A New York Times Notable Crime Book and Favorite Cozy for 2011
A Publishers Weekly Best Mystery/Thriller books for 2011
"Penny has been compared to Agatha Christie [but] it sells her short. Her characters are too rich, her grasp of nuance and human psychology too firm...." --Booklist (starred review)
"Hearts are broken," Lillian Dyson carefully underlined in a book. "Sweet relationships are dead."
But now Lillian herself is dead. Found among the bleeding hearts and lilacs of Clara Morrow's garden in Three Pines, shattering the celebrations of Clara's solo show at the famed Musée in Montreal. Chief Inspector Gamache, the head of homicide at the Sûreté du Québec, is called to the tiny Quebec village and there he finds the art world gathered, and with it a world of shading and nuance, a world of shadow and light. Where nothing is as it seems. Behind every smile there lurks a sneer. Inside every sweet relationship there hides a broken heart. And even when facts are slowly exposed, it is no longer clear to Gamache and his team if what they've found is the truth, or simply a trick of the light.
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It's unusual to know and care about so many characters. The genius of the writing makes this effortless for the reader. The Russian authors, had they been gifted with prophetic vision, might have learned something from L.P.
Excellent book! Really it is Inspector G that is inspiring but Ruth is a great character. I am ow backing up to read the series in order!
Captivating Story - Faultless Narration
I adore all of Louise Penny's books. Her characters are my old friends, the situations they find themselves in seem somehow plausible and extraordinary all at the same time. Where I usually can figure out the solution to a mystery fairly early on, Louise Penny keeps me going back and forth between characters until nearly the last chapter. And the narrations are comfortable, like an old chair, a warm dog and a crackling fire . They are so easy to listen to I sometimes get the same feeling as when I'm reading. Thank you.