A Better Man
It's Gamache's first day back as head of the homicide department, a job he temporarily shares with his previous second-in-command, J ...more
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I found this year’s dose of Louise Penny got off to a slow start. Armand Gamache is struggling, as usual, with his place in the Quebec police, and the mystery at the centre of A Better Man focuses on a seemingly straightforward missing person cas ...more
Lovers of this series will also enjoy how the author integrated elements of previous books. And of course, we meet the same characters. Including the poet Ruth. And her duck Rosa - featured with short refrains, anot ...more
1) A lot of time with Gamache, Beauvoir, and Lacoste as a team (especially pertinent in this novel as things might change for them all moving forward)
2) Themes of ...more
A build-up of trouble that had broken its banks, thought Reine-Marie. And the young woman was taken at the flood.
After a slightly disappointing previous entry in Penny's series, this is much better but still perhaps not up to her best - it's hard to keep characters in play and developing over so many books and here the Three Pines stalwarts provide some quirk but are effectively side-lined much of the time which is a shame.
At the centre of the book is case of a missing adult daughter which br ...more
No disappointment in reading #15 of the Chief Inspector Gamache series set in provincial (in so many ways) Three Pines, Quebec. There are three story lines, linked clearly by the end, including catastrophic flooding throughout the province, Clara Morrow's career challenge, and the murder ...more
It is now time for Book #15, A Better Man, and I can honestly say it was lovely to spend some more time in Three Pines. As the series has progr ...more
Gamache has returned to Homicide after a demotion working for his son-in-law and former deputy, Jean Guy Beauvoir, whom he will replace in a fortnight. He accepts the case of looking for missing woman, Vivienne Godin, as a favour to another teammate. Meanwhile social media is not reacting positively to his retur ...more
When I started reading this book, I was immediately drawn into the story, even without the benefit of knowing the terrible incidents that occurred in the previous novel. And as the s ...more
In this outing, Armand Gamache has been demoted to Chief Inspector at the Surete du Quebec. There is a vicious smear campaign on social media beating him up over ...more
In this chapter, Armand Gamache finds himself back in the off ...more
A BETTER MAN, where Armand Gamache is concerned, is putting it mildly. In this new book from LOUISE PENNY, we see how the esteemed detective has influenced others, and how they are better for having learned from him. Those who plot to destroy him are foiled at times, but are not stopped. What choice does Gamache have but to give in or ...more
When Chief Inspector Gamache returns to his former job some people are perplexed, others are downright hostile. When the province is thrown into turmoil over the rising flood waters, some want to take his advice and others do not. He is conviently given a case to get ...more
My only criticism, relatively minor is related to the fact that Penny in this book attempted to introduce Social Media into Three Pines. That was interesting, although I am ...more