The Cruelest Month
Books | Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Traditional
Read the series that inspired Three Pines on Prime Video. The Cruelest Month is the third book in Louise Penny's award winning Three Pines mystery series featuring the wise and beleaguered Inspector Armand Gamache. "Many mystery buffs have credited Louise Penny with the revival of the type of traditional murder mystery made famous by Agatha Christie ... " -Sarah WeinmanWelcome to Three Pines, where the cruelest month is about to deliver on its threat.It's spring in the tiny, forgotten village; buds are on the trees and the first flowers are struggling through the newly thawed earth. But not everything is meant to return to life. . . When some villagers decide to celebrate Easter with a séance at the Old Hadley House, they are hoping to rid the town of its evil---until one of their party dies of fright. Was this a natural death, or was the victim somehow helped along?Brilliant, compassionate Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Sûreté du Québec is called to investigate, in a case that will force him to face his own ghosts as well as those of a seemingly idyllic town where relationships are far more dangerous than they seem.
St. Martin's Publishing Group
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"Louise Penny always does a good job of combining mystery and crime with communal warmth (and just enough strife to keep it interesting). I always enjoy reading how Inspector Gamache navigates relationships with colleagues and suspects. (Not ashamed to admit that I learn from this fictional character how to calmly have an intense conversation? Love his calm.) Sometimes the motivation for the murder seems a bit flimsy to warrant the actual deed but this is still an engaging read!"
"I love all of Penny's Gamache novels - read them in order"
"I recently read “where the crawdads sing” and loved that! “Lost girls” was a surprisingly fun fluff read. For a mystery, I loved Kate Morton’s “the lake house” and Ruth ware’s “the death of Mrs westaway”"
"You just can’t go wrong with Louise Penny. I love the imagery she evokes. I feel like Three Pines could be my hometown. She writes such “pleasant” murder mysteries!"