ebooks and audio.
Publishers Weekly in the US has named A GREAT RECKONING one of the best books of 2016 and, as though that wasn't exciting enough, A GREAT RECKONING has been named one of the top 10 books of 2016 by Indigo Books, the largest bookseller in Canada. I am overjoyed! Thank you, thank you - for being such champions of Gamache and the books!! RECKONING has received incredible reviews including:

New York Times (lead review)

Washington Post
"….Deep and grand and altogether extraordinary....Miraculous."

USA Today made it the lead in its "New and Noteworthy" section, calling it one of the hottest books on sale this week.

O Magazine
 named it a Top Ten Book for September and called it ‘…suspenseful….’

People Magazine
Real Simple
'…chilling….Penny’s skillful pacing and idiosyncratic characters only add to the suspense.'

The Seattle Times
'Her work is rich with luminous prose, complex but uncluttered plots, and profound compassion.'
Charlotte Observer
'…nothing short of addictive.'

Richmond Times Dispatch
"...this splendid and moving novel..."

London Sunday Times - Crime Book of the Month
'Penny's elliptical style works brilliantly in a novel that combines modern-day police corruption with a century-old tragedy.'

And Audio File Magazine gave A GREAT RECKONING its Earphones Award and says:
"....You'll love your stay in Three Pines."

Publishers Weekly (starred review)
'….lyrical…. .

Kirkus Review (starred review)
'...A chilling story that's also filled with hope…'

Booklist (starred review)

Library Journal (starred review)
' …riveting... '

A GREAT RECKONING has also been chosen as a Pennie's Pick's at Costco! A very exciting event.

I am overjoyed about all this. Overjoyed and overwhelmed. And so very happy.

Here's a brief description - and no spoilers, I promise:

When an intricate old map is found stuffed into the walls of the bistro in Three Pines, it at first seems no more than a curiosity. But the closer the villagers look, the stranger it becomes.

Given to Armand Gamache as a gift the first day of his new job, the map eventually leads him to shattering secrets. To an old friend and older adversary. It leads the former Chief of Homicide for the Sûreté du Québec to places even he is afraid to go. But must.

And there he finds four young cadets in the Sûreté academy, and a dead professor. And, with the body, a copy of the old, odd map.

Everywhere Gamache turns, he sees Amelia Choquet, one of the cadets. Tattooed and pierced. Guarded and angry. Amelia is more likely to be found on the other side of a police line-up. And yet she is in the academy. A protégée of the murdered professor.

The focus of the investigation soon turns to Gamache himself and his mysterious relationship with Amelia, and his possible involvement in the crime. The frantic search for answers takes the investigators back to Three Pines and a stained glass window with its own horrific secrets.

For both Amelia Choquet and Armand Gamache, the time has come for a great reckoning.

Oh, there's so much more to this book, but I didn't want to run the risk of telling you too much.

The previous Gamache novel, THE NATURE OF THE BEAST, is now out in paperback and immediately hit, once again, the bestseller lists. 

Lots of exciting things happening. 

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There is also the site, Gamacheseries.com, where we have all sorts of fun, interactive, events, including THE NATURE OF THE FEAST, a collection of recipes from each of the books, and a sort of informal book club gathering at the virtual bistro.  Olivier and Gabri await. 

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

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Indie Bound

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:



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?

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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