Saturday, November 21, 2015

Review: The Nature of the Beast (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache #11) by Louise Penny

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1528 KB
  • Print Length: 385 pages
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books (Aug. 25 2015)
  • Sold by: Macmillan CA
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00SSBZ51M

Book Description

 Hardly a day goes by when nine-year-old Laurent Lepage doesn't cry wolf. From alien invasions, to walking trees, to winged beasts in the woods, to dinosaurs spotted in the village of Three Pines, his tales are so extraordinary no one can possibly believe him. But when the boy disappears, the villagers are faced with the possibility that one of his tall tales might have been true. And so begins a frantic search for the boy and the truth. What they uncover deep in the forest sets off a sequence of events that leads to murder, leads to an old crime, leads to an old betrayal. A monster once visited Three Pines. And put down deep roots. And now, it is back.

About the Author

 Many of Louise Penny's books are published under different titles by UK/Canada and US publishers.
She lives with her husband, Michael, and a golden retriever named Trudy, in a small village south of Montreal.

Her first Armand Gamache novel, "Still Life" won the New Blood Dagger, Arthur Ellis, Barry, Anthony and Dilys Awards.

* Agatha Award: Best Novel
o 2007 – A Fatal Grace – Winner
o 2008 – The Cruelest Month – Winner
o 2009 – The Brutal Telling – Winner
o 2010 – Bury Your Death – Winner
o 2013 – The Beautiful Mystery – Winner

* Arthur Ellis Award
o 2006 – Still Life – Winner Best First Crime Novel
o 2011 – Bury Your Dead – Winner Best Crime Novel

* Barry Award
o 2007 – Still Life – Best First Novel Winner

* Anthony Award
o 2007 – Still Life – Best First Novel Winner
o 2009 – The Brutal Telling – Best Novel Winner
o 2010 – Bury Your Death – Best Novel Winner
o 2013 – The Beautiful Mystery – Best Novel Winner

* Macavity Award
o 2011 – Bury Your Death – Best Mystery Novel Winner
o 2013 – The Beautiful Mystery – Best Mystery Novel Winner

My Review

Louise Penny is one of my favorite authors. Every year she writes a brilliant novel that will stay with you long after you have finished reading it. The Nature of the Beast is such a book. It is the 11th Chief Inspector Armand Gamache novel.

Chief Inspector Armand Gamache is now retired. Well, he is attempting retirement. Living in the intriguing village of Three Pines in the Eastern Townships of Quebec. It is a magical yet mysterious place that has been attracting all types of people over the years. The Nature of the Beast brings more of these people to life...a draft dodger, an arms dealer, a madman playwright...

Louise Penny is a master storyteller. Her books continue to amaze me. Each book is unique yet revolves around the characters who have become so beloved to her readers, myself included. I loved this tale with its fascinating characters and its plot twists. The ending completely surprised me.

I highly recommend The Nature of the Beast but do yourself a favor and read this entire series from beginning to end. I am eagerly awaiting next year's book!

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