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Instant #1 New York Times Bestseller
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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

Annette_Warren ,


As usual, a very thoughtful book. Louise Penny is one of those writers I trust to connect her stories and characters to parts of me, whether known by me at the time.

travelingty ,

Another fantastic book

I adore this series and always look forward to the next book. This one do not disappoint, just as the others have not. This was probably one of my favorites and I read it way too fast. But I couldn’t put it down! Great work!

jannielive ,

Hopefully…not too late

Even those who love and cherish all the Three Pines characters, with their personalities and foibles, this book hits heart and intellect in so many ways. Our globally shared recent past with the pandemic has bonded or estranged so many. Families torn apart by an sickness far more viral than the treacherous and unpredictable Covid. Even a person I consider a friend mentioned the death of a grandfather with the dismissive: “Well he was old and frail”.
Louise Penny always reveals the virtues and flaws we all have and never shies away from revealing the darkness that scurries away from the light.

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