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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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  Bruno_Estigarribia | Mar 31, 2014 |
Extremely sympathetic characters. This is my favorite of hers so far. Thoughtful. ( )
  joeyr | Mar 15, 2014 |
[Cross-posted to Knite Writes]

I enjoyed this installment substantially more than the first two. The building Arnot story line is what interests me most about this series, and the development of that plot kept me going throughout, negating the somewhat boring “coziness” of the murder mystery. Thus, this book was “less cozy” than its predecessors and a bit more intense. For the past couple of books, Gamache has seemed pretty untouchable and somewhat static, but this book develops his character further by showing his true skills as a detective and playing on his insecurities and fears concerning the repercussions of the Arnot case.

My favorite aspect of this installment was watching the development of those around Gamache, specifically his fellow Surete officers, watching how they responded to the events of the story, how they responded to Gamache’s actions, and what choices they made concerning the main themes of the novel. A lot of the characters who have seemed minor and occasionally insignificant are given greater depth, and to me, that represents a (successful) attempt to continually enrich the cast of the series, preparing them for events to come.

I did find the murder mystery to be a bit weaker than the ones in the previous two books, but that may have been because it was overshadowed by the more serious and tenser Arnot plot line — the stakes were far higher for the latter, and they revolved around the central character, whereas the murder mystery fell a little flat, revolving around a few minor characters that held little interest for me.

Overall, I think the series is finally picking up a bit, although I do wish the murder mystery had a bit more substance. And maybe a sense of danger. ( )
  TherinKnite | Feb 17, 2014 |
Great opening paragraph. Makes me laugh out loud! ( )
  njcur | Feb 13, 2014 |
This is the third book in the series of the little village in Canada and Chief Inspector Gamache of the Surete. There is a murder in the little village that needs solving. Gamache and his not so merry band of detectives Solve it in the style of the cozy mystery. But intruding into the book are wisps of the Gamache's past. I think the Arnot affair will become more important as the series goes on. ( )
  susanbeamon | Feb 2, 2014 |
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Louise Pennyprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Chabalier, LouiseTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Nagano, KiyomiTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Saint-Germain, MichelTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Stumpf, AndreaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Werbeck, GabrieleTranslatorsecondary 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 Surete 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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