A Great Reckoning: A Novel by Louise PennyA Great Reckoning: A Novel by Louise Penny

A Great Reckoning: A Novel

byLouise Penny

Paperback | May 2, 2017

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"Deep and grand and altogether extraordinary....Miraculous."
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"A Great Reckoning succeeds on every level."
-St. Louis Post-Dispatch

#1 New York Times bestselling author Louise Penny pulls back the layers to reveal a brilliant and emotionally powerful truth in her latest spellbinding novel.

When an intricate old map is found stuffed into the walls of the bistro in Three Pines, it at first seems no more than a curiosity. But the closer the villagers look, the stranger it becomes.

Given to Armand Gamache as a gift the first day of his new job, the map eventually leads him to shattering secrets. To an old friend and older adversary. It leads the former Chief of Homicide for the Sûreté du Québec to places even he is afraid to go. But must.

And there he finds four young cadets in the Sûreté academy, and a dead professor. And, with the body, a copy of the old, odd map.

Everywhere Gamache turns, he sees Amelia Choquet, one of the cadets. Tattooed and pierced. Guarded and angry. Amelia is more likely to be found on the other side of a police line-up. And yet she is in the academy. A protégée of the murdered professor.

The focus of the investigation soon turns to Gamache himself and his mysterious relationship with Amelia, and his possible involvement in the crime. The frantic search for answers takes the investigators back to Three Pines and a stained glass window with its own horrific secrets.

For both Amelia Choquet and Armand Gamache, the time has come for a great reckoning.

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 ...
Title:A Great Reckoning: A NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 8.24 × 5.49 × 1.1 inPublished:May 2, 2017Publisher:St. Martin's PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1250022118

ISBN - 13:9781250022110

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this author Louise Penny had me hooked from the very first novel in this series! This novel in the series introduces us to a new character by the name of Amelia Choquet. She is pierced, tattooed, and angry and streetwise. While initially declined entrance into the Academy, Gamache admits her. It is not until the end of the novel that the connection between Gamache and Amelia is revealed which allows Gamache to put something long held to rest. Some of Gamache's choices in this novel may seem out of character; however, if one flies higher to see the bigger picture, a greater understanding is gained.
Date published: 2018-05-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great A great series. Well written. Interesting and unique characters.
Date published: 2018-02-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love the series I've read all of the book about Armand Gamache. He's the sort of character you always stand behind. The re-occurring Three Pines characters are all unique and well-written. I have a growing soft spot for Ruth. The cadets are ok but not the reason I pick up Louise Penny's books. Read all of them! Also I love visiting Three Pines in the books. It sounds like an amazing haven to retire to.
Date published: 2018-01-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Reckon on a good read Louise Penny never fails to deliver a suspenseful story. In this installment of the Armand Gamache series, we see a flawed Gamache. As much as he tries to do the right thing, events don't always turn out as he would expect and people still get hurt.
Date published: 2018-01-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok This book did not hold my attention. The characters were flat
Date published: 2018-01-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok Love reading a chapter before bed.
Date published: 2018-01-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love Louise Penny Louise Penny's books take place in a Quebec and I love her mystery stories. A Great Reckoning is another wonderful book.
Date published: 2017-12-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok I thought I would be lost with no idea about what was going on within the story or the characters. Man, I'm happy I was wrong on that account.
Date published: 2017-10-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from love it Worth reading it, very interesting
Date published: 2017-10-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very Good. I found this book to be the best in the series so far. Could not wait to read the ending. Did not disappoint.
Date published: 2017-10-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok It was a real page turner. I couldn't put it down. it kept me guessing right to the end. The only thing preventing me from giving it 5* was that I found the ending to be a bit far fetched. I am still not sure how I feel about how it all played out....
Date published: 2017-09-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from an amazing read Got hooked on Louise Penny a long time ago... love everything she writes
Date published: 2017-09-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read Got hooked on Louise Penny a long time ago... love everything she writes about Inspector Gamache!
Date published: 2017-08-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Superb This is by far the best book in the series. I could not wait to find out what happens next. It amazes me that after reading twelve Louise Penny’s books, I am still interested in her stories and I can hardly wait for the next one.
Date published: 2017-08-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Well done Enjoyed every moment reading this book
Date published: 2017-07-31
Rated 3 out of 5 by from GOOD READ Took me a bit to get into this book but then I very much enjoyed the story line.
Date published: 2017-07-25

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#1 New York Times Bestseller#1 Globe and Mail BestsellerNew York Times Book Review 10 Best Crime Novels of the YearThe Washington Post Best Mystery Books and Thrillers of 2016NPR's Best Books of 2016Seattle Times 10 Best Mysteries of 2016Kirkus Reviews Best Fiction 2016Publishers Weekly Best Mysteries and Thrillers of 2016Winner of the 2016 BookBrowse Fiction AwardLibraryReads "Favorite of Favorites" Top 10 Books of 2016Goodreads Best Mystery & Thriller of 2016 finalistBookPage 10 Best Mysteries and Thrillers of 2016Audible's Best Mystery/Thriller of 2016St. Louis Post-Dispatch 5 Favorite Audiobooks of 2016BOLO Books Top Reads of 2016"Deep and grand and altogether extraordinary....Miraculous."-The Washington Post"Artful. powerful. magical."-The New York Times Book Review"Suspenseful."-O, the Oprah Magazine "Superb."-People"Transcends the mystery genre."-AARP, The Magazine "Luminous prose, complex but uncluttered plots, and profound compassion."-Seattle Times"Addictive."-Charlotte Observer"Satin prose. A splendid and moving novel."-Richmond Times Dispatch"A Great Reckoning succeeds on every level."-St. Louis Post-Dispatch"Louise Penny [is] legendary... The magic of Penny's books lies in the details."-BookPage"This complex novel deals with universal themes of compassion, weakness in the face of temptation, forgiveness, and the danger of falling into despair and cynicism over apparently insurmountable evils."-Publishers Weekly (starred and boxed)"A compelling mystery and a rich human drama in which no character is either entirely good or evil, and each is capable of inspiring empathy."-Booklist (starred)"A chilling story that's also filled with hope a beloved Penny trademark."-Kirkus Reviews (starred)"Riveting...with characters of incredible depth who only add to the strength of the plot."-Library Journal (starred)"Smart and Satisfying."-Salisbury Post "Delivers answers to perplexing puzzles.[with] engaging characters and richly layered plot."-Minneapolis Star TribuneAdditional Praise for Louise Penny and the Armand Gamache Mysteries"Penny sustains her high-wire act, creating characters of remarkable depth in an exhilarating whodunit." - People"Louise Penny is unsurpassed at building a sense of heart-stopping urgency." -The Charlotte Observer"Penny, who raises the bar with each entry in this superb series, has always mixed murder and corruption with issues of morality...[S]he does so with her accustomed talent for a gripping plot, rich characterizations, arresting prose and thought-provoking questions of mercy, malice and the contradictions of the human race." -Richmond-Times Dispatch"This series dominates best-seller lists and award lists for a reason. Penny tells powerful stories of damage and healing in the human heart, leavened with affection, humor and - thank goodness - redemption." -Salem Macknee, Charlotte Observer"Penny writes with grace and intelligence about complex people struggling with complex emotions. But her great gift is her uncanny ability to describe what might seem indescribable - the play of light, the sound of celestial music, a quiet sense of peace." -New York Times Book Review