juju2cat, August 5, 2012 (view all comments by juju2cat)
A brilliant book, deeply engrossing. Inspector Gamache is a "father figure" inspiration but
also very human, too. Murder is an interesting subject but it's the charactors involved that
make this book a masterpiece.
julieb43, February 21, 2012 (view all comments by julieb43)
The characters, especially Inspector Gamache, are very well drawn. The settings, especially Quebec City in the heart of winter, are also vividly depicted. I could visualize Gamache trudging through the snow, bundled up against the frigid air with his faithful canine companion.
I would have given this four stars, but I found the main mystery (there are actually three intertwined mysteries), although tantalizingly interwoven throughout the narrative, was an ultimate let-down.
I didn't really care for the English/French political discussions either, but that could be because I'm from Quebec and tired of hearing about 'separation' issues.
The novel is well-written and has interesting characters, which is what saved it for me.
Susan Craig, January 15, 2012 (view all comments by Susan Craig)
This book is mostly told in flashbacks about a police action that went wrong. Several of the participants take turns remembering the events. Don't pick it up if you were hoping for an early night. I stayed up all night reading it and couldn't get it out of my head for days. A week later I had to read it again.
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juju2cat, January 1, 2012 (view all comments by juju2cat)
Inspector Gamache is a kind but strong father figure type that I so admire and best of all he is human and does make mistakes. This was the first book of that series that I read and I was overwhelmed with the background and story line which was obviously written by a master of the genre. The awards won for this book, which include the Nero, are well deserved as they portray such wonderful depths of emotion....oh, and yes, there is murder, too!
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“Few writers in any genre can match Pennys ability to combine heartbreak and hope.” -Publishers Weekly (starred review)
It is Winter Carnival in Quebec City, bitterly cold and surpassingly beautiful. Chief Inspector Armand Gamache has come not to join the revels but to recover from an investigation gone hauntingly wrong. But violent death is inescapable, even in the apparent sanctuary of the Literary and Historical Society--where an obsessive historian's quest for the remains of the founder of Quebec, Samuel de Champlain, ends in murder. Could a secret buried with Champlain for nearly four hundred years be so dreadful that someone would kill to protect it?
Meanwhile, Gamache is receiving disquieting letters from the village of Three Pines, where beloved Bistro owner Olivier was recently convicted of murder. "It doesn't make sense," Olivier's partner writes every day. "He didn't do it, you know."
As past and present collide in this astonishing novel, Gamache must relive a terrible event from his own past before he can begin to bury his dead.
Forensic archeologist Ruth Galloway investigates her most heart-stopping case to date after an old university friend and fellow archeologist is murdered in an arson attack.
Forensic archeologist, Dr. Ruth Galloway is back--this time investigating a gruesome WWII crime in this latest installment by Elly Griffiths, the Edgar Award winning author of The Crossing Places
Ruth Galloway is shocked when she learns that her old university friend Dan Golding has died tragically in a house fire. But the death takes on a sinister cast when Ruth receives a letter from Dan written just before he died.
The letter tells of a great archaeological discovery, but Dan also says that he is scared for his life. Was Dan’s death linked to his find? The only clue is his mention of the Raven King, an ancient name for King Arthur.
Then Ruth is invited to examine the bones Dan found. Ruth travels to Lancashire–the hometown of DCI Nelson–with both her eighteen-month-old daughter, Kate, and her druid friend, Cathbad, in tow. She discovers a campus living in fear of a sinister right-wing group called the White Hand. She also finds that the bones revealed a shocking fact about King Arthur–and they’ve mysteriously vanished. When Nelson, visiting his mother in Blackpool, learns about the case, he is drawn into the investigation, especially when Ruth and his beloved Kate seem to be in danger. Who is willing to kill to keep the bones a secret?
"[A] page turning mystery . . . it provides a wholly satisfying whodunit as well as a good reason to look up the other two [books in the series] . . . Griffiths's Galloway is a likable and alluring character.”—Associated Press
Just back from maternity leave, forensic archeologist Ruth is finding it hard to juggle motherhood and work when she is called in to investigate human bones that have surfaced on a remote Norfolk beach. The presence of DCI Harry Nelson, the married father of her daughter, does not help. The bones, six men with their arms bound, turn out date back to World War II, a desperate time on this stretch of coastland.
Home Guard veteran Archie Whitcliffe reveals the existence of a secret the old soldiers have vowed to protect with their lives. But then Archie is killed and a German journalist arrives, asking questions about Operation Lucifer, a plan to stop a German invasion, and a possible British war crime. What was Operation Lucifer? And who is prepared to kill to keep its secret?
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