All the Devils Are Here

All the Devils Are Here

A Novel

eBook - 2020
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gloryb
Oct 16, 2020

I liked the plot of this story set in Paris more than the ones set in Quebec, especially since the poet, Ruth and her duck, whom I find annoying, were almost absent from the text. Armand's whole family gets involved in this story from his son and daughter, Annie and her police hubby, Daniel and his family, to his stepfather Stephen whose discovery is the crux of this plot which concerns the power of corporations. Interestingly, on a search of this title in the library's database, another book with the same title showed up in the results, but this one was about the financial crash of 2008 involving financial moguls in New York and their government bail-out. Penny's police procedural book is a page turner becoming more so as the plot crashes to the concluding chapter. The author continues her themes of love and safety found in family members in this book along with corruption in high places. Looks like the bunch will be together in Three Pines and Montreal for the next book on similar themes.

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EmilyEm
Oct 14, 2020

With the birth of their daughter Annie’s baby due soon the Gamache’s head to Paris for a family reunion with both their children, their families and Armand’s godfather Stephen Horowitz. After dining one evening Stephen departs on his own and while crossing the street gets run down by a van, seemingly intentionally.

Loved the setting and the history in this installment, which told me more of Armand’s backstory than I knew or remembered! This was a story of family relationships, very different from some in the series although still a puzzling whodunit. Since I’m not a huge fan of the Three Pines neighbors I’d count this a particular Penny favorite.

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AnnSkye
Oct 12, 2020

It is almost bittersweet to start a new Louise Penny novel. After waiting for a year to discover what is happening next to the characters you have become so involved with you know that in about eight hours of reading you will be back to having to patiently waiting again.
Louise Penny is an amazing author and her characters have become like old friends. This book did not disappoint, it was excellent.

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rukashaza5
Oct 07, 2020

Can’t praise Ms. Penny enough. Well written and tightly constructed. There are no slow periods in this book. Within all the action we finally discover why Gamache’s son was so resentful of his father. An extremely satisfying book.

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midori_hon
Sep 25, 2020

what a satisfying synchronicity. the title of a recently finished book is the first sentence of this one: hell is empty.
paris, the city of lights. a convoluted plot worthy of the da vinci code. nefarious villains. answers to unasked questions = another louise penny that was devoured when it should have been savored.

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pattk1220
Sep 21, 2020

Louise Penny is my new favorite author! I couldn't put this book down. It's so well written and plotted, and it conveys such a wonderful depth of humanity. As a new LP reader, I'm looking forward to reading all of the previous Armand Gamache novels and re-reading this one at the end. What a treasure!

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maryebarr
Sep 18, 2020

I have be been anticipating this book for months. And it did not disappoint. This may be one of my favorite of Penny's books. I think the idea of setting this book outside of Three Pines and Quebec was inspirational. She research took us to hidden part of Paris and to hidden parts of the lives of the Gamache family.

I am in awe of her ability to come up with extremely complicated plots. And the evil that exists to have the plots executed. The setting of Paris freed Armand and his family from the drama of Three Pines and I really enjoy the family story. The ending warmed my heart.

I am thankful that she continued to write after the death of her beloved Michael. There are two things that this author has done that I greatly respect. First, she has not drawn a map of Three Pines. She believes the map should be in the mind of each reader. She also has not sold the rights for the series to become a TV series.

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maipenrai
Sep 14, 2020

I always wait with great impatience for the next Louise Penny Three Pines mystery. This one is particularly great because it reunites the entire Gamache family - his wife, Reine-Marie, daughter Annie who is about to give birth, her husband ( Armand's former partner at the Sûreté du Québec ) Jean-Guy Beauvoir , and Daniel the estranged son. The mystery is a great page-turner as always, but the only better setting in the world for this series than the village of Three Pines is Paris. I loved knowing where they were when they walked the city and what they could see.... The ending is so great that I actually cried from both sorrow and joy. Loved it!!!!!!!!!!!!! Cannot recommend this series more highly - just start with the beginning. Kristi & Abby Tabby

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delphimo
Sep 14, 2020

My favorite author and fabulous mystery writer, Louise Penny, plots out another great tale. Instead of Three Pines, we find our cast of characters in Paris, The City of Light. Jean-Guy and Annie await the birth of a daughter, their second child. Armand and Reine-Marie have come to celebrate this happy event and to see Daniel and his family. Walking home from a family celebration, Stephen Horowitz steps off the sidewalk and a car runs him down. A race to save and protect Stephen and the world plunges Armand into the depths of chaos and despair. Louise Penny employs Shakespeare with the book title and many memorable quotations and allusions throughout the book. The novel explores relationships among family and friends and the sense of loyalty and love and our ability to face despair and happiness. Thank you, Louise Penny, for supplying me with hours of reading pleasure.

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susannastarlight
Sep 13, 2020

Could this be the best Inspector Gamache book yet? I think so!

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sandraperkins
Sep 11, 2020

I bought this book because I could not wait for the library to get it. I LOVED this book! It is so good that I immediately read it a second time, so I could spot what I missed the first time through, and so I could stay in this world a while longer. I did notice additional details, and I loved it even more the second time!

It may be the best book in the series so far, though I also loved How the Light Gets In.

Nearly this entire book takes place in Paris (before the pandemic), so that is a delight, though it means we hardly see our old friends who live in Three Pines. There is a fascinating and intricate plot (as usual). But my favorite thing about this book is the in depth look at the Gamache family members and their relationships. What I love most about Louise Penny’s books is the people, the characters. We get to know the Gamache family better in this book: his wife Reine-Marie, who is a gifted archivist and librarian; his son Daniel and his family, who have lived in Paris for years; his daughter Annie and her family (Annie is very pregnant with her second child throughout this book); and of course his godfather, who is in his 90s now.

I always recommend that a series be read in order for maximum enjoyment. While I still believe that is best, I also think this book could be read with enormous enjoyment by a reader who had not read any of the previous books. (If you have not already read the previous books, you might think it is be too hard to read the previous 15 books before you get to read this one.)

If you love Paris, you will love this book. If you love books that incorporate references to art, music, poetry and literature, you will love this book (and this series). If you love books with characters who keep you emotionally engaged for the entire book, you will love this book. If you love books with complicated plots, you will love this book. If you love seeing good triumph over evil, you will love this book.

I am not saying this book is all sweetness and light; it is not. But it is deeply satisfying on so many levels.

I give this book 5 stars, and really, I could give it 6 stars (still on a scale of 1 to 5).

Not every Louise Penny book is a home run, but this one is a grand slam.

I can not recommend this book and this series highly enough! Please read them!

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kaylyn_m
Sep 10, 2020

Agree with most comments here. This is Penny at her very best. I listened to the whole book and it is a very good narration and gripping story line.

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Angela71
Sep 08, 2020

This is the 16th installment of Chief Inspector Armand and usually after a long series the stories are usually watered down and boring.....not the case with "All the devils are here". Another great novel by Louise Penny. Based in Paris and though Three Pines does not have a role in this, it is still filled with warmth and excitement. Highly recommend.

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betsymarzoni
Sep 08, 2020

This installment finds the entire Gamache family in Paris awaiting the birth of Annie and Jean-Guy's daughter and the change in scenery brings a freshness to the series. Louise Penny's acknowledgement statement explains why Paris is so meaningful for her and her sentiments carry through into the book. This particular mystery is challenging, there are many twists, but one of the aspects I enjoyed the most was the use of Madame Gamache's intelligence and expertise. She has always seemed like an underdeveloped character to me. Not in this caper! The adventure felt like some kind of come-back for Ms. Penny and was welcomed by me. However the ending felt much like the end of a series. I certainly hope not.

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JEANAT12
Sep 07, 2020

In my humble opinion, this is the best book in the Gamache series. The action is so exciting and just when you think that you have figured something out there is a twist and you realize that you haven’t. I thought that I would miss the Three Pines setting, but the action in Paris is so engaging that I didn’t. Louise Penny is such an excellent author. I really enjoyed this book!

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brangwinn
Sep 01, 2020

As usual, after reading a Chief Inspector Gamache book, I say this one is the best! I wasn’t expecting to like a book set in Paris nearly as well as one set in Quebec City and Three Pines, but what won my love was the getting to know so much more about Gamache’s family. Having them play such important roles in this book. Hurray for Reine Marie and the other librarians who show how important libraries are! Learning so much more about Gamache’s son, Daniel, was also a big part of my love for this book. Of course, its emotional. I needed Kleenex several times to wipe the tears away. I am so glad it ended up back in Three Pines. Of the fiction places I most want to visit, Three Pines is at the top of my list. Be warned though: If you listen to the audio version, and you are halfway through the book, close the door and put a sign up that gives the phone number for pizza delivery. You won’t want to be interrupted for mundane things like preparing for dinner. I only meant to listen for an hour but ended up listening for three and a half hours. That is what a good narrator does. They so totally immerse you in the book, the rest of the world goes away.

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muttimother
Aug 07, 2020

I like it. Good graphics, easier to view on a phone.

Nicr Jun 13, 2020

A change of scenery, as Gamache joins Jean-Guy and Annie in Paris awaiting the birth of their second child. Murder, of course, and (for me, at least) not very interesting and hard-to-follow boardroom shenanigans. The old, familiar characters are always good company, and the excursion to Paris was evocative, but I just couldn't get into the plot.

debwalker Mar 11, 2020

Gamache back on the case!

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maipenrai
Jan 29, 2020

I always wait with great impatience for the next Louise Penny Three Pines mystery. This one is particularly great because it reunites the entire Gamache family - his wife, Reine-Marie, daughter Annie who is about to give birth, her husband ( Armand's former partner at the Sûreté du Québec ) Jean-Guy Beauvoir , and Daniel the estranged son. The mystery is a great page-turner as always, but the only better setting in the world for this series than the village of Three Pines is Paris. I loved knowing where they were when they walked the city and what they could see.... The ending is so great that I actually cried from both sorrow and joy. Loved it!!!!!!!!!!!!! Cannot recommend this series more highly - just start with the beginning. Kristi & Abby Tabby


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