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Instant #1 New York Times Bestseller
AARP The Magazine – Recommended Summer Reading
CNN – A Most Anticipated Book of August
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Chief Inspector Armand Gamache returns to Three Pines in #1 New York Times bestseller Louise Penny's latest spellbinding novel

You’re a coward.

Time and again, as the New Year approaches, that charge is leveled against Armand Gamache.

It starts innocently enough.

While the residents of the Québec village of Three Pines take advantage of the deep snow to ski and toboggan, to drink hot chocolate in the bistro and share meals together, the Chief Inspector finds his holiday with his family interrupted by a simple request.

He’s asked to provide security for what promises to be a non-event. A visiting Professor of Statistics will be giving a lecture at the nearby university.

While he is perplexed as to why the head of homicide for the Sûreté du Québec would be assigned this task, it sounds easy enough. That is until Gamache starts looking into Professor Abigail Robinson and discovers an agenda so repulsive he begs the university to cancel the lecture.

They refuse, citing academic freedom, and accuse Gamache of censorship and intellectual cowardice. Before long, Professor Robinson’s views start seeping into conversations. Spreading and infecting. So that truth and fact, reality and delusion are so confused it’s near impossible to tell them apart.

Discussions become debates, debates become arguments, which turn into fights. As sides are declared, a madness takes hold.

Abigail Robinson promises that, if they follow her, ça va bien aller. All will be well. But not, Gamache and his team know, for everyone.

When a murder is committed it falls to Armand Gamache, his second-in-command Jean-Guy Beauvoir, and their team to investigate the crime as well as this extraordinary popular delusion.

And the madness of crowds.

Mysteries & Thrillers
August 24
St. Martin's Publishing Group

Customer Reviews

wyomom2 ,

About covid??? Really?

As I tell people
I know, I read to escape the madness in our current world, so to say I was a bit disappointed at the subject matter of this book, may be an understatement. I found myself surprisingly invested in those characters we love, and wandering tree pines in the snow, made me feel like home. Thank you for a visit with favorite friends and an enjoyable walk in those dark and haunted woods.

Jaxbub ,

My first Gamache experience

I really wanted to like this. The subject intrigued me but the book was disappointing. Far fetched and way too long. Too much family drama and pages of confusing and repetitious babble. Strayed too far from what I expected the initial story to unravel. Way too many threads and extraneous characters.

IrenaH ,

Leave your politics out of the story

Always love Gamache. Seemed to drag a bit more than the other books. As an American reader, I think most of us could’ve done without your references to our former POTUS.

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