Louise Penny was born in Toronto. She earned a Bachelor of Applied Arts (Radio and Television) from Ryerson Polytechnical Institute (now Ryerson University). Her first career was as a radio broadcaster for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. After getting married she turned to writing and has become famous for her mystery novels set in the province of Quebec and centred around the work of Inspector Armand Gamache. Penny is the author of such bestselling titles as A Fatal Grace, The Brutal Telling, and A Trick of the Light. She is also the recipient of the Arthur Ellis Award and the Agatha Award for best mystery novel. She currently lives in Knowlton, a village south of Montreal.
The Hangmanby Louise Penny
On a cold November morning, a jogger runs through the woods in the peaceful Quebec village of Three Pines. On his run, he finds a dead man hanging from a tree. The dead man had been a guest at the local Inn and Spa. He might have been looking for peace and quiet, but something else found him. Something horrible. Did the man take his own life? Or was he murdered? Chief… See more details below
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On a cold November morning, a jogger runs through the woods in the peaceful Quebec village of Three Pines. On his run, he finds a dead man hanging from a tree. The dead man had been a guest at the local Inn and Spa. He might have been looking for peace and quiet, but something else found him. Something horrible. Did the man take his own life? Or was he murdered? Chief Inspector Armand Gamache is called to the crime scene. As Gamache follows the trail of clues, he opens a door into the past. And he learns the true reason why the man came to Three Pines. A perfect book choice for new readers.
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I refer novels to novellas because there is generally more body to the development of characters, settings and plot. I enjoy getting into the thought processes of the characters. Louise Penny is very adept at this. She builds upon prior novels to some degree, but adds more with each subsequent book. I was surprised and pleased that this novella met my standards. There was sufficient information so that it could be read as a standalone, but I enjoyed it, perhaps more, because of the characters I had from earlier books. And as a novella, I was better able to fit it into my schedule. I would definitely recommend this novella.
Enjoyed the story, but was only 54 pages. Certainly would not have payed $3 if I had known how short it was.
Short quick read! Not as good as her Gamache longer novels, but still enjoyed it!