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.

I’m thrilled to tell you that the next Gamache novel is called KINGDOM OF THE BLIND and will be coming out November 27th.

That’s a little later than usual, but honestly, I had planned to take a year off after the past couple of stressful years, but then realized how much I missed Three Pines and all the characters. And so, KINGDOM OF THE BLIND was born. If you could spread the word about the next book, I’d really appreciate it.

The reviews so far have been phenomenal.

Amazon has announced their best books of the year
and KINGDOM OF THE BLIND made the mystery/thriller list! Click here to see the full list.

In addition KINGDOM OF THE BLIND has made the Kirkus Reviews Best of the Year list - here's the link.

I am also thrilled to say that KINGDOM OF THE BLIND is an Amazon Pick as well as an IndieNext Pick for November.

In a starred review Booklist writes:
"In this fourteenth episode of Penny's celebrated Chief Inspector Armand Gamache series, the cumulative effect of past events has imbued the entire cast with an ever-deepening sense of the perilous nature of life, creating an internal landscape that stands in stark but richly meaningful contrast to the wood-smoke- infused calm we've come to expect from the series' primary setting, the Quebec village of Three Pines. The past not only hangs heavily on the residents of Three Pines; it also drives the crimes that Gamache, now suspended from his position as head of the Sûreté du Québec, investigates. That is especially true this time, in an episode with tentacles stretching deep into European and familial history-tentacles that, once untangled, reveal how generations of secrets have led to murder. It begins with Gamache being named by a complete stranger as an executor of her extremely odd will….The more-recent past also has its own tentacles encircling Gamache's exposed flesh. The unsanctioned plan to bring down a drug cartel was successful in its primary goal but also left a deadly opioid on the street, which resulted in the chief's suspension…. Few mystery writers intertwine the personal lives of their characters with the crimes being investigated more skillfully than Penny does, and she is at her best here, as several key players face turning points in their lives, suggesting that if the past can strangle the present, it can also help clear the way for the future."

Library Journal also gave KINGDOM OF THE BLIND a coveted starred review, writing:
"Penny is a master at blending the modern evils affecting the big city and the hidden secrets of the almost mythical village of Three Pines. Well-known characters return and new faces add richness to a narrative that will keep readers intrigued until the last page."

Kirkus Reviews
“The ending is adrenaline-filled.... This starts as a small-town mystery and becomes something grander.”

Publishers Weekly
"Insightful, well-plotted… Penny wraps up some continuing story lines and sends recurring characters in surprising directions in this solid installment."

The Washington Post has listed KINGDOM OF THE BLIND as one of its 10 books to read in November.
Here's the link

The Washington Post
- Bethanne Patrick
"Penny already has legions of readers and deserves even more. Each new book centered on the Quebeçois Armand Gamache and his village Three Pines is better than the last. This time around, a strange bequest coupled with a drug investigation gone sour has Gamache facing personal demons."

A.J. Finn, author of The Woman in the Window

"Kingdom of the Blind is the finest novel to date from one of the finest novelists of the twenty-first century. It left me gasping in admiration and longing for more."

As you might know, GLASS HOUSES, the latest Gamache novel, was released at the end of August 2017 and hit #1 on the New York Times and Globe and Mail lists, making it the most popular book in North America!

Wonderful news! GLASS HOUSES has won the Agatha Award for Best Novel in the US. It has also been awarded the Best Novel prize by Left Coast Crime, and been nominated for two Audie Awards. Those are given out by the Audio Publishers Association. Robert Bathurst is nominated in two categories for GLASS HOUSES - Best Crime Novel and Best Male Narrator. Cleeves are also nominated!) and Best Male Narrator. Click here to view all the nominees.

GLASS HOUSES has been named a Best Book of 2017 by:

Barnes and Noble's Best Fiction Books of 2017
NPR - Find your next Great Read list
NPR - See what we Loved list

Amazon Best Book of 2017
The London Sunday Times
Washington Post's Ten Best Mysteries and Thrillers of 2017
Toronto Globe and Mail
A Best Book of the Year at Indigo (Canada’s largest bookseller)
Seattle Times
Library Journal's Best of the year Mystery List 2017
AudioFile Best Audiobooks of 2017
Library Reads "Favorite of Favorites"
The Christian Science Monitor Best of 30 books for 2017

BookPage


Sunday London Times (A Best Book of 2017)
"Chief Superintendent Armand Gamache of the Quebec police is one of the most interesting detectives in crime fiction."

Minneapolis Star Tribune
"It’s a profound story, with all the warmth of steaming coffee drinks in the town bistro and the bitter cold of death and decay of the conscience."

A LibraryReads Pick for August 2017

A Publishers Weekly Top Ten Mystery for Fall 2017

PEOPLE
 "…absorbing, intricately plotted…proves she only gets better at pursuing dark truths with compassion and grace."

The New York Times Book Review
"Louise Penny wrote the book on escapist mysteries."

Maureen Corrigan, The Washington Post
"….No other writer…writes like Penny….Her characters are distilled to their essences. The stylistic result is that a Gamache mystery reads a bit like an incantatory epic poem....It takes nerve and skill - as well as heart - to write mysteries like this."

Tom Nolan, Wall Street Journal
"Ms. Penny has a gift for linking the mundane to the mythic…Gamache becomes a heraldic figure, as brave and cunning as the hero of an Icelandic saga, and the contemporary evils he battles have apocalyptic overtones....["

The Seattle Times
"Outstanding....On all counts, 'Glass Houses' succeeds brilliantly, full of elegant prose, intricate plots, and-most of all-Penny's moving, emotionally complex hero and his circle of friends and colleagues."

Christian Science Monitor
"Penny-whose books wind up on Best Novels of the Year lists, not 'just' Best Mysteries-is a one-woman argument against literary snobbery....Top notch."

Minneapolis Star Tribune
"It’s a profound story, with all the warmth of steaming coffee drinks in the town bistro and the bitter cold of death and decay of the conscience."

Margaret Cannon, The Globe and Mail
"Penny's latest is one of her best ever….I couldn't stop reading."

BookPage (Top Pick in Mystery)
"Gamache will face life-changing questions about the nature of guilt and innocence and the thin blue line separating law and conscience, leaving the reader contemplating these conundrums well after the final page has been turned."

Richmond Times-Dispatch
"With grace and insight…Penny has pushed the boundaries of the genre with each novel, and 'Glass Houses' takes them still further….And she does so with compassion, decency and love as she depicts evil, exalts courage and neither flinches nor preaches as she confronts moral ambiguities-and the health and sickness within each soul."

Bookreporter.com
"Louise Penny steers the complex plot… to a white-knuckle ending….If it is conceivable for Penny to top herself, she has done so in this soul-searching, psychologically insightful journey…"

Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
"The tension has never been greater…A meticulously built mystery that follows a careful ascent toward a breaking point that will leave you breathless. It's Three Pines as you have never seen it before."

Booklist (starred review)
"..one of the most entrancing fictional worlds in popular literature."

Library Journal (starred review)
"The award-winning Penny does not rest on her laurels with this challenging and timely book."

Publishers Weekly
"An exciting, high-stakes climax."



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



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Indie Bound





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.



It’s been a hectic but thrilling time, talking about the book.  I was on CBS This Morning.  Live.  It was terrifying.  Actually being on a show I have watched from home for years!  Intimidating.  But everyone, especially Gayle King, was so relaxed and welcoming.  Here’s the link if you’d like to watch the interview.  

As well, both CBS Sunday Morning and the BBC International came to Knowlton, Quebec, to record items.  Just click on the links if you’re interested.  


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 won multiple awards for BEST CRIME NOVEL OF THE YEAR, including::

Agatha Award
Anthony
Macavity
Barry
Left Coast Crime Award 

And had received international recognition:

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



Lots of exciting things happening. If you'd like to follow along, feel free to either join me on Facebook, or sign up for the newsletter.

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:

STILL LIFE
A FATAL GRACE / DEAD COLD
THE CRUELEST MONTH
A RULE AGAINST MURDER / THE MURDER STONE
THE BRUTAL TELLING
BURY YOUR DEAD
A TRICK OF THE LIGHT

THE BEAUTIFUL MYSTERY
HOW THE LIGHT GETS IN
THE LONG WAY HOME
THE NATURE OF THE BEAST

A GREAT RECKONING
GLASS HOUSES

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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