How the Light Gets In: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel

Kobo ebook | August 27, 2013

byLouise Penny

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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

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The #1 New York Times Bestseller"There is a crack in everything. That's how the light gets in." —Leonard CohenChristmas 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...

Format:Kobo ebookPublished:August 27, 2013Publisher:St. Martin's PressLanguage:English

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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, kbulman54@gmail.com
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