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Glass Houses

(Chief Inspector Armand Gamache #13)

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When a mysterious figure appears on the village green on a cold November day in Three Pines, Armand Gamache, now Chief Superintendent of the Sûreté du Québec, knows something is seriously wrong. Yet he does nothing. Legally, what can he do? Only watch and wait. And hope his mounting fears are not realized.

From the moment its shadow falls over Three Pines, Gamache suspects
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Vintage274 There are online sites such as Netgalley and Edelweiss in which you provide a reader profile and request titles. Of course, publishers want to sell…moreThere are online sites such as Netgalley and Edelweiss in which you provide a reader profile and request titles. Of course, publishers want to sell books, so they allow ARC digital copies to go to people who review frequently and/ or have book blogs. In other words, the more you spread the word, the more likely publishers are to grant you access to advance copies.(less)
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Cathrine ☯️
5 🥐 🥐 🥐 🥐 🥐
So you’re a fan and you’re starting to get stressed.
How much longer can the author keep our hero sustainable?
Or perhaps you’re superstitious and thinking #13 could mean bad luck rather than a baker’s dozen.
How many murders can one small town suffer?
How many times can you enjoy a cafe au lait with a warm croissant dripping butter?
I know.
As long as she keeps writing we will continue to turn the pages and be hungry.

This one was exceptional, the best one yet; she’s taken it to a higher l
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Diane S ☔
Jun 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The less said the better since I don't want to give anything away, so my review will be very brief. I will say fans of this series will not be disappointed, this one may well be the best so far. A hard thing to accomplish in series of this length. Gamache will put everything on the line. Something old will be mixed with a current scourge in many countries, has reached epidemic proportions, and is hurting and has hurt many. Ruth, my favorite, and her duck get a somewhat larger role and more of he ...more
Linda
No murder. No Gamache.

The Cobrador: A tall, hooded figure robed in the midnight hour of black takes its position in the village center of Three Pines. The chilled November wind swirls around this individual who neither moves nor gestures to another soul.

High in the Pyrenees in 1841 a cobrador's presence signified a debt to be collected. Who is the cobrador eyeing for the recompense of something owed? And is it in the vein of money due or a kettle of moral debt never repaid?

Armand Gamache, Chief
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JanB
Sep 07, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
It pains me to do this, as this is one of my favorite series, but I can't give it more than 2.5 stars (fair).

With a new Penny book I settle in to spend time with my favorite characters in the quaint village of Three Pines. The books have always been as much of a character study as a mystery, and it’s one of the things I’ve loved about the series.

Unfortunately, this one just didn’t work for me. I didn’t care for the opioid epidemic theme, and although the book opens with a murder trial, the vict
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Esil
Sep 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars rounded up to 5 stars.

It's that time of year again, Armand. Labour Day weekend, and we get to spend a couple of days together...

Last year, I went gaga over Louise Penny's annual dose of Armand Gamache and the folks in Three Pines. This year's fare was lovely, but I can't quite give it five stars because I didn't love the end. But, still, I remain a true fan, wishing I could stumble onto the village of Three Pines, have a croissant and cafe au lait at the bistro while meeting my favouri
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Jaline
Sep 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: xx2017-completed
"There is a higher court than courts of justice and that is the court of conscience. It supersedes all other courts." ~Gandhi

In this 13th book of Louise Penny’s “Inspector Gamache” series, the peaceful village of Three Pines is being threatened by something menacing. A tall figure stands still and silent in the village square wearing a black robe and black mask. Menacing just by virtue of its dark presence, like a personification of Death itself.

The stories of the cobrador of Spain tell of a p
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Brenda
Sep 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was disappointed in the first half of this book. There are strangers in Three Pines. Anton is a dishwasher working in the bistro, and Jacqueline works in the boulangerie even though her talent does not include making baguettes. There are also two married couples, including Lea who has known Myrna since childhood. They have annually visited Three Pines for a few years. This will not be the wonderful visit with old friends that I expect.

There is a Cobrador, a masked, black-robed and -hooded figu
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Liz
Apr 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

It’s All Saints Day and a person robed all in black appears in the center of Three Pines. Speaking to no one, he just stands. What is he meant to represent?

Penny’s work is always convoluted. This time, maybe more than previously. Scenes flip back and forth between a court case where you don’t even know the defendant is and the time leading forward from the figure arriving in Three Pines.

This isn’t just about a murder though. Gamache, in his new role as chief Superintendent of the Surete, is goi
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Paula Kalin
What a disappointment. I’ve enjoyed this series from the start but the last two books have been so far fetched. The previous book was about the small town, Three Pines, finding a huge war cannon in their forest, and Glass Houses, is about conscience. I dislike it when a series goes way off the mark and steers into different territory. I just want to read about a good old murder and listen to Gamache quote some poetry.

3 out of 5 stars.
Laura Hill
In this installment of the Inspector Gamache series, he tackles the drug cartels and the fentanyl crisis (which we are reminded frequently kills 50 people for every kilo sold) all out of the seemingly peaceful sanctity of Three Pines. Meanwhile, a disturbing, hooded figure takes up residence on the Village Green and silently stares, bringing a sense of forboding to the sleepy town. Modeled after a Cobrador, or Conscience with a capital C, everyone in the Village feels certain it has come for the ...more
Phrynne
Aug 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5000-books
I am going to give this one five stars. Out of the thirteen books so far in this series this has to be one of the best.

Since the last book Armand Gamache has moved on to higher things and now he is Chief Superintendent of the Quebec police. Glass Houses commences in court with Armand giving evidence against an accused murderer. In Penny's usual fashion she makes the reader wait for most of the book to find out who this murderer is. In fact we spend a lot of the time in the dark as Penny and Gam
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Kevin
I was so very excited when I found this book on my holds shelf at the library. I ran through the first 100 pages and then found my lovely wife was diagnosed with breast cancer. I couldn't find the time nor the desire to pick up this book, I believe because I almost felt guilty reading this brilliance while my wife suffered through surgeries and then started chemo. I travelled this past week for work and enjoyed this book like the rest of Penny's masterpieces. I've paid a month's late fees (I sho ...more
Lo9man88
Aug 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I didn't think i could be surprised by our dear author again, but my God was i surprised and nicely so ;
Gamache crossed a big line ! Our beloved police chief applied the famous saying that "the end justifies the means" by letting thousands of people die in order to draw the evil to him and cut his head so to speak , it was a huge gamble for him: everyone was turning against him and the popo ... It was an incredible story and as always three pines is at the center of it ... A very suspenseful tal
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Margitte
SUMMARY
It was the month of November. Conscience, the Cobrador, entered Three Pines, and with the unseemly rainy, sleety weather for days, which seemed to seep right through the clothing, skin and pooled in the bones, quarrels broke out in the bistro over trivial things. They haven't seen the sun for days, felt like weeks, months, perhaps forever. Guests and inhabitants alike were stressed, the nerves frayed, tempers short.

Someone in Three Pines did something so horrific that a Conscience had to
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Lori
Aug 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
I'm attached to this series. I like the Three Pines and Sûreté du Québec regulars.

I know, a drunken old poet, an untidy artist, a charming gay couple that run a B&B. Just don't tell the cliche police. Ruth and the Archangels were great.

Like a lot of good readers, I was as interested in Louise Penny's personal loss as her latest novel. Still Life came out in 2005, but a feel like I've known her longer.

Whitehead, (Dr.) Victor Michael B.A., M.A., M.D.C.M., C.S.P.Q., F.R.C.P.C (born April 10,
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Elvan
Brilliant.

Unique to the series, Glass Houses opens with Armand Gamache on the witness stand giving evidence in a murder trial. It is July and the courtroom is stifling hot. His recounting of the events which led to a murder in Three Pines the previous November bring chills to those in the courtroom. Armand is often interrupted by the prosecuting attorney and his actions leading up to the murder are questioned. It becomes apparent to the judge that all is not as it appears. Gamache is a witness
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Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews

A conscience - we all have one, but do we know what may be on another person's conscience or even on ours that may bother us?

When a hooded figure appeared on the green in Three Pines and stayed without moving for three days, all the residents were tense and wondered what he was doing there. Did the hooded figure date back to the historical Cobrador who collected debts?

Armand Gamache, Chief Inspector, kept an eye on the figure and could do nothing within his powers to remove him. But...why is Arm
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L.A. Starks
Dec 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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☮Karen
3.5 stars rounded up

"There is a higher court than courts of justice and that is the court of conscience. It supercedes all other courts." Mahatma Gandhi

The 13th book in the Armand Gamache series deals a great deal with our conscience and how the conscience can make you feel or act out. And that's about all I'll say about the plot to avoid spoiling it for anyone. Timely and highly inventive on Ms. Penny's part, although I felt it got a bit complicated (and a tad drawn out) toward the middle. Not
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Jeanette
Those who forgive Louise Penney all her writing idiosyncrasies and adaptions to 3 Pines will like this one more than I. But STILL, after hearing so much hype and yet not reading reviews! Well, it was not a read that hit the lows of #10 and #11 (those were for me slogs- pushed myself to finish)- but at the same time I don't think Glass Houses comes at any point within one star of her best which were mid series. When Armand Gamache was doing procedural homicide police work and the series was myste ...more
Jim
3.5 stars

I had mixed feelings about this latest book in the Chief Inspector Armand Gamache series. The story opens in a place we do not normally see Armand. It is July and he is on the witness stand testifying in a murder trial. Who is the defendant? Who was the victim? We are left in the dark. But there is something else going on. Gamache and the Chief Crown Prosecutor seem to be adversaries but it seems to be part of some grand plan. Again we are kept in the dark.

Flash back to the previous Nov
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Debbie
Oct 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow, how in the heck have I come this far in my life and never read Louise Penny before? I've known for a while that she has quite the following. And now, . . . I know why. Good Grief this was a great read for me.

I spent three quarters of this book immersed in a trial without even knowing who the defendant was, or even if they were female or male. The story went from present to back history to a little further back history, then like six months before and then back to the trial, then like a mont
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Dana
Sep 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5+ stars ~ My favorite in the series!

Louise Penny has outdone herself with the 13th novel in the Armand Gamache series!

I absolutely loved the format of this one; alternating storylines that make the book more suspenseful.

There is so much love in this book and in the village of Three Pines. The ending left me with tears in my eyes.
LJ
First Sentence: “State your name, please.”

It is a very hot July day in Montreal and Chief Inspector Gamache is testifying in a murder trial. The previous Halloween, a figure in a black robe and mask has stood for several days on the green. It didn’t speak, rarely moved, and finally disappeared. The decisions and actions of Chief Superintendent Armand Gamache will impact far more than the people in the courtroom.

The story opens in a courtroom. What is interesting is that we have no idea as to who
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Tanja Berg
Rating 2* out 5, that is, a disappointment from what is one of my favorite detective series. Unfortunately, there is something deeply annoying about the way Louise Penny writes that I struggle to see beyond.

"This was closer than she'd ever been to him, and for a more sustained length of time. The deep scar at his temple was still tehere, and always would be, of course. As though the job had branded him. Close up, she could see the lines radiating from his mouth. And eyes. Life lines. Laugh lines
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Kathy
Oct 21, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Unrealistic "victory" and strategy to stop drug cartel that moved at a very slow place. I have read all the books in the series but I think I need to stop.
Truman32
Sep 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It has been said that the South side of Chicago is the baddest part of town. And if you go down there you better just beware, but the same should be said for Louise Penny’s fictional town of Three Pines—the location where most of the murders in her novels happen. Seriously, this place is deadlier than the venom from a Brazilian wandering spider. Eating at the town bistro is riskier than BASE-jumping from a skyscraper in Malaysia. In fact, instead of engaging the inhabitants with some friendly ch ...more
Michelle Scott
About three years ago, I started reading the Inspector Gamache series by Louise Penny. Immediately, I fell in love with the quirky characters, the intricate plots, and - above all - the quaint setting.  Most of Penny's books take place in the village of Three Pines which is in Quebec, Canada.  I haven't felt this attached to a fictional place since Hogwarts.  In fact, my husband and I are visiting Montreal and Quebec City this summer simply because of these books!

At any rate, when I found out th
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Cynthia
Jul 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is probably the fourth Penny novel I've read and though I feel somewhat disadvanged for not reading them all and in order it's still absolutely possible to enjoy them out of sequence. It's also impossible not to love the main hero, Gamache. He and his cronies take a big gamble with their careers and their reputations not to mention the danger involved. I loved the history element included in this outing and as an American I appreciate how Penny doesn't take some cheap shots at us but just d ...more
Tayari Jones
I read the whole thing on an international flight. I liked,it. It must be hard to keep a series going so long and I give her a lot of,respect for figuring out the new things to do,with the characters.

It’s funny. The whole,story kicks off because of the “cobrador” yet that ends up being the least compelling part of the mystery to unravel. I won’t spoil, but the ideal of stalking someone while wearing a scary costume is silly. The idea of wanting to humiliate and shame an enemy is not silly, but
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LOUISE PENNY, a former CBC radio journalist, is the #1 New York Times and Globe and Mail bestselling author of thirteen Chief Inspector Armand Gamache novels. She has been awarded the John Creasey Dagger, Nero, Macavity and Barry Awards, as well as two each of the Arthur Ellis and Dilys Awards. Additionally, Penny has won six Agatha Awards and five Anthony Awards, and has been a finalist for an Ed ...more

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“Three Pines is a state of mind. When we choose tolerance over hate. Kindness over cruelty. Goodness over bullying. When we choose to be hopeful, not cynical. Then we live in Three Pines.” 16 likes
“We see it when bullies are in charge. It becomes part of the culture of an institution, a family, an ethnic group, a country. It becomes not just acceptable, but expected. Applauded even.” 4 likes
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