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How the Light Gets In: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel Hardcover – August 27, 2013
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But there is a mystery about Constance. She won't let Clara paint her portrait. It is almost as if she has a secret in her past. Perhaps a big one. Perhaps a secret someone would kill for.
"Who doesn't have a secret?" asks crazy Ruth. Secrets, and the revealing of them, is Inspector Gamache's focus in this book. It seems everyone has them. There's the mysterious death of a woman by a bridge he passed - why would a young woman jump over a bridge in a cold Canadian winter Gamache wonders.
Then there's the mystery regarding Gamache's cunning supervisor, Chief Superintendent Francoeur, who is decimating Gamache's homicide department and ordering Gamache's former assistant Jean-Guy Beauvoir on dangerous raids. Is Francoeur trying to drive Gamache and Beauvoir over the edge, or is something deeper and more sinister at play?
And what about the secrets in Constance's past? The sleepy little village of Three Pines is about to have a rude awakening. Even high tech visits it in Gamache's efforts shine the light on the secrets. This is one of the most intense investigations Gamache has lead as the secrets go deeper and deeper. Will the villagers act to protect Gamache and their village from the bad guys? Will the bad guys meet their match in Ruth?
A brilliant balance between modern, big city intrigue and bucolic, small village happenings, this mystery novel is an absorbing read. Grit meets charm.Read more ›
Book 6, "Bury Your Dead" opens with the news that in the interim between the "Brutal" and "Bury" books, something horrendous had happened that left many of Gamache's men dead and both Gamache and Beauvoir seriously injured and emotionally ravaged. The emotional and physical impact of that tragedy will follow the two detectives relentlessly through all the Gamache novels that follow. Which is why I recommend newbies read "Bury Your Dead," "A Trick of the Light," and "The Beautiful Mystery" before tackling this one.
By the time we get to this ninth in the series, the bad apples, led by the villainous Chief Inspector Francoeur, will have taken over control of the Surete from Gamache and the good guys; the Francoeur faction will have grabbed away all of Gamache's best detectives--including Beauvoir--and are blatantly plotting to force Gamache's resignation.
While all this is going on, there's a murder to be solved. Gamache has been called to Three Pines, where Myrna, the bookstore owner, needs his help finding her missing friend Constance, who, it will turn out, was (a) murdered and (b) the last of Canada's famous Ouellet quintuplets.
In recent years I've read all the Gamache books as soon as they come out...Read more ›
"How the Light Gets In" is the ninth book in Louise Penny's Inspector Gamache series. I discovered the series only last year when I read the previous book "The Beautiful Mystery". I was so impressed with that book that I read six of the seven of her back-list. Most of the previous books were set in both Montreal and in the village of Three Pines, a couple of hours out of the city. A secluded place, Three Pines, sort of seems like the villages depicted in Thomas Kinkade's Christmas scenes. It looks like an ethereal place but the small village has seen its share of murders. It is Three Pines again where the majority of the action occurs in "Light". Bad things are also occurring in Montreal, where wickedness, murder, and havoc threaten to arise at any point during the story. Oh, and "venality" makes an appearance, too.
Louise Penny is an ambitious writer. Her books have a multitude of plots and characters and she juggles them both. How WELL you, the reader, feels she juggles them will determine if you enjoy this book. In "Light" she includes her Inspector Gamache and his family and aides at the Surete de Quebec, and his enemies. Also included are the townspeople of Three Pines - human and fowl - as well as a family of quintuplets, who are involved in the murder case Gamache is charged with solving.
The only problem with this book are the couple of dropped plot-points and characters.Read more ›
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Finally, Penny is back on track with Gamache after The Beautiful Mystery. Finally all the business with the Arnot case and the factory shooting is wrapped up. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Tinkerbelle80
I stayed up way too late finishing this because it was a nail biter. There are always twists I don't see coming in these novels.Published 6 days ago by D. Moul
I just love the Inspector Gamache series, especially those novels that take place in Three Pines. How the Light Gets In is the best installment so far. Read morePublished 8 days ago by 2LZ
Wonderful book in a terrific series- Penny has stepped up her game with this one. You'll get caught up in the suspense as well as the mystery!Published 9 days ago by CJ Wright
Louise Penny is a favorite author. Finely drawn characters, interesting plots. more than an 'average' mystery novel.Published 10 days ago by Judith S. Turner
I couldn't put this down. Haven't found a book in this series that I didn't like but I think this was my favorite so far.Published 10 days ago by Heather R
This is the last of very entertaining series of mysteries with very charismatic and likable cast of characters with Inspector Gamache and his sidekicks take center stage. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Martha Lacko
This is one of the best Chief Inspector Gamache mysteries. Kept my interest and couldn't put it down. The little town of Three Pines at Christmas is featured as is Montreal. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Jan Goodin