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 almost ready to be launched.
All written, all edited. Covers chosen. And now
the countdown begins.
It's called GLASS HOUSES,
and will be in your hands August 29th.
Can hardly wait!
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
You can now pre-order GLASS
HOUSES, in hardcover. Just contact
your local bookstore or library.
The first industry reviews are in and they are
HOUSES has received starred reviews
from three of the publications! Here are
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.
As you might know, I wrote GLASS
HOUSES as Michael's dementia worsened.
I so often hear from people saying that Three
Pines and the Gamache books have proven a comfort
in difficult times. Those words always touched
me deeply. To have created a safe harbor to put
your aching heart.
I know exactly how that feels. Now.
Early every morning, after making sure Michael
was comfortable and safe and resting easy, Id
make a coffee, go into the living, sit at the
table and enter Three Pines. Joining Gabri and
Ruth in the bistro, visiting Myrna in the bookstore.
Having dinner at Clara's with the gang, including
Gamache, Beauvoir, Lacoste.
Three Pines became my sanctuary. A place where
kindness was a currency. Where terrible things
happened, but so did wonderful things. Acts of
forgiveness, of selflessness, of compassion. Of
In front of me every day, as I wrote GLASS
HOUSES, was the framed poster with
the last words of the Irish poet Seamus Heaney.
Noli Timere. Be not afraid.
Michael died in September. He passed away at home,
at peace, knowing he was safe and loved. He was
the inspiration for Armand. A man of great integrity.
Thoughtful, kind, gentle, funny and warm. A man
of peace who wasn't afraid to stand up for what
he believed in. A doctor, a healer.
After his death and a period of numbness, I woke
up one morning, looked after Bishop, then the
old puppy and I walked down the hall to the living
room. I sat at the table and looked at the poster.
Then I went back to GLASS
HOUSES. And the bistro. And the company
of Gamache. Clara. Ruth. Et al.
And you. I know I am far from alone in the bistro.
Thank you for your company. Our aching hearts
can heal together.
I hope you like GLASS
HOUSES. I love this book, for reasons
that go beyond the story itself.
Sunday Morning and the BBC
International have visited recently and broadcast
pieces on me. If you wish to watch or listen
to those interviews just click the links. Thrilling.
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