Triple Threat Reviews ~ Chief Inspector Gamache #11, #12, #13

August 6, 2020 Audiobook Reviews, Book Reviews 4

Triple Threat Reviews ~ Chief Inspector Gamache #11, #12, #13The Nature of the Beast by Louise Penny
Length: 12 hours and 40 minutes
Genres: Crime
Published by Minotaur Books on August 25, 2015
Pages: 376
Format: Audiobook
Source: Hoopla

Narrator: Robert Bathurst
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Hardly a day goes by when nine-year-old Laurent Lepage doesn't cry wolf. From alien invasions, to walking trees, to winged beasts in the woods, to dinosaurs spotted in the village of Three Pines, his tales are so extraordinary no one can possibly believe him. But when the boy disappears, the villagers are faced with the possibility that one of his tall tales might have been true. And so begins a frantic search for the boy and the truth. What they uncover deep in the forest sets off a sequence of events that leads to murder, leads to an old crime, leads to an old betrayal. A monster once visited Three Pines. And put down deep roots. And now, it is back.

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 , The Beautiful Mystery , How the Light Gets In , The Long Way Home

TripleThreatReviewToday’s Triple Threat Review is going to be three books from the Chief Inspector  Gamache series! I am determined to catch up on this series this year it was one of my goals and even if other goals are not going well at least this one is…lol.

So I am starting to get use to Chief Inspector Gamache being a bit retired but I miss the way the books were before. In Nature of the Beast, a young boy who loves making up stories cries wolf one to many times so nobody believes him when he tells about a huge gun in the woods and a monster. Even Gamache chalks it up to the young mans fantasies until he goes missing.

When the young boy is found some think it was just an accident but Gamache suspects more because he notices one thing missing that nobody else did. The young boys stick, he used it as a gun and always had it on him. So where is this stick? They soon find the stick and they also find a hole in the ground with the large gun the young boy had talked about. So someone must have not wanted it to be found.

This hits Gamache hard because he feels like he should have believed the young boy and maybe this wouldn’t have happened. So now he must find out what happened even though he is not on the team so to speak. He still has his small team who will look into things. His son-in-law Inspector Beauvoir and Chief Inspector Lacoste though he is no longer their boss will still take what he says to heart.

This gun they found brings in a lot of different characters who are wanting to know more about it and if the blueprints for it has been found. Then another murder happens and it soon turns out to be a race against time to find out who would kill to find the blueprints before they end up having to let out a horrible person from prison to follow him to them.

This one would have to be my favorite one since things took a drastic turn from book #8, I was finally feeling like it was almost the old Gamache and I really liked that. I love the characters of this series which is one of the reasons I keep coming back. Though the author is doing things with Gamache I am not real happy with in books moving forward, I really liked him in this one. I also love Ruth and I think this series wouldn’t be the same without the old grouch! She is probably my favorite character overall…lol.

I did think this one has a great mystery and it’s also a turning point again for Gamache as he has been asked to take over Surete Academie.

Triple Threat Reviews ~ Chief Inspector Gamache #11, #12, #13A Great Reckoning by Louise Penny
Length: 13 hours and 32 minutes
Genres: Crime
Published by Minotaur Books on August 30, 2016
Pages: 389
Format: Audiobook
Source: Hoopla

Narrator: Robert Bathurst
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When an intricate old map is found stuffed into the walls of the bistro in Three Pines, it at first seems no more than a curiosity. But the closer the villagers look, the stranger it becomes.
Given to Armand Gamache as a gift the first day of his new job, the map eventually leads him to shattering secrets. To an old friend and older adversary. It leads the former Chief of Homicide for the Sûreté du Québec to places even he is afraid to go. But must.
And there he finds four young cadets in the Sûreté academy, and a dead professor. And, with the body, a copy of the old, odd map.
Everywhere Gamache turns, he sees Amelia Choquet, one of the cadets. Tattooed and pierced. Guarded and angry. Amelia is more likely to be found on the other side of a police line-up. And yet she is in the academy. A protégée of the murdered professor.
The focus of the investigation soon turns to Gamache himself and his mysterious relationship with Amelia, and his possible involvement in the crime. The frantic search for answers takes the investigators back to Three Pines and a stained glass window with its own horrific secrets.
For both Amelia Choquet and Armand Gamache, the time has come for a great reckoning.
Number-one New York Times bestselling author Louise Penny pulls back the layers to reveal a brilliant and emotionally powerful truth in her latest spellbinding novel.

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 , The Beautiful Mystery , How the Light Gets In , The Long Way Home

Gamache has some unfinished business in A Great Reckoning as he heads up the Sûreté academy. This is the police academy where he has noticed a lot of the cadets that come out of their are cruel and so unfeeling. With investigating previous corruption within the Sûreté he had discovered a lot of this and so he goes in to clean house.

What he doesn’t expect is that a map given to him as a present celebrating his new job would lead to so much more. Secrets and old adversaries are abound. Gamache gets rid of a lot of the old teachers from the academy, but he holds on to one, Serge Leduc. Leduc was second in command but he demotes him to teacher and puts Jean-Guy as second in command at the academy. He knew that there something going on with Leduc and it prompts him to also put in as a teacher, Michel Brebeuf, the friend who betrayed him.

When a murder happens Gamache take the cadets closes to the victim and brings them to Three Pines while he tries to figure out what exactly has happened. He is either bringing cadets that could be the next victims or the murderer to his hometown and not everyone understand why he is doing so.

This one was interesting enough but not as good as the previous book but I was nice seeing the Gamache who had previously cleaned up corruption do some more cleaning up and also confronting the man who had been his friend but then betrayed him. The mystery surrounding what it was that Leduc was doing with the cadets he took under his wing was a bit horrifying and probably not something you would think of.

As I have said before it has some of my favorite characters in it and if Ruth is ever not in one I know it will not be near as much fun as they are when she is being her old grouchy self!

I would probably rate this one 3.75 but rounded up to 4 since Goodreads, etc don’t allow for funky ratings…lol.

Triple Threat Reviews ~ Chief Inspector Gamache #11, #12, #13Glass Houses by Louise Penny
Length: 13 hours and 32 minutes
Genres: Crime
Published by Minotaur Books on August 29, 2017
Pages: 391
Format: Audiobook
Source: Hoopla

Narrator: Robert Bathurst
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When a mysterious figure appears in Three Pines one cold November day, Armand Gamache and the rest of the villagers are at first curious. Then wary. Through rain and sleet, the figure stands unmoving, staring ahead.
From the moment the creature's shadow falls over the village, Gamache, now Chief Superintendent of the Sûreté du Quebec, suspects it has deep roots and a dark purpose. Yet he does nothing. What can he do? Only watch and wait. And hope his mounting fears are not realized.
But when the figure vanishes overnight and a body is discovered, it falls to Gamache to discover if a debt has been paid or levied.
Months later, on a steamy July day, as the trial for the accused begins in Montréal, Chief Superintendent Gamache continues to struggle with actions he set in motion that bitter November from which there is no going back. More than the accused is on trial. Gamache's own conscience is standing in judgment.
In her latest utterly gripping book, number-one New York Times bestselling author Louise Penny shatters the conventions of the crime novel to explore what Gandhi called the court of conscience. A court that supersedes all others.

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 , The Beautiful Mystery , How the Light Gets In , The Long Way Home

Out of these three I think this one is my least favorite because I wasn’t a fan of the line the author made Gamache cross even if it was to get a drug crime lord.

In this one it sort of goes back and forth between a trial that Gamache is testifying for and then the events that lead up to the trail.  Gamache is now Chief Superintendent of the Sûreté du Quebec and something strange is happening in his little town. A man dressed up as a creature of some sort that was supposed to be like a debt collector from the olden days. The man wasn’t doing anything so no matter how much it bother everyone, especially Gamache, by law he couldn’t do anything.

Then one day Gamache’s wife finds a person dead in the root cellar and it ends up being some dressed as that creature. Gamache wonders if he would have done something before if this wouldn’t have happened and his actions are also examined on the stand.

Something more is happening in Three Pines though and it’s this thing that has Gamache siding with someone who he doesn’t like to try and bring down a big fish. It’s in doing some of these things that he does something he shouldn’t do and it does have consequences and though Gamache seems okay with it, I wasn’t. Gamache has always been that character with great morels who took on his those in his own police station because of corruption so having him lie when he did (trying not to spoil), it just didn’t sit right with me.

Overall, though it was an interesting story and the ending was pretty action packed and I am a bit worried about one of the characters because of something that went down and I hope she will be okay in the next book. Again I am sort of curious what the next book will bring for Gamache.

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4 Responses to “Triple Threat Reviews ~ Chief Inspector Gamache #11, #12, #13”

    • Stormi

      It is a good series and I love a lot of the characters, though maybe not all of the authors decisions on what she does with them…lol. I am trying to catch up as the new one comes out next month and I got a netgalley audio for it! Two books to go before the newest one! I can do it! 🙂

    • Stormi

      It’s a fairly popular series so I am sure you have heard of her but yeah you could have seen her books on here since I have been reading them a lot this year…lol.

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