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A Great Reckoning by Louise Penny
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Yet another page turner for me...
Gamache is now Commander Gamache, having stepped out of retirement and into the leadership of the Surete Academy. Having done his best to remove the corruption from the Surete, and having encountered a couple of recent graduates of the Academy, Armand Gamache knew his work was not finished.

Then, there's a map... an unusual one that had been stuffed, along with so many other documents, into the walls of the Bistro so long ago.

Back at the Academy, along with "cleaning house", Gamache assigns 4 cadets (2 freshman, 2 upperclassmen) to research and learn all they can about that map, and hands each of them a copy.

Things take a very interesting turn when a professor is found dead, and a search reveals a copy of the map in his bedside table.

RCPM, puppies, stained glass windows, and more... This one rates more of a 4.5 stars. ( )
  CYGeeker | Sep 6, 2018 |
Armand Gamache has started his new job as the head of the Surete academy. He is now responsible to ensuring that young cadets receive the proper training they will need for wherever they end up in the department. A group of four cadets have sparked an interest in Gamache, with Amelia Choquet being the most intriguing of the group. Amelia hails from a life of poverty, drug use, and possible prostitution. Beneath her various tattoos and piercings Gamache sees a woman who wants to change her life and has the potential to flourish.

Back in his home of Three Pines, Gamache’s neighbors discover an old map that they believe holds secrets about the village. Thinking that this intriguing project would do well for his select group of cadets, Gamache assigns them a side project to work on finding the origins and purpose of this map. When a controversial professor is murdered at the academy, the lives of these four cadets and Gamache are turned upside down. Everyone is a suspect, including Gamache. Suddenly his relationship with these cadets and Amelia in particular is put under scrutiny. Has Gamache done the unthinkable and murdered his colleague or is he hiding the real killer in Three Pines?

A GREAT RECKONING kicks off with Gamache starting his new job and all of the drama that comes with his past at the Surete du Quebec. There is bad blood between him and some of the professors at the academy, which leads to students in the upper classes doubting his abilities before even meeting him. It was great to see Gamache back in a mentoring role, as he chose those cadets who most interested him. Each one had their individual personality quirks that shined through and made the reading experience truly enjoyable. The mystery in this book was one that left Gamache under suspicion and while I hate for one of my favorite characters to be a suspect, it really added to the drama factor. I would have to say my favorite part of this novel was discovering Gamache’s ultimate reason for being interested in Amelia Choquet. Penny definitely knows how to leave the reader wanting more and flipping through pages to finally reach the answer to your questions. A GREAT RECKONING is another strong showing in Louise Penny’s Chief Inspector Armand Gamache series! ( )
  jess_reads_books | Aug 10, 2018 |
Retired from the homicide division of the Sûreté du Québec, Armand Gamache has taken command of the police academy, seeking to root out the rottenness that has characterized its recent years. He removes many of the old professors, bringing in his own men, but, curiously, he also brings back his old frenemy, the disgraced Michel Brébeuf, and retains the corrupt #2 in the hierarchy, Serge Leduc. The reforms have barely begun when Leduc is found murdered -- and everyone is under suspicion, including Gamache himself -- and the four cadets he has taken under his wing (one of whom, Amelia Choquet, pierced, tattooed, rough-edged, no one can figure out). -- An interesting twist on the 'country house mystery,' this is one of the finest Penny books I've read -- brilliant in its insights into human nature and deeply moving, with sufficient plot turns to keep one guessing until the very end. ( )
  David_of_PA | Jul 14, 2018 |
I wondered about the rookie cops in "The Nature of the Beast." This book answered those questions and then more. I'm not sure if Gamache is mortal or a superman, but he seems to be the man of the hour! Another Penny at her finest. ( )
  kaulsu | Jun 24, 2018 |
I'd missed this in my march through the series, and it was very much the characteristic story of Gamache, Jean-Guy and a crusade against corruption. This one takes place in the Academy, where Gamache has taken over as Commander and where he feels the moral rot persists. Some new characters are very interesting, and could lead to other books if Penny wants to continue. There's also a mystery about Three Pines itself that is quite beguiling. ( )
  ffortsa | Jun 18, 2018 |
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This complex novel deals with universal themes of compassion, weakness in the face of temptation, forgiveness, and the danger of falling into despair and cynicism over apparently insurmountable evils.
 
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It strikes a man more dead than a great reckoning in a little room.

--William Shakespeare
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Armand Gamache sat in the little room and closed the dossier with care, squeezing it shut, trapping the words inside.
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Former Chief Inspector Gamache has been hunting killers his entire career and as the new commander of the Sûreté Academy, he is given the chance to combat the corruption and brutality that has been rife throughout the force. But when a former colleague and professor of the Academy is found murdered, with a mysterious map of Three Pines in his possession, Gamache has an even tougher task ahead of him.

When suspicion turns to Gamache himself, and his possible involvement in the crime, the search for answers takes the investigation to the village of Three Pines, where a series of shattering secrets is poised to be revealed...
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"When an intricate old map is found stuffed into the walls of the bistro in Three Pines, it at first seems no more than a curiosity. But the closer the villagers look, the stranger it becomes. Given to Armand Gamache as a gift the first day of his new job, the map eventually leads him to shattering secrets. To an old friend and older adversary. It leads the former Chief of Homicide for the Sret du Qubec to places even he is afraid to go. But must. And there he finds four young cadets in the Sret academy, and a dead professor. And, with the body, a copy of the old, odd map. Everywhere Gamache turns, he sees Amelia Choquet, one of the cadets. Tattooed and pierced. Guarded and angry. Amelia is more likely to be found on the other side of a police line-up. And yet she is in the academy. A protge of the murdered professor. The focus of the investigation soon turns to Gamache himself and his mysterious relationship with Amelia, and his possible involvement in the crime. The frantic search for answers takes the investigators back to Three Pines and a stained glass window with its own horrific secrets. For both Amelia Choquet and Armand Gamache, the time has come for a great reckoning.… (more)

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