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All the Devils Are Here

(Chief Inspector Armand Gamache #16)

4.60  ·  Rating details ·  15,818 ratings  ·  2,544 reviews

The 16th novel by #1 bestselling author Louise Penny finds Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Sûreté du Quebec investigating a sinister plot in the City of Light

On their first night in Paris, the
Hardcover, 448 pages
Published September 1st 2020 by Minotaur Books
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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
I was a little doubtful, this novel set in Paris and not in my beloved Three Pines? Still, all our main characters, albeit not the quirky ones, together awaiting the arrival of Annie's and Jean-Guys new daughter, and having dinner with Stephen, Armand's Godfather. Ruth dies make an appearance in an unusual but amusing way. So this is where is starts, leaving the restaurant Stephen is hit by a car with murderous intent. Now, in a coma, Ganache has every intention of getting to the bottom of this ...more
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
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
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
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
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.

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
Sep 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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 close the characters that any attempt I'd make to review it would look something like this:


So I guess those are my thoughts? 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 i
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
Sep 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
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
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
"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
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
"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
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
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
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
Oct 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Thrilling, pacey, and action-packed!

In this latest novel by Penny, All the Devils Are Here, we head to Paris, France where Chief Inspector Gamache of the Sûreté du Québec and his extended family will find themselves uncovering long-buried family secrets, examining the inner workings of a company with suspicious intentions, and inadvertently investigating the murder of an engineer and the attempted murder of one of their own.

The prose is sharp and crisp. The characters are intuitive, loyal, and d
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
Maine Colonial
The plot makes no sense whatsoever, the bad guys are unbelievably eeeeevil, Armand’s estrangement from his son Daniel has a basis that in real life never could have been sustained for 25 years, Louise Penny has clearly fallen head over heels in love with her protagonist, to his detriment as a fully dimensional character, and there are many more criticisms I could levy. And yet I was completely absorbed by the book and can’t wait for the next one. That’s the inexplicable magic of the world Louise ...more
First Sentence: “Hell is empty, Armand,” said Stephen Horowitz.

Chief Inspector Armand Gamache and his wife Raine-Marie have come from Canada to Paris for the birth of a new grandchild. After a celebratory dinner with their two children, spouses, and Armand’s billionaire godfather, Stephen Horowitz, Stephen is deliberately struck by a vehicle and now lies in a coma. A grim discovery at his apartment prompts an investigation and the uncovering of family secrets leaving Armand to determine just wh
Julie  Durnell
Sep 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
I loved this 16th book in the series! The whole family in Paris fighting evil, this time all together, fleshing out the characters of Team Gamache we've known throughout this series. I found it fascinating both in setting and plot (you never knew who to trust), and a nice break from Three Pines and the villagers. Very well done Louise Penny.
Sep 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Another 5 star from Louise Penny!

I look forward, all year, to August or September, for the next Armand Gamache novel. The last few have disappointed me a bit and I felt I was going to really be unhappy when I read none of this latest book took place in Three Pines (a place I long to visit, and maybe live, in my imaginary mind).

The book takes place entirely in you can’t go too wrong...but still, it was not Three Pines!

But! ...I was pleasantly surprised and could hardly put this one dow
Monika Sadowski
Aug 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Greatly written book with awesome narrators. Very well developed characters with deep story line. I haven’t read the previous books in the series but I still enjoyed this one. Some moments were confusing but then the ending didn’t disappoint.

*I received a copy of this audiobook from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for a fair review.
Laurie Murphy
Sep 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, 2020-books
Louise Penny has been one of my favorite authors ever since I stumbled upon her first Gamache novel, Still Life, shortly after it appeared on the shelves of my local bookstore. I've followed the lives of her characters through joy and despair and have continually been amazed that Penny could keep turning out such absorbing books. This book is no exception. It is a tightly-plotted book, rich with characters and painted on the beautiful canvas that is Paris.

The Gamaches are in Paris to await the b
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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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Chief Inspector Armand Gamache (1 - 10 of 16 books)
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  • A Rule Against Murder (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, #4)
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  • The Beautiful Mystery (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, #8)
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