The Cruellest Month

The Cruellest Month

Book - 2007
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Armand Gamache is called to the village of Three Pines to investigate a mysterious death resulting from a séance. Gamache soon finds that the village is haunted by deeply buried secrets, and that he himself is the target of a powerful enemy within the Sûreté du Quebec.
Publisher: London : Headline, 2007
ISBN: 9780755328956
0755328957
Branch Call Number: FIC Penny 3558ad 1
Characteristics: 311 p

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rb3221
May 09, 2017

The star Gamache takes on a mysterious murder during a seance in a haunted house in a tale full of jealousy, anguish, secrets and lies. All the regular Three Pines' characters are present and getting better with age.
The secondary plot has lots of tension as Penny and thereby Gamache try to finally resolve the Arnot case. There is some closure with some of Gamaches' team but who can he trust. Does the Arnot plot finally end or is there more to come?
A good solid novel and especially recommended if you are a Gamache fan.

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Karen500
Feb 15, 2017

The quaint little town is not so quaint. Lots of murders in them thar hills (valley). Again an obvious villain but with the other plot twists takes a long time to get there. Felt clumsy this time around. Will keep reading Penny tho'.

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JLMason
Nov 24, 2016

Another feast of delicious eating and sappy sentimentality from the kind villagers of Three Pines who, across three books, somehow manage to have three murders in their midst in less than a year. I found the staged ending of this one completely implausible as Gamache trundles back and forth between two highly charged scenes unfolding only metres away from each other. But I'm hooked. Onward to book 4!

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sandra80
Sep 08, 2016

Fabulous.Can't wait to read the next in the series.

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lasquires
Dec 19, 2015

Need a way to list a series in order, book 1 to latest. EG The Three Pines Mystery Series.

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Rosina
Aug 10, 2015

Another good story. Again don't read this if you are on a diet. There is something about Penny's books that irritate me. Sort of telling us information as if we can't figure it out for ourselves. I'll continue reading them however.

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novabrite
Aug 07, 2015

I like Chief Inspector Armand Gamache and enjoyed the book, it had some nice surprises in the end.. However, I do think going back to Three Pines was a little overdone and appears it will continue in book #4....

ferritalelibrarian Apr 30, 2015

The gentlemanly, French-Canadian Inspector Armand Gamache must solve yet another unusual murder in the idyllic (yet awfully dangerous) village of Three Pines. The murder of a seemingly delightful woman lead Gamache and his team to consider the meaning of the "near enemy" even as events from the past return to haunt him in ways both professional and personal. Sometimes I feel like I enjoy Lousie Penny in spite of Louse Penny, but either way, I'm riveted by her books.

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DorisWaggoner
Mar 20, 2015

This one was an odd mixture of the hilariously funny, the tremendously fearful (Why DO people want to scare themselves to death, anyway?), and the deeply profound. That's not a surprising mix for Penny, but it all seemed ratcheted up this time around. Add in the plot on Gamache and its outcome, and some of it was almost too much to bear. So not my favorite in the series. Yet, I will be chuckling for a long time over certain scenes--no spoiler alerts here, you'll have to read it for yourself!

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tocch101
Dec 17, 2014

A good read that keeps the characters interesting and fun.

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