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The cruelest month by Louise Penny

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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Tags:fiction, female author, canadian, canada, quebec, montreal, three pines, crime, mystery, family, police procedural, male detective, police detective, gamache, series-3rd, st. martin's press, st. martin's minotaur, macmillan, bookshelf07, read2013, TIOLI

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The Cruellest Month by Louise Penny (2007)


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I very seldom reread a book, but this is a book club selection, and I enjoy reading Louise Penny. This time I listened to the audiobook, and the pleasure was immeasurable. Penny is the only author able to invoke strong emotions from me. The scenes involving Ruth and the duckling eggs provide a glimpse into the various layers of Ruth's personality that dominant her poetry. The sense of community building and healing shimmers through the darkest of the season. Louise Penny develops and expands on her characters in each new novel. My favorite characters are Ruth, Clara, Myrna, Armand, and Jean. Of course, I relish other characters, each has a distinct personality. Three Pines stands as an Eden, that also contains a serpent, plotting to expel the inhabitants from Paradise. What a treasure to have a new Armand Gamache book to explore. ( )
  delphimo | Nov 23, 2016 |
Fun but I am glad the Arnot subplot is over. At least, I hope so. ( )
  laurenbufferd | Nov 14, 2016 |
Only Canadians really know which month is the cruelest and the most fickle in this country. Being this close to the Arctic Circle we all know that April is a fickle and unpredictable month. This book is set in the month of April in and around Three Pines in Quebec. One minute it's warm and sunny and the next minute there's snow and hail. Gamache and his crew are trying to find another murderer in sleepy little Three Pines. This murderer, if there is a murderer, is just as duplicitous as the month of April. Was Madeline Favreau actually scared to death at a creepy seance in the old Hadley house. This particular house hides a lot of bad memories for Gamache and many people. Or was Madeline murdered? I enjoyed the story as usual. The only thing that brought the book down from five stars to four was the backstory of Gamache's old arrest of a corrupt police superintendent. Arnot is languishing in jail, but his followers are sneaky and there are many of them still withing the Surete. I felt that Gamache didn't show his usual intelligence and inate common sense when it came to more fallout from that old arrest. It seemed out of character to me. But this is a good book and one that makes me look forward to the next Gamache outing. ( )
  Romonko | Aug 6, 2016 |
Chief Insp. Armand Gamache and his team investigate yet another death in the tiny Québec village of Three Pines in Penny's third well-plotted cozy, which follows Still Life and A Fatal Grace. The Hadley house has been a dark presence on the hill above the village for years, so when a psychic comes to the village for a visit, the townspeople decide, half seriously and half in fun, to hold a séance in the old place and rid the house of whatever evil is haunting it. Needless to say things quickly start to go awry as the séance progresses. I have really enjoyed this series. Louise Penny rewards her readers with thoughtful prose and glimpses of a way of life that we'd all like to sample from time to time--if we could just find this elusive place called Three Pines. ( )
  Carol420 | May 31, 2016 |
This is the third book in Louise Penny's Chief Inspector Gamache delightful series. This time, there are witches and seances, and of course, murder.

It does help to read or listen to these books in order because there is backstory that is helpful to know, or at least, makes the books more interesting. I've listened to these first three books, and because I am woefully ignorant of French pronunciation, it takes me awhile to figure out the names and who is who. The narrator though, is excellent.

Gamache has enemies, nothing new there. There are ongoing characters in the series, as well as the introduction of new ones. I especially like curmudgeonly ol' Ruth.

For those who like mysteries that aren't overly grisly, this is a fun series. ( )
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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
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.)

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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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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