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Louise Penney just does not disappoint! Can't wait for the next one to come
One of my least favorite writing styles involves flashbacks or alternative chapters with different points of view. In this novel, these techniques meld into the story line. Often I felt a little left out of the details about what had happened. However, these are slowly revealed, but always, it seemed, amidst a cover of obscurity, something Penny is good at. Readers may guess who is to blame, after all the list of characters is few, but only Penny could supply their motives. The plot revolves around drugs - suppliers, sellers, victims - and the on going efforts of the police to stop this growing illicit trade. As the novel comes to the end, the tension and action increase. It is then that the book becomes a page turner. Best not to leave too much down time between readings as some of the important details will escape from memory.
What I find annoying about Penny's novels are her frequent use of words that don't form sentences and short words given a paragraph format - a seemingly popular writing style adopted by several American authors of thriller novels. Any paragraph with Ruth's name in it I just skim over quickly as it is "fill material".
A tiny bit repetitive and could do without the oui, non, merci and désolé peppered about, but perhaps they added color. It helps to start a list of characters for referencing. All in all, a great read by a fine mystery writer, written at a very difficult time for her personally. Worth your reading time!
In this tightly plotted mystery, the 13th Gamache novel, Louise Penny, has created a story within a story, and it’s not until the violent end that the reader learns why the murder trial testimony is played out the way it is. Sure, there are hints through the book, but Penny crafts such a well-planned book, that few readers will understand the situation before Penny explains it.
I love this series and this is one of the best. Louise Penny never disappoints.
Not even close to the best book in the series. I'm tired of hearing about the Gamache's animal, Ruth's duck and Clara's hair. Much too much filler in this novel. The plot had the usual twists and turns of a Penny novel. Too much foul language when not necessary. Not sure I'll read another of her books.
This is one of the best in the series. I would echo what others have said, this is not the title to begin with, if you are new to the series. It really is best to begin with the first in the series. I’m sure the author and her editor would say that you don’t *have to* read the books in order, but it certainly is easier if you do.
One of my favourite authors! She weaves together a crime novel and a cast of characters that almost defy description but are made to come alive in her books. I've read them all, and loved them all. In this one, however, I found it a little too hard to "suspend belief" . It was a little over the top.
Still, I can't wait to meet Armand, Reine Marie, Gabri and the gang again next year!
An absolutely wonderful novel. It has a plot with a murder, guilt, courtroom drama and justice hopefully being served not by the courts but by 'the court of conscience' which supersedes all other courts and a final heroic battle with the drug cartels. Gamache, never losing sight of his goal and his very ambitious plan to "burn the ships", develops a complex and brave strategy and puts his entire career and life in jeopardy with some startling results. One of Penny's best novels, suspenseful and an amazing finale.
I love Louise Penny's books and this one didn't disappoint. It kept me guessing all the way through. My only disappointment, and it is slight, there wasn't much story devoted to the townspeople. That is one of my favorite aspects of her novels.
I love everything Louise Penny writes. This novel is no exception. It helps tremendously to have read previous Three Pines novels as the residents of this remote village become as familiar as neighbors. Though this can be read as a stand alone novel, a new reader may be confused at the cast of characters without prior introduction to their personalities. The strongest and most induring character is Armand Gamache, formerly Chief Inspector of Homicide, now Superintendent of the Surente du Quebec. The depth of his moral fiber stems from his implacable honesty, loyalty to family, a belief in justice. In this installment, he is torn between deliberately committing perjury for the sake of a higher purpose at the risk of losing everything. When he is convinced the right thing to do, nothing can deter him to seeing it through. The story, part court room jockeying and real time drama, comes to an exciting conclusion that one can depend on in Louise Penny's novels.
Another gem from Louise Penny!
Please read this series in sequence, to understand the characters' relationships and attitudes.
Tedious. I have tried several other books by Louise Penny, and given up. In this one, at the beginning, and for several pages, a plethora of characters (very confusing) discuss the appearance of a strange person wondering who it is. I suppose the generous sprinkling of "oui", "non", "merci" gives the story some "couleur locale". I gave up.
Eagerly anticipated and definitely worth the wait. This story is so timely and yet, so timeless. No spoilers here!
Loan Star Top Pick for August 2017.
A masterpiece, her best book to date.
I was given the wonderful opportunity to receive the advance copy of Louise Penny’s 13th novel “Glass Houses” and was very grateful for the opportunity. From page one, Mrs. Penny takes you on a roller coaster ride of emotions. One moment it is calm and the story is developing and then the next page you are on a high of emotion. Brilliant. I love how this book is unexpected in its development. We are introduced to a different side of Chief Inspector Armand Gamache and his struggle with his decisions. As usual we are back in the loving arms of the Three Pine village and its many quirky characters. Ruth and her beloved duck make many appearances in the book. I adore this character. One of main concern with any author in a series is that the story starts to water down and it is not as thrilling as before, but with “Glass Houses” it does not disappoint. The writing is still original, exciting and hard to put down. I congratulate Mrs. Penny on another very successful book.