I'm so glad you've discovered Three Pines and the Armand Gamache books. I hope you're enjoying reading them as much as I love writing them.

The next Gamache novel is almost ready to be launched. All written, all edited. Covers chosen. And now the countdown begins.

It's called GLASS HOUSES, and will be in your hands August 29th. Can hardly wait!

Here's a very brief, spoiler free, amuse-bouche about GLASS HOUSES:

When a mysterious figure appears in Three Pines one cold November day, Armand Gamache and the rest of the villagers are at first curious. Then wary. And finally, watching the unmoving figure, a pall settles over the pretty Québec village.

Armand Gamache, now Chief Superintendent of the Sûreté du Québec, knows something is seriously wrong. Through rain and sleet, the figure stands unmoving, staring ahead. An accusation on the village green. Gamache knows there must be a purpose behind this odd act.

Yet Gamache does nothing. What can he do? Only watch and wait. And hope his mounting fears are not realized.

But when the figure vanishes and a body is discovered, it falls to Gamache to discover if a debt has been discharged, or levied.

Months later, on a steamy July day as the trial for the accused begins in Montreal, Chief Superintendent Gamache continues to struggle with actions he set in motion that bitter November, from which there is no going back. More than the accused is on trial. Gamache's own conscience is standing in judgement.

You can now pre-order GLASS HOUSES, in hardcover.  Just contact your local bookstore or library. 

The first industry reviews are in and they are spectacular.  GLASS HOUSES has received starred reviews from three of the publications!  Here are some excerpts:

 …A meticulously built mystery that follows a careful ascent toward a breaking point that will leave you breathless..
…Three Pines is a sublime metaphor for the precariousness of harmony wherever we find it...one of the most entrancing fictional worlds in popular literature...
Publishers Weekly
…taut…an exciting, high-stakes climax.

Library Journal
The award-winning Penny does not rest on her laurels with this challenging and timely book.  Though touched by the evils of the outside world, Three Pines remains a singular place away from time. 

As you might know, I wrote GLASS HOUSES as Michael's dementia worsened. I so often hear from people saying that Three Pines and the Gamache books have proven a comfort in difficult times. Those words always touched me deeply. To have created a safe harbor to put your aching heart.

I know exactly how that feels. Now.

Early every morning, after making sure Michael was comfortable and safe and resting easy, I’d make a coffee, go into the living, sit at the table and enter Three Pines. Joining Gabri and Ruth in the bistro, visiting Myrna in the bookstore. Having dinner at Clara's with the gang, including Gamache, Beauvoir, Lacoste.

Three Pines became my sanctuary. A place where kindness was a currency. Where terrible things happened, but so did wonderful things. Acts of forgiveness, of selflessness, of compassion. Of courage.

In front of me every day, as I wrote GLASS HOUSES, was the framed poster with the last words of the Irish poet Seamus Heaney.

Noli Timere. Be not afraid.

Michael died in September. He passed away at home, at peace, knowing he was safe and loved. He was the inspiration for Armand. A man of great integrity. Thoughtful, kind, gentle, funny and warm. A man of peace who wasn't afraid to stand up for what he believed in. A doctor, a healer.

After his death and a period of numbness, I woke up one morning, looked after Bishop, then the old puppy and I walked down the hall to the living room. I sat at the table and looked at the poster. Then I went back to GLASS HOUSES. And the bistro. And the company of Gamache. Clara. Ruth. Et al.

And you. I know I am far from alone in the bistro. Thank you for your company. Our aching hearts can heal together.

Noli Timere.

I hope you like GLASS HOUSES. I love this book, for reasons that go beyond the story itself.

Both CBS Sunday Morning and the BBC International have visited recently and broadcast pieces on me.  If you wish to watch or listen to those interviews just click the links.  Thrilling.  

I also want to tell you that the previous Gamache novel, A GREAT RECKONING is now out in paperback.  Thanks to you, the book proved to be huge. I was and am, overjoyed. 

It debuted at #1 in both the United States and Canada, on the hardcover list, the ebooks and audio lists. Incredible, making it the top book in North America. The sort of launch an author (at least this author) dreams of.

As well, A GREAT RECKONING has been named:

New York Times Book Review 10 Best Crime Novels of the Year
The Washington Post Best Mystery Books and Thrillers of 2016
NPR's Best Books of 2016
Seattle Times 10 Best Mysteries of 2016
Kirkus Reviews Best Fiction 2016
Publishers Weekly Best Mysteries and Thrillers of 2016
Winner of the 2016 BookBrowse Fiction Award
LibraryReads "Favorite of Favorites" Top 10 Books of 2016
Goodreads Best Mystery & Thriller of 2016 finalist
BookPage 10 Best Mysteries and Thrillers of 2016
Audible's Best Mystery/Thriller of 2016
St. Louis Post-Dispatch 5 Favorite Audiobooks of 2016
BOLO Books Top Reads of 2016
Winner, Best Crime Novel, Left Coast Crime
Winner, Agatha Award, Best Contemporary Crime Novel

A Great Reckoning
The Nature of the Beast
The Long Way Home

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There is also the site, Gamacheseries.com, a sort of virtual bistro where we discuss various themes and issues in the series. The latest feature is: The Cultural Inspirations for Three Pines. The merry minstrel of Three Pines, Paul Hochman, takes it one book at a time, and examines the art, literature, poetry, music, philosophy that informs the themes of the series. Love for you to join us.

I'm often asked two questions: should the books be read in order? And, what is the order?

Both excellent questions. At the risk of appearing to want you to buy more books let me say that while it's not necessary to read them in any particular order (they're designed to be self-standing) there is quite a strong character development arc. I think you'd enjoy the books even more if read in order.

Now, here's the order, from the first to the most recent:




Some of the books have different titles, as you might have noticed. The publishers did this not, as you might suspect, to be annoying but because they genuinely feel their readers respond to different titles. I hope it's not too confusing.

And finally, a small note about the themes in my books. They're inspired by two lines from a poem by WH Auden, in his elegy to Melville. Goodness existed, that was the new knowledge/his terror had to blow itself quite out to let him see it.

How powerful is that?

My books are about terror. That brooding terror curled deep down inside us. But more than that, more than murder, more than all the rancid emotions and actions, my books are about goodness. And kindness. About choices. About friendship and belonging. And love. Enduring love.

If you take only one thing away from any of my books I'd like it to be this:

Goodness exists.

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