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. So exciting!
It's called GLASS HOUSES,
and the reviews so far have been phenomenal.
Maureen Corrigan, Washington Post
is one of the great Gamaches.
Along with the usual attractions, this latest entry
offers an intricately braided plot and a near apocalyptic
climax....No other writer, no matter what genre
they work in, writes like Penny
It takes nerve
and skill as well as heart to write
mysteries like this. Glass Houses, along
with many of the other Gamache books, is so compelling
that, for the space of reading it, you may well
feel that much of whats going on in the world
outside the novel is just noise.
A meticulously built mystery that follows
a careful ascent toward a breaking point that will
leave you breathless..
Three Pines is a sublime metaphor for the
precariousness of harmony wherever we find it...one
of the most entrancing fictional worlds in popular
an exciting, high-stakes climax.
The award-winning Penny does not rest on her laurels
with this challenging and timely book. Though
touched by the evils of the outside world, Three
Pines remains a singular place away from time.
On all counts, Glass Houses succeeds
brilliantly, full of elegant prose, intricate
plots, and most of all Pennys
moving, emotionally complex hero and his circle
of friends and colleagues.
Im now off on tour with GLASS HOUSES. Stops
in Canada and the US throughout the fall. I
would love to see you at one of the events. If
you click here,
you can see the schedule.
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
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. 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.