How the Light Gets In by Louise Penny
A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel

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23 Critic Reviews

Once again, Penny impressively balances personal courage and faith with heartbreaking choices and monstrous evil.
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Synopsis

The #1 New York Times Bestseller

"There is a crack in everything. That's how the light gets in." —Leonard Cohen

Christmas is approaching, and in Québec it's a time of dazzling snowfalls, bright lights, and gatherings with friends in front of blazing hearths. But shadows are falling on the usually festive season for Chief Inspector Armand Gamache. Most of his best agents have left the Homicide Department, his old friend and lieutenant Jean-Guy Beauvoir hasn't spoken to him in months, and hostile forces are lining up against him. When Gamache receives a message from Myrna Landers that a longtime friend has failed to arrive for Christmas in the village of Three Pines, he welcomes the chance to get away from the city. Mystified by Myrna's reluctance to reveal her friend's name, Gamache soon discovers the missing woman was once one of the most famous people not just in North America, but in the world, and now goes unrecognized by virtually everyone except the mad, brilliant poet Ruth Zardo.
As events come to a head, Gamache is drawn ever deeper into the world of Three Pines. Increasingly, he is not only investigating the disappearance of Myrna's friend but also seeking a safe place for himself and his still-loyal colleagues. Is there peace to be found even in Three Pines, and at what cost to Gamache and the people he holds dear?
How the Light Gets In is the ninth Chief Inspector Gamache Novel from Louise Penny.
One of Publishers Weekly's Best Mystery/Thriller Books of 2013
One of The Washington Post's Top 10 Books of the Year
An NPR Best Book of 2013

 

About Louise Penny

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LOUISE PENNY is The New York Times and Globe and Mail bestselling author of seven novels featuring Chief Inspector Armand Gamache. Her debut, Still Life, won the John Creasey Dagger and the Arthur Ellis, Barry, Anthony, and Dilys Awards, and was named one of the five Mystery/Crime Novels of the Decade by Deadly Pleasures magazine. Penny was the first author ever to win the Agatha Award for Best Novel four times—for A Fatal Grace, The Cruelest Month, The Brutal Telling (which also received the Anthony Award for Best Novel), and Bury Your Dead (which also won the Dilys, Arthur Ellis, Anthony, Macavity, and Nero Awards). She lives in a small village south of Montréal.
 
Published August 27, 2013 by Minotaur Books. 545 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction
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Critic reviews for How the Light Gets In
All: 23 | Positive: 22 | Negative: 1

Kirkus

Excellent
Reviewed by Kirkus Reviews on Mar 31 2013

It’s Three Pines, with its quirky tenants, resident duck and luminous insights into trust and friendship, that will hook readers and keep them hooked.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
Reviewed by Publisher's Weekly on Jun 10 2013

Once again, Penny impressively balances personal courage and faith with heartbreaking choices and monstrous evil.

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NY Journal of Books

Above average
Reviewed by Carolyn Haley on Aug 27 2013

Thankfully, all the troubles that built up over the series are resolved in How the Light Gets In, the latest in the Chief Inspector Gamache and Three Pines saga. As well, the closure is so tidy that the series could either end here or carry on a new level, in a new context, in the next book.

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Book Reporter

Good
Reviewed by Roz Shea on Sep 20 2013

For an avid mystery buff with shelves full of complete collections of mystery and thriller writers of every persuasion, finding a new as-yet-unread writer with Ms. Penny’s skills is like discovering a sparkling object in the sand and seeing it is attached to a string of gems.

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The Washington Post

Good
Reviewed by Maureen Corrigan on Aug 25 2013

Penny has written a magnificent mystery novel that appeals not only to the head, but also to the heart and soul.

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Christian Science Monitor

Good
Reviewed by Yvonne Zipp on Aug 27 2013

Louise Penny's mysteries might feature a picturesque village, complete with good food and a duck-owning, eccentric poet, but there is nothing cozy about them.

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Christian Science Monitor

Good
Reviewed by Christian Science Monitor on Aug 01 2013

If you have not yet made the acquaintance of Armand Gamache, Chief Inspector of the Québec Homicide Department, now is an excellent time to do so.

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Booklist Online

Excellent
Reviewed by Booklist Onlinne on Sep 12 2013

Another bravura performance from an author who has reinvented the village mystery as profoundly as Dashiell Hammett transformed the detective novel.

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USA Today

Above average
on Aug 26 2013

If there's a crack in this novel, a flaw, it's that it comes too close to having no crack at all. At times you pause and think it's just too perfect. Then, here and there, the witty or tender quip seems almost too precious.

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Express

Good
Reviewed by Hannah Britt on Aug 23 2013

Fans who have followed the story from the beginning will certainly not be disappointed. Unrelentingly fast-paced it powers through its narrative with the force of a high-speed train.

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Patheos

Above average
Reviewed by Elizabeth Nordquist on Sep 03 2013

With great skill the author claims the chorus from Leonard Cohen’s “Anthem” as the metaphor for the way that humans keep working for good, despite our fragility and brokenness...

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Times Dispatch

Excellent
Reviewed by Jay Strafford on Aug 25 2013

With the grace of a master prose stylist and the generosity born of a kind heart, Penny again explores the mysteries of humanity in a novel that builds to a nerve-burning climax, engages the mind in an examination of sin and redemption and ends in tears of relief.

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Lesa's Book Critiques

Above average
Reviewed by Lesa on Sep 04 2013

How the Light Gets In is a triumphant story of light and hope. And, it's a story of one man's knowledge of where his passion and strength, his belief in "Service, Integrity, Justice" came from. Armand Gamache saw that truth in his dog, Henri.

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A Bookworm's World

Good
on Sep 18 2013

Penny has masterfully built this tension and animosity through each book. In How the Light Gets In, Penny finally gives us answers in a stunning finale, that mirrors real life.

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Reading Reality

Good
Reviewed by Marlene Harris on Aug 29 2013

There are so many mysteries in How the Light Gets In. There’s the relatively simple one of “who killed Caroline Pineault?” even though that turns out to be nothing like it seemed at first, because she turned out to be someone different than she appeared to be.

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The Nature of Things

Good
on Sep 05 2013

We've come to look forward to and treasure these days that we spend with all these familiar people. It would be so sad to see these regular visits come to an end. I do hope there will be a tenth Armand Gamache mystery.

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Kittling: Books

Good
Reviewed by Cathy on Sep 23 2013

As an enthusiast of Louise Penny's writing since her first book, Still Life, I love her continuing story of characters I have grown to know and love like they are my own family. As in real life, these books are not neatly tied up by the last page.

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Tutu's Two Cents

Excellent
Reviewed by Tina on Aug 07 2013

These are characters so real one expects to walk into a bar or library and find them waiting to share a story or a drink.

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How Mysterious!

Good
Reviewed by Karen Russell on Sep 02 2013

To say that I couldn’t put it down might be a cliché, but it’s also the truth. No, it’s not Harry Potter, but it’s close to being the crime fiction version of that series. Read them all, and read them in order.

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Penelope's Romance Reviews

Excellent
Reviewed by Penelope on Sep 12 2013

Penny has created an incredibly seductive world, filled with beautiful prose, quiet moments, stunning revelations, and a reminder of the strength of the human spirit.

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Read All Day

Good
Reviewed by Nina Sankovitch on Sep 03 2013

In How the Light Gets In, she again conjures up place, people, and plot so vividly that there is no escaping: this is a book, like all her novels, that cannot be put down, and will be read, again and again.

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Thoughts in Progress

Good
Reviewed by Mason Canyon on Aug 13 2013

Penny has the knack for beginning with seemingly unrelated events that cascade into major turning points. She gives tidbits that take you to the brink and then dangle you over the edge.

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Above average
on Aug 25 2013

You'll want plenty of silence and slow time to savor "How the Light Gets In," the ninth novel in Louise Penny's extraordinary series starring Chief Inspector Armand Gamache and his troubled sidekick, Inspector Jean-Guy Beauvoir of the Surete du Quebec.

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