The CWA Dagger-winning first novel from worldwide phenomenon and number one New York Times bestseller Louise Penny, introducing Chief Inspector Armand Gamache.
The discovery of a dead body in the woods on Thanksgiving Weekend brings Chief Inspector Armand Gamache and his colleagues from the Surete du Quebec to a small village in the Eastern Townships. Gamache cannot understand why anyone would want to deliberately kill well-loved artist Jane Neal, especially any of the residents of Three Pines - a place so free from crime it doesn't even have its own police force.
But Gamache knows that evil is lurking somewhere behind the white picket fences and that, if he watches closely enough, Three Pines will start to give up its dark secrets...
'Chief Superintendent Armand Gamache of the Quebec police is one of the most interesting detectives in crime fiction' The Times
'A cracking storyteller, who can create fascinating characters, a twisty plot and wonderful surprise endings' Ann Cleeves
Canadian Penny's terrific first novel, which was the runner-up for the CWA's Debut Dagger Award in 2004, introduces Armand Gamache of the S ret du Qu bec. When the body of Jane Neal, a middle-aged artist, is found near a woodland trail used by deer hunters outside the village of Three Pines, it appears she's the victim of a hunting accident. Summoned to the scene, Gamache, an appealingly competent senior homicide investigator, soon determines that the woman was most likely murdered. Like a virtuoso, Penny plays a complex variation on the theme of the clue hidden in plain sight. She deftly uses the bilingual, bicultural aspect of Quebecois life as well as arcane aspects of archery and art to deepen her narrative. Memorable characters include Jane; Jane's shallow niece, Yolande; and a delightful gay couple, Olivier and Gabri. Filled with unexpected insights, this winning traditional mystery sets a solid foundation for future entries in the series.
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I am so pleased that I stumbled across Louise Penny. I loved this book so much that as soon as I had finished it I bought the next one.
This book is more than a mystery/crime/detective book. It is a book that pulls you in to a gorgeous fantasy world. A village that we all dream of living in, a Utopia. Even thought the village is holding secrets, secrets you want to know, need to know, people you can love, laugh at, laugh with and sometimes seem absurd, it draws you in, wraps it's arms around you and makes you feel part of the magic.
But Gamache, he is wonderful, an old friend, a favourite uncle, an idol. The way he solves the crime is nothing short of brilliant, not relying on modern technologies, crime labs and medical examiners, the way so many books do, no, he does it an old fashioned way, an endearing way, he gets to become part of the crime scene, he invites you in, holds your hand and guides you to the end.
The characters are all unique, some are too good to be true, some too awful to be true, but you will have formed your own opinion of each by the end. Magnificent, I look forward to the next and the next in the series.
Well done Louise.