The Cruellest Month by Louise PennyThe Cruellest Month by Louise Penny

The Cruellest Month

byLouise Penny

Paperback | June 7, 2011

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The New York Times Bestseller

It's Easter, and on a glorious spring day in peaceful Three Pines, someone waits for night to fall. They plan to raise the dead...

When Chief Inspector Gamache of the Surete du Quebec arrives the next morning, he faces an unusual crime scene. A séance in an old abandoned house has gone horrifically wrong and someone has been seemingly frightened to death.

In idyllic Three Pines, terrible secrets lie buried, and even Gamache has something to hide. One of his own team is about to betray him. But how far will they go to ensure Gamache's downfall?

Louise Penny is the Number One New York Times bestselling author of the Inspector Gamache series, including Still Life, which won the CWA John Creasey Dagger in 2006. Recipient of virtually every existing award for crime fiction, Louise was also granted The Order of Canada in 2014 and received an honorary doctorate of literature from C...
Title:The Cruellest MonthFormat:PaperbackDimensions:464 pages, 8.75 × 6.35 × 0.68 inPublished:June 7, 2011Publisher:Little, Brown And CompanyLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0751547484

ISBN - 13:9780751547481


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cruellest Month another hit for Louise Penny This has become one of my favourite in the series of Inspector Gamache books. Murders aside, you'll want to move to Three Pines!
Date published: 2018-02-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from SCARY Out of the first three in this series, this was my favourite, simply because it has a "haunted house" and theres no way to figure out who did it, I am good at guessing what is coming in a boo kbut with these you still don't know until the end!
Date published: 2018-02-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from THE CRUELLEST MONTH complex, keeps you guessing right to the very end.
Date published: 2017-12-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good continuation Love this series! I think they continue to get better with each book! I'm excited for the next book!
Date published: 2017-10-29
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 good a good read though a bit slow at times. nevertheless, it's worth it
Date published: 2017-09-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Very well written, superbly thought out...
Date published: 2017-09-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved It Plot and characters had me reading till the end
Date published: 2017-08-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book I love the characters in these books
Date published: 2017-05-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Suspenseful Keeps you guessing till the end
Date published: 2017-05-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So Good I am having a reading binge of Louise Penny books! I just love them
Date published: 2017-04-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Terrific I really love this series, wonderful
Date published: 2017-03-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it Reminds me so much of agatha christie but takes those novels to the next level.
Date published: 2017-03-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Enjoyable I really enjoyed reading this mystery. I am one who is new to her books so I grabbed this one to read first, now I have her entire collection .The characters are fun ,interesting and not only a crime to solve but added interest in between ,you will get hooked on the lives of these characters see what they are doing next, Inspector Gamache awesome, smart character, three pines sounds fresh ,peaceful, the food is great , and like to have tea with Reine Marie she a lovely character. Did I mention I am hooked on these books :)
Date published: 2017-02-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it Love how the characters aren't t all cookie cutter nice. They have faults but are there for each other. Loved the descriptiveness of the books. You feel like you could walk through the woods and come upon them any time.
Date published: 2017-01-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love Louise Penny This novel digs deeper into the dark side of the people of Three Pines as well as those who are out to discredit Inspector Gamache. The atmosphere is heavy and uncomfortable. The reader is on edge throughout the entire story - first concerned with the death of a resident as well as the plot against Gamache. Gamache has a 'je he sais quoi' about him that is endearing , attractive, and comfortable.
Date published: 2016-11-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Louise Penny never disappoints Three Pines is celebrating spring, when a psychic conducts a séance in the old Hadley house and one of the residents dies, with a look of terror on her face. Inspector Ganache must solve the case, while dealing with harassment and subterfuge from a surprising source. All Penny's stories have intriguing plots with lots of detail, but her major strength is her ability to breathe life into her remarkable characters. Reading each book is like visiting well-loved friends.
Date published: 2015-09-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from As Always Excellent read, as I found all her books. Had the pleasure of meeting her a few months ago .... Classy lady. Looking forward to her next book, scheduled for release in August!!!
Date published: 2015-03-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Totally Loved It! What a riveting read. I have read others in the series but this one kept me spellbound. Absolutely loved it.
Date published: 2015-01-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Cruellest Month A very good read...twists and turns, quite a few suspects...hard to put it too quickly...worth it, sorry when it was done...
Date published: 2014-12-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Cruellest Month Another Armand Gamache treasure.
Date published: 2014-10-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Cruellest month A great read. Really enjoyed.
Date published: 2014-10-09
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not impressed Sounded like an awesome read. Was very disappointed....I couldn't even finish it. 
Date published: 2014-03-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Captivating! This is the third book I've read from Louise Penny and I am absolutely hooked with her writing style. Suspenseful right to the end. Although her books can be read in any order, I think reading them in order as she's noted on her website, one can see how she develops her characters and relationships . She is an excellent mystery writer and I highly recommend her books if you're interested in the mystery/thriller/suspense genre.
Date published: 2013-06-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Another great mystery novel! I've said it before and I'll say it again, I'm hooked on Louise Penny's mystery novels and Inspector Gamache! This was another cool mystery - another bizarre murder scenario and the twists and turns to find out how it was actually done and who did it. Again I was drawn into the tiny village of Three Pines and enjoyed getting to know the diverse characters/residents who live there! I recommend it!
Date published: 2013-01-09

Editorial Reviews

A stirring tale of jealousy and long-awaited revenge-Sunday Telegraph