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All the Devils are Here

(Chief Inspector Armand Gamache #16)

4.49  ·  Rating details ·  34,489 ratings  ·  5,014 reviews
The latest novel by #1 bestselling author Louise Penny finds Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Sûreté du Québec investigating a sinister plot in the City of Light.

On their first night in Paris, the Gamaches gather as a family for a bistro dinner with Armand’s godfather, the billionaire Stephen Horowitz. Walking home together after the meal, they watch in horror as Step
Hardcover, 439 pages
Published September 1st 2020 by Minotaur Books
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dnsyl57 Louise Penny has mentioned in numerous interviews over the years that the majority of the poems are actually used by permission and written by Margare…moreLouise Penny has mentioned in numerous interviews over the years that the majority of the poems are actually used by permission and written by Margaret Atwood. She has also used poems by Leonard Cohen and other authors in the past. (less)
Lisa I would say this is a series best read in order, as Louise Penny puts a great deal of focus on the characters, their relationships, etc.

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Aug 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The title of Louise Penny's latest in the Armand Gamache series is part of a quote from Ariel in Shakespeare's The Tempest, 'Hell is empty and all the devils are here', dimming considerably the city of light, Paris, where the Gamache family are to find themselves locked into a nightmare that threatens all and everyone they hold dear. Armand and his wife, Reine-Marie are visiting their children, heavily pregnant Annie and banker, Daniel, and their families living here. Former homicide detective, ...more
Aug 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A new Armand Gamache book is always a reason to celebrate. This one brings a change in locale, as we join Gamache in Paris for the upcoming birth of his grandchild. But first, his godfather, Stephen, also in Paris to be with the family, is hit in a deliberate hit and run and left in a coma. There’s another horrific crime and soon Armand has no idea whom to trust.
I loved that Armand’s family is front and center in this book. Not only Jean Guy helping him investigate, but also his wife, Reine Mar
Diane S ☔
Aug 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Sep 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I thought this one was a stunner and well worthy of the full five stars. From the perfect cover through to the author's own comments at the end it was excellent.

The book is action packed and complicated with a very convoluted plot and no idea who is on whose side. Even Gamache does not know that until near the end although he makes a much better guess than I did. The family is visiting Paris for the birth of Annie's baby but what should have been a time of joy and celebration turns into a horror
Aug 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, audiobook
This was my first NetGalley audiobook and I hope it is not the last. I loved the early experience!

First and foremost, a large thank you to NetGalley, Louise Penny, and Macmillan Audio for providing me with a copy of this publication, which allows me to provide you with an unbiased review.

Louise Penny returns with the sixteenth novel in this gripping series, which takes the reader out of the comforts of Three Pines. There is, however, no lack of action or intrigue in this book, as Armand Gamache
Lori Lamothe
Aug 04, 2020 rated it liked it
Over the years I've been a devoted fan of Louise Penny's Three Pines series. I loved the quirky village residents, the obscure Northern location and the intricate, well-plotted mysteries. I also liked Gamache as a main character and always found his solidity comforting. On occasion, I would even imagine moving to a place like Three Pines and opening a little bookstore, just like Myrna Landers.

It's hard to keep a series fresh for so long and Penny has done an admirable job. No doubt her latest a
Kari Ann Sweeney
I'm an unapologetic Penny Pusher. I adore this series. Over 16 books, Three Pines and the characters who dwell there have started to feel like old friends. But heading into ALL THE DEVILS ARE HERE I felt some trepidation since this installment is set in Paris, not our beloved Three Pines. But I should have known better. The change in scenery totally worked. It all just worked! ⁣

There is so much to love. The writing is beautiful, and the story had me invested from the get-go. I loved the explora
Amy Imogene Reads
In my opinion, this is one of the stronger books in the Armand Gamache series.

I've thought about how to review this one, but to be honest I'm so biased and emotionally close the characters that any attempt I'd make to review it would look something like this:


I loved it. I want everyone to read it. I know Louise Penny's writing style is quite dramatic in its framing and use of sentence structure—not to mention the plot—but it just really works for me. I loved everything about
Cathrine ☯️
5 🥖🥖🥖🥖🥖
Louise Penny is one of the few authors I’ve read whose ending acknowledgments often have lines highlighted, the content often a microcosm of the sense of love and belonging abundant in her life and this series. This one is packed with it and feels very personal.

The Gamache’s leave Quebec to visit family in France. We fans wait a year to revisit Three Pines so initially I was doubtful—for no good reason.
And it’s Paris people so you are not going to miss the bistro, trust me on this.

Aug 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have read only one other book by author Louse Penny but I was so happy to have discovered her books again. All the Devils Are Here was full of the elements I remembered from the previous Louise Penny book I had read. I listened to the audio book narrated by Robert Bathurst and his voice was perfect for this story. It had just the right amount of intrigue and suspense. The characters were well developed and believable. It was comforting and familiar to spend time with the Gamache family. All th ...more
Aug 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A perfect blend of fascinating characters, picturesque setting and a delightfully complicated and mesmerizing story.

On their first night in Paris, the Gamache family gathered for dinner at a bistro with Armand’s godfather, the billionaire Stephen Horowitz. Walking home together after the meal, they watch in horror as Stephen is hit by a car and critically injured in what Gamache believes is no accident, but a deliberate attempt on the elderly man’s life.  

When a strange key is found in St
Roman Clodia
Aug 16, 2020 rated it liked it
I need to preface this review by saying that I *love* this series - hence it's even more of a disappointment that it's a bit of an anomaly within Penny's work.

Firstly, it's set in Paris rather than the usual Quebec and Three Pines which also means that Gamache and Beauvoir are unofficial investigators (like the amateur detectives of Golden Age detective fiction), never my favourite set-up. Secondly, the entire Gamache family are there and all play their part in the case as investigators or as h
Armand Gamache and his wife Reine-Marie joined the rest of the family for dinner at a restaurant the night they arrived in Paris. They were expecting Armand’s godfather and much-loved family member, Stephen Horowitz, to join them, and once he did, the dinner was full of laughter and fun. Armand and Reine-Marie had come to Paris because their daughter Annie was close to birthing her and Jean-Guy’s second child, as well as seeing son Daniel and his family. It would be a relaxing holiday. But as th ...more
Sep 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a charming, intricate mystery with a lovely sense of atmosphere in its Paris setting. This is my first Inspector Armand Gamache mystery, but that did not matter at all - I was able to immediately follow the plot and develop an affection for the characters. I also loved the narrator's voice right away - he has the perfect warm but slightly mysterious tone for this book, with an impeccable French accent that contributes to the lovely sense of atmosphere of the audiobook.

The book begins wit
"All The Devils Are Here" is the 16th book in the Chief Inspector Armand Gamache series. The book moves things to Paris, France where Armand and Renee are visiting their children and spouses. Armand is still doing his best to get close to his son, Daniel and is eagerly awaiting the birth of Annie and Jean-Guy's unborn daughter. Armand takes time to visit with his godfather, Stephen. Something seems to be troubling Stephen and Armand is wondering what. When the family leaves a restaurant, Stephen ...more
Apr 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing
As a fan of Louise Penny and her Armand Gamache series, I jumped at the chance to review the latest Penny masterpiece, All the Devils are Here, the 16th in the Chief Inspector Armand Gamache series. Like the many twists Louise Penny gives us, there is a twist for me as well, it was my first audiobook to review for NetGalley and MacMillan Audio.
Worried at first that I would not be able to savor each chapter and appreciate the intricate details of her carefully crafted mysteries, audio narrator, R
Oct 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The author states in her note at the end that she wanted to convey how special Paris is. To be honest, I think the early part of the book over-hyped the city, and it bored me. Once the book settled into the story, it was a much more enjoyable (and typical Penny) read.

While I missed Three Pines and its residents, it was a nice change to have the entire Gamache family featured. I feel like I know Daniel and Annie better now. I hope Jean-Guy never changes. I think he’s been my favorite character th
"Don't believe everything you think".

And my thinking took me from the familiarity of Three Pines to the wide expanses of the City of Light. I looked around with hesitation, but Louise Penny assured me that Armand Gamache and his close-knit family would be there to receive me with open arms. And they did.

All the Devils Are Here seems to ring true in today's world as well. Those who are tangible and a little too close for comfort. And those who hide behind a veneer and wear false faces. Evil rubs
Carolyn Walsh
Sep 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Sid Nuncius
Aug 19, 2020 rated it it was ok
I’m surprised and very sorry to say that I didn’t like All The Devils Are Here. I am still in the fairly early stages of making my way gradually (and with great enjoyment) through this series but was very happy to read this latest one out of order. I was very disappointed.

Part of the problem is that Gamache is not in Quebec and Three Pines but in Paris, and taking him and Reine-Marie out of where they really belong doesn’t work well for me. I understand Louise Penny’s profound personal reasons f
Sep 08, 2020 rated it did not like it
Just as real people, characters in books can evolve and not necessarily in a good way. Where I enjoyed Gamache’s company as he was a gentleman detective in the charming village of Three Pines, he has turned into a smug, pedantic pater familias who thrives on sheer devotion from his surroundings and he expects everyone to bow to his demands.

About everything irked me in this book and certainly the writing style. I think it is ok to want to emphasise a certain detail once by cutting a sentence sh
Tamar...light at the end of the tunnel?
So this is my issue, finishing this book was almost a Herculean feat for me. I mean, the plot of this book is brilliant (evil corporation with big secrets, elements relating to potential Nazi collaboration or Master Spy, family dynamics, mystery, murder, treachery…), my only complaints are that the book drags a lot so it seems longer than it is, and, the prose doesn’t make my heart sing. I need a book to either develop quickly and brilliantly or to be written in such dazzling prose that I don’t ...more
Maureen Carden
Enchanting. Doesn't matter that it's not set in Three Pines. Luminous. I was really neutral about going to Paris; not anymore. I was one of the first people at my library to check out Penny's first book. You know the feeling of when you have discovered magic? That is how I felt and I had no doubt I would not be alone. There are a lot of best selling authors who do NOT deserve their accolades (they don't even write their own books). Penny deserves every single award, every word of praise. Her boo ...more
“Who knows where we’re going to find the devil?”
― Louise Penny, All the Devils Are Here

The 16th novel in the Chief Inspector Armand Gamache series takes place in Paris and not Three Pines. If you read the Afterword Louise Penny explains the significance the city has to her.

Armand and Reine-Marie Gamache have traveled to Paris for the birth of their grandchild. On their first night in Paris the family, along with Armand’s godfather Stephen Horowitz, gather for dinner at a bistro. Walking home aft
Melissa (LifeFullyBooked)
Aug 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I have listened to the majority of this series on audio book, first with the late Ralph Cosham and now with Robert Bathurst, both who amazingly capture the voices of the characters so that even when I pick up the print copy, I can hear them in my head as I'm reading. Needless to say, I was ecstatic to see the audio review copy available for this newest installment. Bathurst does a stellar job yet again.

Penny is supremely gifted at crafting intelligent, thoughtful mysteries with a large amount of
Loved it. I finally got around to reading this & really enjoyed the change of setting, intricate plot, family dynamics & humour. As usual, Ruth (my personal hero) steals the book with one line & we get to check in on Gracie, the Gamache squirrel/badger/ferret/jackalope.

So this was a lovely respite...I got to spend a couple of days strolling around Paris with old friends, no mask required.
May 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: canadian-author
Louise Penny is at her best when she writes about Family, Love, Trust, Honour and Complete Support. This is one of her best. It has all of these elements and more. Suspense, surprise, twists, turns. It's here in these pages. Plus humour.

Inspector Gamache & Reine Marie go to Paris to await the birth of their grand-daughter and all heck breaks loose. We learn more about Gamache's past & family relationships.

A really great continuation of this series.
Sep 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The sixteenth outing in Penny’s exceptional series sees Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, the head of homicide for the Sûreté du Québec, and wife Reine-Marie travel to Paris for the birth of his grandchild after his daughter Annie and her husband Jean-Guy Beauvoir moved there to start a new life. Having just had a meal at a cosy bistro with Gamache’s godfather, the 93-year-old billionaire Stephen Horowitz, everyone is relaxed and enjoying the evening but that doesn't last too long before the mood ...more
Aug 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Is there anything like diving into a new series? No, no there’s not thankyouverymuch. Always one to buck the linear path I decided to start the Louise Penny, Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, series with the most recent. All the Devils are Here is the 16th in the series. I had the opportunity to listen to the audiobook narrated by Robert Bathurst and jumped for my headphones! This was a double edged sword, and I fell hard.
The 16th book in the series finds the Gamache family in Paris. After a fa
I needed this Three Pines fix. Not that the novel plays out in the serene little village we all came to love so much.

Armand Gamache is in Paris for the birth of his granddaughter. His family are gathered there for the joyous occasion and for Armand to walk back on his foot steps as a child with his billionaire godfather Stephen Horowitz. Annie, married to Jean-Guy Bouvoir, Armand's former second in command at the Sûreté du Quebec, is now a successful lawyer in Paris; Daniel, Armand and Reine-Mar
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LOUISE PENNY is the author of the #1 New York Times and Globe and Mail bestselling series of Chief Inspector Armand Gamache novels. She has won numerous awards, including a CWA Dagger and the Agatha Award (seven times), and was a finalist for the Edgar Award for Best Novel. In 2017, she received the Order of Canada for her contributions to Canadian culture. Louise lives in a small village south of ...more

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