How the Light Gets In: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel by Louise PennyHow the Light Gets In: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel by Louise Penny

How the Light Gets In: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel

byLouise Penny

Paperback | July 29, 2014

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The #1 New York Times Bestseller

"There is a crack in everything. That's how the light gets in." -Leonard Cohen

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.

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?
How the Light Gets In is the ninth Chief Inspector Gamache Novel from Louise Penny.
One of Publishers Weekly's Best Mystery/Thriller Books of 2013
One of The Washington Post's Top 10 Books of the Year
An NPR Best Book of 2013

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:How the Light Gets In: A Chief Inspector Gamache NovelFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:432 pages, 8.25 × 5.64 × 1.15 inShipping dimensions:8.25 × 5.64 × 1.15 inPublished:July 29, 2014Publisher:St. Martin's PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1250047277

ISBN - 13:9781250047274


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Louise Penny doesn't disappoint in this one. I picked it up because I have really enjoyed a few of the other Inspector Gamache books. And I usually don't read series books but these books make me just want to read more! This one does not disappoint.
Date published: 2018-05-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Engaging Louise Penny is always a good read. The Chief Inspector Gamanche series always keeps you guessing.
Date published: 2017-09-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Liked it Another hit in this fabulous series
Date published: 2017-09-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simply magnificent. As with all the other books of the Chief inspector Gamache novels, the story of the characters surrounding Gamache continues as well as the quirky characters in Three Pines. This is book nine in the series and I am still looking forward to the next and hoping that the stories will never end. I had my doubt at the beginning of the book and must admit that I found it a bit confusing followed by a bit slow. Then it picked up and the action did not stop. I did not want to stop reading – it was that good. I was particularly astonished to find out more about something that was described in book 1. If you want to get entertained to the point of being vicariously transported into the story then Louise Penny’s books are for you.
Date published: 2017-06-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent setting Great setting - Three Pines at Christmas!
Date published: 2017-05-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent I love this beautiful series so much, it is my favorite. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys mystery and perhaps especially to those who know hurt of trauma and loss in their life.
Date published: 2017-04-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Terrifc Such a great story from the beginning to the very last page
Date published: 2017-03-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another winner for Louise Penny #plumreview This book follows The Beautiful Mystery and finds Armand Gamache despairing over the breakdown of his friendship with Beauvoir. But, as the book quotes Leonard Cohen, "There is a crack in everything. That's how the light gets in." And so it is.
Date published: 2017-03-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favourite so far Other reviewers have commented that they found the plot slow to move, but it is the emotional relationship of Gamache and Beauvoir that takes centre stage in this book, and Louise Penny does not disappoint. Suspenseful and engaging, she's not so much a crime/mystery writer as she is an excellent analyser of human reaction to tragedy, catastrophe and betrayal. This is my favourite book in the Armand Gamache/Three Pines series so far, and in my esteem they're all brilliant.
Date published: 2017-02-27
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Drags on I usually love Louise Penny, but this book dragged on soooo slowly. A lot of flashbacks, regret, and grief from Inspector Gamache. Even when I got half-way through the book, I was wondering when the action would kick in. Definitely not in the same vein as the earlier books in this series, unfortunately :(
Date published: 2017-02-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it Loved the story line, the mystery, the characters, the setting. The author does not disappoint. It is a great read!
Date published: 2017-01-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it Loved the story line, the mystery, the characters, the setting. The author does not disappoint. It is a great read!
Date published: 2017-01-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book. Great Series. I love this series. Very Canadian and very good. I want to move to three pines. I am sure you will enjoy it too
Date published: 2016-11-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Fertility Rites Louise Penny: How the light gets in. Much is happening at each page of this book, but the work as a whole doesn’t have a backbone. It was a good idea of the author to be inspired by the Dionne quintuplets. She puts in a disclaimer, however, saying that the quints were just the inspiration, she didn’t intend to follow the fate of the real persons. She makes several changes - the date of birth, the place of birth – they were in fact born in Northern Ontario, not in Quebec, even though the parents were indeed Francophones. The substantial difference was in describing the parents as childless, while in fact they had multiple children already. The atmosphere is, however, authentic. The parents were extremely poor and unsophisticated, and it is questionable, whether the five of them would have survived without the country doctor. He was later accused of creating and exploiting their notoriety and fame. They didn’t grow up in a family and were used only to each other and to being different. It is a question what the life of the surviving ones would have been like without the doctor. This debate will probably go on and on, as it has for the last 80 years. The book is one of Chief Inspector Gamache series, and presupposes that the reader knows all the characters as well as what had previously happened to them. That is not fair. If an author wants to write continuous volumes which should be read in a particular sequence, she should number them. If each book should be read independently, then there is much more that the writer has to explain. Unlike most other detective stories, in this book the chase does not happen between live persons, but between computers. There are Interesting touches, but it is not much worth reading.
Date published: 2015-11-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good suspense and deeply caring stort Excellent characters that grow on you just want to read the next book right away. Don't want to say much more . Read the book and enjoy
Date published: 2015-08-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Never a disappointment Another good story. If you enjoy the previous stories of Inspector Gamache as I have, you will enjoy this one too.
Date published: 2015-05-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from How the Light Gets In The Inspector Gamache series has become a favourite. As a Canuck, though not a Quebecois, it's nice to read well-written stories that take place in our northern climes. Great characters, great plots. Would love to visit Three Pines and have a coffee in the bistro, if only it existed - alas.
Date published: 2015-04-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from How the light gets in... Breathless. I loved this book (as I have loved all of Louise Penny's novels. Will read it again - and I don't read books twice often.
Date published: 2015-02-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This series keeps getting better and better This is the follow-up to The beautiful Mystery, and it does not disappoint. I read this around Christmas time and that is the same time the books is set in, as well as being winter in 3 pines. We continue to learn more about these 2 great detectives Gamache and Beauvoir. The book surrounds a mystery of a woman who has disappeared, as well as more goings on in the homicide department with old rivals creating more obstacles for inspector gamache. The book flows so easily and it's so absorbing it gets a major 2 thumbs up from me. Can't wait to read the,next in the series.
Date published: 2015-01-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My Hero! What can I say, I've always been a huge fan of Inspector Gamache and How the Lights Gets In made me remember that he's my hero!
Date published: 2015-01-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from How the Light Gets In Great book and great series. I love the village of Three Pines.
Date published: 2014-09-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from How the Light Gets In Certainly the most suspenseful to date. Cleverly woven, as usual.
Date published: 2014-09-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gripping Mystery This is Penny's best yet. The usual cast of characters struggles to find the answer to yet another murder. Weaving together a story reflective of the Dionne Quints and political corruption, the plot twists will keep you guessing to the very end. Penny's characters are as engaging as the plot and as rich as the winter-wonderland of Eastern Townships Quebec. Laugh, cry and hold on tight to through the latest Inspector Gamache mystery.
Date published: 2014-09-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from How the light gets in I love the characters in this series. The story lines are set up so well. I can't wait to read the next book.
Date published: 2014-09-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from How the light gets in. This is the first time I have read this authors work. Enjoyed it immensely and will certainly read more of her work.
Date published: 2014-09-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from How the light gets in Loved it! I Laughed I cried. I couldn't put it down. Perfect summer read.
Date published: 2014-07-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from How the Light Gets In I 've evaluated as a 5 ...I could've also evaluated as a 1. I m an English canadian born in the west. I moved to Quebec in 1975. It hurts deeply to find you an author I admire for the depth of her perception of human reality, creating a simplistic relationship between the quebecois desire for sovereignty and such ugly terrorism. Will you recreate the balance by making a simplistic relationship between english Quebecers desire to preserve federalism at any cost and terrorism??? It's not simple, as a popular author this book subtly reinforces the connection between sovereignty for the quebecois and terrorism! I feel used, abused, by someone I perceived as having a more objective view of our so very complex reality. I guess I hope you'll respond so I know what you really think and whether or not I'm projecting something you didn't intend to infer Merci de bien vouloir me lire et m'écouter. Kate Bulman,
Date published: 2014-07-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from How the Light gets on Have read most of Penny's books and this is my favourite to date. More complex, rich in intrigue and our favourite characters enjoyed for their weaknesses and their strengths. The end is perhaps a little too perfect but consistent and reassuring.
Date published: 2014-06-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from How the light gets in This was her best book so far. I could not put it down.
Date published: 2014-05-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from How the light gets in Loved it ! After the 9th book these characters really become your friends. I dont want this series to end !
Date published: 2014-05-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from How the Light Gets In Best Gamache novel yet!
Date published: 2014-03-27
Rated 2 out of 5 by from How the light gets in Only a woman with love in her heart can write this beautiful novel. Characters will live in our memories for a long long time.
Date published: 2014-03-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from How the light gets in Only a woman with love in her heart can write this beautiful novel. Characters will live in our memories for a long long time.
Date published: 2014-03-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from How the light gets in This series is very good, I've read every book, I'm two thirds into this one and can't wait to get to the end.At the same time I don't want it to end
Date published: 2014-03-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from How the light gets in As always, Louise Penny's work is stupendous. Her characters and their struggles are deeply real - her ability to see beauty in the humble and everyday is gorgeously transmitted through her choice of language. Reading Louise Penny should be on everyone's bucket list.
Date published: 2014-01-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from How the light gets in I have been enjoying this series immensely, Penny's characters are wonderfully human and deceptively complex. Her prose is luminous. Her Inspector Gamache inspires you and breaks your heart-he is never manipulative or sentimentalized--Penny is such a thoughtful writer who takes the time to get to know her characters and to craft their stories with depth, humour and panache. This latest novel in the series is so satisfying that I've read it twice. You really need to read all of the books in order to fully appreciate the story arc, but How the Light Gets In could also stand on its own as a story of community, loss, redemption and mature love. Taking up just a few months after the devastating ending of the previous novel, Gamache is once again trekking off to Three Pines in the townships in answer to a call from a friend. The mystery that at first parallels and then takes back seat to the primary story that has been building since we are first introduced to Gamache in "Still Life" was a wee bit disappointing, as I deduced it halfway through (and that is unusual for this reader). Still, considering the distractions Gamache is dealing with, it is not surprising that he is slower than usual to make a connection. On the whole, this is an Edgar-nominated novel that couldn't be more of a treat to read.
Date published: 2014-01-23

Read from the Book

ONE Audrey Villeneuve knew what she imagined could not possibly be happening. She was a grown woman and could tell the difference between real and imagined. But each morning as she drove through the Ville-Marie Tunnel from her home in east-end Montréal to her office, she could see it. Hear it. Feel it happening.The first sign would be a blast of red as drivers hit their brakes. The truck ahead would veer, skidding, slamming sideways. An unholy shriek would bounce off the hard walls and race toward her, all-consuming. Horns, alarms, brakes, people screaming.And then Audrey would see huge blocks of concrete peeling from the ceiling, dragging with them a tangle of metal veins and sinews. The tunnel spilling its guts. That held the structure up. That held the city of Montréal up.Until today.And then, and then … the oval of daylight, the end of the tunnel, would close. Like an eye.And then, darkness.And the long, long wait. To be crushed.Every morning and each evening, as Audrey Villeneuve drove through the engineering marvel that linked one end of the city with another, it collapsed.“It’ll be all right.” She laughed to herself. At herself. “It’ll be all right.”She cranked the music louder and sang loudly to herself.But still her hands on the steering wheel tingled, then grew cold and numb, and her heart pounded. A wave of slush whacked her windshield. The wipers swept it away, leaving a half moon of streaky visibility.Traffic slowed. Then stopped.Audrey’s eyes widened. This had never happened before. Moving through the tunnel was bad enough. Stopped in it was inconceivable. Her brain froze.“It’ll be all right.” But she couldn’t hear her voice, so thin was her breath and so great the howl in her head.She locked the door with her elbow. Not to keep anyone out, but to keep herself in. A feeble attempt to stop herself from flinging open the door and running, running, screaming out of the tunnel. She gripped the wheel. Tight. Tight. Tighter.Her eyes darted to the slush-spattered wall, the ceiling, the far wall.The cracks.Dear God, cracks.And the half-hearted attempts to plaster over them.Not to repair them, but hide them.That doesn’t mean the tunnel will collapse, she assured herself.But the cracks widened and consumed her reason. All the monsters of her imagination became real and were squeezing out, reaching out, from between those faults.She turned the music off so she could concentrate, hyper-vigilant. The car ahead inched forward. Then stopped.“Go, go, go,” she pleaded.But Audrey Villeneuve was trapped and terrified. With nowhere to go. The tunnel was bad, but what waited for her in the gray December sunlight was worse.For days, weeks, months—even years, if she was being honest—she’d known. Monsters existed. They lived in cracks in tunnels, and in dark alleys, and in neat row houses. They had names like Frankenstein and Dracula, and Martha and David and Pierre. And you almost always found them where you least expected.She glanced into the rearview mirror and met two frightened brown eyes. But in the reflection she also saw her salvation. Her silver bullet. Her wooden stake.It was a pretty party dress.She’d spent hours sewing it. Time she could have, should have, spent wrapping Christmas gifts for her husband and daughters. Time she could have, should have, spent baking shortbread stars and angels and jolly snowmen, with candy buttons and gumdrop eyes.Instead, each night when she got home Audrey Villeneuve went straight to the basement, to her sewing machine. Hunched over the emerald green fabric, she’d stitched into that party dress all her hopes.She would put it on that night, walk into the Christmas party, scan the room and feel surprised eyes on her. In her clingy green dress, frumpy Audrey Villeneuve would be the center of attention. But it wasn’t made to get everyone’s attention. Just one man’s. And when she had that, she could relax.She’d hand over her burden, and get on with life. The faults would be repaired. The fissures closed. The monsters returned to where they belonged.The exit to the Champlain Bridge was in sight. It wasn’t what she normally took, but this was far from a normal day.Audrey put on her signal and saw the man in the next car give her a sour look. Where did she think she was going? They were all trapped. But Audrey Villeneuve was more trapped. The man gave her the finger, but she took no offense. In Québec it was as casual as a friendly wave. If the Québécois ever designed a car, the hood ornament would be a middle finger. Normally she’d give him a “friendly wave” back, but she had other things on her mind.She edged into the far right lane, toward the exit to the bridge. The wall of the tunnel was just feet away. She could have stuck her fist into one of the holes.“It’ll be all right.”Audrey Villeneuve knew it would be many things, but all right probably wasn’t one of them. Copyright © 2013 by Three Pines Creations, Inc.

Editorial Reviews

"A magnificent writer who deftly and sympathetically explores the dark desires, pains and joys of the human heart in each immaculately-crafted tale she writes." -Cleveland Plain Dealer on How the Light Gets In"Masterful...Once again, Penny impressively balances personal courage and faith with heartbreaking choices and monstrous evil." -Publishers Weekly (starred) on How the Light Gets In"Penny has always used setting to support theme brilliantly, but here she outdoes herself, contrasting light and dark, innocence and experience, goodness and evil both in the emotional lives of her characters and in the way those characters leave their footprints on the landscape. Another bravura performance from an author who has reinvented the village mystery as profoundly as Dashiell Hammett transformed the detective novel." -Booklist (starred) on How the Light Gets In"Highly recommended for mystery lovers, readers who enjoy character-driven mysteries, and those who like seeing good triumph and evil get its just desserts." -Library Journal (starred) on How the Light Gets In"Three Pines, with its quirky tenants, and luminous insights into trust and friendship...will hook readers and keep them hooked." -Kirkus Reviews (starred) on How the Light Gets In"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"Gorgeous writing.fresh and fully realized." -The Washington Post on The Beautiful Mystery"Penny proves again that she is one of our finest writers." -People on A Trick of the Light