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Reading Group Guide

1. What are the three story lines, and how do they feed into each other? What are the connections?

2. What do you think of the structure of the story, with the shifting time frames and points of view? How did the gradual unfolding of what really happened to Agent Morin and Chief Inspector Gamache affect your view of those events?

3. How do you feel about the resolution of the crime in Three Pines?

4. Why does the Battle of the Plains of Abraham have such an impact on Gamache?

5. Both Gamache and Agent Morin greatly valued their relationships with their mentors, Emile Comeau and Gamache himself. Do you think they were right to do so?

6. Does the relationship between the French and the English in Québec have any parallels in your community? How do you feel about such relationships—both in the book and in your own experience?

7. René Dallaire calls Québec “a rowboat society….We move forward, but were always looking back.” Does your community have a strong sense of the past? How dangerous is it to remember history, and how dangerous is it not to?

8. Throughout the book, Gamache is haunted by his own mistakes. How do you view those mistakes, and the way he deals with the aftermath?

9. Gamache is also haunted by the line from an old song, avec le temps: “with the passage of time.” What do you think about the healing powers of time?

10. If you have read some or all of Louise Pennys earlier books, how do you see both the books and the characters evolving?

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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.
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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.
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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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Product Details

ISBN:
9780312626907
Author:
Penny, Louise
Publisher:
Minotaur Books
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Subject:
Mystery-A to Z
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - Traditional British
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
No. 6
Publication Date:
20110831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
8.250 x 5.500 in

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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.

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