When an intricate old map is found stuffed into the walls of the bistro in Three Pines, it at first seems no more than a curiosity. The focus of the investigation soon turns to Gamache himself and his mysterious relationship with Amelia, and his possible involvement in the crime.
But the closer the villagers look, the stranger it becomes. Amelia is more likely to be found on the other side of a police line-up. The frantic search for answers takes the investigators back to Three Pines and a stained glass window with its own horrific secrets.
Including Armand and Reine-Marie Gamache, who now live in the little Quebec village. More than a simple mystery, Penny's novel peels away the emotional and psychological layers of the inhabitants of Three Pines..'Publishers Weekly (starred review) 'The bucolic Quebec village of Three Pines again proves no refuge in Penny's stellar 11th Armand Gamache novel….
Marina Singh, a pharmaceutical researcher in Minnesota, receives a two-week-old letter explaining that her friend and co-worker, Anders Eckman, has died of a severe fever while on a business trip in the Brazilian rainforest.
Or rather, my mother, Leif, Karen, and I did, along with our two horses, our cats and our dogs, and a box of ten baby chicks my mom got for free at the feed store for buying twenty-five pounds of chicken feed.
Still Life, A Fatal Grace/Dead Cold (same book, different title), The Cruelest Month, A Rule Against Murder/The Murder Stone (same book, different title), The Brutal Telling, Bury Your Dead, A Trick of the Light, The Beautiful Mystery, How the Light Gets In, The Long Way Home, The Nature of the Beast, A Great Reckoning.
Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life. We fought and talked and made up jokes and diversions in order to pass the time. wed ask one another over and over again, playing a game in which the person who was it had to think of someone, famous or not, and the others would guess who it was based on an infinite number of yes or no questions: Are you a man? Instead, she instructed us to slather our bodies with pennyroyal or peppermint oil.
A child of a white mother and Indian father, Marina often felt trapped between two worlds.
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New York Times (lead review) "….disquieting….powerful….artful..." Washington Post "…. Miraculous." USA Today made it the lead in its "New and Noteworthy" section, calling it one of the hottest books on sale this week.
O Magazine named it a Top Ten Book for September and called it ‘…suspenseful….’ People Magazine "…superb…" Real Simple Richmond Times Dispatch "..splendid and moving novel..." London Sunday Times - Crime Book of the Month 'Penny's elliptical style works brilliantly in a novel that combines modern-day police corruption with a century-old tragedy.' And Audio File Magazine gave A GREAT RECKONING its Earphones Award and says: ".... What makes this story most magical..the perfect reminder of the dark side of human nature, but that side does not always win out.