Triple Threat Reviews ~ 3 Chief Inspector Gamache books

June 11, 2020 Audiobook Reviews, Book Reviews 2

Triple Threat Reviews ~ 3 Chief Inspector Gamache booksThe Beautiful Mystery by Louise Penny
Length: 13 hours and 35 minutes
Genres: Crime, Mystery
Published by Minotaur Books on July 2, 2013
Pages: 390
Format: Audiobook
Source: Hoopla

Narrator: Ralph Cosham
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No outsiders are ever admitted to the monastery of Saint-Gilbert-Entre-les-Loups, hidden deep in the wilderness of Québec, where two dozen cloistered monks live in peace and prayer. Ironically, for a community that has taken a vow of silence, the monks have become world-famous for their glorious voices, raised in ancient chants whose effect on both singer and listener is so profound it is known as "the beautiful mystery."
But when the renowned choir director is murdered, the lock on the monastery's massive wooden door is drawn back to admit Chief Inspector Armand Gamache and Jean-Guy Beauvoir of the Sûreté du Québec. There they discover disquiet beneath the silence, discord in the apparent harmony. But before finding the killer, before restoring peace, the Chief must first consider the divine, the human, and the cracks in between.

Also by this author: Still Life, A Fatal Grace, A Rule Against Murder, The Cruelest Month, The Brutal Telling, A Trick of the Light, The Beautiful Mystery, The Nature of the Beast, A Great Reckoning, Still Life, Kingdom of the Blind, A Better Man, Bury Your Dead

TripleThreatReviewThis time my triple threat review post is about three books in the Chief Inspector Gamache series! This is a series that I really want to catch up on this year and I am a bit behind!

In The Beautiful Mystery we are taken to a monastery where no outsiders are ever allowed in. It’s a place that even though known for the men taking a vow of silence they create beautiful music. The chants from these monks are very well known and loved. When the choir director is murdered they have to open the doors and allow Chief Inspector Gamache and Jean-Guy Beauvoir in to investigate.

What Gamache finds is a bunch of contention amongst the monks and he must figure out what exactly was going on and what it has to do with the chants. He gets a bit of push back from his superior who doesn’t like him and ends up showing up at the monastery to stick his nose in where it doesn’t really belong causing tension between Gamache and Beauvoir.

Their is an overarching story ARC that goes through pretty much all the books so far so I don’t want to say much about it but it has to do with the politics of the police and some other cases that happened and how Gamache dealt with things. I really like the police politics but I think they are catching up to Gamache a bit and feel bad for him. I have a feeling the events of this story will really affect things going on. As always it was a great mystery that I didn’t figure out.

I was really curious about the Gregorian chants that I had to look them up on youtube afterwards and listening to the monks was very soothing! 🙂

I would recommend that if you are interested in this series to start from the beginning or some things could be confusing.

Triple Threat Reviews ~ 3 Chief Inspector Gamache booksHow the Light Gets In by Louise Penny
Length: 15 hours and 1 minute
Genres: Crime, Mystery
Published by Minotaur Books on August 27, 2013
Pages: 405
Format: Audiobook
Source: Hoopla

Narrator: Ralph Cosham
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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 of the Sûreté de Québec. Most of his best agents have left or been transferred out of 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, in the village of Three Pines, he welcomes the chance to get away from the city for a few hours. Myrna's longtime friend, who was due to spend Christmas in the village, has failed to arrive. When Chief Inspector Gamache presses for information, Myrna is reluctant to reveal her friend's name. Mystified, 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 at the Sûreté, 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—if such a refuge exists amid mounting danger. Is there peace to be found even in Three Pines, and at what cost to Gamache and the people he holds dear?

Also by this author: Still Life, A Fatal Grace, A Rule Against Murder, The Cruelest Month, The Brutal Telling, A Trick of the Light, The Beautiful Mystery, The Nature of the Beast, A Great Reckoning, Still Life, Kingdom of the Blind, A Better Man, Bury Your Dead

*Spoiler Alert* I don’t think I can say what I need to without spoiling what has been happening with the story arc that has been through all books dealing with the police politics. You have been warned. 🙂

It happens with every series but I was a bit disappointed in how everything went down with How the Light Gets In and at some times it almost felt like it was going to be the end of the series and not book nine of fifteen.

I had a feeling with how things went down in the previous book at the end that this book was going to be different and it was and not for the better. In a previous book Jean-Guy was shot and has been addicted to pain killers but he was doing better and even getting his life together with a good woman. Then the man who wants to bring down Gamache got ahold of him and gave him pills and now he is back to being addicted and thinking bad things of Gamache. There was a video leaked of what happened the day Gamache and his people was ambushed and it has Jean-Guy thinking Gamache just left him there to die when that is not what happened, that with the man putting pills in him and whispering in his ears he hates Gamache.

Pretty much everyone that once worked for Gamache has either been reassigned or left and so when Gamache is asked to go to Three Pines and help one of his friend solve a murder. While he is there trying to figure out what happened the the last famous Quintuplet others are skimming against him to bring him down. Gamache knows what is happening but nobody will believe him because there is no evidence and it’s making Gamache look as if he is losing it.

So I felt that the police politics soon took over the murder mystery in this one and at the end it almost completely turned into more a political thriller than mystery. To be honest if I didn’t know that there were more books in this series it almost felt as if the author was gearing up for that ending showdown. There was a showdown but it’s not the end so I was confused. Then the ending happened and I was so confused. It’s like kind of happily ever after for Jean-Guy and Gamache retires! I will continue on but I am hoping the series didn’t just take a turn that I won’t like and that I can get use to how things will be from now on.

Trust me when I say don’t start with this one if you want to try this series you really need to start with book one to get the over all police politics going on to understand anything cause I still got confused at times…lol. Not a favorite.

Triple Threat Reviews ~ 3 Chief Inspector Gamache books

I received this book for free from Hoopla in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

The Long Way Home by Louise Penny
Length: 12 hours and 4 minutes
Genres: Crime, Mystery
Published by Minotaur Books on August 26, 2014
Pages: 373
Format: Audiobook
Source: Hoopla

Narrator: Ralph Cosham
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Happily retired in the village of Three Pines, Armand Gamache, former Chief Inspector of Homicide with the Sûreté du Québec, has found a peace he’d only imagined possible. On warm summer mornings he sits on a bench holding a small book, The Balm in Gilead, in his large hands. "There is a balm in Gilead," his neighbor Clara Morrow reads from the dust jacket, "to make the wounded whole."
While Gamache doesn’t talk about his wounds and his balm, Clara tells him about hers. Peter, her artist husband, has failed to come home. Failed to show up as promised on the first anniversary of their separation. She wants Gamache’s help to find him. Having finally found sanctuary, Gamache feels a near revulsion at the thought of leaving Three Pines. "There’s power enough in Heaven," he finishes the quote as he contemplates the quiet village, "to cure a sin-sick soul." And then he gets up. And joins her.
Together with his former second-in-command, Jean-Guy Beauvoir, and Myrna Landers, they journey deeper and deeper into Québec. And deeper and deeper into the soul of Peter Morrow. A man so desperate to recapture his fame as an artist, he would sell that soul. And may have. The journey takes them further and further from Three Pines, to the very mouth of the great St. Lawrence River. To an area so desolate, so damned, the first mariners called it "the land God gave to Cain." And there they discover the terrible damage done by a sin-sick soul.

Also by this author: Still Life, A Fatal Grace, A Rule Against Murder, The Cruelest Month, The Brutal Telling, A Trick of the Light, The Beautiful Mystery, The Nature of the Beast, A Great Reckoning, Still Life, Kingdom of the Blind, A Better Man, Bury Your Dead

Retired Chief Inspector Gamache is enjoying life at least somewhat but I think he is missing his job. So it was no surprise that he decides to help Clara find her husband Peter in A Long Way Home.

In previous books we learn all about Clara and her husband Peter. They are both artist and Peter was content with things until Clara got more famous than him. She started painting differently and had her own show and he has been left behind. He couldn’t handle it and so he left, but he was suppose to come back in a year. That year is now over and he hasn’t came back and Clara is afraid something might have happened.

Clara asks Gamache if he would help her by doing a bit of investigating to see what exactly happened to Peter and it takes them on a long journey from place to place as they track his movements. Along the way they discover some bad things that happened a long time ago that are just now showing up.

Gamache, his new son-in-law Jean-Guy, Clara and Myrna all go on this journey deep into Quebec to find Peter and even though it was a decent mystery adventure it just wasn’t the same as the other books in this series and it makes me wonder how the rest of the series is going to go now that Gamache is retired. Also it seems the author doesn’t mind killing off characters I have grown use to and that was a bit aggravating!

I did enjoy this one more than the previous book and I am sort of curious about the next one and will continue to dive into this series in hopes of catching up before the newest one comes out in September.

All three of these were narrated by Ralph Cosham. It’s very sad because this was the last book in the series he narrated as he passed away in 2014. I hope I like the narrator they chose to continue the series!

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