Kingdom of the Blind
The entrancing new crime thriller featuring Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, from number one New York Times bestselling author Louise Penny
When Armand Gamache receives a letter inviting him to an abandoned farmhouse outside of Three Pines, the former head of the Sûreté du Québec discovers that a complete stranger has named him as an executor of her will.
Armand never knew...more
Well, this time no murd ...more
“Fuck, fuck, fuck.”
Admit it fans. When you finish the last page and the road to Three Pines is closed until another winter comes, quoting Rosa is the only way to assuage our anguish.
It is currently very cold in Three Pines. So cold that Reine-Marie and others can be heard muttering “Why do we live here?” as the town loses power and is buried in snow.
But not to worry, comfort foods that rarely fail in their one great task are abundant.
“Oh heaven…do you have power?
Non. A generator.
One of my first GR friends, Susan from Argyle, Texas, recommended this series back in 2013. I decided to give it a go and started with How the Light Gets In which is #9 in the series. I fell in love with the the narrator’s Canadian accent. Ralph Cosham brought so much to this series. Unfortunately, he passed away not to long ago.
This series takes place in ...more
Kingdom of the Blind has everything we expect from a Three Pines novel. Gamache is his normal understanding, calm, all knowing self - and of course as usual, he is keeping secrets. Beauvoir is being emotionally torn apart which is very common for him. I must admit he is one character I just do not like probably because he is always letting Gamache down. And I ...more
And with that Louise Penny opens her captivating novel with the nooks and cranies of what appears to be truth on the surface but bears the scales of something far more devious below. Is it shadowy eyes that mirror the heart or the heart that mirrors what is in the line of pure vision?
Ah, our footsteps take us, once again, to the panoramic sight of Three Pines nestled in a barage of blanketed snow. Our familiar characters take refuge in the l ...more
The Three Pines series is a favorite series of mine, and the village is a character in itself. In Penny’s own words the books are about “...the common yearning for community. For belonging. They’re about kindness, acceptance. Gratitude.” Wisdom and insight into human nature are infused into her books naturally and with ease. She’s never preachy but gives us much to think about.
Reading her books feels like coming home to good friends. Even ...more
“In the kingdom of the blind, the one eyed man is king.”
The Armand Gamache series is one of my absolute favorites. The books are much deeper than a typical mystery. It’s always about the why, not the how.
Continuing the story from the prior book, a load of deadly opiates is missing in Quebec. Gamache has not been cleared for allowing these opiates to get away from the Surete. In fact, the powers that be are looking to make him the scapegoat for the potential disaster if the drugs hit the streets. ...more
Louise Penny knocked it out of the park again this year.
If you don’t know this series, it’s well worth it but you should start from the beginning. Through Gamache and a number of recurring characters, Penny tackles real and pressing issues, with depth, compassion and humour. This ti ...more
Armand Gamache, former head of the Sûreté du Quebec, Myrna Landers, a bookseller, and a young builder have been named as liquidators (executors) for the will of an apparent stranger. But why the three of them, and not the woman's children? And how does a murder play into the disposition? Of greater concern to Gamache is locating the highly dangerous missing drugs over which Gamache was susp ...more
This book picks up approximately six months after Glass Houses. Armand Gamache, the former head of the Sûreté du Québec, remains on suspension for his part in all ...more
In this 14th book in the 'Chief Inspector Armand Gamache' series, the Canadian cop becomes the executor of a will and investigates a murder. The book can be read as a standalone, but familiarity with the series is a bonus.
As the story opens, Chief Superintendent Armand Gamache of the Sûreté du Québec is on suspension for a partially bungled drug operation. While Gamache is under investigation he takes on another task, as executor of the will of Bertha Baumgartner - a woman he's nev ...more
I really, really, really want to give this book 5 stars, but I hesitate. I don’t think it’s as strong as previous books in the series, but it’s still a very good book. Some of the secondary characters seemed a little “off” especially R ...more
::pours tea and starts re-reading Kingdom of the Blind::
I was ever so anxious to read this book as I have read and enjoyed most of the books in this series. When reading a series such as this, one can't help but think that you have gone home again, back to what you know and what you find good, wonderful, and always mysterious about being in Three Pines.
This book cl ...more
This is a follow-up to the previous novel which involves Gamache's involvement in a huge drug bust, which had ...more
Now, that said, I'm going to pick nits. I'm entitled, right, as a longtime reader? Loyal dissent and such. (Yes I have read the entire series to date.)
First, that whole "the junkies and trannie ...more
Perfect, light fare, when one doesn’t want to think much, but just enjoy the ride from the back seat. Louise Penny is my 21st century Agatha Christie. Comfortable characters, good food, good wine. What else do you need for a perfect Murder Most Lite?
Every year since 2005, when Louise Penny first published Still Life, another Armand Gamache novel has appeared. These last many years the books were released at the end of each August. This year Kingdom of the Blind wasn’t released until the end of November. In the Acknowledgements at the end of the book, Penny reveals the reason why. After the death of her beloved husband Michael, Penny decided to take a year off from writing, which she was doing, until she found herself beginning to write. ...more
However, book 14 fell majorly flat for me. The dialogue felt forced and honestly repetitive. Even the dialogue between Armand and Jean-Guy did not feel as natural as it did in previous books. Glass Houses left off in a such an intense and wonderful place. I honestl ...more
This was not my favorite in the series, but still my favorite series of all time, with my favorite characters.
We were left with a little cliffhanger which will keep us guessing what will happen next in this imaginary little world I so want to live in.
Til next year......