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Kingdom of the Blind by Louise Penny

Kingdom of the Blind

by Louise Penny

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Series: Chief Inspector Armand Gamache (14)

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Her best of so many wonderful books. Hamachi mist find the poops he allowednthri on the last book before they hit the streets! He is also named as a liquidator for a will to a lady he never knew. ( )
  bereanna | Feb 20, 2019 |
Armand Gamache, Chief Superintendent of the Sûreté du Québec, is on suspension after the decision he made to let a huge shipment of a new deadly drug get by in order shut down the drug cartel. Trying to keep himself occupied, Armand is not adverse to accepting the position of "liquidator" for an old cleaning woman from the Three Pines village. What her finds out, however, is that she is a possible heir to a large European estate under dispute.

Juggling the duties of the executor of this possible wealth, and murder that appears connected and still trying to locate the drugs that have him suspended, keeps Armand and the reader busy as well. The two stories are woven together beautiful but the endings seem forced, not unexpected as in previous books in the series, and not unacceptable, just forced.

I certainly hope that Armand will be back with all his strength of spirit in the future. ( )
  cyderry | Feb 18, 2019 |
Armand Gamache was suspended from his job as Chief Superintendent of the Sûreté du Québec after he made a controversial decision about how to handle a major drug bust. His superiors blamed Gamache’s flawed judgment for the havoc than ensued. An officer was gravely wounded and, although the authorities were able to shut down a major cartel and recover much of the stash, a large quantity of an opioid, carfentanil (a highly addictive and toxic substance), is still missing. Gamache’s son-in-law, Chief Inspector Jean-Guy Beauvior, Gamache’s former second-in-command, is now the acting head of homicide. In “Kingdom of the Blind,” Louise Penny takes us back to Three Pines, a close-knit village where the inhabitants quarrel occasionally, but have proven time and again how deeply they care for one another.

The story involves a mysterious will left by a cleaning woman, Bertha Baumgartner, who called herself the Baroness. She named three executors--or as they are referred to in this book, “liquidators”--Armand Gamache, Myrna Landers (a retired psychologist who owns a bookstore in Three Pines), and a young man from Montréal named Benedict Pouliot. Gamache, Landers, and Pouliot meet with a notary, Lucien Mercier, who explains what their responsibilities will be should they choose to abide by the Baroness’s wishes. A brutal murder follows, and Gamache, Beauvior, and Isabelle Lacoste, who was once Gamache’s protégée, join forces to untangle a web of deceit, betrayal, and greed. The novel’s central theme is our failure to recognize the truth about people and/or situations until someone forcibly removes the blinders from our eyes.

Penny’s Three Pines books have a rich atmosphere of warmth, lyricism, camaraderie, and scenic beauty. Olivier and Gabri, the owners of a bistro/bed and breakfast, usually have a warm fire and delicious food at the ready, the Gamaches generously open up their home to those in need of shelter, and even Ruth Zardo, a profane and crusty old poet, has a kind side to her that few take the trouble to notice. A secondary plot involves Cadet Amelia Choquet, who was expelled from the police academy, and has returned to her degrading existence on the streets of Montréal. Although Penny initially draws us in with this offbeat work of fiction, the tale eventually unravels, especially during the concluding one hundred pages. There are numerous lapses in logic and byzantine twists and turns; the characters (aside from the regulars) are too indistinctly delineated to hold our interest; and most of the passages that deal with arcane financial matters are tedious and opaque. Finally, the ending is so neatly wrapped up that it does not ring true. “The Kingdom of the Blind” lacks the depth, subtlety, and fascinating psychological insights that made the best of its predecessors so memorable. ( )
  booklover915 | Feb 5, 2019 |
I felt this book was choppy and challenging to pick up the threads. I've loved all of the Inspector Gamache books to date. In fairness to the author, it is the first book she wrote after losing her dearest companion, her husband. That said, towards the end, it picked up the usual pace with humorous vignettes from the Three Pines crowd. Can we expect more of the Inspector and Beauvoir especially with B's new job in Paris? ( )
  NancieLea | Feb 5, 2019 |
I have loved Louise Penny's Armand Gamache novels for a long, long time now. And I admit to being predisposed to loving a new one even before turning to its first page because I know that I'm going to be catching up with a bunch of my best fictional friends. It's the same feeling that one gets in anticipation of a long overdue family or high school reunion.

Kingdom of the Blind is no exception. I thoroughly enjoyed watching Gamache both struggle with, and overcome, the limitations that have been placed on him by the Sûreté de Québec in recent years. Gamache is the kind of man who makes more than his share of powerful enemies, but he is also the kind of man who makes way more loyal friends and admirers than he does enemies - and this has served him well during his semi-exile from the upper echelons of Canadian policing.

This time around, Gamache's whole career is on the line, and the odds are that he will be fired for good because of a decision he was forced to make in the last Gamache novel (Glass Houses). There are even some very powerful people in the department who would prefer that Gamache be jailed, but who would settle for the old cop "retiring" in disgrace if that's all they can get. In the meantime, Gamache is on the streets of Québec trying to save lives, and in Three Pines enjoying everyday life with his friends and family.

Sometimes I wish I were just discovering this series. Imagine how wonderful it would be to stumble upon the first Gamache novel tomorrow, only to discover that there were thirteen more waiting to be read. Heaven, pure heaven. ( )
  SamSattler | Jan 20, 2019 |
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Louise Pennyprimary authorall editionscalculated
Argiropoulas, MatieProducersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bathurst, RobertNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Coxon, AllyCover imagesecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Goody, MargoPackage designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
King, LoreleiDirectorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rotstein, David BaldeosinghCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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For Hope Dellon, my editor and friend.
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Armand Gamache slowed his car to a crawl, then stopped on the snow-covered secondary road.
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When a peculiar letter arrives inviting Armand Gamache to an abandoned farmhouse, the former head of the Sûreté du Québec discovers that a complete stranger has named him one of the executors of her will. Still on suspension, and frankly curious, Gamache accepts and soon learns that the other two executors are Myrna Landers, the bookseller from Three Pines, and a young builder.

None of them had ever met the elderly woman.

The will is so odd and includes bequests that are so wildly unlikely that Gamache and the others suspect the woman must have been delusional. But what if, Gamache begins to ask himself, she was perfectly sane?

When a body is found, the terms of the bizarre will suddenly seem less peculiar and far more menacing.

But it isn’t the only menace Gamache is facing.

The investigation into what happened six months ago―the events that led to his suspension―has dragged on, into the dead of winter. And while most of the opioids he allowed to slip through his hands, in order to bring down the cartels, have been retrieved, there is one devastating exception.

Enough narcotic to kill thousands has disappeared into inner city Montreal. With the deadly drug about to hit the streets, Gamache races for answers.

As he uses increasingly audacious, even desperate, measures to retrieve the drug, Armand Gamache begins to see his own blind spots. And the terrible things hiding there. Amazon
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