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A World of Curiosities

#18 Gamache

Louise Penny



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Hodder & Stoughton
14 November 2023
Book 18 in the acclaimed and number one-bestselling Three Pines series featuring the beloved Chief Inspector Armand Gamache.

It's spring and Three Pines is re-emerging after the harsh winter. But not everything buried should come alive again. Not everything lying dormant should return.

But something has.

As the villagers prepare for a special celebration, Armand Gamache and Jean-Guy Beauvoir find themselves increasingly worried. A young man and woman have reappeared in the Surete du Quebec investigators' lives after many years. The two were young children when their troubled mother was murdered, leaving them damaged, shattered. Now they've arrived in the village of Three Pines.

But to what end?

Gamache and Beauvoir's memories of that tragic case, the one that first brought them together, come rushing back. Did their mother's murder hurt them beyond repair? Have those terrible wounds, buried for decades, festered and are now about to erupt?

As Chief Inspector Gamache works to uncover answers, his alarm grows when a letter written by a long dead stone mason is discovered. In it the man describes his terror when bricking up an attic room somewhere in the village. Every word of the 150-year-old letter is filled with dread. When the room is found, the villagers decide to open it up.

As the bricks are removed, Gamache, Beauvoir and the villagers discover a world of curiosities. But the head of homicide soon realizes there's more in that room than meets the eye. There are puzzles within puzzles, and hidden messages warning of mayhem and revenge.

In unsealing that room, an old enemy is released into their world. Into their lives. And into the very heart of Armand Gamache's home.


'Enthralling ... With beautifully drawn characters, this is crime writing of the highest order' DAILY MAIL

'A satisfying and multi-layered mystery, in Penny's excellent series' IRISH INDEPENDENT

'Louise Penny is on peak form ...

a grown-up, timely thriller that considers the nature of cowardice ... merges the personal and professional life of her detective with equal skill and wit' THE TIMES

'A great sense of place and characterisation ... very much a book that will make you think' SHOTS

'Louise Penny is one of the greatest crime writers of our times' DENISE MINA

'Gamache has become to Canada what Hercule Poirot is to Belgium' THE NEW YORK TIMES

'Louise Penny twists and turns the plot expertly tripping the reader up just at the moment you think you might have solved the mys
Imprint:   Hodder & Stoughton
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 192mm,  Width: 128mm,  Spine: 38mm
Weight:   283g
ISBN:   9781399702324
ISBN 10:   1399702327
Series:   Chief Inspector Gamache
Pages:   400
Publication Date:  
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Louise Penny is the number one New York Times bestselling author of the Inspector Gamache series, including Still Life, which won the CWA John Creasey Dagger in 2006. Recipient of virtually every existing award for crime fiction, Louise was also granted the Order of Canada in 2014 and received an honorary doctorate of literature from Carleton University and the Ordre Nationale du Quebec in 2017. She lives in a small village south of Montreal.

Reviews for A World of Curiosities (#18 Gamache)

Intriguing and chilling at the same time, up to the last page. Very well written - it will keep you on the edge of your seat. * Yours Magazine * The 18th title in the Gamache series, but newbies needn't worry about starting with Penny's chief inspector on a case that will stir up tragic memories and trigger fresh fears in the Quebec village of Three Pines. Look out for hidden messages, puzzles within puzzles, and some resonant ruminations on forgiveness and redemption * Mail on Sunday * Penny's thrillers, which combine chilling insights into the very worst of crimes with the humanity of her protagonist Gamache, remain as uniquely nail-biting and heartwarming as ever, and the author only looks set to pick up more readers now Amazon Prime has launched its much-anticipated adaptation of her books, Three Pines, starring Alfred Molina as the charismatic detective * The Guardian * Penny delves into the nature of evil, sensitively exploring the impact of the dreadful events she describes while bringing a warmth and humanity to her disparate cast of characters that, unusually for a crime novel, leaves you feeling better about the world once you've finished * The Observer * Praise for Louise Penny and The Madness of Crowds - Penny is on peak form... The Madness of Crowds is a grown-up, timely thriller that considers the nature of cowardice - there's no peace without courage - and how to find and defend that spot between freedom and safety * The Times * Louise Penny is one of the greatest crime writers of our times -- Denise Mina She makes most of her competitors seem like wannabes * The Times * Gamache has become to Canada what Hercule Poirot is to Belgium * New York Times * No one does atmospheric quite like Louise Penny . . . a fantastic series -- Elly Griffiths Louise Penny's writing is intricate, beautiful and compelling. She is an original voice, a distillation of both PD James and Barbara Vine at their peaks and a worthy successor to both -- Peter James A cracking storyteller, who can create fascinating characters, a twisty plot and wonderful surprise endings -- Ann Cleeves It's always a treat to spend a few days with Armand Gamache -- James Patterson [An] atmospheric, distinctive series * Kate Mosse * Enthralling...crime writing of the highest order * Daily Mail *

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