Glass Houses (Chief Inspector Gamache Series #13)

Glass Houses (Chief Inspector Gamache Series #13)

by Louise Penny
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Glass Houses (Chief Inspector Gamache Series #13) by Louise Penny

An August 2017 LibraryReads pick!

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.

In Glass Houses, her latest utterly gripping book, number-one New York Times bestselling author Louise Penny shatters the conventions of the crime novel to explore what Gandhi called the court of conscience. A court that supersedes all others.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250066190
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 08/29/2017
Series: Chief Inspector Gamache Series , #13
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 99
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.50(d)

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 (Still Life, A Fatal Grace, and The Cruelest Month). 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.

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Glass Houses (Chief Inspector Gamache Series #13) 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
Anonymous 24 days ago
I have loved each of the Inspector Gamache series. They are so riveting that I have trouble putting them down. Glass Houses is no exception. I enjoyed the way the readers are led scene by scene to the truth and eventual solving of the mystery. Penny is gifted in giving the readers enough juicy details to keep them on the edge of their seats. I can't wait for number 14, until then I will wonder how they are all doing and will miss them like good friends that live far away. Thank you.
Anonymous 12 days ago
This book is an excellent entry in a remarkable series. Her writing is masterful. The characters feel real, the mysteries are smart and intense, and the pacing is smooth. The dialogue is natural. As with her other books, Penny weaves a lot of threads into a complicated but beautiful pattern. Once started, it's hard to stop reading it. There is drama, action, mystery, humor, and wit. If you are a fan of Louise Penny's "Chief Inspector Gamache" series, then I believe you would also enjoy Craig Johnson's "Longmire" series. There may be a vast difference between Absaroka County and the Province of Quebec, but I think Sheriff Longmire and Chief Gamache are cut from the same cloth. They are both men of honor, fiercely intelligent, loyal, kind, and tough. I can picture Walt, Henry, and Gamache sitting together, having a drink, and truly enjoying each others' company. The meeting of Jean-Guy and Vic would probably be memorable, too!
Anonymous 15 days ago
Great plotting device, using a trial as the backdrop for a case that has its roots in the past. Interesting injection of new cultural information. Well done!
Anonymous 14 days ago
Beautifully written...a real page turner, and deeply thought provoking.
Anonymous 15 days ago
I loved this book. I had a hard time putting it down. This is a wonderful series,
Anonymous 17 days ago
I'll be thinking long and hard about the issues Penny through her characters raises in this powerful compelling read - what extremes will be required to combat opioids and is there a higher law? No easy answers in these politically turbulent times but a lot to weigh - and so great to visit again with the quirky, relatable individuals of Three Pines I wished I knew in real life!
Anonymous 20 days ago
This one could stand alone without reading the others but it is even better if you have
Anonymous 4 days ago
Three Pines will always be a dream.
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Anonymous 6 days ago
So wonderful to visit Three Pines again. Wish I could have stayed longer.
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Anonymous 7 days ago
Most involved mystery so far. Intricate involvement of so many characters. Loved living in Three Pines, while I was reading her novel. Always do.
Anonymous 10 days ago
Readers of Glass Houses, the most recent book of the Armand Gamache series, will not be disappointed. I find that I want to read the entire book in one sitting, but still want to sit back and savor the various parts of it. I am looking forward eagerly for the next book in this series.
Anonymous 12 days ago
Oh how I love these characters, these complex people and their village. If you've read all or any of Penny's Gamache series, you won't be disappointed.
Anonymous 13 days ago
As with all her books... it feels like going home. I enjoyed catching up with the characters and of course the mystery is always a twist. The end of the book did make me a bit emotional. I appreciate this author.
Anonymous 13 days ago
This may be her best! The structure of the novel is excellent and adds to the suspense that builds progressively higher and higher. The themes are important and current. All the wonderful Three Pines characters are skillfully included. Thanks to Louise Penny for a fantastic masterful mystery.
Fredreeca2001 13 days ago
I have never read Louise Penny…GASP! I am sad to say, this may not have been the best book to start with. Gamache has major problems on his hands. As Chief Superintendent he is fighting a losing battle with the war on drugs. Then a strange creature shows up at a town festival searching for a debt to be paid. Everyone is suspect. I really struggled to finish this read. It is a slow read with a lot of characters. Plus it jumps around between the trial and before the murder…without warning. So there were times I didn’t realize what I was reading. Now…to be honest…I was reading an ARC. So, the breaks in the flashes back may be added on final copy. I hate I did not like this book as well as I wanted. I have not given up on Louise Penny. I will giver her another shot. Mainly because I did enjoy Gamache. He is a great character. He is loyal, honest and wants to be the best he can be. Don’t let my review keep you from this book, especially if you are a Penny fan. This is totally my opinion and you may have a different experience. I received this novel from Netgalley for a honest review.
Anonymous 15 days ago
Another great book by one of my favorite authors.
Anonymous 15 days ago
Although I was annoyed at the obvious secrets, the ending pulled together in a very satisfying way.
Anonymous 16 days ago
It would be best to read this series in the order they were written to get the full context of this new story. These books are for those who appreciate character development done through description and action, who long for a quiet peaceful place but need adrenaline and a good puzzle to unravel. There are plenty of red herrings to keep you guessing but nothing to purposefully lead you astray. The complexity of the telling of this story were necessary and brilliant. The mastery of language is fueled by the depth of thought and understanding.
Anonymous 17 days ago
Numerous twists and turns and wonderful characters. A delight.
KBrady 18 days ago
Still reading, but it's prose at its best. No drivel here.
Storytellermary 18 days ago
Glass Houses by Louise Penny Burn you ships, go all in, risk everything could be courage or foolishness, and the suspense built in this tale of choices and consequences. As the rot of corruption spreads, only desperate measures have a chance, but oh, the risks! I can’t say much without spoiling the secrets, but it all works — even Clara’s strange new paintings. One bit of advice — clear your schedule to allow non-stop reading.
Anonymous 20 days ago
Brilliant. Read the books in order because the character development is extremely important in these books. Each book is better than the one before it.
Anonymous 24 days ago
Fans will find that this is one of her best.