I'm so glad you've discovered the Armand Gamache books. I hope you're enjoying reading them as much as I'm loving writing about the Chief Inspector, and the village of Three Pines, in Quebec.
And the latest news is that the next Gamache book, A GREAT RECKONING, will be published on August 30th of this year in the US, Canada, and the UK and Commonwealth. It's an even dozen.
While I can't yet tell you more about the book, I can say that A GREAT RECKONING does feature Gamache. It answers the question raised in the previous book….what next for him. And is set primarily in Three Pines. You can pre-order now at your local bookstore, or your library. Here's a link that might be helpful.
The previous Gamache book, THE NATURE OF THE BEAST, Book 11 in the Chief Inspector Gamache series, will be coming out in paperback this summer. It hit the shelves in hardcover last year to a wonderful reception, making it once again onto the New York Times list and topping the Canadian bestseller lists for several weeks.
As well, it has been nominated for an Agatha Award in the US for Best Crime Novel
And is nominated by Left Coast Crime for Best International Novel
The Audio Publishers Association has nominated Robert Bathurst and THE NATURE OF THE BEAST for an Audie Award, for Best Mystery. Congratulations Robert!!
Kirk's Reviews named THE NATURE OF THE BEAST a top book of 2015
Libarians throughout the US have named it one of the top 10 books of the month, through Library Journal
It was mentioned on the American talk show, The View, as a Great Fall Read
The Independent Booksellers Association named it a Must Read IndieNext pick
THE NATURE OF THE BEAST was selected by Amazon as a Book of the Month for September
iBooks - named it Best of September
The Boston Globe chose The Nature of the Beast as their Book of the Week
The Reading Room book blog has also highlighted THE NATURE OF THE BEAST as one of their favorite reads of 2015
Here are some reviews:
Kirkus Review (starred review)
'...a mystery with global scope and consequences…. What makes this story most magical...is the perfect reminder of the dark side of human nature, but that side does not always win out. 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.'
Library Journal (starred review)
'.... A strong sense of place, a multilayered plot, and well-crafted (and for Penny's fans, familiar) characters combine for a thoughtful, intriguing tale. More than a simple mystery, Penny's novel peels away the emotional and psychological layers of the inhabitants of Three Pines..'
Publishers Weekly (starred review)
'The bucolic Quebec village of Three Pines again proves no refuge in Penny's stellar 11th Armand Gamache novel…. Gamache has settled in the small community after retiring from the Sûreté, where he worked as a homicide detective. But he's drawn back to the hunt after Laurent Lepage, a nine-year-old boy with a penchant for crying wolf, is found dead under circumstances that Gamache finds suspicious…. Series fans will delight in Penny's continued complex fleshing out of characters they have come to love..'
'…a compelling mystery that leads to an exciting but tantalizingly open-ended finale.'
'In this, the 11th title in the series, Penny sustains her high-wire act, creating characters of remarkable depth in an exhilarating whodunit.'
"…Louise Penny has crafted an immensely rich and satisfying traditional mystery world, tipping the hat to Agatha Christie, Josephine Tey and PD James, but with her own distinctive recipe: complex characters far removed from village stereotypes, ingenious plots, and a captivating lead detective in Gamache."
'Louise Penny is unsurpassed at building a sense of heart-stopping urgency. Sometimes the stakes are personal…Sometimes the threat is to the village…This time Penny manages to create a threat that could truly be worldwide, and to place its future in the hands of our friends in Three Pines. Attention, fans who have been waiting for poet Ruth Zardo's backstory: Here's at least part of your wish granted.'
Wall Street Journal
'….atmospheric and deeply humane…'
'…. a gripping plot, rich characterizations, arresting prose and thought-provoking questions of mercy, malice and the contradictions of the human race.'
To read more reviews for THE NATURE OF THE BEAST click here
Here's a very brief synopsis of THE NATURE OF THE BEAST.
Hardly a day goes by when nine year old Laurent Lepage doesn't cry wolf. From alien invasions, to walking trees, to winged beasts in the woods, to dinosaurs spotted in the village of Three Pines, his tales are so extraordinary no one can possibly believe him. Including Armand and Reine-Marie Gamache, who now live in the little Quebec village.
But when the boy disappears the villagers are faced with the possibility that one of his tall tales might have been true.
And so begins a frantic search for the boy and the truth. What they uncover deep in the forest sets off a sequence of events that leads to murder, leads to an old crime, leads to an old betrayal. Leads right to the door of an old poet.
And now it is now, writes Ruth Zardo. And the dark thing is here.
A monster once visited Three Pines. And put down deep roots. And now, Ruth knows, it is back.
Armand Gamache, the former head of homicide for the Sûreté du Québec, must face the possibility that, in not believing the boy, he himself played a terrible part in what happens next.