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A Better Man

(Chief Inspector Armand Gamache #15)

4.48  ·  Rating details ·  258 ratings  ·  63 reviews
Catastrophic spring flooding, blistering attacks in the media, and a mysterious disappearance greet Chief Inspector Armand Gamache as he returns to the Surete du Quebec in the latest novel by #1 New York Times bestselling author Louise Penny.

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
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Hardcover, 448 pages
Expected publication: August 27th 2019 by Minotaur Books
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    Malissa By book 15, I might lean towards yes. Especially as this book covers the dynamics between Jean Guy and Gamache which has been great and tumultuous.…moreBy book 15, I might lean towards yes. Especially as this book covers the dynamics between Jean Guy and Gamache which has been great and tumultuous. AND why Gamache is "returning" to his old role and how people around him feel about that. This series is as much about relationships as it is about the crime. You're jumping in the deep end but probably no matter what this will be a great book. Highly recommend starting from the beginning if you can. (less)

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    Diane S ☔
    Jul 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: lor-2019
    Everytime I start reading a Louise Penny novel I am confronted with a dilemma. Do I read it quickly because really I don't want to put it down, or do I read it slowly because I don't want it to end? How does she do it? This is the 15th I the Three Pines series and it keeps getting better and better. In this one, I my opinion, she outdid herself, combining some important issues of the day, with an outstanding, difficult to solve mystery. The issues of climate change, abuse and the devastation it ...more
    Paromjit
    Aug 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Louise Penny is a treasure when it comes to the world of crime fiction, this is a stunning addition to this stellar series set in the village of Three Pines in Quebec, Canada, featuring the incomparable and wise Chief Inspector Gamache, having now been demoted by those more spineless, self serving and ambitious, wanting to besmirch the reputation of a man they perceive as having too much power and a threat. They never expected Gamache to accept the demotion to Head of Homicide from being Chief b ...more
    Penny (Literary Hoarders)
    There WILL be a new Inspector Gamache book! #15 coming out in August.
    Esil
    Jul 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: ew
    Our date came a bit early this year, Armand, which makes it bitter sweet. Sweet because I got to catch up with you and our friends in Three Pines a little earlier in the summer than usual. Bitter because our time together is already over until next year.

    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
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    Emma
    She has done it again. With a vengeance. Take the same backwater in Québec, the same core of main characters, and write fifteen crime stories with that. You will probably end up with predictable plots. But Louise Penny doesn’t. Not ever. A Better Man is here to prove it. Once more.
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    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
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    Heather
    May 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    I have enjoyed every book in this series, but some of them felt more like "coming home" to Three Pines than others, and this one was like that for me. This book is set back in Three Pines with the villagers with moments in Montreal, as always. Some of the aspects that I love the most in this series were especially present in this book:

    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
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    Lisa Wright
    In two weeks Jean-Guy and Gamache's daughter and grandchild will leave for Paris. For good. Until then Gamache, who has accepted a demotion back to Chief Inspector, will be his subordinate. But those issues are swept aside by catastrophic flooding, a horrific social media smear campaign, and a missing woman with an abusive husband. Never a dull moment in Quebec or Three Pines as everyone is racing time and the elements. With so much provocation we will find out if Gamache will become a bitter ma ...more
    Roman Clodia
    Aug 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    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
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    Joe Jones
    Three Pines. Gamache. The Bistro. A death to solve. All the usual and I was so happy to go back to this series once again. I hope I never tire of these characters who by now seem more like friends than words on a page. Everything I wanted and more. Put this on your must read list.
    Morgan Tallman
    Jul 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    This is the only book in this series I’ve not listened to the audio version of, but its also my new favorite in the series. When a series gets to 15 books, it can be hard to pick a favorite (books 5, 9, 11, 13 - you’re all still runners up), but this book was closure. Not on the series, because I believe there’s more coming, but on storylines that have been building for the previous 15 books. We see relationships end, relationships begin, struggles with power, and overwhelming feelings of love. ...more
    Matthew Galloway
    Jun 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: canadian, mystery
    I have quite a few thoughts about this one and it will tae me a bit of time to pull them apart enough to put them out here. For now, the short review would be that the mystery was fine, though in some ways rather more frustrating than an interesting deductive romp. There are, however, excellent reasons why the mystery works the way it does. I was probably thinking three stars through most of the book. However, the end raises a star and part of that is the exploration of non-mystery elements that ...more
    Mary Beth  MacLeay
    Aug 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    First a thank you to Goodreads and Minotaur Books for a copy of this book in a Goodreads giveaway contest. I was pretty darned excited to receive this in the mail since the Gamache series is a personal favorite.
    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
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    Sonia
    Jul 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Great as usual.
    Cora
    Jun 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: mystery
    I don’t know how she manages it, but Louise Penny is so consistently solid. These books just get better as she goes along, and this one is no exception.
    Terri Pilate
    May 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: galley-copy
    Louise Penny has done it again! A novel that goes deep into the dark motivations that result in the central murder mystery. But more importantly she takes Readers into the community of Three Pines and invites us to sit in the Bistro and drink wine with the characters who have become part of our family.
    Renee
    Jul 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: edelweiss
    The first Louise Penny book Still Life was published in 1990. I didn't 'discover' this series until Book #10, The Long Way Home(2014), and not realizing it was a series, I read it and fell in love with Three Pines, all the quirky characters, and the author's writing style. I had 9 prior books to enjoy, so that year flew by until another book was released.
    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
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    Bill Berger
    May 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    The best of the series-great storyline and new characters. How Ms Penny does it is beyond me. Same village, same characters and each novel is amazingly different. Can’t wait for the next. Many thanks to Edelweiss for the advance e-pub.
    Elaine Tomasso
    Aug 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
    I would like to thank Netgalley and Little, Brown Book Group UK for an advance copy of A Better Man, the fifteenth novel to feature Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Sûreté de Québec.

    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
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    Sue F
    Aug 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
    I’ve read every book in Louise Penny’s Armand Gamache/Three Pines series, and have enjoyed each and every one. So I was happy to receive an ARC of this title from the publisher/Edelweiss, in exchange for my honest review, and thus be able to get a “dose” of Three Pines a little early this year. And I did enjoy this title, just like all of the previous ones, reading and finishing it during a couple of plane flights across the US and then back home. As usual, Penny’s writing is crisp and clear, sh ...more
    K. East
    Aug 12, 2019 rated it liked it
    I've now read seven Inspector Gamache novels, not in any particular order, and with varying degrees of appreciation. The last one I had read before this one -- The Long Way Home -- was so long and dark that I gave up reading this series for almost 5 years until I won this book in a GoodReads/Minotaur Books giveaway.

    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
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    Pamela
    Jul 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: 2019-best-of
    It is amazing that this series over the course of fifteen books is consistently well-written, never gets stale, has complex storylines, and the characters stay consistent across the books. To say that Penny is an amazing writer is putting it mildly. There aren’t enough words to describe her writing so I’ll settle for complex and lyrical.

    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
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    Daniel Cuthbert
    Aug 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Many might think that after writing the same series for a long time, the pen grows a little fuzzier as it searches for a way to tell just as much of an entertaining story as the first one was in the series. And while it would be a bit hard pressed to say that this particular novel was better than others that came before it, Louise Penny continues to display her talents in "A Better Man" part of her now long-running Three Pines series.
    In this chapter, Armand Gamache finds himself back in the off
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    Kathleen Gray
    Aug 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Fans of Louise Penny look forward to new installments of the Inspector Gamache series for good reason- these are carefully crafted and beautifully written mysteries with a huge heart in the middle. This latest is no exception. Who killed Vivienne? The young woman was pregnant and married to a rather loathsome ceramicist when she went in the Bella Bella river. Her father Homer and Cameron, the local detective assigned to work with Gamache and Jean-Guy Beauvoir both this it is her husband. Gamache ...more
    Patricia
    Aug 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Thanks to an ARC from Allison Ziegler at ST MARTIN'S PRESS, the wait for book #15 is over, and I am spared the wait lists at the libraries. Now I wait for book #16!

    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
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    Sara
    Aug 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: first-reads
    I received an advance reader's edition from Miniatur books in a Goodreads giveaway, and was thrilled to get it! Thank you! I always look forward to the next book in this series, as each book manages to be both familiar and original.

    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
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    Allison
    Jun 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Louise Penny does it again with this page-turning return to Three Pines. These books are such an incredible testament to Penny's ability to bring to life such a real fictional place vividly. I read this book in a few hours in one sitting. The story was very well developed and the "who done it" was as always a surprise twist!

    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
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    Irene O'Hare
    Aug 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    I got this book for free through a Goodreads Giveaway from Minotaur Books and I am so glad I did. I've loved Penny's writing for a long time and this book certainly did not disappoint. Her characters, particularly Armand Gamache, are wonderful and complex and make we wish I could visit Three Pines. This book tests a few favorite characters as changes come. Penny structures a mystery so well and this one was no exception with twists and turns that kept me guessing until the last moment. Her writi ...more
    Kim McGee
    Jun 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Armand Gamache is back but still in the doghouse - humiliated and demoted but still very much respected by most of his peers and now bosses. The lovely village of Three Pines with its lovable but quirky residents are also back and in the middle of flooding of epic proportion unless the banks of the Bella Bella river hold. There is another crisis brewing when Gamache makes a promise to a missing young woman's distraught father that he will find her. Sadly, the police are short on leads, time and ...more
    Judy
    Aug 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: on-kindle
    I don't read many mysteries anymore. I resisted starting this series even though plenty of people recommended it. Somehow I ended up reading the tenth in the series and was hooked. I started with the first, which is the weakest in my opinion and got caught up in no time. I reread that tenth one and got a lot more out of it. A Better Man, however, is a good place to start if you've never read this series. It is written as a pretty straightforward police procedural. If you like it, then you should ...more
    Judy
    Aug 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Louise Penny really generates some great crime fiction and I enjoyed this book. The continuing characters are once again solving a murder in Three Pines, Quebec, Canada. This time a young woman married to a known abusive husband, is killed. Jean-Guy Beauvoir is in charge of the investigation. Gamache is working with him, but was demoted from and is now in charge of Homicide. The usual Three Pines residents are still around, Ruth Zardo, the foul-mouthed poet; Claire, the artist; Reine-Marie, Gama ...more
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