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The Cruellest Month by Louise Penny

The Cruellest Month (original 2007; edition 2007)

by Louise Penny

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Title:The Cruellest Month
Authors:Louise Penny
Info:Headline Book Publishing (2007), Edition: First Edition, Hardcover, 320 pages
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The Cruellest Month by Louise Penny (2007)


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Welcome back to the quirky, quaint little village of Three Pines in Canada. It's Eastertime in the village, and the trees are just beginning to bud. To celebrate the holiday the villagers have arranged to hold a séance in the creepy old Hadley residence. Before the night is over, one member of the party will be dead. What appears to be a simple natural death may have been caused by something more sinister. Once again Chief Inspector Armand Gamache and his team including the inept Yvette Nichol, find themselves investigating crime in the isolated village.

The Bottom Line: The character of Chief Inspector Armand Gamache is interesting and complex. With two story arcs, there are plenty of surprising twists and turns to keep the reader guessing until the very end. This charming cozy series is suitable for weekend reading, and this installment is the perfect entertainment for a rainy, lazy day. This literary treat will appeal to mystery buffs who enjoy eccentric characters.

This review also appears at the Mini Book Bytes Book Review Blog. ( )
  aya.herron | Sep 9, 2015 |
Will the Arnot case derail the kind inspector Garmache? Why does he keep mean, petty, know-it-all Agent Nichol? The Three Pines group comes together for another murder at the old Haldley House. Fun, light mystery with familiar characters who become more familiar with each successive book. ( )
  bblum | Sep 8, 2015 |
The parallels in this Gamache outing are strong and deft. I enjoy the depth of emotion that is present in these novels--it sets them apart from others in the genre. The hero Gamache is more like a classic epic hero, flawed and vulnerable, than a contemporary policeman. I like the way Penny is developing this character, as a leader who inspires devotion among his colleagues and the members of the Three Pines community in which he finds himself over and over, yet who also finds himself on the wrong end of a professional vendetta that he seems powerless to overcome. The latest Three Pines murder investigation is somewhat overshadowed by the spectre of this old business that is lurking in the background, but the parallels, which I mentioned, create cohesion between the two storylines. Both are affected by jealousy, which is depicted here as a supremely destructive emotion. And deception abounds: who is a friend, and who is an enemy? Or perhaps they are one and the same? Maybe because I'm reading more mysteries lately I am better at reading between the lines and figuring out the solution before the big reveal. I didn't figure this one out completely, but I had it pretty close. The reason I will continue reading the Gamache stories is because, while the background conflict did reach a climax here, a big question, namely, the fate of Gamache within the police force, hangs in the balance. I will come back to find out the answer to that one! ( )
  karenchase | Aug 20, 2015 |
Yet another in the Louise Penny's Armand Gamache series...he's an old shoe, rather like Donna Leon's Guido Brunetti. Both excellent investigators, good with people, likable. And effective. ( )
  VictoriaJZ | Aug 16, 2015 |
In another story of Chief Inspector Gamache of the surete du Quebec, the reader is taken to the colorful, wintry village of Three Pines, a forgotten village like a Canadian Brigadoon (without the singing.)

The story opens as the villagers are getting ready to celebrate Easter and having an Easter egg hunt. Then they decide to celebrate Easter and the renewal of life, with a seance. It is to be at the Timmer Hadley house which brings up bad memories for at least one villager.

The headlines of the paper the following day after the seance is that a woman is scared to death at a seance.

Gamache is sent to investigate and he must find if there is a crime and then find a possible murderer, all the while where is office is filled with intrigue and the prior superintendent is serving time in jail thanks to Gamache's diligent work. However, this man had friends and they aren't the type to forget Gamache's actions.

Even in his own family, there are things he must deal with with his daughter and son-in-law living in Paris and Gamache's wife, wanting to spend more time with them. ( )
  mikedraper | Jul 29, 2015 |
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Chabalier, LouiseTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Nagano, KiyomiTranslatorsecondary 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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