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The cruelest month (original 2007; edition 2008)

by Louise Penny (Author)

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Title:The cruelest month
Authors:Louise Penny (Author)
Info:New York: St. Martin's Minotaur, 2008.
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The Cruellest Month by Louise Penny (2007)

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This is book three of the Chief Inspector Gamache series and it is riveting.

Spring has come to Three Pines complete with new growth and potholes. A psychic is staying over the Easter weekend at the Bed and Breakfast and Gabri has scheduled a seance for Good Friday. Some of the residents are aghast but many are intrigued and go to the bistro to take part. It doesn't quite turn out as planned so they decide to have another one in a few days but this time it will take place in the Hadley mansion which was central to two previous murders. True to form there is another death and Inspector Gamache is called in to investigate. In addition to the murder Gamache is fighting on another front. The Surete du Quebec has been undermined by corrupt officials and Gamache was instrumental in disclosing the wrongdoing. This has made him a target and his own staff has a spy.

I can see why this series is such a big hit. I can't wait to read the next installment. ( )
  gypsysmom | Jul 6, 2014 |
Caught up with this title just recently. I thought I had read all of the Gamache series, but in a FB rereading of the books, culminating in the August publication of the newest one, I found I had missed this one. It lays some groundwork for what is to come in the later books. Good to look back and see plot and character development. Always fun to escape to Three Pines. Louise Penny is a very good author. ( )
  librarian1204 | Jun 11, 2014 |
Another wonderful entry in the series of well-crafted mysteries. Louise Penny can turn a phrase and the imagery and thoughts she puts into her work makes this more than a whodunit (though it is a good one of those). ( )
  powertriangle | May 26, 2014 |
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  Bruno_Estigarribia | Mar 31, 2014 |
Extremely sympathetic characters. This is my favorite of hers so far. Thoughtful. ( )
  joeyr | Mar 15, 2014 |
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Chabalier, LouiseTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Nagano, KiyomiTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Saint-Germain, MichelTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Stumpf, AndreaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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April is the cruellest month, breeding
Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing
Memory and desire . . .
- T.S. Eliot, The Waste Land
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For my brother Rob and his wonderful family, Audi, Kim, Adam and Sarah, with love
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Kneeling in the fragrant moist grass of the village green Clara Morrow carefully hid the Easter egg and thought about raising the dead, which she planned to do right after supper.
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Chief Insp. 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). As the townspeople gather in the abandoned and perhaps haunted Hadley house for a séance with a visiting psychic, Madeleine Favreau collapses, apparently dead of fright. No one has a harsh word to say about Madeleine, but Gamache knows there's more to the case than meets the eye. Complicating his inquiry are the repercussions of Gamache having accused his popular superior at the Sûreté du Québec of heinous crimes in a previous case. Fearing there might be a mole on his team, Gamache works not only to solve the murder but to clear his name. Arthur Ellis Award–winner Penny paints a vivid picture of the French-Canadian village, its inhabitants and a determined detective who will strike many Agatha Christie fans as a 21st-century version of Hercule Poirot. (Mar.)

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IT'S EASTER, AND ON A PERFECT SPRING DAY IN PEACEFUL THREE PINES, SOMEONE WAITS FOR NIGHT TO FALL. THEY PLAN TO RAISE THE DEAD...
When C.I. Armand Gamache of the Sûreté du Quebec is called to the village the next morning he faces an unusual crime scene. A séance in an old, abandoned house has gone horrifically wrong and a villager lies still, spirited away - apparently frightened to death.
Gamache soon discovers that in idyllic Three Pines not all is as it should be. Toxic secrets lie buried, and something fetid and festering has clawed its way out. And even Gamache has something to hide. He is shielding his team from a terrible truth. A powerful enemy within the Sûreté has planted a traitor amongst them. Who will betray him? And how far will they go to ensure Gamache's downfall?
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0312944500, Mass Market Paperback)

When a group of 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?

Enter Chief Inspector Armand Gamache. He knows evil when he sees it. But this time, he’s investigating a case that will force him to face his very own ghosts...as well as those residing in this seemingly idyllic town. Are the residents of Three Pines hiding something great and sinister about their past? Or is April about to deliver on its fateful threat?

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Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the S?urete du Quebec is called to investigate the death of a villager at an Easter seance that was held at the Old Hadley House.

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