The Cruelest Month by Louise Penny
(Three Pines Mysteries, No. 3)

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"Many mystery buffs have credited Louise Penny with the revival of the type of traditional murder mystery made famous by Agatha Christie. . . . The book's title is a metaphor not only for the month of April but also for Gamache's personal and professional challenges---making this the series standout so far."
--Sarah Weinman

Welcome to Three Pines, where the cruelest month is about to deliver on its threat.
It's spring in the tiny, forgotten village; buds are on the trees and the first flowers are struggling through the newly thawed earth. But not everything is meant to return to life. . .
When some 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?
Brilliant, compassionate Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Sûreté du Québec is called to investigate, in a case that will force him to face his own ghosts as well as those of a seemingly idyllic town where relationships are far more dangerous than they seem.

 

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 March 4, 2008 by Minotaur Books. 318 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction

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How, why and whodunit will fall to Chief Inspector Armand Gamache (A Fatal Grace, 2007, etc.) to discover, his task complicated by the villagers’ tendencies to conceal secrets and his own cadre of officers’ to work against him in payback for his role in bringing charges against a superior.

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Armand Gamache and his team investigate another bizarre crime in the tiny Québec village of Three Pines in Penny’s expertly plotted third cozy (after 2007’s A Fatal Grace ).

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Reviewing the Evidence

Inspector Gamache to the rescue Once the genteel, avuncular Armand Gamache with his strangely assorted team is ensconced in Three Pines, a whispering campaign is started because earlier, Gamache had caused a popular superior to be put on trial and ultimately imprisoned.

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The book’s title is a metaphor not only for the month of April but also for Gamache’s personal and professional challenges---making this the series standout so far.”
--Sarah Weinman

Welcome to Three Pines, where the cruelest month is about to deliver on its threat.
It’s spring ...

Apr 10 2008 | Read Full Review of The Cruelest Month (Three Pin...

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