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- Book 16 of 16 in A Chief Inspector Gamache Mystery
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Praise for All the Devils Are Here"As always, Penny's mystery is meticulously constructed and reveals hard truths about the hidden workings of the world--as well as the workings of the Gamache family. But there's plenty of local color, too, with a trip to the top of the Eiffel Tower to escape surveillance and a luxurious suite at the Hotel George V for good measure. If you're new to Penny's world, this would be a great place to jump in. Then go back and start the series from the beginning." --Kirkus Reviews (starred review) "Penny's series has always been about the complexities and sustaining glories of family, and here she takes that theme even further, revealing fissures in the Gamache clan, but also showing the resilience and love at its root. Series devotees will revel in both Penny's evocation of Paris--every bit as sumptuous as her rendering of Three Pines--and in the increased role she allots to librarian Reine-Marie, whose research skills are crucial to untying the Gordian knot at the mystery's core."
--Booklist (starred review) "Exceptional... Penny's nuanced exploration of the human spirit continues to distinguish this brilliant series." --Publishers Weekly (starred review) Praise for A Better Man "'A Better Man, ' with its mix of meteorological suspense, psychological insight and criminal pursuit, is arguably the best book yet in an outstanding, original oeuvre." --Tom Nolan, Wall Street Journal "Enchanting...one of [Gamache's] more ennobling missions." --Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review "Pensive and moral Quebec police inspector Armand Gamache is justly beloved, and Penny's evocative prose is unfailingly admirable." --Seattle Times "The deeper reward lies in how the books probe the psyches of Gamache, his family and colleagues, as well as this circle of small-town bohemians, the author picking off her characters, psychologically at least, one by one." --The Globe and Mail The appeal of this series and especially of Gamache himself has always been Penny's ability to show her hero moving from the tangible, brutal facts of murder to the emotions within, the stories in the blood. There are multiple stories, often contradictory, to be found in the many-tentacled web of human tragedy and suffering that Gamache teases to the surface in this moving exploration of ties that both bind and destroy. --Booklist, starred review Wrenching... Penny explores the depths of human emotion, both horrifying and sublime. Her love for her characters and for the mystical village of Three Pines is apparent on every page.--Publishers Weekly, starred review "Penny's lyrical writing opens up Gamache's soul-searching in an almost poetic way. A Better Man, it turns out, isn't so much a novel to wrap up certain story lines in this 14-book series, but one to breathe new life into them." -- Minneapolis Star Tribune "This title brings several character arcs to a close while resetting others to make this psychological mystery serve both as a beginning for new readers and a satisfying continuation for series fans. Gamache is an explorer of the human psyche, and the care he takes with the victims, their friends and family, as well as his own allows this series and his character continually to surprise, delight, and enthrall. Highly recommended for lovers of psychological, character-driven mysteries. --Library Journal, starred review --This text refers to the hardcover edition.
- Publication Date : September 1, 2020
- File Size : 1721 KB
- Print Length : 443 pages
- Publisher : Minotaur Books (September 1, 2020)
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B0841FHN4C
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #300 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Gamache needs to be back in Quebec and, even better, Three Pines. The schmaltzy simplicity of these characters does not bring one to believe they’re a family that can solve international art and corporate crimes - while they’re just visiting the city for the birth of a grandchild. The main character’s sanctimony and his wife’s undying sweet adoration, placed in the city of Paris where of course he proposed to her so many years ago - would be great in a soap opera or weekly tv detective family drama. But hours of reading (listening) left me screaming “Please just end it!” Gamache’s drama needs to come to an end. Let’s get some fresh blood back in Three Pines.
Chief Inspector Armand Gamache and his wife Raine-Marie have come from Canada to Paris for the birth of a new grandchild. After a celebratory dinner with their two children, spouses, and Armand’s billionaire godfather, Stephen Horowitz, Stephen is deliberately struck by a vehicle and now lies in a coma. A grim discovery at his apartment prompts an investigation and the uncovering of family secrets leaving Armand to determine just who can be trusted.
Paris is not a city about which one can be objective. It is a city that enthralls from the moment one arrives and, even if one never has the chance to return, it lives within one forever. Penny has captured perfectly that sense of having found the city of one's soul and portrays it perfectly. Even the hardcover book’s glorious end sheets, designed by MaryAnna Coleman, draw one into the beauty of Paris. Opening with lines from Shakespeare's "Tempest" is the perfect balance to the City of Light with a history of darkness.
Although not an issue for new readers, series readers may have a sense of being a stranger in a strange land having the story set outside the usual environs of Canada and Three Pines. This was an effective decision as it is echoed by Gamache having the same sense of not knowing who to believe, who to trust. It illustrates the duplicity of people and is effective in heightening the suspense and tension. The connections made back to Three Pines and the Sûreté du Québec are nicely done.
The mystery is well-plotted as it grows upon itself and is delightfully complex taking one down unexpected roads. Yet, more than a mystery, this is a story of relationships, and with that comes wisdom.
Penny employs her characters wisely. Involving family members as part of an investigation can be risky. However, in this case, no one is superfluous; neither are any of their roles forced or out of character. Each has skills that contribute, and each is humanly imperfect with weaknesses and foibles. In other words, they are real. Even the use of an unseen, yet critical, character is wonderfully done. The theme of abandonment, which appears in various ways through Penny’s books, is heartfelt and recognizable to so many.
Penny's ability to place the reader within the story is second to none. Sitting in the hospital, awaiting news of a loved one, you feel, hear, and smell the starkness and desperation of those who are there, and the unwillingness to give up hope. Her use of dialogue is evocative. The banter between Jean-Guy and Armand is always something one anticipates and enjoys, but this was lovely as well--"Please, Dad," Daniel now said. "Tell me you were a commando." "Better." His father leaned closer and dropping his voice further. "I taught commandos."
When reading Penny, there are always lines that make one stop and consider, small lessons to be learned--"It had taken Beauvoir years to see the power of pausing. And of patience. Of taking a breath to consider all options, all angles, and not simply acting on the most obvious." She teaches one the value of seeing not only what is there, but what is not; what is real, and what is facade, and that--"People believe what they want to believe. Beginning with their own lies." "Hell is the truth seen too late," said Reine-Marie."
“All the Devils are Here” is Penny’s best book to date. It is complex, suspenseful, and emotional with a small touch of the paranormal. It has a cracking good, twisty plot--you don't see where it is going--and an excellent ending. Most of all, it demonstrates Penny’s continuing growth as an author and, I suspect, as a person. And isn’t that the goal of us all?
ALL THE DEVILS ARE HERE (PolProc-C.I. Armand Gamache-Paris-Contemp) - Ex
Penny, Louise – 16th in series
Minotaur Books, Sept 2020
This one worked. It wasn't quite as overdone as past books in the series. The technical and financial details were implausible, and it still featured some conspiracy, so I can't give full marks and feel a little like I need to shower after reading it. But compared to past books, it's still an improvement.
Three Pines barely featured, but at this point that might be a feature rather than a bug. While one misses the characters, it strains suspension of disbelief too much to believe that these people can have really experienced *that* many murders.
More like this, please. Ideally, I wish Louise Penny tried to write a mystery with a completely different set of protagonists (like Lucy Maud Montgomery branching out from her Anne series), because I feel like with reliable readers less effort is put into these Gamache books than the original ones and a lot of the nice gags have already been done. But that is probably hoping for too much, so instead I'd like to hope for a standard murder mystery where 1 or 2 people max has committed a crime. As the number of people involved in a conspiracy increases, the chance it's really been kept secret is lowered.
This was an exciting story, an interesting story, and as it was unfolding I kept thinking, how did Ms. Penny think this up?
Great fun, great story, and must read for fans of this series. I guess you could start here if you haven’t read the series, but I’m not sure it would be as appreciated. If you haven’t read any in this series, go back and read it. Starts with Still Life. You will thank me for the suggestion.
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Sorry, this is just my opinion, but I really loved the beautiful descriptions of life in Three Pines, and this is just frankly not for me.
The first read, I want to know the story, what’s happening, to quickly devour and roll on through the twists and turns, to know what is happening to my friends, to get to the always satisfying end.
Then I read again, or maybe listen to the audio version, to appreciate more slowly the evocation of place, the creation of characters, the uncovering of evil that is always at the heart of these books.
Thanks again to Louise, she has once again produced a novel that filled my day, took me, not this time to Three Pines, but to a city she so obviously loves, to Paris. If this strange time ever allows I hope to discover for myself the places that come alive so vividly.
An excoriating, many-layered blast at C21st global power structures and the evil done in greedy, materialistic pursuit of power.