A world of curiosities a novel

by Penny, Louise,

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Chief Inspector Armand Gamache returns in the eighteenth book in #1 New York Times bestseller Louise Penny's beloved series.#1 New York Times bestselling author Louise Penny returns with the eighteenth book in her popular series featuring Armand Gamache and the denizens of the Quebec village Three Pines.
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Booklist Review: "Two apparently unrelated events in the village of Three Pines thrust Armand Gamache, head of homicide for the Sûreté du Québec, deep into the past, leading to a confrontation with personal demons, internal and external. The first event is the appearance in the village of Sam and Fiona Arsenault, the children of a mother who abused them and whose murder was investigated by Gamache. Questions have remained for more than a decade about the roles of the children in their mother's death. Then a long-bricked-up room is discovered in the village, and when it's opened, a strange painting is found: a copy of a seventeenth-century masterpiece, The Paston Treasure, in which modern details and shorthand-like codes have been added to the original. Is the painting a veiled message to Gamache, a harbinger of approaching horror? To derail the onrushing demons, Gamache and his colleagues must burrow into a world of both curiosities and "festering secrets," remembering that "there is always another story . . . more than meets the eye." Finally, what they find, Gamache reflects, is like a story from the Brothers Grimm, "a tale of demons and witches, hidden rooms and unexpected saviors." For Penny, the novel is a narrative tour de force, drawing brilliantly on some dark moments in Québec history and leading Gamache and the residents of Three Pines to a hard-won, thoroughly unsentimental recognition that forgiveness is our most powerful magic.HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Through 18 installments, the Gamache series has become a crime-fiction phenomenon, a favorite of readers across every category."
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Bestseller Penny's virtuoso 18th novel featuring Chief Insp. Armand Gamache of the Québec Sûreté (after 2021's The Madness of Crowds) blends nuanced characterization with nail-biting suspense. Siblings Fiona and Sam Arsenault return to Three Pines more than a decade after Gamache investigated the bludgeoning murder of their mother, Clotilde. His inquiry revealed that Clotilde had prostituted her children, then 13 and 10, at the time of the killing. During the case, he met his future number two and son-in-law, Jean-Guy Beauvoir, who came to a different conclusion than his own. Gamache stayed involved in Fiona's life, even aiding her graduate studies in engineering. The Arsenaults' arrival coincides with several murders, which seem connected to an unusual painting found concealed in a hidden room in Three Pines. It first appears to be a duplicate of The Paston Treasure, a cryptic 17th-century assemblage of items known as A World of Curiosities, but anachronistic elements, such as a digital watch, have been added. Penny adds crucial details about Gamache's backstory and satisfactorily resolves a plotline tease from earlier in the series. This tale of forgiveness and redemption will resonate with many. Agent: David Gernert, Gernert Company. (Nov.)"
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Series Penny, Louise. Three Pines mystery ; 18.
Subjects Gamache, Armand (Fictitious character) Fiction
Québec (Province) Fiction.
Canada Fiction.
Detective and mystery fiction.
Publisher [Place of publication not identified] :St. Martin's Publishing Group,2022
St. Martin's Publishing Group2022
Contributors OverDrive, Inc.
Audience General adult
Language English
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ISBN 9781250145314
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