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Louise Penny

Louise Penny LOUISE PENNY is the multi-award-winning author of the Armand Gamache mysteries. Born in Toronto, she now lives outside the village of Sutton, Quebec. Louise has been on book tours promoting her work in the USA and Canada, the UK, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand.

Her books are published in; Canada and U.S.A. (St. Martin’s Press), UK (Little, Brown), Brazil (Editora Evora), China (Shanghai Litterature and Art Publishing House), Croatia (Hena Com d.o.o.), Czech Republic (Euromedia Group K.S), Estonia (Varrak Publishers), Finland(Werner Sodestrom Corp), France (Editions Actes Sud), Germany (Verlagsgruppe Random House GMBH), Greece (Psichogios Publications S.A.), Italy (Edizioni Piemme SPA), Japan (Random House Kodansh G. Ltd.), Netherlands (Meulenhoff Boekerij), Norway (Silke Fortag as), Poland (JK Publishing), Portugal (Edicoes Asa), Quebec (Editions Flammarion Quebec), Russia (Azbooka-Atticus Publishing), South Korea (Finis Africa/Korea), Spain (La Factoria de Ideas sl), Sweden (Whalstrom & Widstrand), Taiwan (Faces Publications of Cite Publishing) and Turkey (Marti Yayintari).

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Louise Penny Happily retired in the village of Three Pines, Armand Gamache, former Chief Inspector of the Homicide with the Sûreté du Québec, has found a peace he'd only imagined possible. But his peace is interrupted when his friend and neighbour, Clara Morrow tells him her artist husband Peter has failed to come home. She asks for Gamache's help in finding him. Having finally found sanctuary, Gamche feels a near revulsion at the thought of leaving Three Pines. But he must.

Together with his former second-in-command, Jean-Guy Beauvoir, and Myrna Landers, they journey deeper and deeper into Quebec. And deeper and deeper into the soul of Peter Morrow. A man so desperate to recapture his fame as an artist, he would sell that soul. And may have. The journey takes to an area so desolate, so damned, the first mariners called it The land God gave to Cain. And there they discover the terrible damage done by a sin-sick soul.


Minotaur Books Canada / US Edition
It’s a time of dazzling snowfalls and gatherings with friends. But shadows are falling on the festive season for Chief Inspector Armand Gamache. Evil forces from within the highest echelon of the Sûreté du Québec are lining up against him. There may be peace – and redemption – for Gamache and his devoted colleagues in Three Pines. But at what cost to him and those he holds dear? Released August 27th, 2013


(Pub date: August 28, 2012 in the USA and UK)
No outsiders are ever admitted to the monastery of Saint-Gilbert-Entre-les-Loups, hidden deep in the wilderness of Quebec, where two dozen cloistered monks live in peace and prayer. They grow vegetables, they tend chickens, they make chocolate. And they sing. Ironically, for a community that has taken a vow of silence, the monks have become world-famous for their glorious voices, raised in ancient chants whose effect on both singer and listener is so profound it is known as "the beautiful mystery."
But when the renowned choir director is murdered, the lock on the monastery's massive wooden door is drawn back to admit Chief Inspector Armand Gamache and Jean-Guy Beauvoir of the Sûreté du Québec. There they discover disquiet beneath the silence, discord in the apparent harmony. One of the brothers, in this life of prayer and contemplation, has been contemplating murder. As the peace of the monastery crumbles, Gamache is forced to confront some of his own demons, as well as those roaming the remote corridors. Before finding the killer, before restoring peace, the Chief must first consider the divine, the human, and the cracks in between.

Publishers Weekly named Best Summer Book of 2012 (long before pub date)


THE BEAUTIFUL MYSTERY (2012) Sphere UK, Minotaur Books.

A TRICK OF THE LIGHT (2011) Little Brown UK, Minotaur Books USA.

BURY YOUR DEAD (2010) Sphere, UK and Commonwealth/Minotaur Books USA.

THE BRUTAL TELLING (2009) Sphere, UK and Commonwealth/Minotaur Books USA.

THE MURDER STONE (Sphere, UK and Commonwealth)/ A RULE AGAINST MURDER (Minotaur Books, USA) (2008).

THE CRUELEST MONTH (2007) Sphere, UK and Commonwealth/Minotaur Books, USA.

DEAD COLD (Sphere, UKand Commonwealth)/A FATAL GRACE (Minotaur Books, US) (2006).

STILL LIFE (2005) Sphere, UK and Commonwealth /Minotaur Books, US. The Chief Inspector Gamache books have been sold in more than a dozen languages including: German, French, Japanese, Chinese, Estonian, Turkish, Korean and Danish.