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Publisher Comments:

“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.

Review:

"Chief Insp. Armand Gamache and his team investigate another bizarre crime in the tiny Qubec village of Three Pines in Penny's expertly plotted third cozy (after 2007's A Fatal Grace). As the townspeople gather in the abandoned and perhaps haunted Hadley house for a sance with a visiting psychic, Madeleine Favreau collapses, apparently dead of fright. No one has a harsh word to say about Madeleine, but Gamache knows there's more to the case than meets the eye. Complicating his inquiry are the repercussions of Gamache having accused his popular superior at the Sret du Qubec of heinous crimes in a previous case. Fearing there might be a mole on his team, Gamache works not only to solve the murder but to clear his name. Arthur Ellis Award — winner Penny paints a vivid picture of the French-Canadian village, its inhabitants and a determined detective who will strike many Agatha Christie fans as a 21st-century version of Hercule Poirot." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

The cozy, seemingly idyllic town of Three Pines is thrown into chaos when an impromptu sance turns deadly. In this complex, accomplished mystery, Chief Inspector Armand Gamache must confront a myriad of baffling questions surrounding the case.

Synopsis:

When a group of 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?

Enter Chief Inspector Armand Gamache. He knows evil when he sees it. But this time, hes investigating a case that will force him to face his very own ghosts...as well as those residing in this seemingly idyllic town. Are the residents of Three Pines hiding something great and sinister about their past? Or is April about to deliver on its fateful threat?

Synopsis:

Its spring in the tiny, forgotten village of Three Pines.

But not everything is meant to return to life... 

When a group of 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?

THE CRUELEST MONTH

Enter Chief Inspector Armand Gamache. He knows evil when he sees it. But this time, hes investigating a case that will force him to face his very own ghosts...as well as those residing in this seemingly idyllic town. Are the residents of Three Pines hiding something great and sinister about their past? Or is April about to deliver on its fateful threat?

“If you dont give your heart to Gamache, you may have no heart to give.”—Kirkus Review (starred review)

“Penny takes exquisite care to create, flesh out, and nurture.”—Cleveland Plain Dealer

“The cozy mystery has a graceful practitioner…in Louise Penny.”—The New York Times

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 www.louisepenny.com.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780312352578
Subtitle:
A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel
Publisher:
Minotaur Books
Author:
Penny, Louise
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - Traditional British
Subject:
Police
Subject:
Easter
Subject:
Villages
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Subject:
Mystery fiction
Subject:
Quebec (Province)
Subject:
Mystery
Subject:
Detective/Traditional British
Subject:
Detective / General
Subject:
Mystery-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series:
Chief Inspector Gamache Novel
Series Volume:
No. 3 of 6
Publication Date:
20081230
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
416
Dimensions:
8.250 x 5.500 in

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Product details 416 pages St. Martin's Minotaur - English 9780312352578 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Chief Insp. Armand Gamache and his team investigate another bizarre crime in the tiny Qubec village of Three Pines in Penny's expertly plotted third cozy (after 2007's A Fatal Grace). As the townspeople gather in the abandoned and perhaps haunted Hadley house for a sance with a visiting psychic, Madeleine Favreau collapses, apparently dead of fright. No one has a harsh word to say about Madeleine, but Gamache knows there's more to the case than meets the eye. Complicating his inquiry are the repercussions of Gamache having accused his popular superior at the Sret du Qubec of heinous crimes in a previous case. Fearing there might be a mole on his team, Gamache works not only to solve the murder but to clear his name. Arthur Ellis Award — winner Penny paints a vivid picture of the French-Canadian village, its inhabitants and a determined detective who will strike many Agatha Christie fans as a 21st-century version of Hercule Poirot." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , The cozy, seemingly idyllic town of Three Pines is thrown into chaos when an impromptu sance turns deadly. In this complex, accomplished mystery, Chief Inspector Armand Gamache must confront a myriad of baffling questions surrounding the case.
"Synopsis" by ,

When a group of 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?

Enter Chief Inspector Armand Gamache. He knows evil when he sees it. But this time, hes investigating a case that will force him to face his very own ghosts...as well as those residing in this seemingly idyllic town. Are the residents of Three Pines hiding something great and sinister about their past? Or is April about to deliver on its fateful threat?

"Synopsis" by ,

Its spring in the tiny, forgotten village of Three Pines.

But not everything is meant to return to life... 

When a group of 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?

THE CRUELEST MONTH

Enter Chief Inspector Armand Gamache. He knows evil when he sees it. But this time, hes investigating a case that will force him to face his very own ghosts...as well as those residing in this seemingly idyllic town. Are the residents of Three Pines hiding something great and sinister about their past? Or is April about to deliver on its fateful threat?

“If you dont give your heart to Gamache, you may have no heart to give.”—Kirkus Review (starred review)

“Penny takes exquisite care to create, flesh out, and nurture.”—Cleveland Plain Dealer

“The cozy mystery has a graceful practitioner…in Louise Penny.”—The New York Times

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