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Louise Penny - Author

About the Author

Louise Penny has worked for many years for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, with expertise in hard news and current affairs. She lives in Quebec with her husband and their two golden retrievers.

Featured books by Louise Penny

How the Light Gets in

How the Light Gets in

Author: Louise Penny Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/11/2014

The number one New York Times bestseller. A DETECTIVE 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. A DISAPPEARANCE 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. A DEADLY CONCLUSION 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 Surete, those he holds dear and himself? Evocative, gripping and atmospheric, this magnificent work of crime fiction from international bestselling author Louise Penny will stay with you long after you turn the final page.

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The Long Way Home

The Long Way Home

Author: Louise Penny Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/08/2014

Former Chief Inspector of Homicide, Armand Gamache, has found a peace he'd never imagined possible, away from the front line of the police and in the tranquil village of Three Pines. But when his friend Clara Morrow asks for help, he can't bring himself to refuse her, despite the old wounds it threatens to re-open. Clara's husband, Peter, is missing, having failed to come home on the first anniversary of their separation, as promised. As Gamache journeys further into Quebec, he is drawn deeper into the tortured mind of Peter Morrow, a man so desperate to recapture his fame as an artist that he would sell his soul. As Gamache gets closer to the truth, he uncovers a deadly trail of jealousy and deceit. Can Gamache bring Peter, and himself, home safely? Or in searching for answers, has he placed himself, and those closest to him, in terrible danger ...From number one New York Times bestselling author, Louise Penny, comes an evocative, immersive novel brimming with atmosphere and heart-stopping suspense -- her most ingenious novel to date.

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The Beautiful Mystery

The Beautiful Mystery

Author: Louise Penny Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/07/2013

A MONASTERY Hidden deep in the wilderness are the cloisters of two dozen monks - men of prayer and music, famous the world over for their glorious voices. A MURDER But a brutal death throws the monastery doors open to the world. And through them walks the only man who can shine light upon the dark deeds within: Chief Inspector Armand Gamache. A MYSTERY Who among the brothers has become an angel of death? As the peace of the monastery crumbles around him, Gamache finds clues in the divine, the human, and the cracks in between.

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Other books by Louise Penny

A Better Man

A Better Man

Author: Louise Penny Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/08/2019

Gripping and full of suspense, A BETTER MAN is the spellbinding new crime thriller from New York Times number one bestseller, Louise Penny ****** 'Louise Penny is one of the greatest crime writers of our times' DENISE MINA 'One of the most interesting detectives in crime fiction' THE TIMES The air is unbearably tense as Armand Gamache returns to the Surete du Quebec for his first day of work since being demoted from its command to head of homicide. Amid blistering personal social media attacks, Gamache sets out on his first assignment. He has been tasked with finding a missing woman, but while he leads the search for Vivienne Godin, Three Pines itself is threatened when the river breaks its banks, and a province-wide emergency is declared. As the waters rise, a body is discovered - and the victim's distraught father contemplates a murder of his own. Gamache is a father himself, and is haunted by a question . . . what would he do, if his child's killer might walk free? _____________ Praise for the award-winning Chief Inspector Armand Gamache series: 'Gamache has become to Canada what Hercule Poirot is to Belgium' The New York Times 'The series is deep and grand and altogether extraordinary . . . Miraculous' Washington Post 'Fascinating characters, a twisty plot and wonderful surprise endings' Ann Cleeves 'Supremely satisfying' Observer

A Better Man

A Better Man

Author: Louise Penny Format: Hardback Release Date: 27/08/2019

Gripping and full of suspense, A BETTER MAN is the spellbinding new crime thriller from New York Times number one bestseller, Louise Penny ****** 'Louise Penny is one of the greatest crime writers of our times' DENISE MINA 'One of the most interesting detectives in crime fiction' THE TIMES The air is unbearably tense as Armand Gamache returns to the Surete du Quebec for his first day of work since being demoted from its command to head of homicide. Amid blistering personal social media attacks, Gamache sets out on his first assignment. He has been tasked with finding a missing woman, but while he leads the search for Vivienne Godin, Three Pines itself is threatened when the river breaks its banks, and a province-wide emergency is declared. As the waters rise, a body is discovered - and the victim's distraught father contemplates a murder of his own. Gamache is a father himself, and is haunted by a question . . . what would he do, if his child's killer might walk free? _____________ Praise for the award-winning Chief Inspector Armand Gamache series: 'Gamache has become to Canada what Hercule Poirot is to Belgium' The New York Times 'The series is deep and grand and altogether extraordinary . . . Miraculous' Washington Post 'Fascinating characters, a twisty plot and wonderful surprise endings' Ann Cleeves 'Supremely satisfying' Observer

Kingdom of the Blind

Kingdom of the Blind

Author: Louise Penny Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/06/2019

The entrancing new crime thriller featuring Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, from number one New York Times bestselling author Louise Penny When Armand Gamache receives a letter inviting him to an abandoned farmhouse outside of Three Pines, the former head of the Surete du Quebec discovers that a complete stranger has named him as executor of her will. Armand never knew the elderly woman, and the bequests are so wildly unlikely that he suspects she must have been delusional - until a body is found, and the terms of the bizarre document suddenly seem far more menacing. Armand sets about investigating, but meanwhile he is taking increasingly desperate measures to rectify the recent events that led to his suspension. As he does, he begins to see his own blind spots - and the terrible things hiding there . . . Praise for the award-winning Chief Inspector Armand Gamache series: 'One of the most interesting detectives in crime fiction' The Times 'Fascinating characters, a twisty plot and wonderful surprise endings' Ann Cleeves 'Wonderfully satisfying' Kate Mosse

Kingdom of the Blind

Kingdom of the Blind

Author: Louise Penny Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/06/2019

'A wonderful addition to a fantastic series' ELLY GRIFFITHS 'This gloriously shocking book grips from the very first page' DENISE MINA The entrancing crime thriller featuring Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, from number one New York Times bestselling author Louise Penny ****** When Armand Gamache receives a letter inviting him to an abandoned farmhouse outside of Three Pines, the former head of the Surete du Quebec discovers that a complete stranger has named him as an executor of her will. The bequests are so wildly unlikely that he suspects the woman must have been delusional - until a body is found. But it isn't the only menace Gamache is facing. The investigation into the events that led to his suspension delves deeper, and he takes increasingly desperate measures to rectify previous actions. As he does, Gamache begins to see his own blind spots - and the terrible things hiding there . . . _____________ Praise for the award-winning Chief Inspector Armand Gamache series: 'One of the most interesting detectives in crime fiction' The Times 'Fascinating characters, a twisty plot and wonderful surprise endings' Ann Cleeves 'Wonderfully satisfying' Kate Mosse 'Louise Penny is one of the greatest crime writers of our times' Denise Mina 'Supremely satisfying' Observer 'Gamache has become to Canada what Hercule Poirot is to Belgium' The New York Times 'The series is deep and grand and altogether extraordinary . . . Miraculous' Washington Post ____________ This edition contains bonus extra content from Louise Penny, including a map of Three Pines

Kingdom of the Blind

Kingdom of the Blind

Author: Louise Penny Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/11/2018

The entrancing new crime thriller featuring Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, from number one New York Times bestselling author Louise Penny 'A wonderful addition to a fantastic series' Elly Griffiths When Armand Gamache receives a letter inviting him to an abandoned farmhouse outside of Three Pines, the former head of the Surete du Quebec discovers that a complete stranger has named him as an executor of her will. Armand never knew the elderly woman, and the bequests are so wildly unlikely that he suspects the woman must have been delusional - until a body is found, and the terms of the bizarre document suddenly seem far more menacing. But it isn't the only menace Gamache is facing. The investigation into the events that led to his suspension has dragged on, and Armand is taking increasingly desperate measures to rectify previous actions. As he does, Armand Gamache begins to see his own blind spots - and the terrible things hiding there . . . Praise for the award-winning Chief Inspector Armand Gamache series: 'One of the most interesting detectives in crime fiction' The Times 'Fascinating characters, a twisty plot and wonderful surprise endings' Ann Cleeves 'Wonderfully satisfying' Kate Mosse *This edition contains bonus extra content from Louise Penny, including a map of Three Pines*

Kingdom of the Blind

Kingdom of the Blind

Author: Louise Penny Format: Hardback Release Date: 27/11/2018

The entrancing crime thriller featuring Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, from number one New York Times bestselling author Louise Penny ****** 'A wonderful addition to a fantastic series' ELLY GRIFFITHS 'This gloriously shocking book grips from the very first page' DENISE MINA When Armand Gamache receives a letter inviting him to an abandoned farmhouse outside of Three Pines, the former head of the Surete du Quebec discovers that a complete stranger has named him as an executor of her will. The bequests are so wildly unlikely that he suspects the woman must have been delusional - until a body is found. But it isn't the only menace Gamache is facing. The investigation into the events that led to his suspension delves deeper, and he takes increasingly desperate measures to rectify previous actions. As he does, Gamache begins to see his own blind spots - and the terrible things hiding there . . . _____________ Praise for the award-winning Chief Inspector Armand Gamache series: 'One of the most interesting detectives in crime fiction' The Times 'Fascinating characters, a twisty plot and wonderful surprise endings' Ann Cleeves 'Wonderfully satisfying' Kate Mosse 'Louise Penny is one of the greatest crime writers of our times' Denise Mina 'Supremely satisfying' Observer 'Gamache has become to Canada what Hercule Poirot is to Belgium' The New York Times 'The series is deep and grand and altogether extraordinary . . . Miraculous' Washington Post ____________ This edition contains bonus extra content from Louise Penny, including a map of Three Pines

Glass Houses

Glass Houses

Author: Louise Penny Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/11/2018

Gripping, surprising and powerful, Glass Houses is the new ingenious and illuminating novel from number one bestseller, Louise Penny, which will leave you spellbound until the final page. One cold November day, a mysterious figure appears on the village green in Three Pines, causing unease, alarm and confusion among everyone who sees it. Chief Superintendent, Armand Gamache knows something is seriously wrong, but all he can do is watch and wait, hoping his worst fears are not realised. But when the figure disappears and a dead body is discovered, it falls to Gamache to investigate. In the early days of the murder inquiry, and months later, as the trial for the accused begins, Gamache must face the consequences of his decisions, and his actions, from which there is no going back . . . 'A cracking storyteller, who can create fascinating characters, a twisty plot and wonderful surprise endings' Ann Cleeves

Louise Penny Boxset 2018

Louise Penny Boxset 2018

Author: Louise Penny Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 23/10/2018

Read the first three Chief Inspector Gamache novels from worldwide phenomenon and award-winning international bestseller Louise Penny: Still Life, A Fatal Grace and The Cruellest Month STILL LIFE The discovery of a dead body in the woods on Thanksgiving Weekend brings Chief Inspector Armand Gamache and his colleagues from the Surete du Quebec to a small village in the Eastern Townships. Gamache cannot understand why anyone would want to deliberately kill well-loved artist Jane Neal, especially any of the residents of Three Pines - a place so free from crime it doesn't even have its own police force. But Gamache knows that evil is lurking somewhere behind the white picket fences and that, if he watches closely enough, Three Pines will start to give up its dark secrets... A FATAL GRACE Winter in Three Pines, and the sleepy village is carpeted in snow. It's a time of peace and goodwill - until a scream pierces the biting air. A spectator at the annual Boxing Day curling match has been fatally electrocuted. Despite the large crowd, there are no witnesses and - apparently - no clues. Chief Inspector Armand Gamache discovers a history of secrets and enemies in the dead woman's past. But he has enemies of his own, and as he is frozen out of decision-making in the Surete du Quebec, he has to decide who he can trust... THE CRUELLEST MONTH It's Easter, and on a glorious Spring day in peaceful Three Pines, someone waits for night to fall. They plan to raise the dead... When Chief Inspector Gamache of the Surete du Quebec arrives the next morning, he faces an unusual crime scene. A seance in an old abandoned house has gone horrifically wrong and someone has been seemingly frightened to death. In indyllic Three Pines, terrible secrets lie buried, and even Gamache has something to hide. One of his own team is about to betray him. But how far will they go to ensure Gamache's downfall?

Hinter den drei Kiefern

Hinter den drei Kiefern

Author: Louise Penny Format: eBook Release Date: 06/09/2018

Three Pines. In den Waldern Kanadas, nur eine Stunde von Montreal entfernt, liegt dieses idyllische Dorf. Aber am Morgen nach Halloween legt sich ein Schatten uber Three Pines. Mitten im Dorf steht eine duster verkleidete Gestalt. Niemand wei, wer sie ist und was sie vorhat. Auch Armand Gamache, der Polizeichef von Quebec, der in Three Pines ein Wochenendhaus besitzt, um sich von seiner aufreibenden Arbeit zu erholen, kann ihr kein Wort entlocken. Was sollte er auch tun? Herumzustehen ist schlielich keine Straftat. Aber spatestens als eine Leiche gefunden wird, bricht Unruhe aus: Warum hat Gamache es nicht geschafft, die Dorfbewohner zu schutzen? Monate spater, als der Fall vor Gericht kommt, zweifeln allean der Kompetenz des Superintendent. Und auch Gamache ist sich nicht sicher, ob sein Plan wirklich aufgeht. Ein riskanter Plan ...

Great Reckoning

Great Reckoning

Author: Louise Penny Format: eBook Release Date: 07/08/2018

Roman "e;CHas rasplaty"e; prodolzhaet seriyu rassledovanij starshego inspektora Armana Gamasha. EHtot obayatel'nyj personazh sozdan perom Luizy Penni, edinstvennogo v mire pyatikratnogo laureata premii Agaty Kristi. Ustav ot zatyanuvshegosya bezdejstviya posle otstavki, Arman Gamash prinimaet predlozhenie vozglavit' Policejskuyu akademiyu Kvebeka. Emu predstoit titanicheskaya rabota po reformirovaniyu ehtogo krajne neblagopoluchnogo uchebnogo zavedeniya. Gde luchshe vsego gotovit'sya k novym srazheniyam, kak ne v tishine i uyute sobstvennogo doma - v derevne Tri Sosny? Tem vremenem v derevenskom bistro vo vremya remonta obnaruzhivaetsya zagadochnaya rukopisnaya karta Trekh Sosen, prolezhavshaya v stene okolo sta let. Kto narisoval ehtu strannuyu kartu i s kakoj cel'yu? Gamash poruchaet chetyrem kadetam akademii razgadat' ehtu zagadku. No ih issledovaniya vnezapno preryvaet uzhasnoe sobytie: u sebya v kvartire v zdanii akademii ubit odin iz prepodavatelej, i v ego spal'ne najdena kopiya karty. Neuzheli ubijca - odin iz ehtih chetveryh?Vpervye na russkom yazyke!

A Trick Of The Light 7

A Trick Of The Light 7

Author: Louise Penny Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/06/2018

The New York Times Bestseller 'Stellar . . . With her smart plot and fascinating, nuanced characters, Penny proves again that she is one of our finest writers' (People Magazine) In the green depths of spring, morning breaks on a woman splayed in a bed of flowers - her eyes wide, her neck broken. Her death is a mystery; so is the woman herself. But as Chief Inspector Armand Gamache and his team peer into the dark corners of the victim's past, they expose a secret that rots at the very heart of their community - a secret that will implicate someone they've trusted for years. And as Gamache knows too well, in the flickering shadows of death, the truth may be just a trick of the light.

A Fatal Grace

A Fatal Grace

Author: Louise Penny Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/05/2018

Previously published as Dead Cold The award-winning second novel from worldwide phenomenon and number one New York Times bestseller Louise Penny. Winter in Three Pines, and the sleepy village is carpeted in snow. It's a time of peace and goodwill - until a scream pierces the biting air. A spectator at the annual Boxing Day curling match has been fatally electrocuted. Despite the large crowd, there are no witnesses and - apparently - no clues. Chief Inspector Armand Gamache discovers a history of secrets and enemies in the dead woman's past. But he has enemies of his own, and as he is frozen out of decision-making in the Surete du Quebec, he has to decide who he can trust... 'Chief Superintendent Armand Gamache of the Quebec police is one of the most interesting detectives in crime fiction' The Times 'A cracking storyteller, who can create fascinating characters, a twisty plot and wonderful surprise endings' Ann Cleeves

The Cruellest Month

The Cruellest Month

Author: Louise Penny Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/05/2018

The New York Times Bestseller It's Easter, and on a glorious spring day in peaceful Three Pines, someone waits for night to fall. They plan to raise the dead... When Chief Inspector Gamache of the Surete du Quebec arrives the next morning, he faces an unusual crime scene. A seance in an old abandoned house has gone horrifically wrong and someone has been seemingly frightened to death. In idyllic Three Pines, terrible secrets lie buried, and even Gamache has something to hide. One of his own team is about to betray him. But how far will they go to ensure Gamache's downfall?

A Rule Against Murder

A Rule Against Murder

Author: Louise Penny Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/05/2018

Previously published as The Murder Stone The acclaimed fourth novel in the bestselling Chief Inspector Gamache series, by international phenomenon and number one New York Times bestseller Louise Penny. It's the height of summer, and the wealthy Finney family have gathered at the Manoir Bellechasse to pay tribute to their late father. But as the temperature rises, old secrets and bitter rivalries begin to surface. When the heat wave boils over into a mighty storm, a dead body is left in its wake. Chief Inspector Gamache, a guest at the Bellechasse, finds himself with a building full of suspects. With the hotel locked down, the murderer is trapped. But a cornered predator is always the most dangerous of all... 'A cracking storyteller, who can create fascinating characters, a twisty plot and wonderful surprise endings' Ann Cleeves 'Impossible to put down' Globe and Mail

Nature of the Beast

Nature of the Beast

Author: Louise Penny Format: eBook Release Date: 14/12/2017

Roman "e;Priroda zverya"e; prodolzhaet seriyu rassledovanij starshego inspektora Armana Gamasha. EHtot obayatel'nyj personazh sozdan perom Luizy Penni, edinstvennogo v mire pyatikratnogo laureata premii Agaty Kristi. Ne prohodit i dnya, chtoby devyatiletnij Loran Lepazh ne sochinil kakuyu-nibud' fantasticheskuyu istoriyu - o vtorzhenii marsian, gromadnoj pushke, krylatyh monstrah, uvidennyh im v lesu. Konechno, nikto iz zhitelej derevushki Tri Sosny ne vosprinimaet vser'ez ego boltovnyu, v tom chisle byvshij starshij inspektor policii Arman Gamash, poselivshijsya zdes' posle vyhoda v otstavku. No mal'chik ischezaet, i vskore poiskovaya gruppa gluboko v lesu natykaetsya na zagadochnuyu nahodku, dokazyvayushchuyu, chto monstr vse-taki pobyval v zdeshnih mestah. Lyudi nachinayut podozrevat', chto daleko ne vse iz rasskazov Lorana chistaya vydumka. Arman Gamash ponimaet: vozmozhno, on sam, ne poveriv mal'chiku, povliyal na rokovoj hod sobytij. Vpervye na russkom yazyke!

A Great Reckoning

A Great Reckoning

Author: Louise Penny Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/11/2017

Winner of the the Barry, Macavity, & Anthony Awards for Best Novel 2017 Winner of the Agatha Award for Best Contemporary Crime Novel 2016 A Goodreads Best Mystery & Thriller of 2016 finalist Former Chief Inspector Gamache has been hunting killers his entire career and as the new commander of the Surete Academy, he is given the chance to combat the corruption and brutality that has been rife throughout the force. But when a former colleague and professor of the Surete Academy is found murdered, with a mysterious map of Three Pines in his possession, Gamache has an even tougher task ahead of him. When suspicion turns to Gamache himself, and his possible involvement in the crime, the frantic search for answers takes the investigation to the village of Three Pines, where a series of shattering secrets are poised to be revealed . . . Ingenious, gripping, and powerful, A Great Reckoning is the twelfth spellbinding novel in the Chief Inspector Gamache series from number one bestseller, Louise Penny. Evocative and atmospheric, this magnificent work of crime fiction will stay with you long after you turn the final page.

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