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
Branch Call Number: FIC Penny 3558ad 1
Characteristics: 311 p


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Re-reading this after 6 years, just randomly picked it up at the library and I had forgotten the plot. It still stands the test of time. An expose of the criminal underbelly in Quebec police force woven into a well written murder mystery.

Nov 07, 2018

An interesting story but I did not like the ending - Clara's new painting had no relation to the plot (at least for me). Also, Penny mentions that Clara, as an artist, lived in poverty most of her life. This is not true as she was married to a popular, famous artist and they lived in a house that they owned too, in the village. I don't call that living in poverty!

Sep 13, 2017

Read to page 36, Sept 13, 2017

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!

Sep 08, 2016

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

Dec 05, 2015

Louise Penny's series of mysteries featuring Inspector Armand Gamache is a wonderful find for this mystery lover. They are best read in chronological order, as the plot of each novel builds on the previous ones to some extent. The Cruellest Month is exceptionally good. It is suspenseful, and carries two mysteries at once: the murder Gamache is investigating, and the growing evidence of a plot against him by someone in the Sûreté. Good reading from beginning to end.

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.

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.

ehbooklover Sep 06, 2014

Another strong chapter in Penny’s Chief Inspector Gamache series. Full of interesting people, a wonderful small town setting, and loads of red herrings. The mystery was especially creepy as it involved a haunted house and a couple of seances (BOO!). In other words, the perfect book to read during a very intense lightning storm.

Mar 27, 2012

Read these out of order, but it didn't matter they were all very good, can't wait for the next one. Love Inspector Gamache.

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