Louise Penny has gone from strength to strength since winning the Creasey Dagger for her first book in the Three Pines series, Still Life, garnering massive praise from crime fiction fans and winning so many awards it’s hard to keep track. But I think this is down to her very different way of going about things. You can’t quite put your finger on it; her style is like something you see out of the corner of your eye that’s unexplained and just a bit off, but in a good and interesting way. Her writing is sublime, and her characters and the Three Pines setting have everyone wanting to live there and hang out with them, despite the murders and recently very corrupt and dangerous waters of the police force that her main character Armand Gamache comes up against.
And in this latest book she’s mixing it up even more by taking her characters, and us, to Paris; very different to the idylls of Quebec – apart from the French thing and all. So sit back and find out what the latest is in store in the wonderful world that Louise Penny creates.
'She makes most of her competitors seem like wannabes' THE TIMES
'Louise Penny is one of the greatest crime writers of our times' DENISE MINA
Louise Penny's much loved hero confronts a dark plot lurking beneath the elegant facades of Paris - lose yourself in the breathtaking new crime thriller by the #1 bestselling author
On their first night in Paris, the Gamaches gather for a family dinner with Armand's godfather, the billionaire Stephen Horowitz. But the evening ends in horror when Stephen is knocked down and critically injured in what Armand is convinced is no accident, but a deliberate attempt on an elderly man's life.
When a strange key is found in Stephen's possession it sends Armand on a desperate search for the truth that will take him from the top of the Tour Eiffel, to the bowels of the Paris Archives.
And as Armand begins to uncover the secrets his godfather has kept hidden for decades, he finds himself ensnared in a web of lies and deceit that threatens to destroy everything - and everyone - he holds dear.
For even the City of Light casts long shadows. And in that darkness devils hide . . .
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