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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
Author:
Griffiths, Elly
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Subject:
Mystery-A to Z
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - Traditional British
Subject:
Ruth Galloway;Harry Nelson;Cathbad;Druid;Penndel Witches;UK;England;Mystery;King
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Chief Inspector Gamache Novel
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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"Synopsis" by ,

“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.

"Synopsis" by ,

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.

"Synopsis" by , 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
"Synopsis" by ,
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?

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"[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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