Rating:   4 ✭17447507

I don’t understand how I haven’t read any of Louise Penny’s books in this series before!

What have I been missing out on!  This book is the #9 in the series and I wished I had started at #1 it was that good.




As a fierce, unrelenting winter grips Quebec, shadows are closing in on Chief Inspector Armand Gamache. Most of his best agents have left the Homicide Department and hostile forces are lining up against him.


When Gamache receives a message about a mysterious case in Three Pines, he is compelled to investigate — a woman who was once one of the most famous people in the world has vanished.


As he begins to shed light on the investigation, he is drawn into a web of murder, lies and unimaginable corruption at the heart of the city. Facing his most challenging, and personal, case to date, can Gamache save the reputation of the Sûreté, those he holds dear and himself?


This is my Review:

I just love the quilt of characters that make up the characters in this book. I think my favourite is Ruth with her duck, has she dementia or is she just a cantankerous old biddy with sharp eyes?

I realised that the main plot had been seeping into the series culminating in this book, but there was enough for me to understand exactly what was going on.

A brilliant mix of suspense and thrills kept me on the edge of my seat. I love how this multi layered crime novel presented a completely new crime to solve to get my teeth into.

I am a real sucker for brilliantly written lines and Penny didn’t disappoint me one bit. For a start it is set in my favourite scenery of all – snow, I knew it would only get better from there! Just listen to this, can’t you just picture two women sitting on a bench in a snow filled village:

“Constance laughed, a puff of humour that floated over the village green and joined the wood smoke from the chimneys.”

She also got me right there.. with the description of the snow I could identify with:

“This was the snow of her childhood. Joyful, playful,bright and clean. The more the merrier. It was a toy.”

I also enjoyed the wonderful humour Penny shares:
Constance thinks:

“Four days. And she had two gay sons, a large black mother, a demented poet for a friend and was considering getting a duck. It was not what she’d expected from this visit. “

There is a real cosy feel to the writing about the inhabitants of Three Pines who each have an interest the Chief Inspector solving the crime and I loved the feel of this book because of that.

This was a well paced story and I did not feel too cheated that I hadn’t read the previous 8 books because of the new crime that was being investigated which felt equally as important as to the historical corporate crime.

There was a great mix of old fashioned crime solving in a place due to lack of technology that added to the story, and the addition of the same technology to complete it.

To those who haven’t come across this author before – definitely worth a read.

Many thanks to the publisher for a copy via NetGalley for my honest review.


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 633 KB
  • Print Length: 416 pages
  • Source ISBN: 0312655479
  • Publisher: Sphere (27 Aug 2013)
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  •  Series Chief Inspector Armand Gamache #9
  •  Literary awardsGoodreads Choice Nominee (2013), Left Coast Crime Award for Calamari (2014)
  • urlhttp://www.louisepenny.com