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“A rare treat.”
People magazine

“It’s hard to decide what provides the most pleasure in this enjoyable book: Gamache, a shrewd and kindly man constantly surprised by homicide; the village, which sounds at first like an ideal place to escape from civilization; or the clever and carefully constructed plot.”
Chicago Tribune

“Cerebral, wise and compassionate, Gamache is destined for stardom. Don’t miss this stellar debut.”
Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“Terrific. Like a virtuoso, Penny plays a complex variation on the theme of the clue hidden in plain sight.”
Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“A gem of a book.”
Booklist (starred review)

“[An] auspicious debut… [Penny’s] deceptively simple style masks the complex patterns of a well-devised plot.”
—Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review

“A perfectly executed traditional mystery.”
Denver Post

“A stellar debut novel. The setting is entrancing… Well done!”
Deadly Pleasures

“A gem of a debut novel—clever, charming, with perceptively realized characters… and the enormously appealing Chief Inspector Armand Gamache. I can’t wait for the next installment.”
—Deborah Crombie, author of Water Like a Stone

“An excellent, subtle plot full of understanding of the deeper places in human nature, and many wise observations that will enrich the reader long after the pages are closed.”
—Anne Perry, author of Long Spoon Lane

“Georges Simenon kept Maigret going for over a hundred books. It will be a delight for all of us who love detective fiction if Louise Penny can stay around long enough to do ...

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Starred Review. Canadian Penny's terrific first novel, which was the runner-up for the CWA's Debut Dagger Award in 2004, introduces Armand Gamache of the Sûreté du Québec. When the body of Jane Neal, a middle-aged artist, is found near a woodland trail used by deer hunters outside the village of Three Pines, it appears she's the victim of a hunting accident. Summoned to the scene, Gamache, an appealingly competent senior homicide investigator, soon determines that the woman was most likely murdered. Like a virtuoso, Penny plays a complex variation on the theme of the clue hidden in plain sight. She deftly uses the bilingual, bicultural aspect of Quebecois life as well as arcane aspects of archery and art to deepen her narrative. Memorable characters include Jane; Jane's shallow niece, Yolande; and a delightful gay couple, Olivier and Gabri. Filled with unexpected insights, this winning traditional mystery sets a solid foundation for future entries in the series. (July)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful debut from Louise Penny.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Canadas Agatha Christie.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Much to like from a gifted writer, but just misses the mark.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting start to the series
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4.0 out of 5 stars Gentle paced detective story
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating start
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5.0 out of 5 stars An atmospheric whodunit
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