Kingdom of the Blind

Kingdom of the Blind

Louise Penny / Jun 24, 2019

Kingdom of the Blind The entrancing new crime thriller featuring Chief Inspector Armand Gamache from number one New York Times bestselling author Louise Penny When Armand Gamache receives a letter invit

  • Title: Kingdom of the Blind
  • Author: Louise Penny
  • ISBN: Kingdom of the Blind
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  • Page: 263
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  • The entrancing new crime thriller featuring Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, from number one New York Times bestselling author Louise Penny

    When Armand Gamache receives a letter inviting him to an abandoned farmhouse outside of Three Pines, the former head of the S ret du Qu bec discovers that a complete stranger has named him as an executor of her will.

    Armand never knew

    The entrancing new crime thriller featuring Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, from number one New York Times bestselling author Louise Penny

    When Armand Gamache receives a letter inviting him to an abandoned farmhouse outside of Three Pines, the former head of the S ret du Qu bec discovers that a complete stranger has named him as an executor of her will.

    Armand never knew the elderly woman, and the bequests are so wildly unlikely that he suspects the woman must have been delusional until a body is found, and the terms of the bizarre will suddenly seem far menacing.

    But it isn t the only menace Gamache is facing The investigation into the events that led to his suspension has dragged on, and Armand is taking increasingly desperate measures to rectify previous actions As he does, Armand Gamache begins to see his own blind spots and the terrible things hiding there.

    Praise for the award winning Chief Inspector Armand Gamache series

    One of the most interesting detectives in crime fiction The Times Fascinating characters, a twisty plot and wonderful surprise endings Ann Cleeves

    Wonderfully satisfying Kate Mosse

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but you d be depriving yourself of the immense pleasure of getting to know these wonderful characters from their beginnings I would highly You could, but you d be depriving yourself of the immense pleasure of getting to know these wonderful characters from their beginnings I would highly recommend starting with the first book in the series You ll have an advantage that most of us dedicated readers didn t have all the books are already published and you won t have to wait for the next installment less flag See all 20 questions about Kingdom of the Blind Lists with This Book Most Anticipated Mysteries 2018 120 books 171 voters 2018 Mystery Thriller Horror 265 books 257 voters More lists with this book Community Reviews Showing 1 30 Rating details Sort Default Filter Oct 23, 2018 Diane S rated it it was amazing Unfortunately I have finished I tried to make it last as long as possible, reading it slowly, even though I wanted to rush to the end Three Pines, such picturesque village, I would love to live there, if it was real of course I mentioned that to someone and they said, Yes, but they have alot of murders for such a small town True, I had to laugh, but it is the characters, the the people that live there, and the way they care for each other, even the demented poet Ruth Well, this time no murd Unfortunately I have finished I tried to make it last as long as possible, reading it slowly, even though I wanted to rush to the end Three Pines, such picturesque village, I would love to live there, if it was real of course I mentioned that to someone and they said, Yes, but they have alot of murders for such a small town True, I had to laugh, but it is the characters, the the people that live there, and the way they care for each other, even the demented poet Ruth Well, this time no murder in the village Instead Gamache and Myrna, arrive separately, not knowing the other was coming, at a tumbled down farmhouse They are tasked, along with another new arrival, with a very strange request Despite their doubts, they are intrigued and accept This brings them into a mystery over 160 years old and bearing a famous name Also of course, are the remnants from the last novel, missing drugs and a suspended Gamache.This may well be my favorite entry, so far in this series Trademark humor, tenderness, and of course some great investigative ability is shown Gamache and his complicated character is fully displayed A few new characters too, and one that attaches to another, will be very surprising indeed At books end, just when explanations are given, the cases wrapped up nicely or in some cases not, we are presented with a most unexpected zinger Now I wonder just where the next book will take us So I waitC from Minotaur books flag 231 likesLike see review View all 33 comments Petra I m still waiting for my library copy I m moving up the list and am hoping to have it read by the end of January Dec 27, 2018 03 16PM Nancy I ve strayed from this series but your review has given me the urge to read 14 Thank you Jan 31, 2019 05 05AM Nov 14, 2018 Paromjit rated it it was amazing Shelves crime fiction, mystery, netgalley It is always a joy to return to Three Pines and its eccentric and offbeat residents, and this is a blisteringly brilliant addition to the Detective Armand Gamache series Gamache has been suspended as the Head of the Surete du Quebec, a result of the fallout from his last case His son in law, Jean Guy is now the Acting Head, caught between political machinations that are looking to laying the blame squarely on Gamache to pay the devastating price for his actions Gamache feels he deserves to lo It is always a joy to return to Three Pines and its eccentric and offbeat residents, and this is a blisteringly brilliant addition to the Detective Armand Gamache series Gamache has been suspended as the Head of the Surete du Quebec, a result of the fallout from his last case His son in law, Jean Guy is now the Acting Head, caught between political machinations that are looking to laying the blame squarely on Gamache to pay the devastating price for his actions Gamache feels he deserves to lose his job as he holds himself responsible for the nightmare entry of the most deadly of opoids, carfentanyl, looking set to flood Montreal and wipe out thousands In his desperation to locate the drugs, he is willing to take risks and do whatever it takes, as he launches an undercover operation in the menacing streets of the city that are riddled with death and danger.Gamache, psychologist and bookseller Myrna Landers, and a young builder from Montreal, Benedict Pouliot, find themselves named as the liquidators, instrumental in implementing the will of a recently deceased woman, a cleaner called the Baroness, Bertha Baumgartnor None of them knew her, and it is a bizarre will, distributing monies and estates that the Baroness does not have With their curiosity aroused, they accept the role and learn when they meet the Baroness s adult children, Anthony, Caroline and Hugo, the recipients of the non existent bequests The will is the latest piece of a longstanding family drama in a delusional and poisonous inheritance that goes back well over a hundred years ago, involving the descendents of twin brothers in Europe A murder has Gamache and Jean Guy delving closely into the family and its history It turns out that current developments in Vienna might provide motive for murder Nothing is as it appears as financial fraud investigator, Agent Cloutier finally gets to deploy her specialised skills that make her feel settled in the police team, whilst deeply buried family secrets and lies are exposed.What makes this series so special are the long established characters that Louise Penny has developed with care and flair, with the best of locations in Three Pines There is the foulmouthed poet, Ruth and her duck, Rosa, Myrna, artist Clara Morrow, Gamache s wife, Reine Marie and a slew of others This is a novel and series about community, belonging, kindness, comic humour, wit, love and affection The addition of compelling new characters, such as Benedict and Katie Burke keep this story fresh and ever evolving The theme of blindness is strong in its application to a range of people, including Gamache, who cannot stop engaging in machinations with mixed results This is a fantastic read, entertaining with top notch storylines, and so fabulous to revisit the well loved people that I have got to know so well Highly Recommended Many thanks to Kirsteen Astor and Little, Brown for an ARC flag 148 likesLike see review View all 23 comments Sep 21, 2018 James Patterson rated it it was amazing Just got done reading an advance copy of Kingdom of the Blind by Louise Penny It s a fantastic book that had me guessing the entire way You re not going to want to miss out on this one flag 120 likesLike see review View all 7 comments Dec 16, 2018 Jaline rated it it was amazing Shelves xx2018 completed, x favrit series It is easy to understand why readers love the village of Three Pines and its people Symbolically, they represent all the finer things in life wonderful and unique friendships, tolerance and acceptance, cozy homes and businesses, integrity and honesty There is also good food, warm fireplaces, funny pets, and of course the scales of justice personified by Chief Superintendent Armand Gamache of the S ret du Qu bec These are many, if not all, of the reasons I love my visits to the fictional v It is easy to understand why readers love the village of Three Pines and its people Symbolically, they represent all the finer things in life wonderful and unique friendships, tolerance and acceptance, cozy homes and businesses, integrity and honesty There is also good food, warm fireplaces, funny pets, and of course the scales of justice personified by Chief Superintendent Armand Gamache of the S ret du Qu bec These are many, if not all, of the reasons I love my visits to the fictional village of Three Pines via Louise Penny s novels.Another reason is because these novels don t back away from or swerve around the big issues of our modern day world The opposite is true as these novels expose the underbelly of our world culture and its dark side That is where CS Armand Gamache and his team of hand picked officers come into play Things sometimes fell apart unexpectedly It was not necessarily a reflection of how much they were valued Readers will only achieve full appreciation of this novel by reading the preceding novel in the series, Glass Houses In this story, we find Gamache and his team finding their way through the repercussions of their heroic efforts in Glass Houses and there are a lot of them People s lives and careers were altered Sometimes in small ways, and at times with such impact that the ripples carried through into this story.There were also loose ends that Gamache could not ignore ones that he is determined to recover and tie up no matter how wildly those loose ends flopped and fluttered at the whim of the winds of fate He was never one to back away no matter how difficult and dangerous the choice to move forward Gamache would effect justice, no matter what the cost to himself personally.There is also a sub plot in this novel involving a family feud over money that goes back 132 years When one of the family members is murdered, Gamache and his second in command, Jean Guy Beauvoir pursue this case as well It leads through fascinating territory, including discovering about Gamache s own past.I thoroughly enjoyed this read, just as I have with the entire series As soon as I discovered the series in 2014, I knew that this would be one I would follow for as long as the books kept arriving Despite the grim topics covered and the harsh realities of what police forces are confronted with, these novels always leave me with a strong sense of hope, and that feelings of kindness and goodness are ones we can all act upon every single day to help counterbalance the evils of our world flag 119 likesLike see review View all 63 comments Nov 24, 2018 Cathrine rated it really liked it Shelves arc, group challenge 4 Fuck, fuck, fuck Admit it fans When you finish the last page and the road to Three Pines is closed until another winter comes, quoting Rosa is the only way to assuage our anguish It is currently very cold in Three Pines So cold that Reine Marie and others can be heard muttering Why do we live here as the town loses power and is buried in snow.But not to worry, comfort foods that rarely fail in their one great task are abundant. Oh heaven do you have power Non A generator.Hooked 4 Fuck, fuck, fuck Admit it fans When you finish the last page and the road to Three Pines is closed until another winter comes, quoting Rosa is the only way to assuage our anguish It is currently very cold in Three Pines So cold that Reine Marie and others can be heard muttering Why do we live here as the town loses power and is buried in snow.But not to worry, comfort foods that rarely fail in their one great task are abundant. Oh heaven do you have power Non A generator.Hooked up to the espresso machine And the oven and fridge, said Gabri.But not the lights Priorities, said Olivier Are you complaining Mon Dieu, no, she said I really, really liked it Not as awesome for me as the last 2 in the series, hence the missing star but I would trade my caf au lait and warm apple crisp with cream for a copy if I were you flag 104 likesLike see review View all 17 comments Oct 30, 2018 Phrynne rated it it was amazing Shelves 5000 2019, 300up to date What an excellent read Thank you Louise Penny for bringing Armand back to us for a while there it looked as though it might not happen Kingdom of the Blind has everything we expect from a Three Pines novel Gamache is his normal understanding, calm, all knowing self and of course as usual, he is keeping secrets Beauvoir is being emotionally torn apart which is very common for him I must admit he is one character I just do not like probably because he is always letting Gamache down And I What an excellent read Thank you Louise Penny for bringing Armand back to us for a while there it looked as though it might not happen Kingdom of the Blind has everything we expect from a Three Pines novel Gamache is his normal understanding, calm, all knowing self and of course as usual, he is keeping secrets Beauvoir is being emotionally torn apart which is very common for him I must admit he is one character I just do not like probably because he is always letting Gamache down And I do not know what Annie sees in him.Anyway, I got side tracked there There is also lots and lots of snow and hot chocolate and scenes between our favourite characters with their usual banter Rosa teaches an unexpected person to use her favourite her only word People get murdered, people attempt to hunt down drug thieves and there s a lot of excellent investigative work There are also a couple of surprises at the end.In other words another great book from Louise Penny I hope she is already writing another one flag 73 likesLike see review View all 14 comments Dec 11, 2018 Linda rated it it was amazing Shelves 5 star winners, louise penny, mystery thrillers, nature themes We are only as blind as we want to be Maya Angelou And with that Louise Penny opens her captivating novel with the nooks and cranies of what appears to be truth on the surface but bears the scales of something far devious below Is it shadowy eyes that mirror the heart or the heart that mirrors what is in the line of pure vision Ah, our footsteps take us, once again, to the panoramic sight of Three Pines nestled in a barage of blanketed snow Our familiar characters take refuge in the l We are only as blind as we want to be Maya Angelou And with that Louise Penny opens her captivating novel with the nooks and cranies of what appears to be truth on the surface but bears the scales of something far devious below Is it shadowy eyes that mirror the heart or the heart that mirrors what is in the line of pure vision Ah, our footsteps take us, once again, to the panoramic sight of Three Pines nestled in a barage of blanketed snow Our familiar characters take refuge in the local bistro seeking the warmth of friendship as well as the draw of the hearth Armand Gamache, former head of the Surete du Quebec, has received a letter stating that he is one of three liquidators of a mysterious will With only the directive of time and place, Gamache heads out in the heavy snow towards a farmhouse some distance from Three Pines Upon arrival, he is shocked to find Myrna Landers, bookstore owner in Three Pines, as one of the executors along with a young builder whom they don t know None of them have ever heard of the woman who passed away How is it that they have been chosen Penny doesn t wait for the icicles to melt before a dead body is found in the farmhouse days later The three executors find themselves almost buried alive literally and figuratively in the aftermath It will take much persistence for Gamache and his son in law, Jean Guy, to shovel out of this one.Gamache still has the weight of his suspension hanging precariously over his head for the last six months Opioids and cartels promise to bury him under the scandal of it all.Kingdom of the Blind is a literary vessel of friendship and camaraderie that finds itself back at that welcoming hearth It speaks to the finer sensibilities that have somehow lay dormant in today s cut throat world Three Pines reflects upon the pearls of kindness, accommodation, and acceptibility These inhabitants are so flawed and so utterly human The dialogue is quick witted, snarky at times, and belly laugh endowed at most times It is a place of refuge as well for the die hard readers who find a place at the table each time a new offering comes along Penny always sees to that.And yet, even though Three Pines is a fortress, it has been touched by crime, by murder, and by dastardly acts The dark side of the moon seeps into crevices welcomed or not And this is at the very core of Louise Penny s writing talent She dabbles in the constant battle of good vs evil Reality visits Three Pines time and again, and as in life, the challenges are relentless but so is the little band of people gathered around that village hearth Like us, they wait for the door to crack slowly into another adventure next time around flag 60 likesLike see review View all 14 comments Nov 29, 2018 Penny Watson rated it liked it Buckle up, people I have many, many thoughts about this book, and series in general, and Louise Penny.1 The beginning of this book is strong As always One of Louise Penny s strengths is her beginnings She sucks you right into the story with the characters, the mystery, the unknown Everything feels profound She throws in poetry Philosophy Art.Strangely, however, the familiarity of the characters town we know actually dragged this story down That is no longer a strong point for the serie Buckle up, people I have many, many thoughts about this book, and series in general, and Louise Penny.1 The beginning of this book is strong As always One of Louise Penny s strengths is her beginnings She sucks you right into the story with the characters, the mystery, the unknown Everything feels profound She throws in poetry Philosophy Art.Strangely, however, the familiarity of the characters town we know actually dragged this story down That is no longer a strong point for the series, but a detriment At one point, there was a scene with our familiar cast of characters, in their familiar setting, and I thought to myself I ve read this before It s getting redundant, and that s a bad thing Dialogue feels recycled, character reactions feel recycled, even the twists big reveals are things we ve seen before Gamache has a big secretyeah, we know HE ALWAYS HAS A BIG SECRET.2 There are certain scenes moments events in this book with huge impact The collapse of the house, the angst filled scenes with Amelia returning to her old life I love the whole symbolism of the house collapsing the family collapsing Penny did an extraordinary job bringing that symbolic event to life Unfortunately, these are overshadowed by many tedious scenes that dragged and ruined the pacing of the narrative Too many scenes with financial folks, figuring out documents, etc These bits were dull and ruined the energy and flow of this story.3 Pacing was a problem The flow of the story felt disjointed Usually, I find that Penny does an excellent job blending high action scenes with internal POV, character bits with setting and storyline But it was pretty choppy going in this book.4 I love fiction that blends multiple storylines This is a trademark for the Gamache Series Sometimes, it works very well, and sometimes it s not as successful.The parallel storylines for this book the Baumgartner will and the continuation of the drug storyline from the last book GLASS HOUSES did not work well together, IMO There has to be both contrast and commonality for blended storylines to work The mystery about the Baumgartner family started very strong, then fizzled and died.The storyline about Amelia had its strong moments as well, but the twist Gamache has a secret from everyone else is something we ve already seen in this series That reveal was disappointing.The reveal about the Baumgartners also lacked punch It was fairly expected.That was the biggest disappointment about this book for meit started with a lot of energy and suspense, and it all sort of fizzled out and died by the end The post mortem scene at the end everyone sitting around and discussing who how why dunnit was painful It was an uninspired way to resolve the main mystery of this book I do appreciate a few new characters thrown into the Three Pines world even the promise of romance for some of our regular characters but that is not enough to pump fresh life into this series.5 My big assessment about The Gamache Series This series has lost its magic Louise Penny has not, however, lost her magical touch as a writer She just needs to use her powers with a new project.She needs a new town, new characters, maybe even try out a new genre.She has a lot left to say, and a wonderful way to say it But Gamache and his buddies and Three Pines have been wrung out like a wet sponge I got the feeling several times that Penny is writing her default setting with this series I honestly feel like it s wasting her talents.6 Most series drag on too long There s a fine line or not between exploring and re exploring the same characters relationships, watching them change and grow At some point, it s done.You know a series is still working when you return to that world and it s like putting on a favorite snuggly cardigan and going along for a wonderful adventure with friends I didn t get that feeling this time My friends felt flat and almost cartoonish The mystery became predictable and underwhelming Even Gamache, who is one of my all time favorite characters, was missing something.Overall grade for KINGDOM OF THE BLIND Disappointed.Here s hoping Louise Penny tries something new and different soon I would really like to see that happen Signing off from Watsonville,Penny Nina flag 54 likesLike see review View all 21 comments Karen Hobbs Absolutely agree with most of your review.Even though Louise Penny s husband was not a co author, we truly feel the loss in reading this book A few s Absolutely agree with most of your review.Even though Louise Penny s husband was not a co author, we truly feel the loss in reading this book A few subtle phrases that don t quite fit, a few scenes that drag on a moment too long.Some of the humour seemed contrived and a little painful That being said, I m hopeful for at least one story about Gamache Jan 27, 2019 01 51AM Beverly You nailed it Jan 30, 2019 01 47PM Jan 07, 2019 JanB rated it really liked it Shelves buddy read with marialyce, 2019 reads In the kingdom of the blind, the one eyed man is king The Three Pines series is a favorite series of mine, and the village is a character in itself In Penny s own words the books are about the common yearning for community For belonging They re about kindness, acceptance Gratitude Wisdom and insight into human nature are infused into her books naturally and with ease She s never preachy but gives us much to think about Reading her books feels like coming home to good friends Even In the kingdom of the blind, the one eyed man is king The Three Pines series is a favorite series of mine, and the village is a character in itself In Penny s own words the books are about the common yearning for community For belonging They re about kindness, acceptance Gratitude Wisdom and insight into human nature are infused into her books naturally and with ease She s never preachy but gives us much to think about Reading her books feels like coming home to good friends Even the cold and snow is appealing when it s combined with sitting in front of a roaring fire with good friends and a glass of red wine after a hearty meal of beef bourguignon and hot crusty bread Or enjoying a croissant and a caf au lait in the bistro and a visit to Myrna s bookstore If I had to choose fictional characters that I d most like to join at a dinner party the residents of Three Pines would be my top choice But back to this book There is a dual plot line with the first a continuation of the opioid crisis situation Armand found himself in when the last book ended Loose ends are tied up and Armand tries to correct wrongs.The second story line involves an inheritance as well as financial fraud I found it to be quite convoluted and unnecessarily complicated It s probably just me but I had trouble following the different threads and ramifications This isn t my favorite of the series but it s not my least favorite either The book started out very strong but fizzled a little One twist I figured out quite early but there were still some surprises There s a big change in store for one character and, as always, I m anxious to see where the author takes us in the next book Lastly, don t miss the afterward The author gives us a peek into her heart and talks about losing her husband and what that means for the series The copy I have from BN has exclusive content where Louise Penny introduces us to the places in the village where she lives that are the inspiration for Three Pines I loved the pictures and hearing from the proprietors.This was another great buddy read with my friend, Marialyce flag 51 likesLike see review View all 24 comments Debra Wonderful review Jan I love that reading her books is like coming home to friends Jan 30, 2019 03 16PM JanB Debra wrote Wonderful review Jan I love that reading her books is like coming home to friends Thanks Debra, it s great to have such warm comfortin Debra wrote Wonderful review Jan I love that reading her books is like coming home to friends Thanks Debra, it s great to have such warm comforting reads Jan 30, 2019 09 29PM Jan 13, 2019 Liz rated it it was amazing Shelves bestof 2019 In the kingdom of the blind, the one eyed man is king The Armand Gamache series is one of my absolute favorites The books are much deeper than a typical mystery It s always about the why, not the how.Continuing the story from the prior book, a load of deadly opiates is missing in Quebec Gamache has not been cleared for allowing these opiates to get away from the Surete In fact, the powers that be are looking to make him the scapegoat for the potential disaster if the drugs hit the streets In the kingdom of the blind, the one eyed man is king The Armand Gamache series is one of my absolute favorites The books are much deeper than a typical mystery It s always about the why, not the how.Continuing the story from the prior book, a load of deadly opiates is missing in Quebec Gamache has not been cleared for allowing these opiates to get away from the Surete In fact, the powers that be are looking to make him the scapegoat for the potential disaster if the drugs hit the streets So, even while on suspension, he is attempting to track them down And the guilt and responsibility are weighing on him He was tired of the tyranny of the greater good Meanwhile, he has been named as a liquidator for a deceased woman he never knew And within days, there s a dead body in her abandoned farmhouse.I love the characters, the residents of Three Pines And this time around, Gamache, always a deep soul, seems even deeper And Jean Guy really struggles with whether Armand has gone too far in his attempts to fix things Penny uses Myrna to wonderful effect to explain human nature and letting go of grievances There are so many emotions at play here hope, guilt, revenge I loved the realization that Hope itself wasn t necessarily kind Or a good thing I am so thrilled that Penny did not follow through with her initial thoughts to stop writing this series upon the death of her husband, Michael Now, I will be anxiously waiting to see where we all go from here flag 48 likesLike see review View all 9 comments Dec 01, 2018 Matt rated it really liked it Shelves audiobook After a lengthy binge read of Louise Penny s spectacular series, I was forced to wait a few weeks for this latest release The wait was worth it, as Penny continues to impress while building on established story angles Fans will surely find something with which they can relate in this highly detailed novel On a cold day in the dead of winter, Chief Superintendent Armand Gamache finds himself searching for a nondescript home He received a letter from a notary, asking that he attend this locati After a lengthy binge read of Louise Penny s spectacular series, I was forced to wait a few weeks for this latest release The wait was worth it, as Penny continues to impress while building on established story angles Fans will surely find something with which they can relate in this highly detailed novel On a cold day in the dead of winter, Chief Superintendent Armand Gamache finds himself searching for a nondescript home He received a letter from a notary, asking that he attend this location, though cannot make sense of what might be taking place Gamache soon notices that his longtime friend and fellow Three Pines resident, Myrna Landers, has also been summoned When a third individual, the eccentric Benedict Pouliot, arrives, things begin to make sense, in a way All three have been named liquidators read executors of the will of a woman they do not know While trying to piece together this mystery, the hierarchy of the S ret du Qu bec are working through the major gaffe Gamache facilitated, which is just now reverberating through the streets of Montreal In order to neutralise a major drug cartel, Gamache permitted a huge supply of opioids onto the streets, including the new carfentanil, which is exponentially potent than fentanyl Gamache remains suspended and his eventual permanent demise is a certainty, given time While Quebec s Justice Ministry is now involved, it is close to impossible to stay ahead of this, as drugs tend to move at light speed The S ret Academy is rocked when one of its cadets is found with a significant amount of drugs in her room, forcing her immediate expulsion Gamache knows this woman all too well and wonders if her past experience with street drugs might help him track down the new shipments as they hit the streets Gamache is staying busy as he tries to peel back the layers on this drug shipment, as well as the details of the will, which poses numerous financial hurdles that span over a century Soon, all three liquidators can understand their connection to the deceased, though when an immediate relative is found dead inside a collapsed house, questions arise as to who whether there may have been a murder to grease the financial wheels within this family With all this taking place, needy addicts are turning up marked with DAVID , though no one seems to know who this could be Gamache and his second in command, Jean Guy Beauvoir, work to piece it all together before people die at the hands of these new drugs, which may also be the only way for Gamache to save his job A thrilling addition to the series that will keep Penny fans wanting I would highly recommend this book to series fans who have a great handle on the characters and writing style Readers new to Penny s series ought to begin where the stories began and progress accordingly.Those who follow my reviews closely will remember that I recently completed a major Louise Penny binge, reading her entire collection of Gamache novels I saw a great deal of development in the series, both in the settings particularly Three Pines and the characters, especially Armand Gamache, the constant protagonist Some readers were critical of such a major undertaking, but I found it highly refreshing Penny places her protagonist in an interesting spot as the novel opens the head of the entire S ret du Qu bec and yet on active suspension which enriches the entire reading experience He seems sure that his past choices related to drugs and the cartels will be vindicated when the bureaucrats see the bigger picture As usual, Gamache seems unfazed by the trouble that awaits him, content to find a mystery that needs his attention Gamache is pulled in by this liquidator mystery, which takes over much of his time, though the opening with former Cadet Amelia Choquet returning to her life as a drug addict is an interesting subplot that permits the Chief Superintendent a glimpse into the drugs he has permitted to hit the streets This character struggle is a brilliant angle that Penny adds to the mix of this piece, which enriches his already strong character While Jean Guy Beauvoir and Isabelle Lacoste are active throughout the book, their police presence blends in with Gamache s work, rather than standing out alone There are references and entire scenes related to the Three Pines residents, though the story takes place out of the community, making these unique and highly entertaining characters decorative than essential There are a handful of other characters whose presence help propel the story forward, in true Penny fashion, and offering the reader some wonderful development opportunities The story is well done and it pulls on both threads left hanging from past novels and new ideas, which serve as a mystery that keeps the narrative moving forward Penny finds new ideas to entertain and educated the curious reader, as well as showing her great abilities at painting a scene that pulls the reader in and does not let go While some may have panned the latter part of the series, I cannot offer enough praise for this novel or the entire collection Penny has a grip on things and there is no sense that it is in trouble, even with than a dozen novels completed I cannot wait for and hope Penny has ideas over the coming years to keep the characters exciting for all Her acknowledgement section is worth a read for those who have followed the series, as Penny reveals an interesting tidbit.Kudos, Madam Penny, for allowing me to be fully committed throughout This is a series I will not soon forget or regret Like hate the review An ever growing collection of others appears at Book for All Seasons, a different sort of Book Challenge flag 46 likesLike see review View all 6 comments Dec 27, 2018 Esil rated it it was amazing Oh, Armand, you kept me waiting this year Our annual date usually takes place at the end of the summer, but this year I had to wait until Christmas to read the next chapter in your life But it was worth the wait.Louise Penny knocked it out of the park again this year If you don t know this series, it s well worth it but you should start from the beginning Through Gamache and a number of recurring characters, Penny tackles real and pressing issues, with depth, compassion and humour This ti Oh, Armand, you kept me waiting this year Our annual date usually takes place at the end of the summer, but this year I had to wait until Christmas to read the next chapter in your life But it was worth the wait.Louise Penny knocked it out of the park again this year If you don t know this series, it s well worth it but you should start from the beginning Through Gamache and a number of recurring characters, Penny tackles real and pressing issues, with depth, compassion and humour This time, while Gamache is on suspension from the Surete du Quebec, he is named as the executor of a mysterious will and he is living with the consequences of allowing a large shipment of opioids enter into Quebec As usual, the mysteries get resolved, all the while we get to spend time in Three Pines with the usual cast of charming characters.I would be remiss if I didn t mention that the story takes place in the dead of winter in Quebec Winter is depicted perfectly the effects of a blistering snow storm, the different textures of snow, the hazards of winter driving, and the sheer pleasure of coming out from the cold and eating comfort food.As always, it feels like Penny covers familiar terrain, but with much intelligence and originality.After finishing, my heart skipped a beat when I read Penny s afterword in which she said that, before writing Kingdom of the Blind, she thought she was done writing books in this series Her husband, after whom Gamache is modelled, recently died of Alzheimers, and she assumed that it would be too painful to keep writing Fortunately for me and many other fans, Penny found that, once she sat down, it turned out that writing this book came naturally and she was happy to be reunited with Gamache and the other eccentric characters in this series Hopefully, she will feel the same about writing the next book in the series.Armand, you re keeping things fresh by making me guess if and when we ll meet again next year But I know you to be considerate and gentlemanly, so I trust you won t keep me guessing for too long In the meantime, all the best to you, and to Reine Marie too flag 38 likesLike see review View all 22 comments Sep 07, 2018 Dennis rated it it was ok Shelves 2018 pub, 2018 read, crime fiction, detective, light mystery, light thriller, slow burn I ve never read anything by Louise Penny before, and I ve definitely never read her Chief Inspector Armand Gamache series, but you don t need to in order to follow along with Kingdom of the Blind. The author provides a lot of developments along the way for the reader to quickly get up to speed about the characters and their mishaps While Armand Gamache is under suspension from the S ret du Qu bec, he receives a letter summoning him to preside over the execution of a will of a woman he s neve I ve never read anything by Louise Penny before, and I ve definitely never read her Chief Inspector Armand Gamache series, but you don t need to in order to follow along with Kingdom of the Blind. The author provides a lot of developments along the way for the reader to quickly get up to speed about the characters and their mishaps While Armand Gamache is under suspension from the S ret du Qu bec, he receives a letter summoning him to preside over the execution of a will of a woman he s never met in his life her name is Bertha, but is nicknamed The Baroness When he arrives to this woman s house, he notices that there s two other people who have been included as co executors of the will as well Myrna Landers, a bookseller residing in Three Pines, and Benedict, a builder who also resides in Three Pines Neither Myrna nor Benedict have ever met this woman, but the three are intrigued by this mystery and decide to distribute this woman s estate to her family When the trio start allocating the estate to the Baroness s family, they stumble across a murder, linking them to this family s dark history Armand s skeletons of the past also become a factor in this tale, leading to an ultimate showdown between the police force in Quebec, the estate of this deceased woman, and the trio themselves.I questioned whether or not my low rating was given because I ve never read anything in this series I may be in the minority, but I just wasn t a fan of how the story was written It s a very dialogue based novel, reminiscent of the Cormoran Strike series by Robert Galbraith JK Rowling s pseudonym If you ve enjoyed that series, then please ignore me and pick up this novel There s enough action throughout the story to entertain, but the driving force in this tale is the dialogue between Armand, Myrna, Benedict, Armand s wife, and the family of the Baroness While the story had entertaining moments, I was bored to death by the dialogue It could be because I haven t grown to care for the characters, as I would ve if I read the series from the beginning, but I m not confident enough in that statement to really confirm that theory If you have read this series before and are curious, I do think it s worth a try in reading prove me wrong flag 29 likesLike see review View all 21 comments Jan 14, 2019 Barbara rated it liked it 3.5 starsIn this 14th book in the Chief Inspector Armand Gamache series, the Canadian cop becomes the executor of a will and investigates a murder The book can be read as a standalone, but familiarity with the series is a bonus As the story opens, Chief Superintendent Armand Gamache of the S ret du Qu bec is on suspension for a partially bungled drug operation While Gamache is under investigation he takes on another task, as executor of the will of Bertha Baumgartner a woman he s nev 3.5 starsIn this 14th book in the Chief Inspector Armand Gamache series, the Canadian cop becomes the executor of a will and investigates a murder The book can be read as a standalone, but familiarity with the series is a bonus As the story opens, Chief Superintendent Armand Gamache of the S ret du Qu bec is on suspension for a partially bungled drug operation While Gamache is under investigation he takes on another task, as executor of the will of Bertha Baumgartner a woman he s never met It seems that Baumgartner, who worked as a cleaning lady, named three strangers to execute her will Gamache Gamache s neighbor in Three Pines Myrna Lander and a young Montreal man called Benedict Pouliot.Baumgartner s notary, Ma tre Mercier, can t explain why his client chose a cop Armand a bookstore owner Myrna and a builder Benedict to carry out her final wishes, but it s not really his business Thus Mercier carries out his duties and reads the will, which turns out to be a very odd document Ms Baumgartner who had no savings and owned nothing but an old crumbling farmhouse left each of her three adult children five million dollars She also directed her European estates to be sold, and left the title to her eldest son This seems ludicrous on the face of it, but becomes clear when the executors learn that Baumgartner s Austrian ancestors were involved in a family feud that started over one hundred years ago.While Gamache is looking into the will, one of the legatees is killed in suspicious circumstances Even though Gamache is suspended from the S ret , he investigates with his son in law, Chief Inspector of Homicide Jean Guy Beauvoir Other S ret officers help as well, as do Gamache s friends in Three Pines As a result many secrets are revealed and an ongoing lawsuit in Austria that has repercussions for the Baumgartners comes to light In one scene Gamache calls an Austrian policeman and speaks pidgin German, which is hilarious As all this is happening Gamache is trying to repair the damage done by the botched drug case, which allowed powerful new opioids to get loose in Montreal Because Gamache is vulnerable, the powers that be are trying to smear him for political reasons, and even want Jean Guy to help them To clear his name and conscience Gamache is trying to track down the drugs before they cause mass overdoses and deaths This is difficult, but the Chief Inspector has a secret weapon of sortswhich just might work There s some drama in the book when a blizzard blows through southeastern Canada and knocks out the electricity, but Armand and his neighbors are very capable and resilient, and organize a lovely gathering with food and drinks Many of Gamache s friends and relatives make an appearance in the story, including his wife Reine Marie the eccentric old poet Ruth and her duck Rosa whose quacks sound like f k, f k, f k the portrait artist Clara who painted a peculiar picture of wrinkled old Ruth as the Virgin Mary the caf owners Oliver and Gabri who make delicious food Gamache s daughter Annie and his grandbaby Honor who learns his first word from Rosa and Armand s dogs Gracie and Henri I laughed when Ruth refers to Myrna Lander s bookstore as a lending library apparently because she walks out with free books under her coat The novel s plot is interesting and well constructed, and I enjoyed visiting with old friends from Three Pines I think mystery readers would like the book, especially fans of the series You can follow my reviews at flag 27 likesLike see review View 2 comments Nov 27, 2018 LJ rated it it was amazing Shelves contemporary_post_1945, canada, female_author, mystery, police_procedural First Sentence Armand Gamache slowed his car to a crawl, then stopped on the snow covered secondary road.Armand Gamache, former head of the S ret du Quebec, Myrna Landers, a bookseller, and a young builder have been named as liquidators executors for the will of an apparent stranger But why the three of them, and not the woman s children And how does a murder play into the disposition Of greater concern to Gamache is locating the highly dangerous missing drugs over which Gamache was suspe First Sentence Armand Gamache slowed his car to a crawl, then stopped on the snow covered secondary road.Armand Gamache, former head of the S ret du Quebec, Myrna Landers, a bookseller, and a young builder have been named as liquidators executors for the will of an apparent stranger But why the three of them, and not the woman s children And how does a murder play into the disposition Of greater concern to Gamache is locating the highly dangerous missing drugs over which Gamache was suspended Cadet Amelia Choquet, a former prostitute and drug user, has been kicked out of the S ret Academy for possession What is her connection One instinctively knows these threads will join or will they One is compelled to find out Reading Louise Penny can be a very personal experience It can take one back to childhood with the inclusion of a favourite poem, the memory of meeting a special author and a very kind man before dementia clouded his memories or a lovely, but simple, childhood song For those who have read the series from the beginning, it is a reminder as to why these books have become important to us For new readers, it is a welcome to, yet a reminder of, life s truth that Things sometimes fell apart unexpectedly It was not necessarily a reflection of how much they were valued And haven t we all, at some point, proclaimed that we are FINE, hoping a listener would truly understand.Although each book stands on its own, much is gained by having read the previous books Not only do the characters and their relationships become better known, but one then truly feels a part of the Village of Three Pines One of the things of which readers may be assured is that Penny s characters don t stagnate They evolve and grow, certainly no one s than Jean Guy, acting head of homicide, and Gamache s son in lawThere are so many dynamic, strong characters characters one comes to know and who become personal and real, such as Myrna, Gabri, Clara, Ruth and Rosa, the duck A new character, Benedict, is appealing The poetry battle between him and Ruth is delightful Isabelle Lacoste, now the head of homicide, is the type of person one wants to be determined, trusted by someone one admires, and wise Agent Cloutier is transferred into a department she dislikes and is stuck there by circumstances It is the realness of her character which is so appealing, as it is she who brings a touch of humour and veracity to the story, but also an opportunity to witness her growth Ruth, who, for all her eccentricities, has a sense of clarity Most of all, there is Armand Gamache, a man guided by a code of conduct the four statements that lead to wisdom, whose underlying foundation is kindness, but is far from na ve and understands, too well, Matthew 10 36 Even the title, when one learns the meaning behind it, not only makes perfect sense but is something one may tuck away and remember.It is the story s balance which makes Penny so remarkable This is not a cozy which ignores the hard realities especially those of Gamache s job and responsibilities, of the losses or injuries, or the often overlooked fact that When a murder was committed, than one person died Penny also acknowledges the importance of being conscious and remembering the good things the things one loves There is wisdom here One need only take the time to absorb it.In case one is concerned about a lack of suspense, fear not There is a situation which causes one to catch one s breath and fear for the safety, if not lives, of the characters Yet even then, there is the reminder of hope through the explanation of the book s title.For all it s quality, the plot does bog down a bit in following the money trail, but is saved by the final, climatic scene There is also a small plot inconsistency Still, it is the characters and their lives in whom one becomes truly invested and, therefore, willing to forgive the small weaknesses Even a less than perfect book by Penny exceeds most other books available and, in the end, one finds oneself thinking about the story long after closing the book Kingdom of the Blind has a well done twist and a wonderful summation containing humour, love, and is bittersweet This is an excellent and somewhat complex book than those in the past, and it certainly provides an interesting transition for the books to comeNGDOM OF THE BLIND Pol Proc Armand Gamache Canada Contemp VG Penny, Louise 14th in series Minotaur Books Nov 2018 flag 24 likesLike see review View all 9 comments Sandie Buto What is the plot inconsistency that you found Jan 28, 2019 01 58AM LJ Sandie wrote What is the plot inconsistency that you found Looking at it again, I may have been wrong It had to do with peanut butter cookies On Sandie wrote What is the plot inconsistency that you found Looking at it again, I may have been wrong It had to do with peanut butter cookies On page 108, Gamache remembers they day his parents died He remembered the scent of the peanut butter cookies that had been baking, and to this day it made him nauseous On page 118, there s And now, fifty years later, he sat in his own home and smelled slight scent of peanut butter cookies However, I realize it was related to his concern about what his fate would be after Jean Guy s meeting with the investigators Jan 28, 2019 10 18AM Jan 09, 2019 Laurie Anderson rated it it was amazing Shelves best of the best, literaryish, mystery Bless you, Louise Penny And thank you for this extraordinary series, the people of Three Pines, and this wonderful book hugs pours tea and starts re reading Kingdom of the Blind flag 23 likesLike see review Jul 08, 2018 Stephanie rated it it was amazing Shelves 2018, arc, july Penny continues to show her incredible mastery whereas so many series would have long begun to disappoint by book 14, the Three Pines Gamache series just keeps getting better and better In KINGDOM OF THE BLIND, we have the storylines of the continuing investigation and suspension of Gamache following the incidents of GLASS HOUSES, the hunt for the drugs the Surete failed to capture at the end of that last book, and the curious events surrounding Gamache and Myrna being asked to be liquidat Penny continues to show her incredible mastery whereas so many series would have long begun to disappoint by book 14, the Three Pines Gamache series just keeps getting better and better In KINGDOM OF THE BLIND, we have the storylines of the continuing investigation and suspension of Gamache following the incidents of GLASS HOUSES, the hunt for the drugs the Surete failed to capture at the end of that last book, and the curious events surrounding Gamache and Myrna being asked to be liquidators or executors of a will for a woman neither of them knew To keep these multiple storylines in balance and full of intrigue that s one of the reasons why the Gamache series is such a pleasure.Longtime fans know that what sets the books in this series apart is the unique combination of Penny s skill at writing incredible, real characters that readers feel they truly know the way in which she captures the spirit of southern Quebec and Montreal s surroundings, inviting us into small towns, bistros, and homes, sharing the spirit of friendship, family, and food, without seeming the least bit trite and the complex mysteries that hinge often only on a small detail that would seem forced in the hands of someone less talented Each of the last several books has ended in such a way that I couldn t help but wonder if it would be our last adventure with Gamache, and this is no exception I both shudder to think of the series ending and having the book I ve just finished be the last and also hope each time Gamache will be honored in perpetuity by the fantastic story I have just read flag 20 likesLike see review Jul 31, 2018 Edwin Hill rated it it was amazing Do yourself a favor and start at the beginning of this remarkable series with Still Life I thoroughly enjoyed this book as I have the entire Gamache series but it definitely marks a change in the narrative arc of the story If you ve invested in the other books in the series, the end of this novel will pack an emotional wallop flag 20 likesLike see review Jan 08, 2019 Marialyce rated it really liked it Shelves jan mar, books of 2019, library And we are backBack that is to the wonderful village of Three Pines, its residents, and of course Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, his family, friends, and his band of law enforcers.I was ever so anxious to read this book as I have read and enjoyed most of the books in this series When reading a series such as this, one can t help but think that you have gone home again, back to what you know and what you find good, wonderful, and always mysterious about being in Three Pines.This book cl And we are backBack that is to the wonderful village of Three Pines, its residents, and of course Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, his family, friends, and his band of law enforcers.I was ever so anxious to read this book as I have read and enjoyed most of the books in this series When reading a series such as this, one can t help but think that you have gone home again, back to what you know and what you find good, wonderful, and always mysterious about being in Three Pines.This book cleared up some of the things that occurred in Ms Penny s last book and tackled once again the opioid crisis we all hear about and are ever so concerned as its touches all of us in various ways In this outing, two story lines are being told, Armand and company are on the trail of the highly dangerous opioid drug that was released into the community by Armand himself in his attempt to stop this drug from becoming even widespread Armand is feeling the censure of his police department for this happening and so he and his friends within the Surete are after the drug.The other thread is one where Armand, Myrna, and one other young man, Benedict Pouliot, are appointed litigators in the will of an old woman who has died, who claimed to be a baroness The odd thing is that none of these litigators actually knew The Baroness or if she really was such a thing So they set out to find the how and why of their being selected Meeting and dealing with the Baroness s three older children forms the gist of this second thread.While I did like the story and the visit down memory lane, I did find that at times there was a bit of confusion, somewhat murky in the telling I had to think that perhaps one needed a type of map to follow some of the goings on Overall, though, this was an enjoyable book, and one I am ever so glad, after the tragedy of losing her beloved husband, that Ms Penny was able to write.Her notes to the reader at the end of the book are heartbreaking and one can see the undying love and affection she had for her husband It takes a brave woman to once again take up a pen, and bring to life a character so molded by the character of her husband Thank you to Ms Penny for again taking us back to this wonderful series and its surroundings.This was a buddy read with Jan, and once again we shared our feelings about this book which of course made the reading so much better.My reviews can also be seen here flag 20 likesLike see review View all 9 comments Dec 19, 2018 Barbara rated it it was amazing Shelves 2018 reads, canadian, police procedural, library book After the death of her husband, Louise Penny took a break which was expected to be her retirement from the Chief Inspector Gamache series Readers love this series because of its setting a tiny, almost impossible to find village, Three Pines Gamache, however, is the key to the serie s success He is fiercely intelligent, an astounding police inspector, who possesses profound integrity.This is a follow up to the previous novel which involves Gamache s involvement in a huge drug bust, which had After the death of her husband, Louise Penny took a break which was expected to be her retirement from the Chief Inspector Gamache series Readers love this series because of its setting a tiny, almost impossible to find village, Three Pines Gamache, however, is the key to the serie s success He is fiercely intelligent, an astounding police inspector, who possesses profound integrity.This is a follow up to the previous novel which involves Gamache s involvement in a huge drug bust, which had mixed results The novel opens with Gamache under suspension The drug scandal continues, and Gamache becomes enmeshed in the mystery of a family will and missing fortune The novel abounds with scenes featuring the eccentric and engaging characters of Three Pines Gamache is, as always, like a dog with a bone, as he works to find answers for the family A parallel story develops around Gamache s determination to get to the bottom of the missing drugs There are a couple of passages towards that end that drag, but overall this is a great story, particularly for fans of Louise Penny flag 19 likesLike see review Jan 19, 2019 Margaret rated it really liked it 4 5Every year since 2005, when Louise Penny first published Still Life, another Armand Gamache novel has appeared These last many years the books were released at the end of each August This year Kingdom of the Blind wasn t released until the end of November In the Acknowledgements at the end of the book, Penny reveals the reason why After the death of her beloved husband Michael, Penny decided to take a year off from writing, which she was doing, until she found herself beginning to write 4 5Every year since 2005, when Louise Penny first published Still Life, another Armand Gamache novel has appeared These last many years the books were released at the end of each August This year Kingdom of the Blind wasn t released until the end of November In the Acknowledgements at the end of the book, Penny reveals the reason why After the death of her beloved husband Michael, Penny decided to take a year off from writing, which she was doing, until she found herself beginning to write So Kingdom of the Blind is here, albeit a bit later in the year than previous Gamache novels, and I am, for one, am glad it is, selfishly for my own pleasure in reading the book and generously because I hope it means Penny is finding her way without her beloved Michael by her side Reading the latest Louise Penny has been a winter ritual for me for many years What a treat to read a story, which takes place in a town in a cold climate the imaginary Three Pines in Quebec As cold as it is outside, there is warmth in the hearts of the citizens of the town In Three Pines, neighbors are neighborly The Bistro serves the most enticing comfort food in the world in a room with blazing hearth fires at either end of the room It s this combination of warmth and cold that draws me in, that makes me want to read these books in the middle of winter.Because Penny s books are mysteries, it s unfair to get too far into any of the plot So I ll say almost nothing, other than we get to meet a few new characters I can only hope that at least some of them will recur I ll also say that this book is tightly plotted and told at a perfect pace A little less time spent with the neighbors in Three Pines, a little with the key characters in this mystery about a mysterious death But the book is so strong, I am fine with that slight shift in the balance Right now I am sending Louise Penny energy vibes and hope she chooses to write and publish another Gamache novel next year Each year she has learned a few writing tricks, and her stories are always good I m already lined up for Gamache 15, and I will again read in winter, whatever time of year she publishes it flag 17 likesLike see review Dec 03, 2018 Kristi Lamont rated it liked it Well, it s not often that I finish a fiction book and immediately google the DEA and a certain drug, but by golly I did this time Scary, scary stuff and major props to Ms Penny for always being ahead of the curve on whatever s really going on out there regarding the latest in getting high hooked dead.Now, that said, I m going to pick nits I m entitled, right, as a longtime reader Loyal dissent and such Yes I have read the entire series to date First, that whole the junkies and trannie Well, it s not often that I finish a fiction book and immediately google the DEA and a certain drug, but by golly I did this time Scary, scary stuff and major props to Ms Penny for always being ahead of the curve on whatever s really going on out there regarding the latest in getting high hooked dead.Now, that said, I m going to pick nits I m entitled, right, as a longtime reader Loyal dissent and such Yes I have read the entire series to date First, that whole the junkies and trannies and whores phrase went from being a thoughtful insight to a repetitive conceit A condescending, repetitive conceit Which is not like Our Louise So I m really puzzled by it or maybe I m just puzzled by my reaction to it To the point where two hours later I m still actively troubled.Second, I figured just about everything out about the plot s way early on Usually, that doesn t happen with this author s books Part of me wants to say, Give her a break, she wrote this in the near immediate aftermath of her husband s death And the other part of me, with whom you d like to drink wine but not coffee, thinks all manner of snarky thoughts about plots and character development being stunted rehashed and the like.Having said all that, it comes down to this If Louise Penny were to write another Armand Gamache book I would read it In A Heartbeat So why won t let me give it 3.5 stars Also She really sums up everything better than I could myself in the Acknowledgements section I realized, too, that the books are far than Michael Far than Gamache They re the common yearning for community For belonging They re about kindness, acceptance Gratitude They re not so much about death, as life And the consequences of the choices we make Yep Take me to Three Pines, please Just not in the winter flag 16 likesLike see review View all 11 comments Donna The repetition of junkies, trannies and whores disturbed me on many levels I found myself worrying about transsexuals reading this finding themselv The repetition of junkies, trannies and whores disturbed me on many levels I found myself worrying about transsexuals reading this finding themselves lumped with junkies and whores Amelia is the shepherd of the zombie apocalypse What was the point Jan 20, 2019 05 13PM Beverly I never read other s reviews until I finish writing mine, but I, too, had the same reaction First, that whole the junkies and trannies and whores p I never read other s reviews until I finish writing mine, but I, too, had the same reaction First, that whole the junkies and trannies and whores phrase went from being a thoughtful insight to a repetitive conceit A condescending, repetitive conceit Which is not like Our Louise So I m really puzzled by it or maybe I m just puzzled by my reaction to it To the point where two hours later I m still actively troubled Clearly, other people found this objectionable as well I ve read all the books in the series and indeed, I found that turn of phrase thoughtless and distressing Three stars from me as well Jan 30, 2019 02 13PM Dec 23, 2018 debra rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves available 4.5 5 s Kept me involved throughout A lot going on Rounded up for Christmas PS I called author to tell her that now I m totally OK with new narrator As you might imagine, Louise was quite relieved flag 15 likesLike see review View all 4 comments Jun 25, 2018 Joe Jones rated it it was amazing Shelves fiction, mystery, series, gamache, favorite books published in 2018 If you have read this far into the series you know what to expect Louise Penny is one of those authors who I will put down any book I am currently reading to start hers She never disappoints and this was not the exception Get this as soon as you can flag 15 likesLike see review Dec 01, 2018 Carolyn rated it really liked it 4.5 stars I always open a new book by Louise Penny with joy This is the 14th book in her 3 Pines series and have read them all She has a unique style of writing which I am unable to compare with books by any other author I enjoy the conversations which are sometimes infused by a sly sense of humour There is mystery, often murder, action, and characters so well developed it is like visiting old friends The books feature Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, his police officers and the village of 4.5 stars I always open a new book by Louise Penny with joy This is the 14th book in her 3 Pines series and have read them all She has a unique style of writing which I am unable to compare with books by any other author I enjoy the conversations which are sometimes infused by a sly sense of humour There is mystery, often murder, action, and characters so well developed it is like visiting old friends The books feature Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, his police officers and the village of 3 Pines The author has an amazing ability in establishing a sense of place The atmospheric description makes the fictional village seem real I not only want to visit, but I also want to live there, even while being aware of the frequent murders I want to eat at Gabe and Oliver s gourmet Bistro, browse through Myrna s bookstore, view Clara s paintings and even listen to the foul mouthed Ruth reciting her poetry The author is a lyrical, visual writer with a great talent in conveying emotion I was disappointed with books 10 and 11 in the series, I am glad to say that she is back in great form with her latest three books Chief Inspector Armand Gamache has been suspended after a drug operation he conducted went horribly wrong After a raid, some very deadly drugs went missing in Montreal and have not surfaced yet or been recovered Thousands of users may die Gamache is desperate to find them before they circulate Gamache, Myrna and a young man, Benedict, from Montreal have been brought together to litigate the will of an addled old woman who died near 3 Pines They find this very strange as none of them had heard of her The woman had worked as a cleaning lady and insisted on being called Baroness She left a huge fortune to her three adult children which is dismissed as a delusion The Baroness lived in a crumbling old house Benedict, who calls himself a builder, is trapped in the house when it collapses He is rescued by Myrna, Gamache, Inspector Jean Claude, and the snowplow operator who are all endangered in a second collapse A body is found among the ruins, and the victim had been murdered This leads to several threads in a murder investigation There is a complicated investigation involving a huge case of embezzlement in the money market and hidden funds Alongside there is a plot involving a 130 year old inheritance which began prior to the two World Wars in Austria and caused a series of lawsuits and hatred between two branches of a family This was never resolved and the inheritance vanished through time and history I was sorry that so much of the story took place in Montreal, rather than with the intriguing characters in 3 Pines In a previous book Gamache, newly on suspension from his duties, worked as Commander of the S ret Academy which trained police officers He accepted the cadet Amelia although she had a history of drug abuse and prostitution She was tattooed, rough speaking, and had body piercings She proved herself as an intelligent, resourceful officer and I hoped we would see her again in the books She shows up again here This was the plot which interested me the most Some drugs were found in her possession and there was a hearing where she appeared to be under the influence Gamache has her dismissed from the police force and thrown out onto the mean streets of Montreal She has no choice but to return to the old criminals, drug addicts and prostitutes and homeless people which made up her previous life This plot had a surprising outcome The book ended nicely with all the mysteries resolved, but some statements have been decided to be either truthful or lies and left as such This is especially the conclusion in regards to Benedict and his Montreal girlfriend I want to see of Gamache and his family, even when it seems some of his family members will be absent in the next book I hope there will be some clarification regarding Gamache s position in the police force as I think he is not ready for the quiet life of retirement yet I want to see of the people who live in 3 Pines as I have come to regard them as old friends 4.5 stars flag 14 likesLike see review View all 3 comments Nov 30, 2018 Dana Blazsek rated it liked it I would like to preface by saying I love, love, love this series of books After hearing about it on What Should I Read Next , book one happened to go on sale And from there I was hooked I put down all the books in less than a year.However, book 14 fell majorly flat for me The dialogue felt forced and honestly repetitive Even the dialogue between Armand and Jean Guy did not feel as natural as it did in previous books Glass Houses left off in a such an intense and wonderful place I honestl I would like to preface by saying I love, love, love this series of books After hearing about it on What Should I Read Next , book one happened to go on sale And from there I was hooked I put down all the books in less than a year.However, book 14 fell majorly flat for me The dialogue felt forced and honestly repetitive Even the dialogue between Armand and Jean Guy did not feel as natural as it did in previous books Glass Houses left off in a such an intense and wonderful place I honestly think that could have been the last one in the series and readers could have gotten behind that The plot here felt disjointed, and at times I wondered if we were ever getting back to the other story line of the narcotics that went onto the streets after GH The twist for this story line was obvious and the ending was rushed and a bit too clean for me Also, the beloved characters of Three Pines did not really even fit into the plot They were there just to be there because they are loved But they did not fit into either plot line in any way to either plot The characters were misused and I did not find myself wanting to eat dinner with them as I normally do.But I must mention that in no way does Louise Penny s writing lack Her prose is beautiful and I still would love to reside in a town similar to Three Pines But I would love to see her channel herself into a different set of characters with a fresh start flag 14 likesLike see review View 1 comment Jan 20, 2019 Dana rated it really liked it I made my trip to Three Pines for the year, and made it last as long as I could It was warm and cozy, as always.This was not made favorite in the series, but still my favorite series of all, with my favorite characters.We were left with a little cliffhanger which will keep us guessing what will happen next in this imaginary little world I so want to live in Til next year flag 16 likesLike see review View all 9 comments JanB I agree Dana, not my favorite but still my love of this series keeps me reading At least for one Jan 22, 2019 07 39PM Deanna I really want to check out this series Nice review, D 3 Jan 27, 2019 06 31PM Dec 19, 2018 Dorothy rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves modern day mysteries This is the fourteenth in Louise Penny s popular Armand Gamache detective series Gamache has long been a favorite of mine He is a complicated and well developed character, a humane and philosophical policeman who always has his eye on the bigger picture of how the work that he does affects society as a whole.Moreover, he and his beloved Reine Marie are now living in that quirky little Canadian village that time and the mapmakers forgot, Three Pines, with all of its eccentric inhabitants Spend This is the fourteenth in Louise Penny s popular Armand Gamache detective series Gamache has long been a favorite of mine He is a complicated and well developed character, a humane and philosophical policeman who always has his eye on the bigger picture of how the work that he does affects society as a whole.Moreover, he and his beloved Reine Marie are now living in that quirky little Canadian village that time and the mapmakers forgot, Three Pines, with all of its eccentric inhabitants Spending time with them is like sliding into a warm bubblebath on a cold winter night You can see then why I always look forward to these visits with Gamache and his coterie This time around, Gamache is still on suspension from his position as head of the S ret du Qu bec as a consequence of the action in the last book, Glass Houses His son in law and protege, Jean Guy Beauvoir, is now acting head while the investigation of that action continues.The fallout from the action and the investigation represents one line of narrative in this entry Another part of the narrative involves Armand and his friend, Myrna Landers, bookshop owner in Three Pines, along with a young carpenter named Benedict, being requested to be the liquidators executors of the will of an elderly woman who has just died The mysterious thing is that none of the three knew the deceased.The woman called herself the baroness and she believed that she was the heir of that title and a vast fortune that went with it She left it all to her three children, two sons and a daughter The liquidators meet at the old farmhouse owned by the baroness, a farmhouse that had been vacant for many years and is now slowly falling in on itself After discussing the will with the heirs, they all leave in a snowstorm But during the night, Benedict returns to the house and while there, it collapses around him, trapping him He is found by Gamache and Myrna and a neighbor, but when they attempt to rescue him the house finishes falling down and they are all trapped But with them also is the dead body of one of the old lady s sons He had been murdered.So, we have the murder to investigate, which turns out to be a very complicated matter, and we have the ongoing internal S ret investigation and with it Gamache s desperate gambit to keep a deadly opioid shipment off the streets of Quebec Truly, our investigatory cup runneth over.The book starts out strong and I was immediately invested, but soon I began to feel that the pace was stagnant and somewhat disjointed Parallel storylines are a popular technique in fiction today and often they work very well as the stories contrast and play off each other at other times, they are not as successful and I felt this was one of those times They just made for choppy reading which was an energy killer.And there was one particular writing tic that simply annoyed me no end It was the phrase junkies and trannies and whores repeated incessantly in the parts of the book pertaining to the character Amelia Used once it would have been acceptable perhaps, but the constant repetition became irritating and offensive.The final denouement with all the usual gang sitting around the fireplace and discussing the case s is something that we ve seen so often in these books that it has become a clich In fact, the entire book was stale, a bit like putting on old, well worn shoes It was comfortable enough, a pleasant read, but not much excitement there I could see all of the twists and surprises coming from a mile away flag 13 likesLike see review View all 5 comments Jan 27, 2019 Petra rated it liked it I enjoy revisiting with Inspector Gamache and the characters of Three Pines This story focussed on family and the need to move forward with peace in one s heart One old family feud, going back over 100 years, starts this episode It s intriguing, yet I could figure out the angles long before they were revealed Still there are the personal aspects of this old feud, how it affects the families today, that is the focus.The story of the drugs left me a bit unsettled I feel that a couple of I enjoy revisiting with Inspector Gamache and the characters of Three Pines This story focussed on family and the need to move forward with peace in one s heart One old family feud, going back over 100 years, starts this episode It s intriguing, yet I could figure out the angles long before they were revealed Still there are the personal aspects of this old feud, how it affects the families today, that is the focus.The story of the drugs left me a bit unsettled I feel that a couple of the story lines were left unsettled Perhaps Penny intends to continue them in a future installment What I enjoyed most was the theme of family friends being the purpose of Life and it s best treasures An interesting and worthwhile continuation of this series flag 12 likesLike see review Nov 06, 2018 BookGypsy rated it it was amazing Shelves arc publishers, favorites 2018 Armand Gamache receives a strange letter that is one of the executors of a will from a person he doesn t even know The will is strange and bizarre even ts happen A body is found and Armand has personal issue of his own that taunt him This is very thought provoking Dark and gets dark as you read it Everything I expected from a Lousie Penny novel I enjoyed this so much.Dawnny Ruby BookGypsyNovels N Latte Book BlogNovels Latte Book ClubHudson Valley NY flag 11 likesLike see review View 2 comments previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next new topicDiscuss This Book topics posts views last activity Librari update cover 2 18 Nov 27, 2018 03 28PM Download PDF ePub eBook Kingdom of the Blind A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel by Louise Penny 1 24 Nov 26, 2018 05 17PM Authors like 1 16 Oct 29, 2018 01 38AM More topics Share Recommend It Stats Recent Status Updates Readers Also Enjoyed

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        LOUISE PENNY, a former CBC radio journalist, is the 1 New York Times and Globe and Mail bestselling author of fourteen Chief Inspector Armand Gamache novels She has been awarded the John Creasey Dagger, Nero, Macavity and Barry Awards, as well as two each of the Arthur Ellis and Dilys Awards Additionally, Penny has won six Agatha Awards and five Anthony Awards, and has been a finalist for an Ed LOUISE PENNY, a former CBC radio journalist, is the 1 New York Times and Globe and Mail bestselling author of fourteen Chief Inspector Armand Gamache novels She has been awarded the John Creasey Dagger, Nero, Macavity and Barry Awards, as well as two each of the Arthur Ellis and Dilys Awards Additionally, Penny has won six Agatha Awards and five Anthony Awards, and has been a finalist for an Edgar Award She lives in a small village south of Montr al.Her first Armand Gamache novel, Still Life won the New Blood Dagger, Arthur Ellis, Barry, Anthony and Dilys Awards.Awards Agatha Award Best Novel o 2007 A Fatal Grace Winner o 2008 The Cruelest Month Winner o 2009 The Brutal Telling Winner o 2010 Bury Your Dead Winner o 2013 The Beautiful Mystery Winner Arthur Ellis Award o 2006 Still Life Winner Best First Crime Novelo 2011 Bury Your Dead Winner Best Crime Novel Barry Award o 2007 Still Life Best First Novel Winner Anthony Award o 2007 Still Life Best First Novel Winner o 2009 The Brutal Telling Best Novel Winner o 2010 Bury Your Dead Best Novel Winner o 2013 The Beautiful Mystery Best Novel Winner Macavity Award o 2011 Bury Your Dead Best Mystery Novel Winner o 2013 The Beautiful Mystery Best Mystery Novel Winnerhttp uscmillan author louise


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    1. Unfortunately I have finished I tried to make it last as long as possible, reading it slowly, even though I wanted to rush to the end Three Pines, such picturesque village, I would love to live there, if it was real of course I mentioned that to someone and they said, Yes, but they have alot of murders for such a small town True, I had to laugh, but it is the characters, the the people that live there, and the way they care for each other, even the demented poet Ruth Well, this time no murd Unfo [...]


    2. It is always a joy to return to Three Pines and its eccentric and offbeat residents, and this is a blisteringly brilliant addition to the Detective Armand Gamache series Gamache has been suspended as the Head of the Surete du Quebec, a result of the fallout from his last case His son in law, Jean Guy is now the Acting Head, caught between political machinations that are looking to laying the blame squarely on Gamache to pay the devastating price for his actions Gamache feels he deserves to lo It [...]


    3. Just got done reading an advance copy of Kingdom of the Blind by Louise Penny It s a fantastic book that had me guessing the entire way You re not going to want to miss out on this one.


    4. It is easy to understand why readers love the village of Three Pines and its people Symbolically, they represent all the finer things in life wonderful and unique friendships, tolerance and acceptance, cozy homes and businesses, integrity and honesty There is also good food, warm fireplaces, funny pets, and of course the scales of justice personified by Chief Superintendent Armand Gamache of the S ret du Qu bec These are many, if not all, of the reasons I love my visits to the fictional v It is [...]


    5. 4 Fuck, fuck, fuck Admit it fans When you finish the last page and the road to Three Pines is closed until another winter comes, quoting Rosa is the only way to assuage our anguish It is currently very cold in Three Pines So cold that Reine Marie and others can be heard muttering Why do we live here as the town loses power and is buried in snow.But not to worry, comfort foods that rarely fail in their one great task are abundant. Oh heaven do you have power Non A gen [...]


    6. What an excellent read Thank you Louise Penny for bringing Armand back to us for a while there it looked as though it might not happen Kingdom of the Blind has everything we expect from a Three Pines novel Gamache is his normal understanding, calm, all knowing self and of course as usual, he is keeping secrets Beauvoir is being emotionally torn apart which is very common for him I must admit he is one character I just do not like probably because he is always letting Gamache down And I What an e [...]


    7. We are only as blind as we want to be Maya Angelou And with that Louise Penny opens her captivating novel with the nooks and cranies of what appears to be truth on the surface but bears the scales of something far devious below Is it shadowy eyes that mirror the heart or the heart that mirrors what is in the line of pure vision Ah, our footsteps take us, once again, to the panoramic sight of Three Pines nestled in a barage of blanketed snow Our familiar characters take refuge in the l We are on [...]


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