The Cruelest Month (Chief Inspector Gamache Series #3)

The Cruelest Month (Chief Inspector Gamache Series #3)

by Louise Penny
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The Cruelest Month (Chief Inspector Gamache Series #3) by Louise Penny

It’s spring in the tiny, forgotten village of Three Pines.

But not everything is meant to return to life... 

When a group of villagers decide to celebrate Easter with a séance at the Old Hadley House, they are hoping to rid the town of its evil—until one of their party dies of fright. Was this a natural death? Or was the victim somehow helped along?


Enter Chief Inspector Armand Gamache. He knows evil when he sees it. But this time, he’s investigating a case that will force him to face his very own well as those residing in this seemingly idyllic town. Are the residents of Three Pines hiding something great and sinister about their past? Or is April about to deliver on its fateful threat?

“If you don’t give your heart to Gamache, you may have no heart to give.”—Kirkus Review (starred review)

“Penny takes exquisite care to create, flesh out, and nurture.”—Cleveland Plain Dealer

“The cozy mystery has a graceful practitioner…in Louise Penny.”—The New York Times

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781410407160
Publisher: Gale Group
Publication date: 06/04/2008
Series: Chief Inspector Gamache Series , #3
Edition description: Large Print
Pages: 630
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

LOUISE PENNY is the author of the #1 New York Times and Globe and Mail bestselling series of Chief Inspector Armand Gamache novels. She has won numerous awards, including a CWA Dagger and the Agatha Award (six times), and was a finalist for the Edgar Award for Best Novel. In 2017, she received the Order of Canada for her contributions to Canadian culture. Louise lives in a small village south of Montréal.

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Cruelest Month (Armand Gamache Series #3) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 131 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read every Louise Penny novel in this series, and I'm delighted to have found a grand story teller and good writer in this new mystery novelist. I think Ms. Penny is excellent at both character development as well as the intricate weaving of plot strands that develop within the book and from book to book. I found The Cruelest Month to be the most engaging in the series to date. I realized that near the book's end, I was slowing down in my reading to extend the time I had with the characters I now know and love. I hope another story about Inspector Gamache and the folk of Three Pines will come our way before long.
edofarrell More than 1 year ago
This series could be described as 'Lake Woebegon' with murders. The writing is sharp with effective dialog. The reader is transported to Three Pines and becomes immersed in the idylic life of the village. The mysteries are believable, the tension builds nicely and the endings are realistic and satisfying. If you're looking for several hours of enjoyment, these books are well worth the investment.
SJN1950 More than 1 year ago
It's all about father-son relationships and the hidden side of our character--and how we are shaped by these relationships. This book features Peter's family, but also Armand's history and his relationship to Daniel. And even a father-son type relationship between a senior employer and a wait staff is included. The contrast in the Morrow and Gamache family is striking and as interesting as the murder mystery-how and who dunnit.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved the characters, the plot and the writing. I find myself using Penny's quotes and poetry and I am always sorry when her books are finished. I hate to say goodbye until the next book.
StonehamMary More than 1 year ago
While I enjoy this series I find it hard to believe that so many diverse characters live in this town with such evil thoughts. As the reader, we can hear the jealousies which makes you suspect the motives of everyone. My favorite character, Ruth is not likeable in the least but I find her loveable in a prickly way. Her scenes with the goslings in this story are unforgetable. My least favorite characters are Beauvoir and Peter, who I think must do something really devastating in later books. The author does a good job taking the reader from the small town atmosphere of Three Pines to the Judiciary in Montreal. Having driven in the northern areas of New Hampshire, Vermont, and Maine I found that the description of the potholes actually made my kidneys hurt. I recommend this one for a day when you have several hours to read. It easily will fill your afternoon.
carol68 More than 1 year ago
Excellent book
lb7 More than 1 year ago
I began reading Louise Penny's Gamache series with the 1st book and have read and enjoyed every one. Her writing is more akin to english writers with attention to details and the 'every day' in people's lives.
Anonymous 6 months ago
"...a walk solves everything." This and many other gems are waiting to be found in this surprising novel about so much more than crime.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have been reading the series, and am hooked! This is the best, and they keep getting better! I love THREE PINES and ARMAND GAMACHE. They are lovely read. penrob
Loyzee More than 1 year ago
I have read all ot the Armand Gamache series and hope Louise Penny writes many more like these.
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I loved the love in this lovely love book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A deeply satisfying read with rich characters and a wise insight into relationships.
Delphimo More than 1 year ago
I very seldom reread a book, but this is a book club selection, and I enjoy reading Louise Penny. This time I listened to the audiobook, and the pleasure was immeasurable. Penny is the only author able to invoke strong emotions from me. The scenes involving Ruth and the duckling eggs provide a glimpse into the various layers of Ruth's personality that dominant her poetry. The sense of community building and healing shimmers through the darkest of the season. Louise Penny develops and expands on her characters in each new novel. My favorite characters are Ruth, Clara, Myrna, Armand, and Jean. Of course, I relish other characters, each has a distinct personality. Three Pines stands as an Eden, that also contains a serpent, plotting to expel the inhabitants from Paradise. What a treasure to have a new Armand Gamache book to explore.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the 1st mystery, the 2nd & this the 3rd. Expect to continue on. Great cast of characters & a fascinating sub-plot.
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Inspector Gamache is one of my favorite characters. He has a knack for solving murders and a loving heart to do it with. He cares about his staff and all the people of Three Pines Village. Will read every book in this series. Highly recommend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book drags. I have read her previous books. Because I love the main police characters and several of the village regulars, I stuck it out and finished the book. But by the time I learned Who-Done-It, I didn't care. I was more interested in the secondary plot, and it's conclusion was much more interesting.
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