Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Review: A Great Reckoning (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache #12) by Louise Penny

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1823 KB
  • Print Length: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books (Aug. 30 2016)
  • Sold by: Macmillan CA
  • Language: English

Book Description

 The next novel in Louise Penny's #1 New York Times bestselling series featuring Chief Inspector Armand Gamache.

When an intricate old map is found stuffed into the walls of the bistro in Three Pines, it at first seems no more than a curiosity. But the closer the villagers look, the stranger it becomes.

Given to Armand Gamache as a gift the first day of his new job, the map eventually leads him to shattering secrets. To an old friend and older adversary. It leads the former Chief of Homicide for the Sûreté du Québec to places even he is afraid to go. But must.

And there he finds four young cadets in the Sûreté academy, and a dead professor. And, with the body, a copy of the old, odd map.

Everywhere Gamache turns, he sees Amelia Choquet, one of the cadets. Tattooed and pierced. Guarded and angry. Amelia is more likely to be found on the other side of a police line-up. And yet she is in the academy. A protégée of the murdered professor.

The focus of the investigation soon turns to Gamache himself and his mysterious relationship with Amelia, and his possible involvement in the crime. The frantic search for answers takes the investigators back to Three Pines and a stained glass window with its own horrific secrets.

For both Amelia Choquet and Armand Gamache, the time has come for a great reckoning.

#1 New York Times bestselling author Louise Penny pulls back the layers to reveal a brilliant and emotionally powerful truth in her latest spellbinding novel.

"Riveting...with characters of incredible depth who only add to the strength of the plot."
- Library Journal (starred)

"This complex novel deals with universal themes of compassion, weakness in the face of temptation, forgiveness, and the danger of falling into despair and cynicism over apparently insurmountable evils."
- Publishers Weekly (starred and boxed)

"A compelling mystery and a rich human drama in which no character is either entirely good or evil, and each is capable of inspiring empathy."
- Booklist (starred)

"A chilling story that's also filled with hope―a beloved Penny trademark.”
- Kirkus (starred)

"Luminous prose, complex but uncluttered plots, and profound compassion."
- Seattle Times

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

A Great Reckoning is the twelfth book in the  Chief Inspector Armand Gamache by author Louise Penny. Penny is a superb writer and each book in the Chief Inspector Armand Gamanche book is a treasure.

Armand Gamanche comes out of retirement to head The Academy of the Sûreté du Québec. Now that the Sûreté du Québec has been cleaned up it is time to find out what has poisoned the Academy. There is a murder. A murder of the most despicable man who was a teacher and a leader at the Academy. Who could have killed "The Duke"? So many had a reason to. And can Gamanche change the direction that Academy was heading?

A Great Reckoning centers on a map. A beautiful map which is a century old. It is a  map for orienteering. I already knew about orienteering. I did it at camp once. (It didn't end well...involved finding myself and a wasp's nest. They could hear my screams back at camp. I now carry a epipen everywhere.) I loved the emphasis on the importance of the link between geography and history. And how if you can read a map, you have power over a situation and can make better decisions. Loved it.

And Academy student Amanda Choquet. What is Gamanche's fascination with her? Why does he let her into the Academy? We are kept guessing until the end and then we are humbled by the reason.

As always, everything leads back to Three Pines. The map is of Three Pines. Gamanche brings the four students back to Three Pines...for their protection? Or is one of them the killer? Our favourite village residents are all back in their full glory...Ruth, Clara, Gabri et al.

Louise Penny is a thoughtful and brilliant writer. The tales she weaves are so touching and thought provoking. I am inspired to be a better person by reading her words. All of the previous Chief Inspector Armand Gamanche books lead up to A Great Reckoning. I am looking forward to seeing where Gamanche goes next with his career..though I have an idea.

The entire Chief Inspector Armand Gamanche series needs to be read and savoured by all. A Great Reckoning is a masterpiece. I loved reading it. You will too.

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