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.
The Beast is released!
THE NATURE OF THE BEAST, Book 11 in the Chief Inspector Gamache series, hit the shelves August 25th, to a wonderful reception.
*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 an IndieNext pick, as a must read
THE NATURE OF THE BEAST has been selected by Amazon as a Book of the Month for September
And here are some early 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.'
'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…'
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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.
|In other news, after an exhaustive and exhausting, and emotional international search, we have found a new reader for the audio books. As you probably know, the man who gave voice to Gamache, Clara, Olivier, Ruth et al, for ten years, the magnificent Ralph Cosham, passed away last year. It was a professional blow, but, more than that, it was a personal loss. He'd become a good friend. So the thought of replacing him took on all sorts of hues. We were all determined that the person who took on the mantle needed to be wonderful. Not good, not talented - but fabulous. I would rather have no one than a reader who did not do the characters, and Ralph, proud. And finally we found him. The great British actor Robert Bathurst. He has now finished recording THE NATURE OF THE BEAST, and I hope to be able to offer you a sample very soon. I know it will be a change, but I also know you will welcome Mr. Bathurst, and make him feel at home in Three Pines.