A Great Reckoning

A Great Reckoning

Book - 2016
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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. #1 New York Times bestselling author Louise Penny pulls back the layers to reveal a brilliant and emotionally powerful truth in her latest spellbinding novel. "--
Publisher: New York :, Minotaur Books,, 2016
Edition: First Edition
ISBN: 9781250022134
Branch Call Number: MYS Penn
Characteristics: 389 pages


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Feb 16, 2018

Love this whole series, I wish there really was a Village of Three Pines, I would love to live there! Wonderful neighbors, great food and a murder mystery once a year!

Feb 08, 2018

Well crafted and a pleasure to enter the world of quirky, thoughtful characters.

Jan 30, 2018

About Policy academy and corruption. Com Gamash returns to filter out those who have caused it's decline after his seeming retirement. Good read and holds attention well. Like comfort food once you are into this series :)

Jan 23, 2018

An absolutely riveting novel! Extremely well written, holding my attention on every page. The author has a keen insight into the human condition, and the theme of foregiveness is exceptionally well handled. I'll be reading more of this author.

Nov 10, 2017


Nov 08, 2017

I agree with Sandfordross. I have read every one of Louise Penney's book except Nature of the Beast. Couldn't seem to get through that one. I liked her early books. I received a copy of this one so I decided to read it. It is interesting at the beginning, like a flaky croissant with a number of layers. But there seems to be too many layers, too many story lines that don't seem to lead anywhere. And the story seemed to be unnecessarily long. The end was like a theater piece with people placed in particular settings to finish the storyline. And what is it with the map? What does it have to do with the main story line? It's OK. But I have gotten bored with Armand Gamache.

Oct 03, 2017

Penny transforms mystery writing into fictional art in this book that explores how forces shape our behavior. Gamache leads a police academy that has been infiltrated by corruption for power, money, and murder. His task is to restore integrity and clean house, a tall order when he is a prime suspect in a professor's murder.

Jul 20, 2017

I don't normally read murder mysteries, but a friend loaned me this book with very positive reviews. I wasn't disappointed. I see (from previous comments) that I should have read the other books in this series first, but I found that this book could stand alone quite easily. A common statement was repeated throughout the novel: Don't believe all that you think. (i.e. question what you were taught, what you learned, and don't hold on to preconceived notions.) This is such a good lesson that we all could learn from in our daily lives.

Jul 05, 2017

I know I am standing alone here but I fail to find out why this author is so popular? She has a main character with so many attributes and qualities that he would make Mother Theresa look like Dr. Evil. The other central characters have absolutely no human foibles at all other than every one has a "heart of gold", even one of the "bad" guys. The women characters all seem to be virtuous with one silly exception and incapable of doing wrong, only some of the men seem to be capable of doing naughty things. (spoiler alert)The premise of an individual forcing students to play Russian roulette for years to prove their character is so ridiculous as to be laughable, particularly as no one seems to run afoul of the odds.

Louise Penny is a capable writer but to me her novels seem to read like bodice rippers. Everyone is filled with intense passions and emotions and react in the most idiotic manner imaginable. If you like this sort of stuff I think Elizabeth George or Charles Todd would be better choices.

Jul 01, 2017

A great novel that includes the continuation of Gamache and his past, his relationship to Serge Leduc and Michael Brebuf and the corruption in the Surete Academy where Gamache is now the Commander trying to root out the rot.
Many mysteries that were unanswered are now answered including the history of Three Pines and a great reckoning for Gamache and Amelia Choquet is revealed.
It is best to read Penny's books in order. A highly recommended series.

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