How the Light Gets in

How the Light Gets in

Large Print - 2014
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A #1 New York Times BestsellerShadows are falling on the usually festive Québec Christmas season for Chief Inspector Armand Gamache. Most of his best agents have left, his old friend Jean-Guy Beauvoir hasn't spoken to him in months, and hostile forces are lining up against him. When he receives a message from Myrna Landers that a longtime friend has failed to arrive in Three Pines, Gamache welcomes the chance to get away from the city. Is there peace to be found in Three Pines?
Publisher: Farmington Hills, Mich. : Gale, 2014, c2013
Edition: Large print ed
ISBN: 9781594136825
Branch Call Number: LT M PEN
Characteristics: 673 p. (large print) ;,22 cm


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Each book she writes gets better. Masterful writing in my favourite village of Three Pines. What a great story. Recommended by Lillian.

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Oct 20, 2019

I have now read three of her books but not in order, so there were challenges at time. After the first one i was confused by all the characters. I'm now getting used to them and even realized that one was a duck! There are delightful interactions among friends and the village of Three Pines is charming. The mystery is good as well.

Jul 22, 2019

How the Light Gets In is the ninth in a series about Chief Inspector Armand Gamache. Though the book can be read on its own, reading the books from the first novel gives you the background story and the characters' interactions with each other.
The series is a wonderful exploration into law and love, justice and peace, caring communities, the role of leaders, etc.

Jan 15, 2019


Jul 02, 2018

A+ 5 stars
'how the light gets in' is everything 'the beautiful mystery' was not with plenty of suspense, action, and three pines. it was so awesome i was up past my bedtime to finish reading the book and then listened to the last dozen chapters on my commute. it could have been the end of the gamache series, but i'm glad that penny let it continue.

Jun 17, 2018

It was not so long ago that I read this, but I don’t have a strong memory of it — probably a result of my having read too many Louise Penny books in too short a span of time. Inspector Gamache was his usual wise and honest self, and was still battling the evil forces in the Surete offices. The victory of good over evil was, as usual, anything but assured; and as usual, good did win out. The missing element in this book, I think, was something outside of the story that intrigued me; something like the Gregorian chants or personal maps or the shaming character in some of her other works. A simple story line, as this one had, was not quite enough.

rb3221 Jun 13, 2017

What a great novel where Penny takes the reader full circle and concludes a number of story lines with very emotional resolutions with Francoeur, Arnot and Jean-Guy. Even agent Yvette Nicol plays a minor but integral role in the story.
Ruth and her duck Rosa are both a good comic relief and a part of the Jean-Guy resolution. This is a novel with lots of suspense and character development. Where will Penny take us next? Will Gamache stay retired? Is Jean-Guy really O.K?
The best so far and highly recommended.

Oct 02, 2016

Great book, love this series.

May 22, 2016

#9 in Ms. Penny's series. In my opinion, each book surpasses the previous one. The characters become more well-rounded and we get to know them better and better. Inspector Gamache is such an admirable and patient man. It seems as though he sees each case like a chess game and he SEEMS to be 3 moves ahead of the killer each time. I love Gamache and Mme. Gamache and I look forward to each new novel.

May 06, 2016

The characters are an interesting cross section of society's misfits depicted with compassion. The baddies diabolic scheme is not entirely convincing, but reading murder mysteries necessitates suspending reality.

Feb 28, 2016

I am a Penny fan. have read all the books. I enjoyed this one until the second last chapter. I thought the writing style went overboard - was she planning on it being for a screenplay?

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Sep 30, 2018

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Christmas is approaching, and in Québec it's a time of dazzling snowfalls, bright lights, and gatherings with friends in front of blazing hearths. But shadows are falling on the usually festive season for Chief Inspector Armand Gamache. Most of his best agents have left the Homicide Department, his old friend and lieutenant Jean-Guy Beauvoir hasn't spoken to him in months, and hostile forces are lining up against him. When Gamache receives a message from Myrna Landers that a longtime friend has failed to arrive for Christmas in the village of Three Pines, he welcomes the chance to get away from the city. Mystified by Myrna's reluctance to reveal her friend's name, Gamache soon discovers the missing woman was once one of the most famous people not just in North America, but in the world, and now goes unrecognized by virtually everyone except the mad, brilliant poet Ruth Zardo. She is one of quintuplets born in Canada, and the last to survive.

As events come to a head, Gamache is drawn ever deeper into the world of Three Pines. Increasingly, he is not only investigating the disappearance of Myrna's friend but also seeking a safe place for himself and his still-loyal colleagues. Is there peace to be found even in Three Pines, and at what cost to Gamache and the people he holds dear? In this book he finally retires . . . and when he does, it signals all those who follow his way to expose the Premier, Francour and to foil the plot to blow up the bridge. Jean Guy shoots Gamache to save him and in the end he finally marries his Annie.


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Aug 25, 2015

"Don't be bullied off course. Don't be pushed from your center. And always, always trust your instinct, Isabelle. What does it tell you now?"
"That we're screwed."
He leaned back and laughed. "Then trust mine. All is not as I'd have wished, that much is certain. But it isn't over. This isn't inaction, this is simply a deep breath." Gamache, p 93.

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