The Cruellest Month

The Cruellest Month

A Novel

Book - 2011
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Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Sûreté du Québec is called to investigate the death of a villager at an Easter séance that was held at the Old Hadley House.
Publisher: London : Sphere, [2011]
Copyright Date: ©2007
ISBN: 9780751573282
Branch Call Number: PENNY
Characteristics: 454 pages ; 20 cm


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Re-reading this after 6 years, just randomly picked it up at the library and I had forgotten the plot. It still stands the test of time. An expose of the criminal underbelly in Quebec police force woven into a well written murder mystery.

Nov 07, 2018

An interesting story but I did not like the ending - Clara's new painting had no relation to the plot (at least for me). Also, Penny mentions that Clara, as an artist, lived in poverty most of her life. This is not true as she was married to a popular, famous artist and they lived in a house that they owned too, in the village. I don't call that living in poverty!

Sep 13, 2017

Read to page 36, Sept 13, 2017

Nov 24, 2016

Another feast of delicious eating and sappy sentimentality from the kind villagers of Three Pines who, across three books, somehow manage to have three murders in their midst in less than a year. I found the staged ending of this one completely implausible as Gamache trundles back and forth between two highly charged scenes unfolding only metres away from each other. But I'm hooked. Onward to book 4!

Sep 08, 2016

Fabulous.Can't wait to read the next in the series.

Aug 10, 2015

Another good story. Again don't read this if you are on a diet. There is something about Penny's books that irritate me. Sort of telling us information as if we can't figure it out for ourselves. I'll continue reading them however.

ferritalelibrarian Apr 30, 2015

The gentlemanly, French-Canadian Inspector Armand Gamache must solve yet another unusual murder in the idyllic (yet awfully dangerous) village of Three Pines. The murder of a seemingly delightful woman lead Gamache and his team to consider the meaning of the "near enemy" even as events from the past return to haunt him in ways both professional and personal. Sometimes I feel like I enjoy Lousie Penny in spite of Louse Penny, but either way, I'm riveted by her books.

ehbooklover Sep 06, 2014

Another strong chapter in Penny’s Chief Inspector Gamache series. Full of interesting people, a wonderful small town setting, and loads of red herrings. The mystery was especially creepy as it involved a haunted house and a couple of seances (BOO!). In other words, the perfect book to read during a very intense lightning storm.

Mar 27, 2012

Read these out of order, but it didn't matter they were all very good, can't wait for the next one. Love Inspector Gamache.

Feb 16, 2012

My favourite Gamache so far. Some scenes are so hilarious I could not see through the tears of laughter. The evil is palpable but it is a human evil, not something summoned with a ghost. I only wish Louise Penny wrote longer books. They are over way too soon.

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“How bitter a thing it is to look into happiness through another man’s eyes.”


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