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.

I’m thrilled to tell you that the next Gamache novel, KINGDOM OF THE BLIND, is out and has debuted at #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 so far have been phenomenal.


PEOPLE

“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 Gamache adventure… ingenious . . . what more could a mystery reader – or any reader for that matter – want?”

South Florida Sun Sentinel - Oline Cogdill
“Penny pulls together an insightful plot that weaves in family feuds, clandestine investigations, undercover cops and a loving look at Three Pines.”

BookPage (Top Pick)
“Louise Penny’s novels are unique for how seamlessly they straddle the line between charmingly small-town mysteries and big-city police procedurals . . . It’s not to be missed!”

News & Observer
“It’s hard to see how Louise Penny can raise the stakes any further for her iconic, fatherly good guy, Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, but somehow in each book she does.”

St. Louis Post Dispatch
“Brain-teasing puzzles, life-and-death stakes and lots of Three Pines, a magical place where the warmth in the villagers’ hearts thaws the ice on their eyelashes.”

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
“Complex onging saga… Wait anxiously for the next installment.”

Tampa Bay Tribune
“Penny does a splendid job of interweaving those three main plot lines, studding them with several life-threatening scenes that had me holding my breath, and building to a wild finale.”

PopSugar
“Another intricately plotted escapist mystery from Louise Penny.”

Lesa’s Book Critiques
“A Louise Penny book… is better than 90% of the books I read… Her books are about love and kindness and people who care.”

Seattle Review of Books
“From small puzzles do large, ever-more excellent ones grown, especially in a Louise Penny novel.”

Booklist (Starred Review)
“Few mystery writers intertwine the personal lives of their characters with the crimes being investigated more skillfully than Penny does, and she is at her best here, as several key players face turning points in their lives, suggesting that if the past can strangle the present, it can also help clear the way for the future.”

Library Journal (Starred Review)
“Penny is a master at blending the modern evils affecting the big city and hidden secrets of the almost mythical village of Three Pines. Well-known characters return and new faces add richness to a narrative that will keep readers intrigued until the last page.”

Publishers Weekly
“Insightful, well-plotted… Penny offers intriguing commentary on the willful blindness that can keep people from acknowledging the secrets and lies in their own lives. Penny wraps up some continuing story lines and sends recurring characters in surprising directions.”

Kirkus Reviews
“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 is: -

A December 2018 Indie Next Pick

One of Kirkus Reviews' Best of 2018 Picks

BookPage Best of the Year 2018

A LibraryReads Pick for November 2018 A LibraryReads Hall of Fame Winner

One of Amazon's Best of 2018 Picks

Washington Post's 10 Books to Read This November

One of PopSugar’s Best Fall Books to Curl Up With

Audiofile magazine has named Kingdom of the Blind one of the best Mystery & Suspense audiobooks of the year.

I also have a tour and hope to see you at a stop. For more information on that, just click here.



And, here’s a lttle bit of what the book’s about:

When a peculiar letter arrives inviting Armand Gamache to an abandoned farmhouse, the former head of the Sûreté du Québec discovers that a complete stranger has named him one of the executors of her will. Still on suspension, and frankly curious, Gamache accepts and soon learns that the other two executors are Myrna Landers, the bookseller from Three Pines, and a young builder.

None of them had ever met the elderly woman.

The will is so odd and includes bequests that are so wildly unlikely that Gamache and the others suspect the woman must have been delusional. But what if, Gamache begins to ask himself, she was perfectly sane?

When a body is found, the terms of the bizarre will suddenly seem less peculiar and far more menacing.

But it isn’t the only menace Gamache is facing.

The investigation into what happened six months ago—the events that led to his suspension—has dragged on, into the dead of winter. And while most of the opioids he allowed to slip though his hands, in order to bring down the cartels, have been retrieved, there is one devastating exception.

Enough narcotic to kill thousands has disappeared into inner city Montreal. With the deadly drug about to hit the streets, Gamache races for answers.

As he uses increasingly audacious, even desperate, measures to retrieve the drug, Armand Gamache begins to see his own blind spots. And the terrible things hiding there.


Lots of exciting things happening. If you'd like to follow along, feel free to either join me on Facebook, or sign 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?

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:

STILL LIFE
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
GLASS HOUSES
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?



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



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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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