Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Book Review: Glass Houses by Louis Penny

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this product, free of charge,from St Martins Press via Netgalley, for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it,  all opinions are my own.


                                  And speaking of what is seen, but not seen...

glass houses cover



Synopsis:

When a mysterious figure appears in Three Pines one cold November day, Armand Gamache and the rest of the villagers are at first curious. Then wary. Through rain and sleet, the figure stands unmoving, staring ahead.
From the moment its shadow falls over the village, Gamache, now Chief Superintendent of the Sûreté du Québec, suspects the creature has deep roots and a dark purpose. Yet he does nothing. What can he do? Only watch and wait. And hope his mounting fears are not realized.
But when the figure vanishes overnight and a body is discovered, it falls to Gamache to discover if a debt has been paid or levied.
Months later, on a steamy July day as the trial for the accused begins in Montréal, Chief Superintendent Gamache continues to struggle with actions he set in motion that bitter November, from which there is no going back. More than the accused is on trial. Gamache’s own conscience is standing in judgment.

Review:

This was the first book in this series I had read (it is book 13 in the series), and it won't be the last! If you've been with us for awhile, you know that my grandmother was Canadian and reading this book was like taking a trip back to the ancestral land, as it took place in the same area! This book was different, in that instead of your typical detective, you have a detective that is now Chief of Police, but has taken over a corrupt, ineffective police force. At a point where he should be retiring, but is dealing with immense pressure, Gamaches now has to deal with a disturbance and then death in the small village he lives in. How crime comes SO close to him personally is key to the story. The book is both a mystery and a look at crime psychology. It's an intriguing mix that equals a rapid page turner, that might just have you totally surprised at the ending! be sure to keep this one on your end of Summer/Fall reading list!


About the Author:

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

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