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The Hangman (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache #6.5)

3.72 of 5 stars 3.72  ·  rating details  ·  2,666 ratings  ·  284 reviews
On a cold November morning, a jogger runs through the woods in the peaceful Quebec village of Three Pines. On his run, he finds a dead man hanging from a tree.
The dead man was a guest at the local Inn and Spa. He might have been looking for peace and quiet, but something else found him. Something horrible.
Did the man take his own life? Or was he murdered? Chief Inspector A
ebook, 96 pages
Published December 2011 by Grass Roots Press (first published January 1st 2010)
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Rachel Talbert This is listed on Goodreads as 6.5, but amazon markets it as a easy reader, as an introduction with use of simplistic language.
Marli Yes, this is a series and "The Hangman" book is 5th in the Chief Inspector Armaund Gamache series. I just finished the first book, Still Life and it…moreYes, this is a series and "The Hangman" book is 5th in the Chief Inspector Armaund Gamache series. I just finished the first book, Still Life and it was wonderful. This book was good too, but a very quick read, almost like a short story. The characters were familiar from the first book but if you hadn't read the other books you wouldn't know much about them. (less)
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I did not pick up anywhere, when buying this book, that this was a short novel/novella, neither was I aware that the story was written at the request of ABC Life Literacy Canada, for its Good Reads Books selection. The aim was to provide books for adults with reading difficulties.

Reviewed as such it worked. It is a fast-paced, simplified story of a man found hanging from a tree outside Three Pines. At first glance it looked like a suicide, but Chief Inspector Armand Gamache did not think so and
Ivonne Rovira
Author Louise Penny is not only a wonderful author but a genuinely good person. At the request of ABC Life Literacy Canada, Penny penned The Hangman to very particular specifications for its Good Reads Books selection (not to be confused with this website). These books serve adults with reading difficulties and, therefore, adhere to simpler vocabulary and a 100-page limit. It's an incredibly admirable goal: to provide intelligently written books that are accessible to all reading levels.

That's w
I'm not a big fan of short stories or novellas because they never seem to go further than an outline type story, but I loved this novella by Louise Penny. When a man is found dead, hanging from a tree in Three Pines, Chief Inspector Gamache must decide whether this is a suicide or a murder. Everything points to murder, but the man has left a suicide note in his room at the Inn and Spa. The man's past will determine the answer.

One of the best things about Penny's stories is her little gems that a
This is a short (87 pages) novella written for a special series of books sponsored by a Canadian literacy organisation. They're all by Canadian authors, use simple, clear language, and are less than a hundred pages. I read this book because I will read anything that features the Quebec village of Three Pines and Inspector Armand Gamache.

Although it doesn't have the depth of the novels, this was a very good story. A body is found hanging from a tree in the woods near the village of Three Pines.
Gwyneth Stewart
Reading this story was a little like encountering dear friends you haven't seen in a long time at a large party. It's great to see them, but you don't really have a chance for a satisfying visit. This is a straight to ebook novella features an interesting enough mystery, with a number of twists in spite of its brevity. What's missing, though, are the things that make the Three Pines mysteries so wonderful to read--the nuanced and very human characters, their developing relationships with each ot ...more
ETA: I see from other reviews that this was written for a literacy project, to be no more than 100 pages and to use simple language. Under those constrictions, it was a pretty decent story. So, one more star.

Gamache Lite.

A short story, really, for the Louise Penny completist. In the Three Pines novels I've read so far, the puzzle is never the pay-off. It's the characters, the town, the psychology and the food that keep me reading. This was too short, too bland and too contrived. All puzzle and
This novella was written for a series of books for Canadian adults with reading difficulties. So the fact that it isn't written in Penny's usual style and that it could be set at almost any time during the series makes a lot more sense now. Feel free to skip this novella entirely.
Nancy (essayist)
I knew going in that this was really a short story, written for a Canadian literacy project, so I wasn't expecting much. I've realized, though, that I'm getting close to the end of the published Chief Inspector Gamache novels, so I'm trying to string them out as long as I can, savoring every word. In reading "The Hangman," I was interested to see how Penny would handle this format. This was pared to be just the mystery. It was, as always, a clever whodunit but without the layers of emotional com ...more
Kathy Davie
I've set this short story between 6 and 7 in the Chief Inspector Armand Gamache mystery series. The focus is, as usual, in Three Pines in Canada.

My Take
It's a conundrum worthy of Agatha Christie in this short and yet very complete story. You'll only realize it's brevity by how little time it takes to read.

You'll cry. You won't be able to help it. So many wasted lives. And it is Gamache who pulls together the clues they all unearth.

Few of the core characters appear, and there is one new one, Tom
Laura Zlogar
This novella is a very good read. I have now read two works by Louise Penny in the Inspector Gamache series. Armand Gamache has a little Hercule Poirot in him, in a French Canadian sort of way. He is thoughtful, careful, and smart. Penny is a very good writer--interesting characters, well conceived plots, and especially good description. This book focuses on the little village of Three Pines where someone has been found hanging in a tree in a nearby forest. Everyone is a suspect until the victim ...more
Louise Penny wrote this book for a literacy program, so she was working with the parameters that the book had to be less than 100 pages and had to be written in simple, clear language. I'm having a hard time rating and reviewing this book, because I keep wanting to say things like, "For a book this short . . . " or "Considering the vocabulary is simple . . ." If I'm rating this book by comparing it to other novellas, I give it four stars. If I'm rating this book by comparing it to Penny's other ...more
Lori McD
I'd never heard about this story until I was looking up Louise Penny's book list for a friend. Surprise - it's a GOODREADS published Kindle/ebook!

While short, this standalone story grips you right away with Gamache and Beauvoir at the scene of a hanging. Lots of the usual misdirections and possible suspects, and a little of the folks that we love in Three Pines.

According to the publishing date, this story seems to take place before "Bury Your Dead", which is likely why there's not much mention o
Apr 21, 2012 Alan rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Louise Penny fans, Canadian Crime/Mystery fans, Adult Literacy readers
Louise Penny's "The Hangman" is a short story/novella that was published between the 6th & 7th Chief Inspector Armand Gamache full-length novels "Bury Your Dead" and "A Trick of the Light". It is part of a series called "Good Reads" where about a dozen Canadian authors have provided a short work for adult literacy promotion. You can see more about the program at Note that this has nothing to do with the website.

The plot of "The Hangman" involves an apparent
First Sentence: Armand Gamache didn’t like what he was looking at, but then, few people would.

A guest at the Inn and Spa in Three Pines is found hanged by a jogger. Inspector Armand Gamache and his deputy Jean-Guy Beauvoir are sent to investigate. The question is whether this is a suicide or murder.

This novella was written for Canada’s Literacy Project at the Grade 3 level for adult readers. The style and plot are very simple and, where characters in the series books, would use French words or p
A fun read. Quite different than the other Inspector Gamache books. Personalities are slightly different (colder, more aloof), friendships aren't as warm, being so short the mystery isn't as tense. But still an enjoyable read.
It doesn't seem quite fair to compare this novella to Penny's novels as is the temptation. Short stories don't provide the space for fuller character and complex plot development readers have come to expect in her novels. The Hangman is a short story. Given what it is, it offers an easy, evening read allowing readers a quick fix of Gamache and Beauvoir. Having said that, I missed the full cast--especially Ruth--and sufficient dessert--Penny's delicious humor. I eagerly await the next installment ...more
Sonya L Moore
Even though this book has the same characters as the Chief Inspector Armand Gamache series by Penny, it is not written for the same audience.

"The Hangman is a special book written as a novella for "emerging adult readers" as part of a Canadian literacy project. It is written at Grade 3 level intentionally, and is not part of the ongoing series of Inspector Gamache/Three Pines novels. When reviewing the book, please keep this in mind. You can read more about it on Ms. Penny's website, which can
Tanja Berg
I love Louise Penny, but this is novella and it simply did not carry the substance of a full-length novel. A man is found hanging in the woods outside the village of Three Pines. The initial thought that it would be a suicide are discarded and Inspector Gamache handles it as a murder, despite the note left behind. This is a really quick read and as such perhaps worthwhile for the ardent Louise Penny fan. For all others, there isn't much point.
I'd give this three and half stars. Penny is usually able to describe her characters and Three Pines with great nuance over many chapters. Here, she had 60 pages or so, and had to tuck in a plot as well.

Minus a half-star for resorting to the time-worn Agatha Christy trick of "You may be wondering why you're all gathered here--well, one of you is a murderer!"

But a nice appetizer while waiting for the next book.
Carolyn F.
Short story

I was so disappointed with this short story. I was like the author wanted to make a Christie-like story and failed miserably. I just didn't enjoy it at all and I usually love this series. :(
Well, this was a good story, but I wonder why Louise Penny wrote a novella? That is just way too short a time spent with the good folks of Three, naturally, I am off to the next in the series!
The short story is not really Louise Penny's forte, but after a bit of a generalized beginning, she manages to work some of her magic, even though she doesn't really have room to expand. It's a nice quick read if you don't have time to become totally immersed in a longer book - which was my reason for reading.
Louise Penny's contribution to the Adult Literacy collection, this short novel is a quick, easy read but depends on Gamache and his colleague to solve a murder. A taste of Three Pines to tide me over until her next full-length novel comes out later this year.
The Hangman by Louise Penny is a Penny-lite novella. I chose it as the only Penny novel readily available on my phone. After reading it, I found out that it was written as "part of a programme called GoodReads Canada, which was created by national literacy organizations to publish books aimed at emerging adult readers." If this were the first story I had read by this author, I wouldn't be a fan. Penny introduces the characters that populate Three Pines, the setting for other mysteries starring C ...more
When a man is found hanging in the woods outside of Three Pines, Chief Inspector Gamache and his team are called to investigate. At first it is thought that this is a suicide but the man who found the body has been acting odd and Gamache believes that there is more to this occurrence than meets the eye. In order to solve this case, he must first identify the body and figure out why he came to Three Pines; only then will the missing pieces of this murder puzzle come together and the murderer will ...more
How delightful to come across this novella when I am SO waiting for Gamache #10 to come out soon.

Three Pines has Gamache and Beauvoir investigating a November death by hanging (murder/suicide?)with Myra discovering some essential information concerning the victim. He is an author who is traveling incognito under the name of Canada's long dead official Hangman.

It is rather a "closed room" mystery as the perp or perps can only be the present takers at the high end local Spa.

It's a 3.5 star round
Kari Ramirez
I pride myself on following the clues in the books I read to their logical conclusion and for the second time Penny's killer took me by surprised. To my credit this was a shorter story so there wasn't a lot of story to go on, but still while I was reading I was questioning things and for some reason the killer's true identity alluded me!

I love her writing. I love Three Pines. Armand is a wonderful character and his supporting cast are just as delightful. The only thing I didn't love is the cover
Martha Curtis
Another Armand Gamache Three Pines episode. Enjoy every single one of Armand Gamache/Three Pines books. Can't wait for the next one!
Alexandra Sterling
Not bad for what it is: I did not know that the Canadian good reads project was a literacy project. So I had the Kindle edition where you don't know how long it is unless you check the bottom of your screen. I found it oddly childish and finished it in one brief sitting.

Here is the problem: what sets Louise Penny apart from other writers is her nuanced telling of the story. Not to mention character development and creation of a mood. So this book was not for me as I feel that violence in art ne
Although under 100 pages, there is a lot going on in these pages. Very good entertainment.
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She lives with her husband, Michael, and a golden retriever named Trudy, in a small village south of Montreal.

Her first Armand Gamache novel, "Still Life" won the New Blood Dagger, Arthur Ellis, Barry, Anthony and Dilys Awards.

* Agatha Award: Best Novel
o 2007 – A Fatal Grace – Winner
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“Gabri and Myrna were very rich indeed, rich in the things that matter. In friendships and laughter, in kindness and company. People rich in money might belong at the Inn and Spa, but those rich in other ways belonged in the tiny village of Three Pines. Here, kindness was the real currency.” 1 likes
“I am tired,” Gamache murmured as he walked into the gentle little village. “But I am at peace.” 0 likes
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