Jul 10, 2021FunnyPenny1 rated this title 3 out of 5 stars
I made the mistake of starting at the end of the series. As a result, I really had no investment in any of the characters. The plot is extremely convoluted. Penny also uses a plot device which irritates me no end. She drops a big leaden…Read moreRead more of this comment
Apr 29, 2021fred98115 rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
The Ganache family gather in Paris where Armand's son and daughter live. After dining with his godfather, Stephen Horowitz, they see him struck by a car in an attempted murder. Thus begins a tale of powerful, corrupt people that draw in…Read moreRead more of this comment
Mar 21, 2021cherylhannah rated this title 4.5 out of 5 stars
All of her books about the Gamaches are great--but I found this one really a fantastic read! I read ALOT, and this is the first time I've actually taken the time to write a review. I'm not going to give away anything about this story,…Read moreRead more of this comment
Feb 20, 2021rwinters70 rated this title 3.5 out of 5 stars
I truly loved the book until the end. I thought the ending was so unrealistic and didn't think the author needed to make it "all better" for her readers. I still enjoyed all the characters, the settings and this one had a lot of action.
Feb 19, 2021librarianatlarge rated this title 2.5 out of 5 stars
Not my favourite book of hers. I found it rather boring and had to push myself to finish. The plot was far-fetched. She didn't make Paris sound very interesting and I rather missed the Canadian setting.
Jan 20, 2021pcmac444 rated this title 4.5 out of 5 stars
This is my favourite Louise Penny book! While interesting at first, I found it tedious in her other books to be spending so much time in Three Pines with all of its 'colourful' characters. I particularly got tired of reading page after…Read moreRead more of this comment
Dec 31, 2020Grandma007 rated this title 4.5 out of 5 stars
This is her best book in a while. I thought the plot got a bit muddled when Stephen Horowitz was denounced as a collaborator. After that the plot sort of ran away from the author. Lots of Armand's family history is shared with the…Read moreRead more of this comment
Dec 30, 2020samsue rated this title 4.5 out of 5 stars
Set in Paris, the story has a surprise ending and plenty of tension throughout the book. The only thing I find unbelievable is that Armand and Jean-Guy would be able to take part in an investigation in France. Nevertheless, a really good…Read moreRead more of this comment
Dec 23, 2020dtroutman rated this title 4.5 out of 5 stars
It's bittersweet to finish the latest Gamache book. I have loved every one of them. when it started out transported to France, I was wondering if Lousie Penny could make up for leaving all of the 3 Pines characters at home. She did and…Read moreRead more of this comment
This is the first of the author’s books I attempted to read. I gave up less than 10% of the way in the book. There are so many characters that I could not keep up. I would have needed to create a spreadsheet to understand who was who. …Read moreRead more of this comment
Dec 16, 2020DanglingConversations rated this title 4.5 out of 5 stars
Excellent writing and gripping plot, as usual.
Two flaws. Daniel's hatred of his father, Gamache, is unrealistic in an adult son who had two strong parents and a stable middle class family life. Suggesting Daniel could be so damaged…Read moreRead more of this comment
Nov 28, 2020chilligal rated this title 3.5 out of 5 stars
Not quite as enjoyable as the previous Gamache books. Maybe too many characters to keep track of? I found it took me much longer to read than usual, but that may be because I am now in my 80s. I was pleased that it ended in three Pines.
Nov 22, 2020GrandCru rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
Good plot. I did suspect a couple of red herrings that were thrown in. A somewhat ‘Hollywood’ ending. I’ve been in Paris a few times so enjoyed reading about the familiar places, including the Rodin garden. Looking forward to be back…Read moreRead more of this comment
Nov 14, 202021221018293347 rated this title 4.5 out of 5 stars
I always have the same comments for Louise Penny's books. This time: here it is all over again, in Paris. Marvelous characters, new mystery. You will not go wrong with any of the Armand Gamache series.
Nov 08, 2020dkoa rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
Louise Penny does it again. It may be set in Paris but all the characters are so human and flawed and kind and brave. I love them. How does she come up with a suspenseful plot each time, each story fresh? I couldn't put the book down.…Read moreRead more of this comment