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“Many mystery buffs have credited Louise Penny with the revival of the type of traditional murder mystery made famous by Agatha Christie. . . . The books title is a metaphor not only for the month of April but also for Gamaches personal and professional challenges---making this the series standout so far.” --Sarah Weinman

Welcome to Three Pines, where the cruelest month is about to deliver on its threat.

     Its spring in the tiny, forgotten village; buds are on the trees and the first flowers are struggling through the newly thawed earth.  But not everything is meant to return to life. . .

     When some villagers decide to celebrate Easter with a séance at the Old Hadley House, they are hoping to rid the town of its evil---until one of their party dies of fright.  Was this a natural death, or was the victim somehow helped along?

     Brilliant, compassionate Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Sûreté du Québec is called to investigate, in a case that will force him to face his own ghosts as well as those of a seemingly idyllic town where relationships are far more dangerous than they seem.

About the Author

LOUISE PENNY is an award-winning journalist who worked for many years for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. She lives in a small village south of Montréal where she writes, skis, and volunteers. Her bestselling first mystery, Still Life, was the winner of the New Blood Dagger, Arthur Ellis, Barry, Anthony, and Dilys awards; and her second, A Fatal Grace, won the 2007 Agatha Award for Best Novel. Visit her website at

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IslandPoet, April 2, 2014 (view all comments by IslandPoet)
Having read the first two mysteries in Louise Penny's series, I was a bit disappointed by this third one, "The Cruelest Month." The murder seemed not as dramatic, and the denouement rather anti-climactic. Still, I enjoyed the usual cast of characters and the descriptions of all the mouth-watering foods consumed in Three Pines. If you are a Penny fan, you will enjoy this. If not -- try the first or second book instead.
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Penny, Louise
Minotaur Books
Mystery & Detective - Traditional British
Detective / General
Mystery & Detective - General
Mystery-A to Z
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