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The Cruelest Month

A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel

Louise Penny


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"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 of April but also for Gamache's personal and professional challenges---making this the series standout so far."
--Sarah Weinman

Welcome to Three Pines, where the cruelest month is about to deliver on its threat.
It's spring in the tiny, forgotten village; buds are on the trees and the first flowers are struggling through the newly thawed earth. But not everything is meant to return to life. . .
When some villagers decide to celebrate Easter with a séance at the Old Hadley House, they are hoping to rid the town of its evil---until one of their party dies of fright. Was this a natural death, or was the victim somehow helped along?
Brilliant, compassionate Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Sûreté du Québec is called to investigate, in a case that will force him to face his own ghosts as well as those of a seemingly idyllic town where relationships are far more dangerous than they seem.

Praise For The Cruelest Month: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel

Gamache is a prodigiously complicated and engaging hero, destined to become one of the classic detectives.
---Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

The cozy mystery has a graceful practitioner in Louise Penny.
---The New York Times Book Review

Dont look for the hamlet of Three Pines anywhere on a map . . . although Louise Penny has made the town and its residents so real . . . that you might just try to find it.
---The Chicago Tribune

[A Fatal Grace] is not the usual cosy or even a traditional puzzle mystery. Its a finely written, intelligent, and observant book.
---The Houston Chronicle

A remarkable new writer . . . Louise Penny arrives with flair, humanity, and intrigue in her debut novel, Still Life. . . . Elegant writing alone would not carry this remarkable book; Penny also creates a puzzle worthy of the masters. But more important, she studies issues of good and evil, of human nature, of human kindness, and human cruelty.
---The Richmond Times-Dispatch

This cerebral mystery . . . is a rare treat.
---People on Still Life

Minotaur Books, 9780312573508, 320pp.

Publication Date: April 12, 2011

About the Author

LOUISE PENNY is the author of the #1 New York Times and Globe and Mail bestselling series of Chief Inspector Armand Gamache novels. She has won numerous awards, including a CWA Dagger and the Agatha Award (seven times), and was a finalist for the Edgar Award for Best Novel. In 2017, she received the Order of Canada for her contributions to Canadian culture. Louise lives in a small village south of Montréal.