The Hangman by Louise Penny

The Hangman

byLouise Penny

Kobo ebook | December 12, 2011

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On a cold November morning, a jogger runs through the woods in the peaceful Quebec village of Three Pines. On his run, he finds a dead man hanging from a tree. The dead man had been a guest at the local Inn and Spa. He might have been looking for peace and quiet, but something else found him. Something horrible. Did the man take his own life? Or was he murdered? Chief Inspector Armand Gamache is called to the crime scene. As Gamache follows the trail of clues, he opens a door into the past. And he learns the true reason why the man came to Three Pines. This novella is a quick and easy read for people on the go.

Title:The HangmanFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:December 12, 2011Publisher:Grass Roots PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1926583507

ISBN - 13:9781926583501


Rated 4 out of 5 by from 3.5 Rating. The Hangman is part of a collection of short stories that is geared towards encouraging people to read. At under 100 pages, I picked this up for a read-a-thon and flew through it. The Chief Inspector Armand Gamache series has been on my TBR for quite a while now, so I was pleasantly surprised when I came across this at my local library. This was a fairly simple story, in the ‘locked room’ style. However instead of a ‘locked room’ it was set in a secluded town called Three Pines. The author included a detailed backstory for the suspects that fit well into its short length. Although I did enjoy it, I wish that there were more clues throughout instead of having the reader find out many facts when the truth is revealed. I am hopeful that the full length installments for the Armand Gamache series will allow for more of a build up. I recommend The Hangman to mystery fans who are looking for a quick read.
Date published: 2017-10-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Hangman I enjoyed this story. A big fan of Louise Penny even in novella form. Looking forward to her next novel.
Date published: 2015-08-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great quick read It was the same great story telling of the Inspector Gamache series but in a quick read. I enjoyed it.
Date published: 2015-08-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Worth hanging around to the end. I love a good short read that keeps your attention and doesn't disappoint. This was a perfect cozy mystery. I will be reading more of Louise Penny.
Date published: 2015-07-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The Hangman A nice little short story, easy reading and an interesting plot! I enjoyed it! Characters were interesting and the setting appealing.
Date published: 2015-03-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good short story A good story with pretty fleshed out characters for a short story. Enjoyed it very much. Will read more of this author
Date published: 2014-10-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from I love Louise Penny's novels but... I struggled between giving this novella 2 or 3 stars. I decided on 3 because the ending had a satisfactory twist and resolution. The disappointing fact for me is that this novella acts as a perfect example of "show don't tell." Understandably the plot has to concise and the writing efficient but The Hangman felt like 13 chapters of telling the story. I wanted to get caught up in the mystery but the tale was always skimming the surface. It almost felt as though it was ghost-written by someone with mediocre talent. It was certainly not the same quality as the novels. Writing is difficult and in my humble opinion Louise Penny is much better suited to novels. Part of what makes her stories so un-put-down-able is the vibrant setting and the almost-flesh-and-blood characters. I would much rather read something in which she took her time setting up for us and creating a tale that absorbs me than a story where she's done all the work and I'm being carried along like a passive audience member. I may try future novels by Ms. Penny but for the foreseeable future, I'll stick to her novels.
Date published: 2014-07-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Hangman Wonderful short story. Yet another Gimashe delight.
Date published: 2014-04-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The Hangman This mystery story was too simplistic and devoid of the warm atmosphere found in the author's novels.
Date published: 2014-03-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Hangman I found The Hangman a good shorter than usual mystery story as any Penny books with Gamache as the usual entertaining character.
Date published: 2013-10-04