Macmillan Childrens Publishing Group

Chief Inspector Gamache Novel

Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Sûreté du Québec digs beneath the idyllic surface of village life in Three Pines, finding long buried secrets--and facing a few of his own ghosts. Louise Penny's highly acclaimed, New York Times bestselling mystery series has won the New Blood Dagger as well as multiple Agatha, Anthony, Dilys, Arthur Ellis, and other prestigious awards. In 2010 the first book, Still Life, was cited as one of the five Mystery/Crime Novels of the Decade by Deadly Pleasures magazine.

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A Great Reckoning
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A Great Reckoning

Chief Inspector Gamache Novel (Volume 12)
Louise Penny
St. Martin's Press

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.

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The Nature of the Beast
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The Nature of the Beast

Chief Inspector Gamache Novel (Volume 11)
Louise Penny
St. Martin's Press

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,...

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The Long Way Home
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The Long Way Home

Chief Inspector Gamache Novel (Volume 10)
Louise Penny
St. Martin's Press

Happily retired in the village of Three Pines, Armand Gamache, former Chief Inspector of Homicide with the Sûreté du Québec, has found a peace he'd only imagined possible. On warm summer mornings...

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How the Light Gets In
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How the Light Gets In

Chief Inspector Gamache Novel (Volume 9)
Louise Penny
St. Martin's Press

The #1 New York Times Bestseller"There is a crack in everything. That's how the light gets in." —Leonard CohenChristmas is approaching, and...

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The Beautiful Mystery
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The Beautiful Mystery

Chief Inspector Gamache Novel (Volume 8)
Louise Penny
St. Martin's Press

The brilliant new novel in the New York Times bestselling series by Louise Penny, one of the most acclaimed crime writers of our time


No outsiders are ever admitted to the monastery...

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A Trick of the Light
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A Trick of the Light

Chief Inspector Gamache Novel (Volume 7)
Louise Penny
St. Martin's Press

A New York Times Notable Crime Book for 2011"Hearts are broken," Lillian Dyson carefully underlined in a book. "Sweet relationships are dead." But now Lillian herself is dead....

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Bury Your Dead
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Bury Your Dead

Chief Inspector Gamache Novel (Volume 6)
Louise Penny
St. Martin's Press

"Few writers in any genre can match Penny's ability to combine heartbreak and hope." Publishers Weekly (starred review)

It is Winter Carnival in Quebec City, bitterly cold and surpassingly beautiful. Chief Inspector Armand Gamache has come not to join the revels but to recover from an investigation gone hauntingly wrong. But violent death is inescapable, even in the apparent sanctuary of the Literary and Historical Society--where an obsessive historian's quest for the remains of the founder of Quebec, Samuel de Champlain, ends in murder. Could a secret buried with Champlain for nearly four hundred years be so dreadful that someone would kill to protect it?

Meanwhile, Gamache is receiving disquieting letters from the village of Three Pines, where beloved Bistro owner Olivier was recently convicted of murder. "It doesn't make sense," Olivier's partner writes every day. "He didn't do it, you know."

As past and present collide in this astonishing novel, Gamache must relive a terrible event from his own past before he can begin to bury his dead.

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The Brutal Telling
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The Brutal Telling

Chief Inspector Gamache Novel (Volume 5)
Louise Penny
St. Martin's Press

Three Pines is a village just above the U.S. border where everybody knows everything about each other—until now.Everybody in Three Pines is shocked when their favorite local bistro becomes...

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A Rule Against Murder
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A Rule Against Murder

Chief Inspector Gamache Novel (Volume 4)
Louise Penny
St. Martin's Press

"What happened here last night isn't allowed," said Madame Dubois.It was such an extraordinary thing to say it stopped the ravenous Inspector Beauvoir from taking another bite...

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The Cruelest Month
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The Cruelest Month

Chief Inspector Gamache Novel (Volume 3)
Louise Penny
St. Martin's Press

"Many mystery buffs have credited Louise Penny with the revival of the type of traditional murder mystery made famous by Agatha Christie. . . . The book's title is a metaphor not only for the month...

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A Fatal Grace
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A Fatal Grace

Chief Inspector Gamache Novel (Volume 2)
Louise Penny
St. Martin's Press

CC de Poitiers managed to alienate everyone in the hamlet of Three Pines, right up to the moment she died. When Chief Inspector Armand Gamache begins his investigation, it seems like an impossible...

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Still Life
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Still Life

Chief Inspector Gamache Novel (Volume 1)
Louise Penny
St. Martin's Press

Winner of the New Blood Dagger, Arthur Ellis, Barry, Anthony, and Dilys awards.Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Surêté du Québec and his team of investigators are called in...

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The Chief Inspector Gamache Series, Books 1 - 10
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The Chief Inspector Gamache Series, Books 1 - 10

Chief Inspector Gamache Novel
Louise Penny
St. Martin's Press

#1 New York Times and Globe and Mail bestselling author Louise Penny's beloved Chief Inspector Gamache mystery novels have received critical acclaim, won numerous awards, and have enthralled...

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The Chief Inspector Gamache Series, Books 1-3
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The Chief Inspector Gamache Series, Books 1-3

Chief Inspector Gamache Novel
Louise Penny
St. Martin's Press

#1 New York Times and Globe and Mail bestselling author Louse Penny's beloved Chief Inspector Armand Gamache mystery novels have received critical acclaim, won numerous awards, and...

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The Chief Inspector Gamache Series, Books 4-6
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The Chief Inspector Gamache Series, Books 4-6

Chief Inspector Gamache Novel
Louise Penny
St. Martin's Press

#1 New York Times and Globe and Mail bestselling author Louse Penny's beloved Chief Inspector Armand Gamache mystery novels have received critical acclaim, won numerous awards, and...

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The Chief Inspector Gamache Series, Books 7-9
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The Chief Inspector Gamache Series, Books 7-9

Chief Inspector Gamache Novel
Louise Penny
St. Martin's Press

#1 New York Times and Globe and Mail bestselling author Louse Penny's beloved Chief Inspector Armand Gamache mystery novels have received critical acclaim, won numerous awards, and...

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The Beautiful Mystery is the winner of the 2012 Agatha Award for best novel, the 2013 Anthony Award for best novel and the 2013 Macavity Award for best novel. When a renowned monastery choir director is murdered, Chief Inspector Armand Gamache discovers disquiet in the monastery. Before finding the killer, before restoring peace, the Chief must first consider the divine, the human, and the cracks in between.

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About the author

Louise Penny

LOUISE PENNY is the #1 New York Times and Globe and Mail bestselling author of twelve Chief Inspector Armand Gamache novels. She has won numerous awards, including a CWA Dagger and the Agatha Award (five times) and was a finalist for the Edgar Award for Best Novel. She lives in a small village south of Montréal.

photo: JEAN-FRANÇOIS BÉRUBÉ