Books by Louise Penny

THE NATURE OF THE BEAST by Louise Penny
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Penny is an expert at pulling away the surface of her characters to expose their deeper—and often ugly—layers, always doing so with a direct but compassionate hand."
In Inspector Gamache's 11th outing, the sheltering forest around his small village of Three Pines is revealed to be a hiding place for unexpected evil. Read full book review >
THE LONG WAY HOME by Louise Penny
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 26, 2014

"Gamache's 10th outing (How the Light Gets In, 2013, etc.) culminates in one breathless encounter, and readers may feel they weren't prepared for this story to end. The residents of Three Pines will be back, no doubt, as they'll have new wounds to mend."
Armand Gamache, former chief inspector of homicide for the Sûreté du Québec, is settling into retirement in the idyllic village of Three Pines—but Gamache understands better than most that danger never strays far from home. Read full book review >
HOW THE LIGHT GETS IN by Louise Penny
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Aug. 27, 2013

"Of the three intertwined plots, the Francoeur scheme is the deadliest, and the Ouellet saga will remind readers of the real-life Dionne family debacle of the 1940s. But it's Three Pines, with its quirky tenants, resident duck and luminous insights into trust and friendship, that will hook readers and keep them hooked."
Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Sûreté du Québec is pushed toward retirement. Read full book review >
THE BEAUTIFUL MYSTERY by Louise Penny
Released: Aug. 28, 2012

"Elliptical and often oracular, but also remarkably penetrating and humane. The most illuminating analogies are not to other contemporary detective fiction but to The Name of the Rose and Murder in the Cathedral."
A prior's murder takes Quebec's Chief Inspector Armand Gamache and his sidekick, Inspector Jean-Guy Beauvoir, inside the walls of the monastery of Saint-Gilbert-Entre-les-Loupes. Read full book review >
A TRICK OF THE LIGHT by Louise Penny
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Aug. 30, 2011

"Penny, elevating herself to the pantheon that houses P.D. James, Ruth Rendell and Minette Walters, demonstrates an exquisite touch with characterization, plotting and artistic sensitivity. And there could be no better explanation of A.A. than you will find here."
Schadenfreude descends on the Quebecois village of Three Pines. Read full book review >
BURY YOUR DEAD by Louise Penny
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Oct. 5, 2010

"Gamache's excruciating grief over a wrong decision, Beauvoir's softening toward the unconventional, a plot twist so unexpected it's chilling, and a description of Québec intriguing enough to make you book your next vacation there, all add up to a superior read. Bring on the awards."
The sixth appearance of Armand Gamache, North America's most humane detective. Read full book review >
THE BRUTAL TELLING by Louise Penny
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Sept. 22, 2009

Chief Inspector Gamache of the Canadian Sûreté is again called to restore order to the tiny Quebecois hamlet of Three Pines. Read full book review >
A RULE AGAINST MURDER by Louise Penny
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Jan. 5, 2009

"This latest treat in the series (The Cruelest Month, 2008, etc.) will keep fans salivating in anticipation, savoring each delectable morsel and yearning for more."
Chief Inspector Armand Gamache and his wife Reine-Marie's annual celebration of their wedding anniversary at Manoir Bellechasse is rudely disturbed by murder. Read full book review >
THE CRUELEST MONTH by Louise Penny
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 4, 2008

"Perhaps the deftest talent to arrive since Minette Walters, Penny produces what many have tried but few have mastered: a psychologically acute cozy. If you don't give your heart to Gamache, you may have no heart to give."
Four statements lead to wisdom, but not before mischief and revenge come into play. Read full book review >
A FATAL GRACE by Louise Penny
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 19, 2007

"Remarkably, Penny manages to top her outstanding debut. Gamache is a prodigiously complicated and engaging hero, destined to become one of the classic detectives."
A frozen Quebec lake, a curling competition and two recently published books form a prelude to murder. Read full book review >
STILL LIFE by Louise Penny
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 17, 2006

"Cerebral, wise and compassionate, Gamache is destined for stardom. Don't miss this stellar debut."
Three Pines, an appealing Quebecois community, is shaken by the death of a beloved longtime village schoolteacher and unsung artist. Read full book review >